Interview with: Neil Walker
Company Name: Neil Walker Photography
Location / Coverage: Sussex, London and the South East, as well as Italy
How did the business get started and who works at Neil Walker Photography?
I used to shoot advertising and corporate photography for company annual reports, working a lot in South America, Asia and North Africa. One year I was asked by a relative to shoot her wedding. I said no as I had never shot one and worked with large lighting rigs. She rang me a month before her wedding in a bit of a panic saying they hadn’t been able to get a photographer, so I agreed to shoot it for them. To my surprise I absolutely loved it. It’s rare to know at a particular moment that your life is going to change and you’re going to go down a particular route. Well that was what it was like that day; I just knew that shooting weddings was what I wanted to do from then on. That was nine years ago.
I shoot weddings and Sarah runs the business side as well as designing albums and helping with marketing.
Had you always wanted to be a photographer?
Yes, I knew when I was 14 I wanted to be a photographer. As soon as I left school I went to work in a local photographer’s studio. Parental pressure had me going to university to study Economics, but as soon as I finished I went to London to do my apprenticeship and become an assistant to advertising photographers.
Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?
Yes, I was about 11 and it was a shot of my gerbil. It was a terrible photo, but I had a great time experimenting.
Which areas of the UK do you cover?
I shoot weddings mostly in Sussex, London and the South East, and I often do a few in Italy each year too.