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Valerie Mather Photography“I have been passionate about all kinds of photography all of my life. Currently, the focus of that passion is people. I love capturing people in public and private moments. Sharing something of a person's personality in what Henri Cartier- Bresson described as the “Decisive Moment”

Qualifications

Having been mainly self-taught, in 2016 I decided to test my own knowledge of photography and in 2017 I was awarded the Royal Photographic Society Certificate in Photography from the Open University (granted in conjunction with the RPS).

Distinctions

Valerie Mather LRPSIn 2018 I was awarded the internationally respected Distinction of Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS), which recognises a high standard of both technical and creative skill in photography.

Exhibitions/Publications

My image “Bramham Cross Country” was selected as part of the Hull City of Culture, to be included in the Showcasing Yorkshire Print Exhibition 2017.

In 2018 I have been interviewed online for the RPS Documentary Group in connection with my image of Cuban school children and I have been successful with a Highly Commended image in the RPS Bi-monthly documentary competition [pdf version here]. I was also one of the winners of the RPS 365 competition in August 2018.

I was lucky enough in 2018 to meet and interview David Hurn, the UK’s leading documentary photographer for publication in the RPS online journal: The Decisive Moment [pdf version here]

Equipment

Over the years I have experimented with a number of different cameras and lenses, working with both film and digital equipment. As my photography developed so did the quality ( and cost! ) of my kit. I believe it is important to have the right equipment for the right project.

Currently, my kit comprises Leica, Canon and Fuji digital cameras and a variety of highest quality prime and zoom lenses.
Photography is all about painting with light and whilst I enjoy working in natural light I also use top quality Profoto off-camera strobe lights and light shaping tools, such as softboxes, grids and beauty dishes, to achieve bespoke creative images. I have a selection of portable studio backgrounds suitable for corporate headshots /or web-based portrait images but I am just as happy to create an environmental portrait of you to show off your business or social media account in a more personal way.

The beauty of using Profoto lights is that they can be used just as easily for an outdoor shoot as in a studio and they allow a photographer to control ambient light and be creative in any situation. This is ideal for capturing that special occasion be it an engagement, an anniversary or birthday, a family day out, a dramatic role play or a personal portrait, an album cover for your band, a perfect image for your social media account or website, a corporate headshot, an environmental portrait of your business, a fun night out with the girls or boys, or a favourite family pet or simply capturing yourselves, your friends and family at a given moment in time.”

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