I started off studying for an HND in Photography at the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Rochester, and whilst there, began to build up a folio of sport images taken at local sporting events. I went on to work for two sports picture agencies, notably Allsport which is now part of Getty Images and travelling extensively throughout the world. I spent about eight years photographing every kind of sport from tiddly winks to Champions League football, with much of my work published in newspapers and magazines all around the world.
Wishing to develop my own business more, I found myself drawn to wedding photography after being asked to photograph a couple of friend’s weddings. I’ve never looked back and have now been a Kent wedding photographer for fifteen years.
Weddings are fantastic to photograph and always provide lots of interesting photo opportunities. I love the way that everyone is dressed up and looking good and ready to have a good time. For me, weddings are all about the people. Of course, it’s nice to have beautiful locations and decorations, but a wedding is a unique social occasion and that’s why my attention is always drawn to photographing the people at the wedding. You’ll notice in my galleries that there aren’t a lot of wedding detail pictures. That’s not because I don’t photograph them….I do – it’s very important to document how everything looked on the day. But for me, the social gathering aspect is the most fascinating part. The most interesting pictures are storytelling ones involving the people who were there on the day to help celebrate the happy event.
My photographs have been widely published in many magazines including Brides, A Kentish Wedding, Wedding Ideas and You and Your Wedding.
Even though I've been a photographer all my working life, in 2015, I decided to top up my qualification to a degree by going back to college. It wasn't easy keeping my work and my studies going at the same time, but it was great to get back learning again and looking at things in a different way.
I also have another website www.craigprentis.com that I use for my landscape photography and I have a YouTube channel for this too. You may also like to check out my #portrait365 project where I photographed one person every day for the whole year.