Ashley Lewis Professional Photography
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I’ve had a ‘proper’ camera since I was 13 and had the fortunate opportunity to work for a professional photographer in my spare time. He just happened to be the official photographer in the early years for Laura Ashley so I benefitted greatly from exposure to studio, location and darkroom experiences.
In return for spending hours in the darkroom hand printing industrial, fashion and portrait images, using pieces of coat hangers with card shapes on the end to ‘dodge and burn’ and get the correct exposure, I was given a free run of the darkroom. I spent hours experimenting, trying to be creative and just learning the technicalities of photographic, developing and printing.
All a bit of a waste you may say now with digital cameras, photoshop and home printing wizards available to all - but no, it’s even more technical now with the world striving to get the 'Instagram' look on all of their images. Though at least I can still say "in the olden days..........."!
Unlike some general purpose photographers, I don't cover weddings or video. We only do corporate, commercial and event photography work, so you get our best attention.
Choose a specialist photographer and let our passions work for you and, if what you need is not within our range of specialisms, we’ll happily refer you to another photographer with the expertise you need.
My personal view is that I will not (unless forced to with bribery, payment of loads of money or be asked by someone famous) take 'cheesy' images like at stuffy and formal weddings or those fake family portraits with shoes off, fathers wearing jeans when they don't own a pair and all against washed out white backgrounds. The subjects need to be relaxed, and comfortable in the environment and situation in which they are being captured. This may do me out of business but I'd rather do family portraits in the woods, with the dog, or eating around the breakfast table. As for weddings, of course I love a good wedding and have taken some great candid images as the second photographer.
I am also an accredited Press Photographer with a press card licensed by the Newsmedia Association. We are therefore available for commercial assignments at public and sporting events. Ideal for race and sports teams, equestrian events, motor racing, cycling etc. where photographers with media accreditations are able to access 'track side' locations with unobstructed visual access to the event.
Fully insured for Public Liability and Professional Indemnity, CRB and DBS cleared too.
"I won't take photos of people who don't want their picture taken.."
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