My name is Derek Clark and I’m a documentary photographer in Scotland UK, where I live with my wife and our two kids. I’m a member of The Kage Collective, an international group of photographers focused on visual storytelling and documentary work and in 2012 I was awarded UK Professional Photographer Of The Year in the News Category for a photo from a story shot in Italy called Running Into Darkness. Most recently I have been shooting a story on orphanages in the Philippines, which will be forever etched in my memory and work that I would like to continue in some way. I also have a passion for black and white street photography and have a dedicated street blog at 35mmStreet.com. When I’m not being a photographer, I’m usually playing tenor saxophone, something I’ve been doing for almost 30 years. I also have a thing for analog and VA synthesizers……
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My name is Kevin Mullins. I’m a professional documentary style wedding photographer based in Wiltshire, England. I’m originally from Wales, but settled in our little market town around seven years ago with my wife. We now have two little people running around, and a Whippet, that seems to spend all its time asleep and avoiding running around. I’ve been a full time wedding photographer for five years or so and have always been an avid fan, and shooter, of candid images. Images that are not staged, or contrived, not girp-and-grin or set up portraits. Rather, I want my images to tell a story – each and every one of them to have a narrative within the bigger picture of the wedding day. Outside of running my business, and my family, I’m a huge Rugby Union fan (I’m Welsh by birth) and spend as much time watching and playing as I can muster. I also like great cigars and good Scotch Whiskey…..
My name is Bert Stephani and I’m a professional photographer from Belgium. That’s a tiny country in the middle of Europe famous for it’s beer, chocolate and for inventing fries. The French stole the fries from us, but it should actually be “Belgian fries“. As a photographer I specialize in not being specialized. But I’m always interested in people, so most of my work is centered around portraiture and reportage/documentary. I’m a story teller and feel equally at home telling the stories of private, commercial, editorial or corporate clients. I also get a lot of satisfaction out of sharing my knowledge with other photographers through blogging, workshops and lectures. My family is my biggest joy and inspiration. My lovely wife Stacy keeps my feet firmly on the ground and I deeply respect her ability to live with someone with a chaotic creative brain. My three kids Kobe (10), Maya (9) and Noa (6) mean the world to me and teach me valuable lessons every day on how to stay amazed. Most of my spare time is spent with my family. I enjoy being out in nature, travel, read and sharing a great meal with friends…..
You can’t imagine how long I’ve been working on this… But it’s finally here: today I’m launching my first eBook entitled 1EYE, ROAMING.
If you’re a longtime reader of this blog you’ll recognize the topic since it’s based on the Lutetia – Travels in France with the X100 series. Why return to those images? Because I needed to; because they’ve since become much more important than I originally thought and because I needed something more permanent. I have other projects in mind but this had to be the first step…..
….also included is a special chapter called Case Studies where I offer a glimpse into the processing of the images as well as reflexions on some of the moments that were captured. Seven examples in all. The book is in PDF format and I can tell you it looks fantastic on an iPad Air. Very happy with it…..
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Fokal – How did Kevin Mullins become a wedding photographer ? What’s your background ? Self-taught or did you enroll in a school ? Did you have another job before and if so, What triggered the wish to switch to full time photographer ?
I spent most of my “working” life working in Web Design and online marketing. It wasn’t until around 2007 or so that I got interested in taking photographs for myself (though I always loved looking at documentary images in the press and books). I am totally self-taught. I did a little bit of second shooting with a kind photographer called Steve Causen way back when, but other than that I’ve been flying by myself. In a way I think it’s helped as I’m not blinkered by formal methods or rules. Some would say that’s a bad thing but for more photojournalistic approach I think it has helped. My wife and I moved to “the country” from London and I found myself leaving the house at 5am and returning at 9pm each day. Something had to change so I thought I’d give wedding photography a go…….
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Who are you and what’s your profession?
I’m Riley and my profession is being a photographer & a gentleman. While photography is a large part of my professional life I also do side work managing social media for organizations as well as a writing creative. I married my dream girl in 2011 and we live in Southern Alberta with our year old cockapoo Ruby. My hobby, shockingly, is also photography. But it is just for me then. And that is what I typically share on my social media, tumblr, blog and the like. In the spring I was invited by famed FujiGuy, Billy, into the stable of Fujifilm X-Photographers. With this I am given the opportunity to try out knew Fuji products before they hit the streets and give my input to Fuji on how to make their products better. And by better I of course mean exactly how I want them to be. I like anything made of leather, wood, fine brass or a mixture of all three…..
Earlier this week I ran three seminars of three hours each entitled from Concept To Print. Many years ago, way back in the dying years of the last century, a photographer called Stu Williamson wrote a book with the same title and I borrowed it for this three hour workshop. My aim was to share the simplicity of creating beautiful images using continuous lighting and a 6ft stretch of hotel wall. I used just one hard light for the bulk of my shooting demonstration and went onto a multi light set up as the session evolved. After the shoot I downloaded the images into Lightroom and tweaked them prior to printing on my aged and slow ink jet printer. Here are a few of the images I shot….
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For me a huge part of photography and in finding a personal style is in learning how to see. It’s something that’s not easy and takes some time to figure out. Earlier I was focused on learning how to use the camera and different lenses, I was focused on learning different processing styles and I was learning how to edit my photos. Through all the practicing I was also learning how to see. I’m constantly in the process of learning how to see and really learning how ‘I’ see. Learning how ‘I’ see is what’s most important to me because it’s how I believe my personal style will come about. It will be my unique take on the world and the things and people who I photograph. Often I will just go out to shoot and just photograph what catches my eye but there are some moments when I will not take a single picture and just watch people. I’ll take some pictures with my eyes and mind to practice, to think about and understand why I noticed something or why I would take a picture of it or what angle and framing I would use to best capture a scene or moment. At times it’s just observing to get inspired to even shoot a person in the environment or a detail that speaks to me. The question I continue to ask myself is “Why?”. Why take this picture? Why am I attracted to certain people and things? What’s my message? Why does it interest me? Even when I go through others photographs I’ll ask this question to myself. Why do I like it? Why did they take the photo? Why that angle? I’ll ask why with regards to possible camera settings and possible focal lengths. This also really helps me to learn more about myself and also the photographer who took the photo. There are other factors in finding my personal style like the cameras I use, the settings I use, the quality of light I use, and many others but I think that learning how “I” see is at the top of the list. I feel that as I continue to learn, experiment and figure this out that my style will continue to evolve and grow but I also feel that it’s such a rewarding experience because it is such a challenge…..
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Did I ever tell you I was afraid of flying? Terrified of it I am. It’s ridiculous but there you go – every one has their phobias and mine is being hurtled at a tin can at 600mph around 37,000 feet in the air. So, imagine my surprise to find that, at the end of August, within the space of nine days I would fly from Spain to the UK, from the UK to Rome (for a wedding – more on that in another post) and then from Rome to Tokyo….and Tokyo to London four days later. By my calculations that’s around sixty five billion miles in the scary tube in the sky but let me tell you something…..every single mile was worth it. Very much worth it. I’m going to concentrate on my trip to Tokyo, as a guest of Fujifilm in this post. I was absolutely humbled and privileged when I was invited to spend some time in Tokyo with the marketing team, designers, engineers and other members of the X-Series team. I wasn’t alone, of course, there was myself and three other X-Photographers meeting up in Tokyo. Apart from the great team at Fujifilm, I spent time with world renowned photographers Zack Arias, David Hobby and Bert Stephani. The point of the trip was for Fujifilm two fold. Us (the photographers) were to give a presentation and interviews to press, staff of Fuji and other photographers. This was then followed by the best part of two days of us being interviewed by the R&D Team, the Marketing Team, the Product Planning team, the Colour Reproduction Team, the Lens Design Team and the Camera Designers. So let me explain further; Fuji flew us all to Tokyo to give them feedback on the X-Series of cameras; The X-Pro1, X100/S, X-M1, X-E1 etc…..
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