Hello and welcome to my BLOG
Firstly, I need to explain that I have a wee bit of an identity crisis. There are quite a few photographers around called Colin Bell and I sometimes get mistaken for one or other of them, but I am the genuine original.
There is a Colin Bell in London, one in the Lake District, another in Northern Ireland, one in the south of England and others in the USA, Germany, Australia and Africa! It seems the world is full of photographers called Colin Bell.
Anyway, I can assure you I’m not any of them. I was born in Glasgow, brought up in a leafy suburb in the north of the city and still live in the central belt, which is a handy location to travel from with motorways in every direction and international airports in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The main purpose of this BLOG is to engage in the world of social media, which I have been avidly avoiding until now.
Although I have several great, long-standing clients, I am hoping for a few more coming to me via this brand-new website and hopefully enjoying me BLOGGING about my work and experiences and life in general.
As an Advertising and Corporate photographer, I get to do things that many others dream about. I get to fly off to beautiful destinations and shoot fabulous images involving brilliant people, products and locations, but it’s not always that glamorous, sometimes I’m driving to the airport at 4am in December, in the pitch black with a howling gale and torrential rain, trying to keep the car from blowing off the road. Swings and roundabouts I suppose.
A lot of professional location photography is pure problem solving, in my entire career I have never come back from a shoot without the images the client asked for and needs. That’s nothing to do with luck. It comes through experience, determination and understanding the client’s brief. The harder I work the luckier I get.
Although I now work purely on location, I have had studios in Glasgow, and before that I worked in my then employer’s studios. I can run a location shoot as if I was in a studio, and I have all the equipment and knowledge I need to do that.
I’m hoping that one or two people out there will find my work and all this blether a wee bit interesting and might just think I can do a good job for them too.
Let me know if you think so.