I’ve had a keen passion for photography since the age of 11 and since then, I have not stopped using a camera (literally).
I started secondary school at Tonypandy Community College in 2008 and I took part in an extra curriculum photography session run by the school via the council’s widespread extra-curricular platform. Since that day, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed photography and haven’t stopped doing it since.
The photography session was run by a Cardiff based photographer, Peter Williams, who helped me gain my determination for photography and take a step up in the industry.
A number of years into my comprehensive years, I undertook a high standard role as the school volunteer photographer for all events and ceremonies at the school, even the odd one or two sports events. Once I entered year 10 in school, I studied L2 Creative Media Production course, as part of a BTEC qualification for my GCSEs, and throughout the two year course, I undertook a number of out-of-school photography courses and also undertook a 2 week work experience at Peter Williams Photography in Cardiff, who has helped me since year 7 to take my photography career that extra mile.
In my final compulsory year of school, I undertook a work-placement with Wicid. The placement was only meant to take place over my final 9 months in school, but I was then offered a permanent place as a volunteer photography and media trainee until the end of August 2013, just before I started my L3 Creative Media Production course at Bridgend College.
During my time at Bridgend College, I set up my own photography business and also set up a community project at Penygraig Boys and Girls Club, which is my local youth centre and within just a few months, I had won national awards for wedding and portrait photography.
I then completed my first year of college, but thought long and hard about returning to college for year two. I then made the decision to leave college and carry on with my business.
Fortunately, I caught the attention of Christian O’Reilly, who was the owner of RGB Photography Ltd., who were located in Mountain Ash at the time. I have now been invited to join the RGB team as an apprentice, improving my skills at the brand new studio in Ferndale.
We’ve now been open just a few weeks and the studio has a firm focus on the public and offers a variety of products such as: family photo-shoots and weddings, passport and driving license pictures and much more.
So, there it is, from a lot of hard-work and my high passion, I have now gained a top standard photography apprenticeship with RGB Photography. I’m so happy and overwhelmed with my career progress and I’m sure anyone can achieve what they want with hard work!
I’m more than happy to help others or give some advice for anyone looking to follow my footsteps.
Find out more by about RGB Photography by checking out our Facebook page or you can also contact the studio on 01443 755994 or to find out more about the activities you can get involved with after school go ask your Youth Participation Officer or check out the WICID website and social networking sites for information.
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