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.
After studying media and politics at university I spent a few years pulling pints and flipping burgers in various trendy pubs. I soon swapped booze for books in search of more sociable hours at Waterstones where a chance secondement to WHSmith head office landed me a buying role developing their sci-fi, fantasy, and graphic novel range. I spent the next few years honing my commercial skills battling the rise of Amazon and the big supermarkets before being lured away to my dream job as editor for a major genre publisher in London. This was my Wizard of Oz moment, which taught me that not all dreams should be realised. A switch from books back to booze led me to 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 shape their new digital marketing voice. But the sea beckoned and after moving to Brighton I took a 3-month project management role with a small mystery shopping company, managing their account for Virgin Media. Eight years later I was still there, working with 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.