Hi there, I am Shy (by name!)
I became a Professional Photographer by chance as I was bitten by the photography bug whilst travelling around picturesque Italy in 1999! From there, I started to explore the world around me on a Leica rangefinder camera and in 2003 I committed to completing a two year Photography HND course at Bradford College. I had always been creative by nature but had not had the opportunity to explore this side of me (life gets in the way sometimes), so decided this was my time! I graduated in 2005 and decided to take the plunge and worked freelance for a number of years. (I also upgraded my camera!) I took on numerous weddings and event projects, and was then hired by a well established studio portraiture company in 2009.
It was here that I really started to develop my own style, as I realised how much fun could be had by experimenting with various lighting and posing techniques in a secure environment! After much deliberation and experience under my belt, in December 2012 I established my own studio in Shipley. Finally my creativity was unleashed!
Shy B Photography quickly built up a loyal client base and garnered a reputation for offering professional and excellent 'value'for-money' packages to its clients. My ethos has always been to offer a fun-filled experience, in a comfortable setting, with beautiful images its final goal. 'Word-of-mouth' is a wonderful and powerful marketing tool! As my reputation grew, so did the wedding and event photography arm of the business. I started to take on more wedding commissions and tailor made bespoke wedding packages for each and every client. For me, weddings are about creating a 'movie star' experience, where the client takes centre stage! Great wedding photography truly represents the one day where good lighting, great composition, banter, and that little bit of 'sparkle' bring the whole day together! Simply magical. (Please check out the 'Wedding Gallery' here) Events and corporate events are a big part my portfolio too (Please check out the 'Events' gallery here.)
In 2015, due to growing work commitments outside of the studio, I decided to transfer the studio from that of a commercial shop front to inside my own home! The space was amply there, and it meant I could offer the client an even more relaxed and laid back environment for a photo shoot! The feedback has been tremendous. The clients do not feel rushed, the setting is relaxed and the fact that the shoot takes place in a 'home studio' environment adds to the whole experience! (Please check out my 'Studio' section here)
In the same year, my photography work added another dimension to its burgeoning portfolio. I had at this point started to reflect on the impact of my working with various community organisations. It was around this time that I stumbled upon 'The Real Junk Food Project.' A fantastic waste food initiative, it gave me the platform I needed to explore a more social conscious frame of reference. This culminated in a successful exhibition launch in Saltaire and a revised launch at the Saltaire Arts Trail in 2016. I started a new project with the 'Butterfly Project' in September 2016, which resulted in a final exhibition at the WOW (Women of the World) Bradford Festival at Kala Sangam on November 2016. Back firmly on 'home turf,' I was delighted to capture the ongoing regeneration of Bradford City Centre, on the back of which another exhibition launched in March 2017, but this time on the Big Screen Bradford! (Please check out my 'Social Documentary' page here)
So whether I am travelling our beautiful landscape to capture weddings and events, documenting social enterprises or staying firmly rooted to create a unique 'home studio shoot' experience you can rest assured you will have a versatile photographer at your fingertips! It is my pleasure to continue working with you all, it's an exciting chapter in the business' history, and moreover, I welcome you all along to undertake the journey with me.