5 things I would tell my younger photographer self

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(Image credit: Liam Dunkley - Artefact Studios)

I wasn't one of the people who decided they wanted to get into photography as soon as they picked up a camera. I bought a Nikon D3200 when I was 18 because I'd always loved using those crappy cameras from the past . It wasn't until I went to university a year later and started shooting nights out that I thought, "Maybe I could do this as a career."

Whether your interest sparked at an early age or whether it's something you've grown to love later on in life, photography is an incredibly rewarding hobby and / or profession. When I first started out, I had no idea where photography might take me – I just enjoyed taking photos and wanted to capture moments of my life to remember. Had you told me back then that I'd end up shooting music acts like Jorja Smith and London Grammar, I probably wouldn't have believed you. 

Nikon D750 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.8) (Image credit: Hannah Rooke)

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.