Well…. This seems a bit weird! Writing the first blog for this website ‘Yvonne Guntripp Photography’ when I’m not Yvonne Guntripp! As it happens though I’m Dave, the other half of the partnership so I guess I’m within my rights.
I think I’m best beginning at the beginning and explaining how we came to be involved in Photography and how we got to where we are now.
After a couple of years taking snaps with a little Kodak Instamatic, it probably started in 1984 when we arranged to go on a driving tour of Europe. Well it seemed like the whole of Europe, but in reality it was France, Germany, Northern Italy and Austria. Just before we went the recently defunct Jessops had a special offer. Olympus OM10 camera, ‘manual adapter’ and Flash Gun, all in a padded camera case. So we succumbed, and had our first SLR, our first real camera.
The OM10 was an aperture-priority camera, which means that you set the aperture (or f number) and the camera decides for itself what shutter speed to use – very clever for the early ‘80’s. But the Manual Adaptor that plugged in turned it into a fully manual, creatively-capable camera (not that we knew what to do with it for some time but that’s another story). This was before the days of autofocus or anything that you’d take for granted nowadays, but it took, and still takes, great pictures. In fact it only got retired when we made the leap to digital over 20 years later.
Those first outings with the OM10 produced some really good, if uninventive pictures, great for invoking memories of places but without much creative thought. We were never into the ‘pseudo-Japanese’ style of “This is me in Salzburg and this is me in somewhere else” but I guess they did amount to chronological lists of the sites we saw and not a lot more. It wasn’t that long though before we saw, not just more of the capabilities of the camera, but that Yvonne really had a great natural eye for composition.
Krimll Waterfall, Austria 1984 – on our first trip with the OM10
And so time went by as photography became an extension of our other passion, travel. We travelled around many parts of the world, taking candids or journalistic style photographs of what we witnessed. Frustratingly though, we always seemed to take far more pictures than we could do creative things with – and remember we are talking of the days when you didn’t see what you’d got until the photo-lab had processed your film and decided, not always helpfully, where a crop should occur.
The switch to digital was inevitable. We wanted more control over our photographs than we could get on film. We’d had a few close encounters with digital in its earlier days and dismissed it on quality grounds – it just didn’t cut it. Then in 2005 we finally took the plunge with the purchase of a Canon DSLR. Our old film cameras haven’t seen the light of day since.
I guess that our photographic experience would have continued along pretty much the same path but for a chance conversation with a friend during which she asked if Yvonne would take some photographs of her young daughter. The session went really well. Everyone enjoyed the process and the photographs were very well-received. In a very short space of time other people, having seen the photographs, were asking for shoots. Almost before we knew it we’d upgraded the camera and bought some studio flash units.
At this point I think we made a conscious decision that doing this seriously would be both fun and a viable option for Yvonne. We also decided that, even with the reasonably good knowledge that she had some serious training was in order. This began with a portrait photography course in Bournemouth and continued with a week in Cornwall with one of the most inspiring photographers you could meet (during which I was completely sold) Since then we’ve both had more training on all aspects of photography and the software which now underpins it – and we will continue to do so. Indeed this year we will be having a few days with one of the highest regarded photography practices in the UK (also a husband and wife team as it happens!)
So that brings us pretty much up to date. We now have our photography business, albeit small (to us that means personal) which has been born out of our love of photography and other people’s appreciation of our work.
We have a fully-equipped, fully functioning studio within our home and we’d love you to experience it with us.