Harlow, United Kingdom, June 21, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- A brief conversation with her landlord led her to securing a training grant that kick started a brand new business idea for former banking executive Sue Kennedy.
Parndon Mill based Sue Kennedy lost interest in interest rates and has been running a successful landscape photography business for five years – but now, thanks to chance conversation – she’s adding a brand new string to her bow.
She explains: “I’ve always loved photography – and my decision to capture people’s portraits outside on location, at a location to suit the client, developed from my passion for landscape & travel photography. I’ve spent the last few years traveling the world’s continents, taking pictures and selling them as greeting cards or large prints, but then the time came to learn more. At the time I was being asked to take more and more photographs of friends children, but knew I wanted to escape the formality of studio based portrait photography and offer clients something different. A more contemporary alternative to the classic photographic experience.”
She adds: “Moving into a different genre of photography meant learning new techniques, so I looked into the contemporary Photographic training run by Annabel Williams. Fortunately at the same time I learnt of funding as part of Towards 2010, which covered 70% of the cost, so I booked myself on two courses. It was a real turning point for me and it’s gone so well I’ve now set up a new website called BlueEyesKidsPhoto.co.uk.”
Kennedy who is a qualified Licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), set up BlueEyesKidsPhoto.co.uk with a different approach to that of most portrait photographers, She shoots her pictures of children in their own homes rather than in a commercial studio setting.
She says: “I find children are more relaxed in their home environment – and if they are relaxed I am going to capture better pictures. Studio portraits can often looks too contrived and artificial.”
“For very young babies I carry cloth backgrounds and a portable lights sources with me – and because I use as much natural light as possible it means flashlights are not going off in their faces every few seconds. For older children and family shoots we head outside either to their garden or to another favourite location.”
And the price?
Adds Sue: “Session fees start from £75, framed prints from just £59. My ongoing ambition is to create a collection of photographs that become more precious as time goes by.”
Sue Kennedy can be contacted at Blue Eyes Kids Photography, Parndon Mill, Harlow. Tel 0845 838 5375
Further information: Sue Kennedy 07711 638095