When I was 18 I wanted to be a rock star, but peer pressure prevented that from happening.
This is cool because I went on to develop a great and fulfilling professional life and found Gozen Media, but there is still a little rock star inside of me, who likes to set fire into metaphorical guitars and get his audiences’ blood pumping in excitement.
Sometimes being an entrepreneur is actually very similar to being a rock star. For example, when doing promo photos, the only difference is that entrepreneurs smile instead of giving the camera sexy duck faces and bad boy glances.
Earlier this month I had a photo session with the amazing Simon Pepper, who has decades of experience working in the Arts, Media and entertainment industries, including working for one of the Leading Theatrical Agencies in the UK – www.theartistspartnership.com. He is now well on his way to being a successful portraiture photographer and his work includes both artists and entrepreneurs.
We met early in the morning at his studio in Hove, but it was such a lovely sunny day that we walked down to the seafront and had a great photo session.
I must admit I am not original when it comes to business photographs; I always like to get myself photographed outdoors with a body of water in the background.
Luckily Simon directed the operation and brought new ideas to the session, so my arms found things to do, which avoided making me look like a GiJoe.
Because I love hanging out with inspiring entrepreneurs and freelancers, I took some time to interview Simon:
Q: Why do you do what you do
A: I love working with people. Every shoot is different, depending on the person / style and location and most importantly – the lighting!
Q: You focus a lot on making people feel comfortable. Why is this important?
A: Its important to get people to relax so they look as natural as possible. Some people are naturals, but I pride myself on helping all clients to relax and feel natural in front of the camera – helping them to feel at ease which helps to get the best results and people looking at their natural best! I also take pride in ensuring the experience of being in the studio or on Location is a fun and memorable one.
Q: When do you get really proud of your work?
A: Doing high quality images, when I’m surprised of what I do. When things come better than I expect and I get some amazing shots of people / moments – especially when working on location and using different props in the studio etc.
Q: How should the photography industry be?
A: Copyright of the photos. Photos are so abundant that they lose value.
Q: Who is doing cool things in the photography industry?
A: Ellen von Unwerth
Her Kitsch style, it looks fabulous and unique. I love the photographs of my Idol she’s done over the years – Kylie Minouge.
She also seems to fancy hot ties with bodies of water in the background.
Alex Whiteman – Alex for his creativity and ability to create unique, beautiful and stunning images.
I would need to do some push ups before posing for Whiteman.
Q: What is your ambition?
A: To photograph Kylie Minogue – An Album Cover!
Most recently, I’ve sent balloons with a card and business cards at the Royal Albert Hall which I threw over the balcony and got them passed backstage and to her dressing room! I even visited her management office in London once and have left cards at the stage doors at her concerts, she will get the message one day! Word has it I was discussed at a dinner once years ago but with a different hat on – Personal Assistant! You could call me an obsessed fan, but I’m sure she would love me too!
If you want to meet Simon and get some professional photos from him contact him at his photography website.
Thank you Simon!