How’s life as a photographer?
The best thing is the freedom. I get creative control over all aspects of the shoot from planning and directing to producing and editing. The worst part of doing your own thing is the uncertainty, you can’t guarantee when your next job is coming. I also hate chasing up pay, sometimes people are so reluctant, it’s like “hello” I’m not just going to go away if you ignore me.
Do you use Instagram?
Yes, a lot: it is effectively my whole portfolio and essential for bookings I upload the behind-the-scenes shots as well: they often do better than the actual shoot photos.
What has been your most enjoyable shoot?
When I was working in-house I did a two-day shoot in LA for UCLA Clothing. Need I say any more? I mean, technically it was a two-day shoot but I managed to get a week long holiday too. We told them we needed an extra day for social media and another for location checking. The trafﬁc was unbelievable: one day we spent the whole afternoon sat in a jam. We had to abandon the car in order to get to the shoot, running in and out of trafﬁc while the models were getting changed in side streets.
What does Collective mean to you?
Following three of the most unproductive months of my life, as I sat in pyjamas trying to set myself up as a freelancer, I decided that I needed to get out of the house. I then spent ﬁve months travelling around London’s coffee shops, where I spent a tenner a day on hot chocolate. Thankfully, I ﬁnally discovered Collective. I hot-desk so it is completely free for me to be here: all I have to do is give two hours of my time every month to contribute to the community.