What to do when you can't excel at something but would still like to get involved? Look at it from another perspective.
Freelance photographer Owen Peters wasn't "very good" at skating, and so he decided he would rather document his friends' progress, by filming and taking pictures of the group's experience as it progressed. And so, his journey within the depths of the photography realm could begin.
In this Member Spotlight, we are learning about the story of a passionate photographer who finds the most inspiration in his own job.
How did you get into the industry?
My photography journey started when I was 15 or 16 at my local skatepark. Skating has always been a huge part of my life growing up, I love it, but was never very good at it.
So when I came to age 15 and all my friends were nailing these super crazy tricks I found it easier to get involved on a documentation level. I would film, take pictures and document all of the new learnings, and experiences of the group. This is where my passion erupted.
Where are you based now and who do you work for?
I am based in Stockport, in Greater Manchester. Great place for me to live and work, with it being pretty central to everything so never too much of a commute. I work mainly freelance but have held down a job at DE Photo for the last 4 years.
If you weren’t in your current industry, what would you be doing?
I think I’d love to give a go at producing. I've always loved planning and making sure everything is in place before a shoot or event.
Can you explain your creative process?
My creative process is probably very similar to everyone else's. I begin by first evaluating the purpose of the shoot, target market and vibe. I pass around ideas & drawings of other photographs I like and think would work. I take little pieces of each idea and evaluate both what I like and what the client likes. Inspiration is always my first push to being creative.
What’s your secret to staying inspired and motivated?
Staying motivated is easy when you love your job! But learning has always been my drive to stick to anything. I love the feeling of accomplishing things that I once thought I wasn't capable of. This began back in skating, looking at tricks that I never thought I could do, to then persevering and pushing myself to achieve. I love learning. I love taking knowledge away with me at every opportunity.
How do you recharge away from the office?
Recharging is always easy for me. I love my job. So coming away from the office mostly feels like more of a chore than actually working. But in terms of how I like to spend my free time, the outdoors for me is the best place to be. The scenery is never the same and I love to take my camera to document that.
What advice would you give to other aspiring creatives looking for work?
My advice for other creatives is that networking is the most valuable method of generating work. Always give the work you do (even if it doesn’t interest you) your all. Treat every job as if you are doing it for your dream client. Never leave any opportunity for them to be disappointed. That way, their voice will be greater than any paid ad.