My passion for photography began long before I bought my first DSLR around three years ago.I have always been the creative type, never one for maths or science, succeeding more so in the arts at school and then achieving a first class honors degree in Corporate Communication from RGU.
My career in Marketing began immediately after student life and focused on event management and design primarily whilst building up lots of industry contacts. But photography has continually been there, not only at weekends and evenings, but at the back of mind, wondering if I would ever get the chance to turn my passion into a profession.
Shortly after purchasing my first ‘real’ camera, my hobby and love for performing soon took a turn from being on the stage, to shooting my friends whilst they belted out numbers and dance routines in local amateur dramatic shows. I tried not to take offence to the fact my fellow thespians seemed to prefer me being behind the camera. I presume it was because they loved my photos and not that dancing has always been my forte to singing!
Friends and family, through the wonder that is Facebook, soon got sight of my photos and before I knew it was photographing engagement parties, birthday celebrations, baby bumps, upcoming actor’s headshots, family portraits, dance festivals… I was then fortunate enough to meet Janie and Dave last year at a friend’s wedding at Raemoir House Hotel. We got chatting and I think my enthusiasm was rather apparent. The ball started rolling, I quickly got involved in their busy schedule and instantly gained knowledge and tips week-by-week from the professionals.
The learning curve has been steep, but very well taught I must add, and will always continue. What with advancing technology, client demand and endless possibilities; thanks to lighting, styles, equipment and products…I could go on. However, there’s no better way than just doing it, taking lots and lots of photos but remembering to go back and evaluate, that’s when I really furthered my knowledge. Also, by reading recommended textbooks, which have been studied by Janie and Dave cover-to-cover, more than once, and of course, scouring the web which is jam-packed. I am very lucky that the opportunity has come about to make my hobby a career and who wouldn’t want to wake up in the morning and know that their day ahead won’t really seem like a job because you love it so much?
I am delighted to be joining the team at Janie Barclay Photography full time in the new year. 2014 is going to be an exciting and extremely busy 12 months for me, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I am going to stand up for the believers in destiny. Not only did I randomly meet my now husband-to-be on a bus one Saturday evening back in 2005 but I ran into two talented and lovely people who have helped turn my dream into reality.
If that doesn’t prove that luck or fate exists, I am not sure what does.