A career in photography can take you places

Yorkshire-born photographer Holly Clark is no mug when it comes to taking that special photograph.

Today Holly is a wedding and events photographer who regularly flies around the world capturing magical moments on camera – so just how did she get to have such a dream job? 

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“Shoot for you and not for what you think other people want to see..."

For Holly, it began after leaving Liverpool University with a psychology degree. Wanting to get into the events industry she quickly landed a role as an event planner, combining her love of being creative and working around people.

She found herself managing events within such London landmarks as the Natural History Museum, the V&A and Tower of London.

But disappointingly, she felt the photographs taken at the events didn’t always reflect what she had experienced - so she picked up her camera and did it herself.

People started booking her and before long she had two full time jobs and so at just 24, she decided to set up her own photography business, Holly Clark Photography – and she’s never looked back.

It may all sound simple but how did she do it?

“If I was at school now, the best career advice I would give is to approach every job with buckets of enthusiasm and knowledge. Make yourself stand out from the crowd,” she counsels.

Would she do things differently?

“It’s very difficult to know where the paths you didn’t take lead to. However, yes there are always things you could do differently, maybe better.
“I have a very critical eye of my own work and rarely sit back and take anything for granted, you are only as good as your last job and I believe you can never stop learning.”

And for those who would like to follow Holly’s path and become a photographer she has this advice:

“Shoot for you and not for what you think other people want to see, don’t start comparing yourself to others as photography a very personal art form.
“If you’re passionate about it, it will show in your work and coupled with working hard, you’ll do well.”

Finally she has a top tip about taking those special photographs:

“Take a step back and try and capture the atmosphere of the party, not just the obvious shots of guests. All the finer details add to the story of the event.”
University, CareersWeb editor