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Interview with: Jude Middleton
Company Name: Jude Middleton Photography
Location / Coverage: UK and destination
I decided to change careers after being made redundant from my job when I was pregnant, nine years ago. I went back to college to study photography soon after my daughter was born, and worked for a while with one of the students I met there. With my own style developing more and more it was time to branch out on my own, and so Jude Middleton photography began.
I had always wanted to work creatively, but life took over and I ended up taking jobs to pay the bills and make a living. It took a while for me to figure out photography was what I wanted after dabbling in science, music and drawing, but it has the right mix of geek culture and prettiness, and I find it immensely satisfying on many levels.
I remember always having a tiny point and shoot with a square, four use flash bulb. I took it on holidays and school trips and always had plenty of photos, and I always got a buzz from seeing the films come back developed.
Interview with: Charlie
Company Name: Charlie Campey Photography
Location / Coverage: Surrey / Nationwide
Like many photographers, my business came from the desire to combine my passion for photography with a way to earn a living – and what better way than shooting weddings? I think it’s really the best job in photography; I have the privilege of capturing the memories of such an important day, and get to spend the day with loads of people having a great time!
It’s just me at Charlie Campey Photography, although I always work with a second shooter, so you could include the small network of other professional photographers that I work with.
Well, yes and no. Yes in that I’ve been a photographer since my early teens, but no in that it’s only been in relatively recent history that I decided I wanted to do it professionally. There were lots of things about wedding photography that actually put me off initially. Before I became properly interested in it I had in my mind all these clichéd images of groomsmen running down a lawn and awkward couples posing cutting the cake flooded with harsh direct flash, and those things really put me off the idea. I’m happy to say that not all photography is like this! It’s nice to be able to combine some artistry with the subject and actually create images that are not only lovely memories for the couple, but can also stand alone out of context as just a beautiful image.
Ha ha ha – no. My long-term memory has never been my greatest strength! However, my dad used to have an old Nikon FE2 with a manual focus 50mm f1.8, and I do remember wasting a fair amount of film on that!