Interview with: Steve Brill
Company Name: Brillpix Photography
Location / Coverage: Northamptonshire based, but always willing to travel to where exciting work takes me.
How did the business get started and who works at Brillpix Photography?
I started Brillpix Photography in 2005. I was working for a local business publication at the time, and became frustrated when photographic work was being offered and I couldn’t accept it whilst working for somebody else. So I took the leap of faith and decided that photography was the way I wanted to feed my family. The day-to-day running of the business is by myself, but both my wife and daughter are always on hand to assist if required, and will often assist at events where we may be printing on site. My daughter has a keen eye for a photograph, so I’m hoping that she will become more involved with the business over time.
Had you always wanted to be a photographer?
I have always loved taking photographs, and as a teenager I invariably had a camera in some form or another, but at that early stage it didn’t feel like a career prospect that I felt I could pursue; I thought I had to get a ‘proper job’.
Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?
The first photograph I took was with a Kodak Instamatic whilst on holiday with my parents in Austria, so the first shots would probably have been of mountains. I would have been around 13 years old, and from that moment I was hooked. I recall the excitement at having to wait several days/weeks to get the films developed, and hoping that something would come out. I still smile now when looking at those old photographs, as it takes me back to a time. Sorry, getting a bit sentimental now…
Which areas of the UK do you cover?
I live in Northampton and whilst the majority of my work is within the county, I am always prepared to travel as required. For instance, one commercial assignment last year took me to Venice, but sadly those types of job do not come around often enough.