Georgie Glass, Manchester-based photographer and blogger, has been working closely with findr for a little while now. We’ve always been super impressed by her work, she has been a fantastic support to the entire team, and now she has agreed to become our very first Content Contributor!
From now on, Georgie will be publishing an article on the findr blog every month, writing on topics ranging from freelance work to women’s place in the art scene.
We’re beyond excited to share her thoughts and tips with you. In the meantime, Georgie is the focus of our new photographer profile — we hope you like what she has to say, and come back for more!
Before we get started, tell us about yourself!
My name’s Georgie Glass, professional food and lifestyle photographer based in Manchester and shooting across the North of England, as well as Scotland and sometimes London. I graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a degree in Photography with Editorial and Advertising. I was always desperate to work for myself and become a ‘freelance photographer’ so as soon as I graduated Uni in 2013 at the young age of 21 I set up as an independent business, and have been a practicing photographer now for the last 5 years.
What’s the first picture you remember taking?
I don’t remember the first ever photograph I took, but I remember the setting. I was 13 and had just moved to Hong Kong with my family. I was constantly taking photographs on my phone and digital cameras to share our experiences with friends and family back home, and I think my parents must have noticed I had a knack for it. The next thing I remember is being shipped off to weekend photography courses and forever being surgically attached to the SLR I had been treated to (film, not digital – best way to start), and then I guess the rest from there was history!
You’re a qualified food and lifestyle photographer — what attracts you to those two types of photography?
I’d love to say it was some kind of technical attraction, or something I had tried, tested and perfected at Uni, but I have to admit it was a very random, and food photography more or less found me (not the other way around!). When I graduated Uni it was fair to say I needed to lose a few pounds, and during my weight loss journey I kept an online blog about recipes I was trying and what I was losing week by week. This blog sparked a passion inside me to shoot food, that I never knew I had before. So I started shooting portfolio work from home, with food I was cooking up myself, styling and shooting, and I absolutely loved it!
I started the blog in October 2013 and the last recorded post is October of the following year, and the only reason the blog petered out was that in the September of 2014 I landed my first ever major foodie client! I would never have achieved that without my little weight-loss journey, and I’m so proud to see where my photographic journey has lead me to today. It’s still live, the blog (if not somewhat cringe worthy!) if you wanted to check it out… https://theslimmerphotographer.wordpress.com/
In what way does keeping a blog affect your work as a photographer?
Blogging has pretty much been integrated into my photographic life since the first blog in 2013. Since then I have ran 2 other blogs, including the current one I have over on my website now. As well as managing my social media accounts, I’m also playing a part in the Manchester blogging community through WeBlog North, where I run beginners photographic workshops for bloggers. But I don’t think what a lot of photographers realise is that you run a micro-blog every single day – well, you do if you run and manage your own Instagram account. Sometimes running my Instagram account and blog feels like a full time job in itself, and earlier this year it left me at somewhat of a crossroads as I just didn’t know what I wanted from my blog.
I think blogging can engulf you, and you can lose sight of what you really want from your content, especially as a photographer. We all become photographers to be creative, so why is it we lose sight of this a few years into training? It’s so easy to get bogged down with social media statistics and admin. So a couple of months ago I decided to say no, and start creating content for no one else other than myself. My blog and Instagram are now a place you can now find me at my most creative, and I can’t wait to start sharing more again over the coming weeks ahead.
In your opinion, what’s the best thing about being a photographer?
Unfortunately, I can imagine this is a pretty standard answer, but it’s most definitely working for yourself! Determining my own routine, setting my own targets and goals, but most of all not really answering to anyone other than myself. Everything I do and create pushes me closer to my own dream and no one else’s, whatever happens this is my own little empire.
What’s your favourite place in your city to take pictures?
Well, if you know Manchester you’ll know it’s is a beautiful mix of industrial and rural landscapes. You’ll usually find me snapping in a Northern Quarter coffee shop, more commonly ones like the Fig + Sparrow and Ezra & Gil. But if not there, you’ll usually find me traipsing the city streets, looking for that next city-scape shot for ‘the ‘gram’. Or perhaps somewhere a little more rural like Alderley Edge or Didsbury; where you’ll find me either in a park or a very millennial eatery, with my pooch Lolli, trying to style a foodie flat lay.
We can’t wait to share more of Georgie’s work with you all. We’ll also be featuring a new photographer every month, so watch this space to get to know our community better!