Hi there, I’m Andy Hopkinson, photographer here at FNS Photography. I’ve been passionate about photography since I was a child and have learnt my craft through constant practice and professional qualifications. From film to the first digital cameras I’ve never been tied to a brand or a particular process, preferring to use whatever is best suited to the image, the mood, the location. Learning the art of photography through film I believe has given me a depth of understanding of light and an innate appreciation for timing and the critical window that a photographer has to capture that connection between viewer and subject.
Photography is chemistry and physics. One without the other is the realm of the mundane. Recording what is in front of the camera for the sake of a record. Like all good chemical reactions there needs to be a spark, a catalyst to bring the elements together. That is the photographer, the artist, the vessel for the passion and emotion, the conveyance of feeling through pixels or celluloid.
I’ve photographed over 900 weddings and social gatherings, hundreds of portraits and what must be millions of images over the years. All with a passion for story-telling and capturing the feeling of that split second I press the shutter.
Q and A
What’s the secret to taking a great photograph?
Getting a connection or rapport with your subject translates into images that convey emotion and not just light on pixels or film! Finding the beauty in your subject, no matter what it is. A real portrait or photograph can convey the emotion of the subject to the observer. Once you can do this composition, timing, use of light and exposure all just become natural, unnoticeable. You stop seeing an image and start feeling it.
What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?
Always early in the conversation is: What is it you want to achieve or finish up with? And alternatively: What are you expecting from your images?
What do you love most about your job?
Got to be a tie between being creative and working with people.
What inspired you to start your own business?
I’ve had a passion for photography since I was a kid. I was lucky enough to have had my own darkroom from the age of 12 and fell in love with the process. Seeing the image I wanted to capture in my head then using composition in the camera, the film, choosing the exposure, developing the film and printing the image. Starting out with film has given me an innate love and skill in manipulating light to craft images, not just record what’s there in front of you. I know I’m never going to get rich doing this but as long as I can earn a living at something I just love to do I’m a lucky man!
Why should clients choose you?
I care about what I do, the work I produce and the client! I pride myself on not only fulfilling the brief but exceeding it. If I don’t think I’m the right photographer for you I’ll tell you (nicely!) and point you in the direction of someone better suited.