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Surrey photographers' lives and photography through the lens

PUBLISHED: 08:02 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 February 2013

This is six images stitched together. I like this because so many elements come together in it. Autumn colour, early morning light, mist and even a rainbow, which some people think I have added in Photoshop. It all changed very rapidly and within a few minutes the cloud had come in and the shot was gone.

This is six images stitched together. I like this because so many elements come together in it. Autumn colour, early morning light, mist and even a rainbow, which some people think I have added in Photoshop. It all changed very rapidly and within a few minutes the cloud had come in and the shot was gone.

Surrey is home to a number of wonderful professional photographers – some shoot the scenic Surrey hills, several run around for newspapers and magazines while others you'll find capturing important events.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine February 2013


Surrey is home to a number of wonderful professional photographers some shoot the scenic Surrey hills, several run around for newspapers and magazines while others youll find capturing important events. Here, we speak to five, to discover their inspirations, and ask them to pick a few of their favourite photos from their own personal archives


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John Miller
DORKING


What do you most enjoy about being a photographer?
It probably sounds like a bit of a clich but no two photography jobs are ever the same and I also really enjoy being out in the countryside when shooting landscape shots. I started taking photographs when I was still at school and our art teacher turned a disused toilet into a darkroom. A few of us really got into it, while the rest of the class thought it was a bit of an excuse to slack off.


Tell us about your proudest photography moment to date?
The National Trust has been a client of mine for many years and being commissioned to shoot landscapes by them has always been a pleasure. Im also proud of the various coffee-table books that I photographed when working in London.


and what are the toughest challenges these days?
There are now a huge number of people taking photographs and the quality of digital cameras mean that you have to offer a client something really special that they feel they would not be able to take themselves.


Do you have a top tip for someone looking to start out in photography?
If its landscape photography that youre hoping to start doing, make sure to set the alarm and get up early. Also, try to get an assisting job with a professional photographer and you will definitely learn a lot that way. In the end though, its all about putting in a lot of hours shooting, so you get to know the equipment, and hopefully start to develop your own style.



  • See more of John Millers work by visiting johnmillerphotography.com


Hy Money
LINGFIELD


What do you most enjoy about being a photographer?
Over the last 30 years, I have photographed so many sporting legends. I have stood in the ring with Mohammed Ali, sat in the Centre Court to capture John McEnroe during his you cannot be serious outbursts... the list is endless. I was born in India and, after finishing my schooling there, was dispatched on a one-way ticket to England. My solo journey started out from Bombay Harbour on what was, for me, a miserable Christmas Day. I was, however, presented with a Box Brownie camera and a request from my mother that I should send her a photo of Buckingham Palace. By a peculiar set of circumstances, some years down the line I found myself instead at Crystal Palace Football Club.


Tell us about your proudest photography moment to date?
I think my proudest moment was when I was at Royal Ascot for the first time and photographed the Queen Mother and her daughters strolling on a beautiful sunny afternoon. It was so exquisitely British.


and what are the toughest challenges these days?
The toughest challenges were actually in the early years when, unknown to me at that time, women did not sit by touch-lines at football clubs nor ringside at the boxing or even snooker halls. I had to battle with the Sports Photographers Association who, en masse, signed a petition attempting to ban me from all sporting arenas and to block my entry into the National Union of Journalists. My life in boarding school in India taught me how to fight my own battles and never give in to mass bullying. For others following me, the Sex Discrimination Act soon made life easier for women but I am proud to know that I lead the way for others to follow.


Do you have a top tip for someone looking to start out in photography? Ive had an amazing life as a photographer and, personally, I owe it all to Crystal Palace where it all began. As the saying goes: You never forget your first love.



  • See more of Hy Moneys work by visiting hymoney.co.uk


Pete Gardner
GODALMING


What do you most enjoy about being a photographer?
Meeting people and the variety of work thats what makes it such a fascinating job. I do a lot of work for newspapers and obviously I am photographing people because they have done something special whether its a sporting triumph, charity work, or maybe just building a model of Tower Bridge out of matchsticks all human life is there!


Tell us about your proudest photography moment to date?
I love photographing the Royals Ive covered several of their visits over the years and its quite a challenge. A couple of my clients have had Prince Charles visit their businesses and I have been given special permission to accompany the whole private tour I have never tried so hard to make myself invisible!


and what are the toughest challenges these days?
The key to a successful press photo is impact and you have to keep that in mind with every single picture you take. There is an old saying that youre only as good as your last picture sounds really corny but in fact is very true for newspaper work. You need to constantly think of new ideas, keep people happy and relaxed if youre there to take their picture and keep it all under control as far as possible.


Do you have a top tip for someone looking to start out in photography?
Photography has many areas in which you can specialise so you need to concentrate on your main interest be it press, sport, landscapes, portraits or weddings and then simply pick up your camera and get out and take photos for yourself. Be totally confident in the technical side of the camera first and gradually build up a portfolio with a website.



  • See more of Petes Gardners work by visiting picturespread.net


Nigel Clifford
BLETCHINGLEY


What do you most enjoy about being a photographer?
I set up my photography company in 2010 after I retired from a career in local government. I worked at Reigate and Banstead Borough Council for 35 years, principally as a town planner, but for the last nine years as chief executive. I now split my time between photography, guest lecturing at UCL and voluntary work. Im a volunteer photographer, a trustee and now vice chairman of Surrey Care Trust and take photographs at most of the Trusts major fund-raising events.


Tell us about your proudest photography moment to date?
From an early age, I always liked taking photographs, which over the years became a more serious hobby with the purchase of better camera equipment. Only a couple of weeks after setting up the company, I was lucky enough to get a commission from the Hawthorns independent school in Bletchingley. This helped with other school work and, this year, Ive spent some time with St Josephs Catholic Primary School, Redhill. Ive also recently done 11 family photo shoots in an afternoon at their school hall very intensive, but some great results! As a freelance photographer, you take what comes up and keep an eye on what might be a saleable image.


and what are the toughest challenges these days?
In days when everyone is a photographer, its about producing high quality, pin sharp images that say something to the viewer and thats what you strive for. Thats what gives you your edge.


Do you have a top tip for someone looking to start out in photography? With digital cameras, theres no excuse not to experiment with the settings get off the factory/automatic settings. But mainly just take more photos. If Im doing a portrait by natural light, I put the camera on continuous shooting and rapidly shoot off loads of images in quick succession. That increases the likelihood of getting a good result. But perhaps most importantly, think about what youre trying to say to the viewer whats the point of your image?



  • See more of Nigel Cliffords work by visiting rowlimages.co.uk


Andy Newbold
LEATHERHEAD


What do you most enjoy about being a photographer?
Initially, my plan was to become an illustrator or graphic designer I did a module of photography at college but dodged lessons as it was all too complicated for me! A couple of years later, whilst working on a photographic printing machine at a newspaper office in the Midlands, I started to get the shutter bug and so started my career! Its been a rocky road though. I even spent several years as a baby photographer, working in shopping centres. I came to Surrey to work for the then Dawson Strange Photography Studio in Cobham in 2001, before setting up myself here in Leatherhead. Nowadays, I get to meet some amazing and interesting people and make people smile for a living (generally).


Tell us about your proudest photography moment to date?
Being the official photographer at the 100th Royal Variety Performance and, specifically, when I photographed Her Majesty The Queen being presented with a gift close up. An hour later, I introduced Pudsey the dog to Robbie Williams in his dressing room a night of contrasts then!


and what are the toughest challenges these days?
There are many more photographers and the value of what we do has dropped considerably with the advent of the digital age, so you have to work harder to stay in business. Also a lot of my normal clients are affected by the recession magazines rely on advertising, which is down; commercial businesses are cutting marketing budgets; and portrait photography is a luxury that can be done by a relation with a good SLR. So you have to keep on your toes and be prepared to work long hours and spend a lot of time editing. My latest venture is teaching if you cant beat them, show them how to do it properly!


Do you have a top tip for someone looking to start out in photography? Become a plumber or electrician! No, seriously, if you do take the risk, learn to be a perfectionist, over deliver and always carry your camera with you.



  • See more of Andy Newbolds work by visiting andynewbold.com

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