Location Photography and the Special Magic of Place
As a London-based international photographer specialising in location photography, London and the UK are close to my heart. From the Lake District to the Isle of Skye to the dramatic Welsh coastline, I’ve travelled the length and breadth of Britain working on numerous commissions as well as my own personal projects exploring the many moods and changing character of the Great British landscape.
With parents of Greek Cypriot and Finnish descent, I also have special interest in the Nordic and Mediterranean regions, both of which I have traversed extensively with my camera. No matter where I am in the world, my goal is to capture the special magic of each location – be it the sunrise on an icy lake or storm clouds developing over mountains or sea – and freeze in time its magnificent beauty unfolding.
The Challenges and Rewards of Photography on Location
There are no shortcuts when it comes to location photography. Unlike at home or in the studio, where a photographer has full control, easy access to equipment, and is familiar with how the light changes throughout the day, location photography is wildly unpredictable. When working on a brief or exploring new landscapes and environments, meticulous planning is an absolute necessity to help manage unpredictability. You need to plan how and when to get there, what equipment you’ll require, how long it will take to hike out to the site – and hike back again before you’re left lost in the dark. But planning will only take you so far. Indeed, you can’t plan or control the weather. You can’t predict how the light will change. You can’t account for passers-by or other hikers interfering with the scene. By its very nature, landscape photography on location requires you to think on your feet, adapt to new conditions, and continuously adjust your plans. It is one of the greatest challenges as a location photographer, but also the most rewarding.