Part 6 – Finishing Up

Peter has been in the photography industry for over 20 years, and has gone through a range of ups and downs through that time. In this 6 part video he goes in depth of how he started, his early days (he even shows his very early work!), how he made the transition to fashion, how he stays inspired, and where he is at now. Plus a bonus sneak peak of his ‘man cave’ at home! We hope you enjoy this peek into how he got to where he is today.

20 comments on “Part 6 – Finishing Up

  • This was bloody brilliant! Thanks for answering all my questions and in such great depth! Made my day!
    You’ve had a very interesting journey, from musician to fish photographer to quite the opposite! It was great to see your early work and what kind of things you were doing to get to where you are today. That’s inspiring.
    I have to agree with you about all this camera club stuff. I’m a musician too and if you just follow the same old rules you’re gonna all sound the same. Camera club is similar to Pop music in a way I guess.
    That Bussiness card idea is genius!!!
    Can’t believe we got to see the ManCave! 😉 I gotta get myself one of them racing PC set ups someday, ahaha!
    I love how you took the last question so seriously XD Jean was one of the first Supermodels in the 60’s shot by David Bailey. Still old enough to be your mum! haha Great answers though!
    Thanks so much for this series Bec and Peter! You’re an awesome team!
    I’m now gonna have to go through and search all these photographers from your book collection I’ve never heard of.
    I wish you good luck on reviving the type of fashion photography you love. And hopefully you can show us how you’re doing it. 😀
    10/10 would interview again 😉

  • Awesome Peter, and Bec, really enjoyed this further insight. I’ve also recently experienced critic from camera clubs on a photo submission. They really didn’t want to listen to the photographers opinion.
    Even I got the other passion, music question. 🙂
    Oh I love the Sim room, can’t wait to try that out on my next visit.
    Cheers, Gary.

  • richard.murphy2018 says:

    Just spend the whole day watching the business/mentor stuff and learned nothing new… but then again I have been listening to you both throughout the pandemic and am pleased to realise that I appear to have taken onboard stuff already. :))
    Actually, I have ‘learned’ something or rather realised something I knew at the back of my mind – I am too old [or rather not bothered/interested] in doing photography as a business – just going to work on perfecting my art.
    Peter, it seems you are my brother from a different mother, we even have the same taste in fire safe!! – I just need to work on the talent bit 🙂
    Tomorrow I get to the fun stuff… skills to make me a better photographer and therefore get the images out of my head and out into the world.
    Thank you both for your input. One final thought or rather a future plan – I want to see if I can take a bad picture of Bec. Not this year, but perhaps if you both visit Europe in 2023 I will try for a place on one of your workshops (not ready to benefit from meet the master in person just yet)

    • That’s awesome to hear you’ve taken it on board Richard and made that realisation. It’s much more fun to take photos you love rather than take photos you don’t want to take just for clients. I hope you’ve enjoyed the rest of the content on Inspire, and fingers crossed we get to meet you in person in 2023 🙂

  • swheatly says:

    Peter & Becs. Just binged the six videos after watching the Ra Ra lingerie shoot. I nodded all the way through with your comments, observations and this why I do it moments, I’m no pro photographer and usually shoot sports or action areas, studio work or even model shoots is not within my comfort zone, but you have changed all that with these videos which have giving me so much inspiration and changed my mind set, also hearing about the real world within fashion is so refreshing. Come May in London I’m now really looking forward to putting this into practice when pay us a visit. Till then take care and keep the great videos coming.

  • I think I’m a couple of years older than you (1950) but we are both in the same generation for sure. I’ve been listening to you for 6-8 years now (and been an Inspire member) and have learned a lot about working with people and how to get them to relax and start giving authentic looks. You absolutely nailed concept that posing is only meaningful if your friends look at the picture and think “oh yeah, that’s the girl I know, I recognize that look”.

    I am principally a sports photographer and love shooting sports but struggled early on with the idea of telling the story of the game in photo’s until it finally kicked in that if I want to know what happened, watch the video. The whole idea in sports photography is to freeze the moment in time and capture the raw athleticism and drama of the moment. I think the best advice I ever got in photography was from Steve Fine, Photo Editor at Sports Illustrated when he said “there isn’t a sports picture that couldn’t benefit by being cropped tighter.” I think that’s also true in any image. To those who critique your work about cutting off hands or feet of heads or whatever – bullshit! I do it all the time and mostly it adds to the image.

    You have taught me that the only really important thing in a picture of a person is the face and eyes and the expression they give off. Without that its just a snapshot and that’s the second most valuable advice I’ve ever gotten. Thanks!

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