This blog post is taking a #TuesdayCatchUp #CloserLook at Jonathon Watkins of Photoglow.
Over to you Jonathon.
I’m Jonathon Watkins, owner and senior photographer at PhotoGlow Photography. I’m married with two young children we run a photography company specialising in people and places, which means we do portraits, weddings and business photography.
I cherish the first photo I took at age 8 of my parents in the Dutch bulb fields. It’s a constant reminder that at its core, photography is about memories, people, connections & feelings. I’ve been passionate about creating image from an early age and each click of the shutter would cost you 30p in film & developing costs. This meant you tended to be very careful in what and how you photographed. My first SLR was bought at age 15 and was a manual focus film SLR camera, as Auto Focus had not been invented. This love of photography lead me be becoming president of St Andrews University photographic society, running workshops, leading photography trips and encouraging & teaching others to be better photographers. There’s a wonderful feeling about watching an image slowly appear in silver on photographic paper in the developing dish.
I photographed my first wedding in 1993 and the style of coverage was very different back then. I wanted to take photos of people interacting & to capture the feel of the day, so that is what I did on 12 roll of 36 exposure 35mm film and the couple loved them. However most people were offering/expecting a ‘formal’ look, so I didn’t peruse photography as a vocation and had a career in software testing. My love of photography was reignited in 2001 when I bought a digital camera and the creative possibilities were reopened. I went full time pro with photography in 2009 and having an IT background has been very useful.
It’s a general rule that you see what you look for and you need quality in to get quality out. I look for light, colour, joy, dynamism and movement and so that’s what my photos often show. I work had on the technical, creative and artistic aspect of photography and am still learning and loving it and the joy that images can bring to people.
If you would like to have you very own #CloserLook then please drop me an email (no more then 350 words & not to include any web links) about your business or the role you play within your company.