Sunday, 29 July 2012

Spotlight Sunday - Mark Johnston - Photography we are, the first in a series of 'Spotlight Sundays'. profiling creators of all types and there's many more to come.... What’s your name? Mark Johnston
In what form does your creating take? Photography

Describe your business?

Wedding & Portrait photography with an emphasis on natural light. I am also going to expand into Fine Art and Macro photography within the next 6-12 months. This will combine with prints, mounted prints, framed prints and cards

What are you offering?

I offer a new vibrant and unique way of capturing those special moments in your life. My wedding photography starts from £399 which includes a free photobook & CD.

I believe that professional wedding photography should be available to everyone getting married.

I offer payment plans and I can usually accommodate all price ranges. My portrait photography can be done at your home or on location perhaps at the local park or a location that means great deal to you.

My fine art/macro photography is only in it’s infancy but I aim to offer framed prints, mounted prints and other gifts within the next few months

How did you get started on your present art/craft?

I started at a school club when I was 14, I then didn’t take it up again until 18 months ago, after attending my brother in laws wedding, then finding out the price for his photographer!

In a word, describe your creative process? Unique

What inspires you the most?

I have a real desire to become the best photographer/person I can. I am constantly learning from my peers, colleague’s family & friends. The more I learn, the more I’m inspired to improve. I

Who inspires you the most?

Professionally, I’m a member of SWPP (Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers). These people amaze me with their skills, techniques and quality.

A photographer called Joe Cornish (based in Northallerton) whom I would class as the world leader in landscape photography. His books, gallery and work constantly remind me of the standard that I strive to.

Personally, it’s my mum who passed away nearly 20 years ago. I hope that she’d approve on what I’m trying to do both professionally and personally

does the magic happen?

Currently, in my dining room at home. Northallerton, North Yorkshire

What’s the most valuable piece of advice you can give someone considering starting up a business as a creator?

To use a phrase from a certain sports company…Just Do It! There is nothing stopping anybody starting a business as a creator, my wife is also currently planning her card business. Please remember one of my favourite quotes…”Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”.

Any other advice?

If you don’t know the answer…Ask! No matter how trivial it may seem. We can all help each other to make the world a nicer place.

Where else can you and or your work be found on-line?

Twitter: @markPhotograph

Thanks Mark, for being a part of this idea and sharing you valuable advice.


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