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The Week In Photo’s – 26/05/2019

The Week In Photo’s – 26/05/2019

  The Week In Photographs 27/05/19     The Week In Photographs 27/05/19

Electric Blue Hair and A Dull Week.

Electric Blue Hair and A Dull Week.

Here I am with another update with everything that i’ve been up to over the week including my electric blue hair. This week, as per usual has been incredibly dull and writing these weekly update posts just reminds me why nobody would watch my vlogs […]

Why I’m Giving Up Commercial Photography.

Why I’m Giving Up Commercial Photography.

I’ve thought long and hard about this decision. It’s coming up to my 11th year in practicing photography and it’s forced me to make some difficult decisions along the way. I not that long ago finished my degree at college. I’ve been fighting the demons in my head who tell me not to give up photographing people because I will be wasting my degree and it’s taken a lot of uphill battles with myself to realise that that is a load of absolute bullshit.

My HND (The first two years of my degree) was all to do with Commercial photography however, the final year wasnt and then I wasn’t studying HND in Commercial Photography, I was actually studying Lens Based Media.

I learn’t a lot about photographing things other than people – I focused one of my final major projects on fine art infrared landscapes for heavens sake. Why on earth did I think that stopping photographing people would be a waste of my degree…

The reason behind the decision…

People. Potensial clients and other photographers are the bane of life. It’s hard when you go through years and years of education wracking up thousands of pounds debt as well as purchasing the expensive equipment that you need to be able to do your job and people see you as ”expensive”. It’s such a shitty, degrading feeling when someone comes to you, wanting your services but then rapidly changes their mind as soon as you send them your more than reasonable price lists. Anyone who thinks £400 for a half day wedding is an absolute cheap skate, seriously. When you add up the costs of equipment and hours you’re going to spend working on taking the photographs, backing up, editing and prepping for release £400 is pretty cheap..


 

There are photographers out there that ruin it for the photographers who have spent the time and money getting the training to be the best they can be and charging as little as £50. At the end of the day, these photographers clearly don’t feel like their work is worth anything more than that and do you really want someone, with such little faith in their work to sell it so cheap??? They’ll probably shoot on a crop sensor, not back up your images, over edit and give you like 12 pictures and half of them will be blurry.

I’ve decided that I have so much respect for my work that I will no longer be giving people the privalidge of my creative eye. Not for less than the right price atleast. I am sick and tired of settling for less than I am worth just to get the work. I’d much prefer to work a different path within the photography industry than allow, tight arses, people who want the world for pennies to dictate what my work and time is worth.

 

P.s This is not a decision that I’ve made lightly, I’ve been toying with this idea since before Christmas and Just over the last few days I’ve seen and experienced things that have cemented my idea in stone.

 

Love, your no longer commercial photographer,

SHANNON MATTHEWS

 

 

Photoshoots and Moodswings

Photoshoots and Moodswings

Monday started quite rocky for me mentally. Sometimes I get myself stuck in a rut with life due to being lazy and it is lazy. Later on in the day I started to feel quite poorly and had cold and flu like symptoms to I […]

A Photoshoot In The Park

A Photoshoot In The Park

They say spontaneous shoots are the best and they would be absolutely right! A photoshoot in the park is one of the most pretty locations, in my opinion when it comes to capturing mummy and baby together. Not only is it relaxed, but it also […]

Tupholme Abbey At Dusk.

Tupholme Abbey At Dusk.

Here I am again, at Tupholme abbey. One of my favourite places to go, (Tupholme abbey at dusk is especially magical!) mainly because it’s easy to get to. I’ve been here in total darkness before with a friend  for one of their photography projects.  We went back to visit me, Stewart and Nicola, whilst on a little ghost hunt. There is supposed to be a ghost of a white dog, Stewart said are you sure it’s not just a sheep  – He had a valid point.

The way that the moon placed in the arches of these windows was absolutely stunning and captured my eye completely. I thought it was stunning so I  did what I do best and took a photograph. These images were taken with my Canon 6D and edited on the Adobe Lightroom mobile app with a preset in the black and white section.

I thought that these pictures were really something beautiful to look at and fit’s the complete theme of the night, spooky, magical and just mystical. I would love some feedback on these images. What do you think? Personally, I think that the contrast is really lovely in these images however, some people might think that this is too much contrast.

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Please let me know what you think of these images! All feedback welcome.

Exploring an Abandoned Church In Lincolnshire – Photography Post!

Exploring an Abandoned Church In Lincolnshire – Photography Post!

Sometimes I forget how beautiful 50mm images look and it wasn’t until I saw these Images that I truly rekindled my love with this beautiful lens. I edited these images on the Adobe Lightroom mobile app. Abandoned Church In Lincolnshire I find graveyards really peaceful places […]

Manchester in 2014

Manchester in 2014

I always wanted to visit Manchester and a college project in 2014 gave me the perfect project to do just so. I don’t know why but I’ve always had a weird deep connection with the city of Manchester, maybe because it’s so different to Lincoln […]

Belton House From 2014

Belton House From 2014

Belton house is one of the most amazing places ever. I have so many memories cooped up in this location that it always make’s it a pleasure visiting. I’ll always remember the first time I visited which was with my primary school after reading the book moondial.

belton house

belton house

belton house

belton house

belton house

belton house

These pictures have always been pictures that I’ve been proud of for such a long time and I’ve not had chance since then to go back and get some more, as much as I would absolutely love to but life just gets in the way sometimes. Next time I go here I want to be able to go into the house and have a look around as it’s been years since I last did so.

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Forgotten photographs: Waddington Airshow 2014

Forgotten photographs: The Deep 2014

The Deep, 2014

The Deep, 2014

The Deep in Hull is one of my favourite days out either with the partner, with friends or with family. I’m not usually a fan of fish, however, The Deep is home to some of the most amazing tropical fish I have ever seen and […]