My name is Jonathan Owen and I am a professional freelance photographer based in Leigh-On-Sea, Essex. I specialise in event photography including festivals, private events, nightclubs, weddings, family occasions and parties as well as photo shoots either on location or at my photography studio based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. I started out taking photos on film of friends and music artists at events around my hometown of Southend-on-Sea in Essex in the late nineties. This was partly due to my involvement with events at the time, I ran club nights, live gigs and charity functions quite regularly back then and still throw the odd party now but it''s hard to come close to the parties we used to put together. The photography hobby turned into a passion and I ventured into London and various universities around the UK to capture and create moments and record valued memories. My love for the arts crossed genres and I started taking on various projects including web design, music, graphics and multimedia but my passion for photography grew and as my skills developed I committed myself to photography as a career and have been a dedicated freelance photographer since 2003, though I still take on the odd bit of graphic design, old habits die hard! Since starting to freelance I have been involved in a huge variety of projects, both commissioned and inspired by others as well as myself and it has taken me around the UK and Europe. As I worked I tested my skills at various genres working on projects that took my out of my comfort zone, learning different photographic techniques and discovering what inspired me and what specific styles of photography I am drawn to. I can''t say there has been any specific inspirations or hero''s for me, I grew up with a creative family including my dad who often had his film camera to hand so I think that was definitely noted. I think innovation and anything out of the ordinary tends to stop and make me think, and that''s what drives me ...
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