K2photographic An Overview
Hello, I’m Fletcher, I grew up in London with red double decker buses, sarsaparilla and bucket loads of curiosity. My passion for photography probably was the result of delivering magazines like National Geographic and the Sunday Times Magazine through people’s letter boxes as a teenager doing my paper round, the images I saw also fuelled my desire to travel.
Despite delivering thousands of newspapers and magazines the money I earned did enable me to buy a film camera, although the price of film and developing made photography very expensive.
When photography entered the digital age, the cost seemed out of my reach, but when I was invited on a Kayaking trip to the Alps and realised no one had a DSLR I decided to buy a Pentax K10, this was the camera that really started my photography passion as I took photographs of the activities and landscapes I visited whilst traveling to places across the globe. I soon realised the limitation of the camera and upgraded to a Pentax K5 which at the time was a great camera, weather sealed and built like a tank and the Sony sensor was amazing. The Pentax K5 was also the first camera that I used for a few commissions, I also learned about photography, the cameras limitations, together with the type of camera I needed. Without a doubt that little Pentax K5 camera taught me how to overcome photography challenges and provided me with excellent photographic foundations.
In 2013 like many other people I found myself being made redundant after eighteen years as a Senior Youth Worker and despite trying to find a normal or real job as people would say, I found that my skills were no longer required or valued. I eventually found employment as an alternative education tutor which lasted for almost two years before I was made redundant again. Not wanting to settle for the ordinary and end up doing something I hated work wise, I decided I had nothing to lose in trying to become a working photographer. Although sarsaparilla and red double decker buses were in short supply in Leeds, I still had bucket loads of curiosity, so I started learning the craft of photography, reading and watching everything that I could access in relation to photography and lighting. I have made a few mistakes along the way and wasted money on photography gear, but it’s all part of learning and progression.
As my wife Fran is also a photographer, so I decided on K2Photographicrather than Fletcher Davies photography, Why K2photographic? That’s a story for another time, but let me know if you would like to hear it. I specialise in Lifestyle and Equine photography as these were the areas where I gained my first commissions and where my passion lies, although I also provide photography services for Headshots & Mini Branding, together with Architectural photography.
Over the past fourteen years I have used various cameras and glass, I still appreciate the Canon 300mm f/2.8L as a great lens, together with the Canon 135mm f/2 as I have taken some great images with these lenses. Equipment wise, I use what works for me, Sony cameras and lenses. Lighting wise I use a mixture of Godox and Paul C Buff.
As you can see in in the image above, in order to get the plane flying again, I require funds, so I will consider most photography commissions.
Creativity & Philosophy
With the vast majority of people now owning a smart phone, people can take digital images anywhere at any time, so you might be thinking why would I want to pay for photography?
For me personally, the purpose of photography is to show the beauty of things people would otherwise take for granted. People are drawn to images and good photographs spark all kinds of reactions and emotions which are the key ingredients of memories.
The foundation for my creativity starts with using the right light at the right location and the right time, but each of these aspects has had to be learned and practiced in order to develop the required associated experience and skills, together with the photography equipment I have invested in. When my photography is appreciated, these are the attributes that you will be investing in should you choose to commission me
Although people might think that photography and creativity go hand in hand, creating meaningful images rarely happens by chance. Every commission I receive for the photography services I offer has customer service at its core, I listen to what clients don’t want before I think about any ideas as to what I think they may want.
The payment a photographer receives pays for their time, effort and skills, together with the equipment they use which is sometimes forgotten now people have mobile phones to take pictures with.
Integrity & Trust
One of the core values I grew up with was to treat those how you would want to be treated. I have integrated this value in to the services and products K2photographic provide. K2photographic provide transparent pricing and you will never experience a hard sell or pushy sales tactics. As a small business I rely on word of mouth, so every aspect of what I do as a photographer is about integrity.