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The photographer hustled into a van by two heavies - what happened?

Interview with Daniel Parker - photographer to the stars:


1. What do you enjoy most about what you do? 

DANIEL:  There's satisfaction from being creative and problem-solving. But the real reward is in the clients response when they see the finished image. This is especially true when photographing people; when they see how great they can look on a photograph - I get a real kick out of that.

2. What advice would you give someone just starting out in the your line of business? 

DANIEL:  Hmm... Listen to your client. It's your job to convert the idea in their head into soething visible/tangible. It's so important for us to have a consultation with our client in advance of the shoot, usually on a different day so that I have time to consider how the result will be achieved.

3. What one thing would you do with your business if you knew you could not fail? 

DANIEL: I find people fascinating. People are my favourite photographic subject, especially different cultures, so if I could make a business out of just travelling the world and photographing people in their environment, that would be fantastic.  

4. What do you see as the coming trends in your sector of business? 

DANIEL: It's always difficult in any of the arts to predict where things are going to go next. Plus trends tend to go in cycles - who would have thought that brides would go back to wanting so much black & white in their wedding album? I hear photographers talking about introducing more video into their presentations with the development of HD in cameras. Then 3D is another 'thing' that keeps cropping up - who knows. But what never changes is that people always want to look natural and they want to look great. 

5. Describe the strangest or funniest incident you?ve experienced in your business? 

DANIEL: Well of course we've seen wedding cakes topple over and we've stitched a bride into her bask when the zip had burst etc. But one that sticks in my mind was when I was involved in a project photographing Jazz musicians for an exhibition which was to be at the NEC. It was fantastic, I got to meet Jools Holland, Cleo Laine, George Melly, Herbie Hancock.... On one summer night I was trying to blag a photo-pass into Manchesters 'Band On The Wall' club to photograph a drummer called Tony Allen. Two giant Rasta-dudes hustled me down a dark street at the side of the venue and one grunted "Get in the van". Looking around the shadowy deserted street I felt I was in no position to resist and clibmed into a large black van with smoked windows, bearing in mind I was carrying about ?3000 of gear in my bag. The sliding door was slammed shut at the side of me and I waited alone for the longest ten minutes of my life, pondering whether to make a run for it. Finally the door slid open loudly and the two burly heavies climbed in, shut the door, sat in front of me and said 'So what's this for then?'. Turns out they were a couple of the band members and really nice guys at that. After some light negotiating about rights to photos, they escorted me to the band room and then right to the front of the stage. Top night and my images were used for promo by the band later.   

6. What ways have you found to be the most effective for promoting your business? 

DANIEL: For the more commercial/corporate photography it has to be BNI. BNI has put us in cantact with people that are usually buffered by PA's and secretary's. It has also made us aware of avenues that we hadn't previously considered.

7. What one sentence would you like people to use in describing the way you do business? 

DANIEL:Good creative photography by people who are easy to work with.

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