Role Reversal; Being Infront Of The Camera.

As most of you probably know I am most at ease behind the camera, where my face is hidden by the chunk of technology I’m holding in front of my face. I’ve never really been very comfortable in front of the camera.

I decided to let Stewart take some photographs of me, under the strict instructions that I chose the lighting, backdrop, lens and clothing. All he was allowed to do was press the shutter and take the photographs. I just hate not being in control. God only knows what I’m going to be like on my wedding day. I even edited the images myself.

The reason I wanted to do this is that I was sick of having snap chat selfies as my display pictures and the ones that weren’t selfies I was getting bored of, I wanted something more “me” in my style of work, to help maybe promote my style of work.

I have a specific portrait style and at risk of sounding like I’m tooting my own horn, I really like it. There’s room for improvement obviously but I like where I’m going with it and I wanted some pictures of myself done in that way.

Being in front of the camera if you’re not used to it is very hard, even with Stewart being my “shutter presser” I was asking him to help me with posing ideas. You don’t realize how hard it is being in front until you’re playing model yourself, every photographer I believe should be placed in front of the camera instead of behind, just to gain a bit more understanding of how your model may be feeling and this will help you make clients feel at ease when you’re photographing them.

It’s hard sometimes as a photographer to think up poses for your clients but the more experience you get I do believe it gets easier. The best thing for you to do is plan before a shoot, that’s probably stating the obvious but there’s probably a surprising number of photographers out there who don’t plan their shoots and then they end up stood there in an awkward stare off during a shoot ( I know this because I’ve been there.), making it harder for your client to relax.


Looking Through Old Photography

Sometimes I sit whilst working on my photographs and honestly, think I’m no good at it, and that I’m not getting better over time, so I decided to dig right back into the archives and find some past work. I’m not sure how far back I will be able to dig but I’m pretty sure there’s gonna be some questionable photography stuff along the way!


My Photography Timeline



Okay, so first 3 are from all the way back in 2008 when I was 15 years old, I had just discovered photography and started it for my GCSE.

tree trunk.jpgI found this photograph from an old laptop in a folder named ”Shannon’s Photography”. God this is shit. Can this even be classed as photography? I probably edited this with Picasa, not that it looks edited at all, I clearly thought it was good at the time though. Bless young me. NO FUTURE POTENTIAL EVER, SURELY?!

stone.jpgVery creative off me, not too badly done either considering the bad editing tools Picasa offered. Not brilliant, very boring and has no concept to it but all in all, an alright shot.


Hey, I quite like this! Nicely caught 15 year old me, very relaxing image. I see a lot more potential here than the first picture.



I was clearly into really bad watermarks to try and make myself look that little bit more professional.

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I remember absolutely loving this picture for so long after I had taken it. At the time this was as good as it got for me. To be fair the reflections are pretty good. I’d have lifted some detail in those tree’s though, I’ve created silhouettes using the vignetting to darken the sky. Not a bad effort though I guess.

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Good lord, 8/10 for creativity and macro skills but what the hell was the concept?

Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 15.55.02.pngLucy Allen, 2011

Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 15.57.17Lucy Allen Infront Of A Fire, 2011

Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 15.57.54Mermaid Lucy, 2011

Wahey, some (bad) portraits! (This is my sister, Lucy. She was my go-to model! She’s well gonna appreciate these throwbacks for sure I seemed to like making her get wet. )

Luce has just started her own blog, please go check it out. I’m sure she will appreciate it after these embarrassing throwback images. HAHA.

Lucy’s blog; Lucy’s Scoop


It’s only fair I guess I throw some throwbacks of Nikki too considering she was used a lot as a model as well for the development of my skills

Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 16.02.04.pngNicola Harrison, 2011

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Crikey me, Nik, you have the same haircut now. I was so proud of these as well, I even compared it to Olen Mills. Oh lordy. Taken in my ‘home made’ studio made up of a cream wall and a lamp.


I believe I’d started back at college now so these photographs would have had some context to them… hopefully.

Fashion Shoot - Lucy 133.jpgCandy Skull Lucy In My Back Garden Full Of Mouldy Apples, 201410/10 FOR EFFORT AND CREATIVITY.


IMG_9826.jpgJellyfish at The Deep, 2014

This reminds me of a desktop wallpaper.

IMG_4589-2.jpgBelton House, 2014

Clean and contrasty, I like it!

IMG_0353.jpgElijah-Law Primmer
How could this not be added in, look how beautiful and small he was.

IMG_5065.jpgWaddington Airshow, 2014.

One of my favourite shots ever from an airshow.


The year I photographed a Celebrity!!

IMG_2846.jpgJason Bradbury, 2015

Who else would have given 4 work experience the time of day to take some portrait shots?

DSC_0098.jpgLucy Again, 2015

DSC_0150-2.jpgAndrew, AKA RUDE BOI, 2015


I think It’s safe to say I have improved massively over the years, thank goodness. It has however taken me a good few years to get to where I am now with my skills however, I did take about 4 years out of education. I’m quite proud of how far I have come but still, believe there is a long way for me to go yet! Photographers never stop learning and developing!

Keep working towards what you want to do and you’ll achieve great things.