Kevin Scullion is a talented photographer from London and he caught our eye here at House of Coco. We put our Creative Spotlight on to him to find out more about his life behind the lens and what the future holds…
When did you launch the brand and what was the reason behind it?
I launched the new brand of my photography a few years back, changing the style and feel of the website. It initially was called ‘Sinister-Dexter Images’ as a company name but later realised it would be much simpler and easier to have a website with my name so I could be sourced much quicker. Then recently I changed my logo to the Lions skull. Oddly after owning my surname for approx 30 years I had never seen the link of Scullion making the words Scul – Lion so I decided that would make a great logo, I had to put a mane on the skull otherwise it would have just looked like a domestic cat. A couple of talented friends helped me with this: Candy Alderson – make-up artist/Artist and Paul Whitefield – Illustrator.
Whats your background?
I started out researching and enjoying the works of some of the French Masters such as Willy Ronis and Robert Doisneau. I went back to college to study night classes on photography, but was so keen and passionate about it that I was involved in photography as much as possible out of lessons, buying studio lighting and backdrops to practice lighting and directing subjects so I could develop and hone my skills and own style. When starting the second year of studying at the night classes I had already practiced everything I was about to be taught so I stopped going and realised once you have a foundation on the basics and a hunger to learn you will improve by gaining experience and getting stuck in, making mistakes and progressing. I mainly started photographing people and then live music, which I now still specialise in as I enjoy the variety and life experiences it allows me to be part of.
If you could start over with the business, would you do anything differently?
I don’t think so. I moved to London almost 5 years ago which has made my live photography easier as I can pop to Camden etc for gigs a lot quicker, but with my full time career which is very long hours my photography has suffered as its had to take the back seat more. But this had made me do things differently and explore documentary/street photography more as I have limited time to schedule shoots with clients but enjoy wandering the streets of London as there is always interesting things happening and incredible architecture. I would have preferred a less demanding job so I could continue the photography at the pace I was, but luckily I found a great job in London which over all has helped me adapt my photography branching out to new avenues and I still continue to shoot people, gigs etc but I get to be more picky these days and only shoot what I really want to do.
What is the hardest challenge you have faced since you started the company?
Im not very technically minded so keeping my website up to date is very time consuming for me but I enjoy doing it all myself. But I suppose its still difficult finding the time to do everything I want to do. Organising days to shoot clients can be tricky with my demanding job but as its still my passion I will always find a way to work with clients at their convenience.
Tell us one fact about you that people wouldn’t know?
Well you would expect someone who has photographed on a professional level and having images published in magazines from Metal Hammer/Kerrang/Rock Sound to Vogue to have a great understanding of Photoshop. I am not that person. I use photoshop on a very basic level as I believe a photographer should take a great image not an average one and play on a manipulating tool after, unless its a deliberate abstract image. But I am also a hypocrite here. I do use photoshop but only to alter minor things, mainly if I’m working for a client such as head shots for actors I understand I need to smooth skin and remove blemishes, but after that I don’t over manipulate much to the over all finish of the shot.
2015 is here, where do you plan on taking the brand?
Well 2014 has been a crazy year and I’ve worked my ass off with my career and the occasional (but minimal) photo shoots to be able to buy my first house in London. So 2015 even though I will still be working very hard I will be taking more time for myself to concentrate on more shoots. In 2015 I have already been published in Vogue and worked with a few incredible people for head shots and great bands including the 25th anniversary show at the Royal Festival Hall in Waterloo with Ocean Colour Scene which was one of my favourite bands when I was younger and I still love. So I aim to keep to momentum and work with more bands and people throughout the year. Please contact me if you need photos for any purpose as I am open to varied concepts
To date, what has been the highlight since launching?
This is difficult to answer but since other than photography my main passion is Music and more specifically in the Rock and Metal genre, I have managed to work with some of the big league bands which have given me some of the greatest experiences of my life. Imagine being obsesses with some of your favourite bands and then all of sudden because you are capable working with a camera, this instrument buys you free tickets to shows at incredible venues such as Brixton 02 Academy or Download Festival where you get to meet, hang out and photograph people you worship.
In future, how do you plan on expanding the company?
Well id love to create images I think would work well with clothing brands. Images I would create of places or people I think would work well. If anyone is out there that wants abstract shots of people or places for their clothing company I am definitely interested in working with you. I would also love to work with a magazine either in the fashion world or in the music industry, to be sourced out for fashion shoots or gigs for their magazines. Perhaps I should get management to promote my services more efficiently to achieve the above.
Where can people find out more?
I am always open to a discussion on photography and working with people how want to achieve something interesting, different or even just a simple concept wanting executed well. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit my website at www.kevinscullion.com where I try to update my blog as much as possible. On the site there are also links to my Facebook/Flickr to see archived images not on display on my website.