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    Stephen

    stephen cotterell photography associates

    photography@stephencotterell.com
    07990 525 814
    020 8549 3693

Have you ever noticed that some people really love what they do? One of the joys of my life is that I meet people from different walks of life. Occasionally, I photograph them. Whenever I meet business, creative and other talented people you can really see something special in those who love what they are doing.

Photography is just one way in which we are able to honour those people of all ages, backgrounds and passions.

Here are some photographs of men I have met during my journey, each with their story to tell, captured in a special moment during a visit to their office, home or other places.

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What is your business, creative or talented story?

Stephen

stephen cotterell photography associates

photography@stephencotterell.com
07990 525 814
020 8549 3693

@stephensmiles

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This is David and Sarah Cousens. They run a very creative business called Cool Surface Ltd 

David and Sarah Cousens

David and I met at an event, called “Creative Meet-up”, organised and sponsored by Adobe. We instantly clicked and agreed that one day I would create David’s portrait. Months went by before we were able to find a day when would both be available. Happily the day for our portrait shoot arrived.  David introduced me to Sarah, his wife and Managing Director of their company. After a chat about how I approach photographing people (which has very little to do with the camera), Sarah accepted my invitation to join us for the photoshoot.

We travelled to a theatre where David is an active Trustee. This became our pop-up studio space where we set up my lights, cameras, reflectors and other equipment. Before I picked up a camera David, Sarah and I created a common understanding of my approach and how we could each actively contribute to the photoshoot.

Here you can see some of the results of our time together.

How might you see something like this working for you?

Stephen

stephen cotterell photography associates

photography@stephencotterell.com
07990 525 814
020 8549 3693

@stephensmiles

 

 

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This is Veronica. We met earlier this week to create some portraits for her. I travelled to her home with my portable studio where we created some photographs a bit like those shown in the right hand column.

Veronica

While we chatted, and played with different ideas. It became very clear that Veronica loves being in nature so we headed outside and discovered lots of  natural backgrounds to match some of her favourite colours. The photographs above are just a small selection from her photoshoot.

Where would you want me to photograph you?

Stephen

stephen cotterell photography associates

photography@stephencotterell.com
07990 525 814
020 8549 3693

@stephensmiles

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One morning, in January 2012, I woke up and decided to dedicate the rest of my life to people and photography.

To make this decision real, I reached out, via social media, and simply asked for help. Within minutes, people stepped forward to arrange their photoshoot for my project.

At the start of the project, I was only expecting to photograph a few people, 15 to 20 at the most. Much to my surprise the project proved very popular. By the beginning of June 2012, I had travelled extensively across south-east England to photograph 60 people in their homes, their places of work or simply in the streets of their town. Some of my subjects were friends, a few were fellow photographers but mostly the people in front of my cameras were strangers who I was meeting for the first time on the day of our photoshoot. It was a wonderful experience.

[Larger versions of 12 of the project portraits from the 60 thumbnails shown above are here: http://stephencotterell.com/12-portraits-from-2012/ ]

What did I learn? Lots, including the value of mistakes, creativity, location photography, lighting set-ups, raising my game in the digital darkroom, prizing trust and meaningful experiences. Most of all I learned about how privileged I am when I photograph people like them and potentially you.

Whenever you want to chat about how a photographic experience will be of real benefit to you, get in touch.

Thank you,

Stephen

stephen cotterell photography associates

photography@stephencotterell.com
07990 525 814
020 8549 3693

@stephensmiles

 

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Potter

This photograph, created a few years ago, has enjoyed many views. A mounted and framed print hangs on our living room wall.

Last week I spent 5 days with a talented group of Potters in Suffolk. During this time I created many photographs that documented some of their work, especially the advanced Raku firing process.  That story, told in 22 photographs, you can enjoy here

It would my pleasure to create a visual story for you.

Stephen

stephen cotterell photography associates

photography@stephencotterell.com
07990 525 814
020 8549 3693

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