I started photography at the age of 16 when I bought my first camera (A yachica SLR) and a couple of lenses. After using the camera for about a week I was completely hooked on photography and read every magazine that was available from Amateur Photographer to The British Journal Of Photography. I knew from an early stage that I would like to have a photography business one day, but had no idea about business or marketing. I kept thinking (like most photographers) that one day I would get published in a magazine and this would start my career. In early 1997 I started a course that would change everything. I studied fine art photography and worked in black and white exclusively for the next five years. My work was meticulously scrutinised by my tutor (which I thank him for today) and photography became a real passion. This course set the standard I now work to today and I teach the same techniques to the students that attend our courses.
I registered the domain name www.pureprints.com and started planning my website. Also in early 1998 I received a call from The British Journal of Photography who wanted to feature my landscape portfolio in the magazine. I sent off the prints and had a portfolio and profile printed in the April edition of the magazine. I thought this was the start that I had been waiting for. I got one job from the feature as a landscape photographer, for one season photographing landscapes for calendars and postcards. I started to think about stock photography and advertising photography and decided to work with Fuji Velvia slide film, this was the start of the image library I planned to build.
After meeting Sharon and planning to get married it was my job to book a photographer and organise the music for the big day (thank you Sharon for organising everything else). Imagine how hard it is to book a photographer when you are a keen photographer yourself. I knew very quickly what I wanted and thought that Sharon would want the same and so I organised a meeting with a documentary/reportage photographer who is a friend. The meeting went well and we booked our photographer. After the wedding I realised how great it was that we did not have to interact with our photographer all day, and it just happened without any problems. The results were also just what we wanted, relaxed images of us both enjoying the day with our friends and family, a few formal groups and detail shots of the cake and tables.
Shortly after we got married our friends started getting married, and after attending a friends wedding I came back with about six black and white images I liked. One of the images became the logo for our new wedding photography business. I set up the wedding photography business and decided to call it Richard Barley Photography. I had to then build the pureprints.com website based around wedding photography and try and get my first customers. We booked twenty six weddings in the first year and fourty six in the second year and are still growing.
I am now teaching and and running Richard Barley Photography Training Courses to help you improve your photography skills. I believe in mastering the basic techniques first and not complicating the process. I have been asked by many students "How did you do it" and I hope I can now share with you twenty two years of experience. Give me three days of your time and I can help you take your photography to a new level.
Sharon & Richard Barley
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