I am very pleased to introduce you to the colourful world of Susan Guy Photography. Susan has a great way of capturing images and making them into wonderful pieces of Wall Art.
Tell us a bit about your background and your business?
My name is Susan Guy and I created Susan Guy Photography in June 2011. I am based in the East Midlands in the small town of Shepshed, I am surrounded by beautiful countryside which is a great inspiration to me. My mother in law encouraged me to print and frame some photographs to exhibit as part of an open garden weekend, the comments from visitors were so encouraging that I decided my talent should no longer be hidden away. I have always enjoyed taking photographs and love being able to capture a moment which can be printed and hung on the wall with a memory and a story to tell.
Tell us about what your photography and what training and qualifications you have or needed?
I am a photographer with a good eye as to what makes a great image. I learn using books, talking to friends, reading on the internet and trying out techniques. I constantly scour the world around me looking for photographic opportunities.
Where do you sell/exhibit your work?
I exhibit my work in local craft fairs and fetes across Leicestershire and the East Midlands. I also sell via my Facebook page and intend to create a website. I would love to have my work included for sale in galleries and gift shops. Portraiture is an area of particular interest where I have lots of opportunities that are currently forming, so watch this space!
Tell us about some of your favourite or most challenging photos and what inspired you to take them, is there a story behind the photo?
One of my most challenging pieces was to capture a good photograph of my husband, Pete. Whenever he sees me with the camera he always pulls a face, sometimes or purpose but not always. I was really pleased with the outcome of this shot and he thinks it’s fantastic, not a gurning face or furrowed brow insight!
Our children mean the world to us and I especially like this shot taken on holiday, where they both started to band and make sand castles with almost identical poses. No matter how quickly they age in life this photograph remains timeless due to them not being captured face on to the camera.
I have recently started to take props and objects with me whilst roaming with my camera making the image into something a little bit more quirky.
A rather gloomy wet day prompted me to create a set up using a bowl of water to capture some patterns as water hit the surface. I was thoroughly pleased with the results and definitely better than going out and getting wet and cold, indoor photography can certainly be fun too.
Even a trip to the shops is an excuse for me to take my camera. These strawberries were just so photogenic and looked so juicy.
Where do you find your creative inspiration?
Looking through books and magazines is great for inspiration, especially where techniques are shown. Sometimes I just take a walk with my camera and stumble across the most interesting things like shadows and reflections.
What motivates you?
Lots of things motivate me, especially the weather. Getting up early in the morning with the fog, stunning late evening sunsets, bright blue sky’s contrasting against colourful flowers.
What is your favourite piece of equipment?
Currently my favourite piece of equipment is my flash gun as it enables me to take photographs of beautiful jewellery and vintage ware at events and fairs, the light level can be quite poor and lack of space means tripods cannot be used. Thanks to the hot shoe mounted flash I no longer have to reduce my shutter speed too much, which can result in camera shake.
What are your goals/plans for the future?
I would really love to take my photography further than selling at local craft fairs. I aim to have a website and it would be fantastic to ship photographs all over the world giving so many people a little piece of me to hang on their wall.
When you first started if you could have been given one piece of advice what would it have been and what advice would you pass on?
If someone had told me photography was a really hard business to get into I might have just carried on taking photographs for my pleasure, however I was told that I had a talent and I should showcase that talent for others to enjoy. Everything is worth persevering with as the hardest challenges can be the most rewarding.
Where can we find you?
You can contact me via email ( firstname.lastname@example.org) or via mobile phone 07967 112807
I am also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Susan-Guy-Photography/257394887632685?ref=ts