This is the second of my regular “Featuring…” posts where I will be interviewing a fellow creative sort who I’ve had direct experience with and think they are fab! I’ll be finding out what they do, where they draw their inspiration, and because I love going on holiday – where their dream holiday would be!
So without further ado, here is the highly talented JimPix Photography……
Q. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
Well I am James, a 24 year old lad from Coventry, born in Birmingham but moved here at an early age and have lived here ever since then. I am a fun loving and outgoing guy and always keep myself busy, whether it’s behind the camera or out and about enjoying motorsports, you will rarely find me standing still for long.
Q. And how did JimPix Photography come about?
I have had a pretty scatty life and seem to have had a dabble in a lot of different industry’s trying to find my “niche” in life. I actually only stumbled across photography as a passion of mine a few years ago when I was enjoying my passion for cars. Of course if you are spending a fair chunk of your well-earned cash on something, you are going to want to showcase it. I borrowed my mum’s camera (only a standard one) and took a few pictures of my car and my mates cars at a car event over at the infamous Santa Pod Raceway.
This really was the start of it, as everywhere I went I took the camera with me and I literately took pictures of anything and everything. I started to experiment with angles and lighting and perspectives and it really gave me a sense of achievement when I look at the final photo and it was perfect. My 21’st birthday was my main turning point as I was given my first professional camera. I was spoilt rotten!! This opened up many more new doors for me and I could really enhance my style and pictures.
I have had a lot of help and support along the way and met many, many people sharing the same passion for photography as I do. The main driver for me originally was the feedback I got, but also the feeling of being able to give people their pictures and to give them a good feeling about themselves. When I invested in my studio equipment my photography took off to a new level once again and I was once again able to expand my style and provide people with pictures that they really like.
Currently I am working from various studios over the midlands and have a steadily growing Facebook site and newly opened website.
Q. You have a great eye for photography, where or what do you get your inspiration from?
This is a question I am asked commonly, and to be honest there is no real direct answer for it. Inspiration really can come from anywhere and anyone, and sometimes in places you would never normally expect. A lot of the photos I take are based on client’s expectations and/or their requirements but then that’s where I like to add my own flair to the photos to make them my own. The key is to be spontaneous and shoot from the hip (sometimes literately) to get a different angle and/unique shot.
I was once told that the photos I take should not only say something but show people something different. My favourite work is a little out the ordinary and not always the contemporary “photo shoot” you would expect. I try to speak with my clients beforehand and obtain some sort of direction where they wish the shoot to go, but plan ahead and throw ideas at them to see what we come up with. The key is to be open minded and e
Q. If you had to name a favourite photo you’ve taken, which would it be?
JUST ONE??? This is going to be a hard one to choose as my favourites continuously change… I will have to give you at least two…
This is a promotional photo I did not so long ago for a company called ‘Kali Racing’ who wanted some photos of their show car. So I went along to see what we could get and it was sitting in perfect place in this wonderful setting, so with a bit of manoeuvring we got this perfect photo. With a little help from Photoshop to just finish the photo.
This next photo has more of a personal meaning to me as it is of my wonderful and very beautiful girlfriend Rebecca. She came along with me one afternoon to see what we could achieve at Kanvaz Studio in Wednesbury and this was just one of the many we got that day. (This is currently hanging in my house as a life size canvas print as well.)
Q. How can people get in contact with you?
Facebook – ‘JimPix Photography’
Mobile – 07545 222087
E-Mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
(Carrier Pigeon….. Good luck with that one)
Q. Random question – what would be your dream holiday?
Ok, my dream holiday would be the typical white sandy beach, blue skies and clear blue waters…. Jamaica or similar for me. Yes it is such a cliché holiday but it really would be amazing to experience such a beautiful place. Two weeks please??
Q. And last question, what does 2012 hold for JimPix Photography?
Well, 2012 appears to hold A LOT for me as I have already been offered some very big and important events to cover and also some very highly approved models wishing to work with me. This is such an achievement for me and really shows that hard work and practise actually does pay off! I aim to spread my wings even more and allow my creativity and style to be limitless. Over the next few months you will see even more changes and variety, as well as my photography team growing and expanding….. ”keep your eyes peeled folks”
Thank you JimPix Photography
So there you go, that was the talented JimPix Photography, if you want to experience that glamorous feeling of having a photo shoot without a huge price tag, head over to his website or facebook page to book!
Take care and until next time….