LIVERPOOL WEDDING, PORTRAIT & COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
by SAMANTHA BROWN
As a child one of my favourite memories was getting my parents wedding album of of its box and spending hours looking at all the images. It was London in the swinging sixties, 1962 to be exact. I remember looking at my parents and thinking how amazing they looked and all my aunts, uncles and grandparents and thinking “wow” they were such sharp dressers! but then it was 1962, influenced by Hubert de Givenchy of Paris, for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Jackie Kennedy with her wonderful slender evening dresses and impeccable jewellery. A young designer by the name of Yves Saint Laurent, had recently left the House of Dior and successfully opened his own establishment. All of this could be found in my parents wedding album, the love, my family, the styles, the fashion, the elegance, to me it was like a magical book and I could almost be transported back in time to their wonderful day.
This is why I love being a photographer. To keep these memories alive, It is a great feeling to capture emotions and happiness in a photograph that can be treasured forever. I love weddings, its the start of many happy moments to cherish forever and I love the thought of being able to capture these moments for you, so you can look back on them and remember the truly amazing day you had on your wedding, or better still your future generations will be looking at your album and saying wow you all looked amazing!
Images are very evocative of times gone, they hold precious memories and especially in this digital age where we store so many images on various device’s I think it’s even more important to print images out so we can keep them for our future loved ones so they can look back and take a glimpse at us and into our past.
I feel very privileged that I can be in a position to document these moments for you,
A little bit about my background:
Combined with art school training I have over 25 years of experience in the photographic field. I have a BA and Masters Degree. One of my greatest highlights was to have worked for The Ford Model Agency New York as an assistant photographer in the field of fashion and beauty during the era of the “Super Models late 1980’s”. I loved the creativity and the skills used for fashion photography but sadly I found the fashion industry very cut -throat and shallow.
On arriving back to England I opted for a career change and started to work as an Editorial and documentary photographer for The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Halle, Opera North and The Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Little did I know back then that this was creating the perfect skill set for capturing beautiful wedding photography as I learnt how to be unobtrusive, watch for the right moment and capture situations with my sitters being unaware of me.
Then Sarah, a lady who worked at the Philharmonic at the time was getting married and asked me to be her photographer! I was terrified. I had never shot a wedding before! She said “you’ll be fine just treat it as a Philharmonic project!”
So I did, I just documented the whole day and I’ve never looked back since. Twenty five years later here I am still doing what I love, photographing weddings amongst other things. Im also a Licentiate member of the SWPP the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers.
I have Exhibited my work at The Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh, Open Eye Liverpool, Williamson Art gallery Wirral and St James Palace London “Roots of the future” opened by Prince Charles.
I feel very privileged that I can be in a position to document these moments for you, whether it be at a wedding or a portrait session, a just a simple family get-together, a birthday, anniversary or a christening or maybe just a beautiful walk in the park with your pet dog.
On a commercial level I can capture interiors and exteriors of the buildings, portraits or anything else that you may need, maybe it’s product shot or food photography if you’re a restaurant or hotel. You may need to create lifestyle images for marketing purposes, a fashion shoot or you may need to document a process.
Whatever the reason you may need a photographer I hope to be able to help you in one way or another, Ive been photographing for over 30 years having the life experience I have had, enables me to interact with my client on many levels by understanding your brief or by just being a compassionate photographer.
If you think I can help I would love to talk to you.
When Im not taking photographs I spend time with my children, Roshini and Rohan, Snowy an exceptionally cute Maltese/Shih Tzu dog and Frodo an adorable pug/Shih Tzu who looks like a little Ewok! Jakey our rescue old ginger Tom cat plus a menagerie of birds and yes I adore animals!