With a twenty-year background in photography and studio management, I'm the creative force behind Flare Studio. I've done pretty much everything in the photography industry, starting out assisting on shoots and working my way up to freelancing for world class studios such as The Packshot Factory and Alex and Alexa. I've gained a broad understanding of photographic disciplines from designer fashion to high-end jewellery, pack shots to head studies and portraiture. In my time I have been lucky enough to work with fantastic clients as diverse as Dior and Marks & Spencer, Vans and Urban Hunter. Moving into studio management for Dobell in 2015, I created a whole new direction and process for their in-house product photography. While designing and building their new studio space the seed was sown for running my own studio in Brighton and with a little persuasion from my partner in crime here we are.
Having started out pulling pints in a busy city centre pub, I worked my way up to bar and cellar manager for Fullers Brewery before swapping booze for books and more sociable hours at Waterstones. While on secondement to WHSmith I was offered a buying position and spent the next few years honing my commercial skills there. After a brief stint as editor for a major publisher in London I went to work for Direct Wines, owner of Laithwaites and The Sunday Times Wine Club. As web editor I helped design, shape and launch their new e-commerce websites and digital marketing voice. Moving to Brighton I took a project management role with a small mystery shopping company for three months, managing their account for Virgin Media. Eight years later I was still there, working with some amazing clients like Fired Earth, Bovis Homes and Furniture Village. Watching the business grow, our client base multiply and new employees join the team was great fun but I was itching to start my own business. When Justin and I began talking about the studio I realised it was time, handed in my notice and haven't looked back since.