That started when I set up my Instagram account four years ago. I was quite late to it, and I’d look around and see these people with thousands of followers and I’d think, hey, I can’t compete, so I’ll just post what I like and enjoy doing in my spare time – the skylines. And after a couple of years I started to get lots of enquiries. I’d explain that I hadn’t done skylines commercially, but they’d say, fine, we’re happy with that.
So I started picking up architectural work, interiors, hotels, shooting views and time lapses. My work was being picked up by lots of accounts and featured by magazines, online communities and websites, and that’s where it transitioned into a much bigger thing. However, I still do have another freelance business to fill up the gaps between my photography work. Unless you are absolutely packed with work, it’s hard when you’ve got a family, children, a mortgage – you need to make sure all the bills are paid.
I have regular clients – some are major London skyscrapers, some are residential and commercial developments, others are companies. Initially I got work from them because they needed skyline photography from their rooftops – from there I showed them I could do interior and exterior photos, so then I’d start doing architectural shots for their brochures, websites and marketing campaigns, and it’s gone on from there.