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 before swapping booze for books in search of more sociable hours at Waterstones. A secondement to WHSmith head office landed me a buying role developing their sci-fi, fantasy, and graphic novel range and I spent the next few years honing my commercial skills battling the rise of Amazon and the big supermarkets. A switch back to booze led me to Direct Wines, owner of Laithwaites and The Sunday Times Wine Club. As web editor I helped design and launch their e-commerce presence and shape their digital voice. But the sea beckoned and with a 3-month project management role for a small mystery shopping company I moved to Brighton. Eight years later I was still working there, helping amazing clients like Fired Earth, Bovis Homes and Furniture Village, but I was itching to start my own business. When Justin and I began talking about the studio I realised it was time and haven't looked back since.