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Interview: Photographer Adrian Crook (UK)
Tell us something about yourself
I'm Adrian Crook and I'm a photographer.
How and when did you get into photography?
I got into photography when I was about 14 years old, till I was about 20. Just for fun. Shooting the odd girlfriend but mainly street stuff. Then Like most people I got a "proper" job. I never really picked a camera up again for about 15 years.
Then One day I was walking past a camera shop and they had a Canon 300D in the window, on a whim I bought it and started shooting again for fun, then i came across a modeling network site and joined it. I then started shooting models. Then came the occasional oh i like your pictures can you shoot this for me. My hobby then became a little paid hobby. Over time I got to thinking my "proper" job do I want to be doing it when I'm 65 and I decided no I didnt want to be doing it. So I practised and got better at photography then I decided it was time to hand my notice in. Gulp – give up a good salary, compnay veichle, pension I must be mad . I did it I handed in my notice and the rest as they say is history.
What does photography mean to you?
Everything its how I met my wife.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
My Style Good question. Fashion with raw sexyness
Where do you get inspiration from?
Inspiration comes in many forms it might be from a magazine but equally it may be a colour or a location or a song.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Commercial shoots tend to be planned out but sometimes you just go with the flow Dont be blinkered on a shoot. Let it develop, come alive.
Studio, on location or both?
Both, I love both they bring different qualities to a shoot.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I guess a paid professional but I don’t feel like I have worked for the last 10 years. If you take one thing from this do something you enjoy. If you don’t want to, don’t work a 9 to 5 job. Earn less money if you have to but do something you really love. And you will never work again.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
There isn't really one, all shoots bring different qualities but something that does stand out is when I'm teaching. You can teach the basics no problem but giving someone the passion now that’s what stands out.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
At the moment Nikon and my little Nikon 50mm 1.8 and 105mm Sigma but the camera is just a black box that records what you create.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Don't and if you must, get a business degree not a photography degree
What do you think of our new magazine?
I like it.