Get Interviewed strikes again. I was originally hesitant to place up a link asking people if they wanted to be interviewed. However I can say it has been the best page i’ve put on RAW. Pip (Ben Seed) sent me an email telling me his story and I couldn’t wait to get it on RAW for you all to see.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m Pip. 22 years old. A Yorkshire boy, currently living and working in London. I first picked up a camera when I was 17, turned professional at 19 and haven’t looked back since.
What made you get into photography?
I was always reasonably good at artistic/creative pursuits when I was younger, and I knew I had an eye for photography, even before I owned a camera. I often used to see photographs in magazines and on the internet that I didn’t like, and I’d think to myself how I would have shot it differently to try and make it better. It basically got to the point where I needed to put my money where my mouth was.
How did you get started?
The main problem was I didn’t have any money to put where my mouth was. So when I left school I got a job, saved up, bought some equipment and started taking photos of things and people that interested me. I spent a couple of years relentlessly photographing as much as I possibly could to learn my way and build a portfolio.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
Professionally I specialise in music, fashion and portraiture, but personally I also enjoy street and landscape photography.
What gear are you using?
I use the Canon 5D MKII and 7D as a back-up. Lens-wise, I use Canon 24-70mm f2.8, 28mm f2.8, 85mm f1.2, 50mm f1.8. I also use Bowens & Profoto lighting.
What’s your favourite lens and why?
Probably the 24-70. It’s such a versatile, consistent and robust piece of kit.
How are you marketing yourself?
I’m represented by an agency called Shoot (www.shootgroup.com) here in London – they are a massive help when it comes to marketing. Because they represent higher profile photographers, they have the reputation to personally showcase my work to their commercial clients, which is obviously priceless. They’ve played a huge part in the progression of my career so far and will continue to be for years to come. I’ve also started using twitter (@bypip) which is a great marketing/networking tool.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
A good portfolio will speak louder than any degree, qualification or experience-laden CV. Work hard to get your portfolio up to scratch, and if it is of an undeniable quality, people will notice. Confidence is also key. To turn professional you undoubtedly need to be creatively and technically on-the-ball; that is a given. But with the type of photography I’m involved in, you need to be able to engage your subject, deal with nervous clients, command a team working around you and forge relationships with all different kinds of people. So don’t be afraid to throw yourself into the deep end whenever you can – it’s where confidence is built, and ultimately how you’ll learn the most.