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Interview with: Paul Stott
Company Name: Catching Moments Photography
Location / Coverage: Woking. I cover Surrey, the South East and take bookings throughout the UK.
I started my business in 2006 after planning a career change. For a couple of years I combined two jobs, but by 2008 I was getting a large number of bookings so I left my other job. I work in the company on my own but I often have capable assistants at weddings. Before I shot my first wedding I spent a huge amount of time honing my skills by shooting portraits and landscapes. I believe photography should be a hobby first, and launching into wedding photography after just purchasing a camera is not good for the profession.
The honest answer to that question is no. I was good at mathematics at school and got pushed down that route into a degree, then a Masters and a career in industry. I decided to become a wedding photographer because I believed I could be good at it, and that I would enjoy the people side of meeting lovely couples and helping them plan their day. The job allows me to be creative, to produce something useful, and it also is a very flexible job in terms of lifestyle.
I can’t remember my first picture, but I can remember taking a lot of photos along the South Bank, when I first came to live in London. At that time I had a Minolta film SLR.
I predominantly work in Surrey but I take bookings throughout the UK.
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Interview with: Ruth Merrington
Company Name: Red Door Photography
Location / Coverage: Based in Surrey, covering Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and beyond
Red Door Photography is Ruth Merrington and Debbie Stevens. We met whilst working in a high street photolab, and were starting to feel like we were stuck in a rut. We had been talking about setting up a business for years, and when Debbie had her first child and I was made redundant, we decided to go for it; we haven’t looked back since.
I always had an interest in photography, I got that from my dad, but it wasn’t until I was looking through college courses I realised I could actually study it.
My first real memory is from a trip to Australia when I was finally allowed to use my Dad’s AE-1 SLR; I couldn’t wait to get home and get the films processed.
We mainly cover Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire, but have travelled further; we are more than happy, to travel.