SHAWN EASTMAN

I first began shooting photography when I was around 17 years of age. Digital photography was starting to take over film in a big way, so I sort of jumped on board without realising it was about to become a huge part of my life. It was around the same time I began to understand that there was a purpose to capturing things around me - from environments and things of both natural and artificial beauty, to emotions and moments in time. I love being outside, experiencing new places and just feeling that sense of awe as I try to comprehend exactly how planet earth can be so magnificent. Fresh air, seriously cool places and the use of a camera to tell stories that I hope can transmit those who enjoy my work into the shot.

Photography

I purchased my first camera, a Fujifilm FinePix S602 Zoom, pressed in an empty CF memory card and pushed in 4xAA batteries until they went "click". Then I photographed girly things like yellow flowers and butterflies.

My mates had no clue. This was back in 2002.

I've never studied photography or taken any classes. I self-taught myself out in the fields, out in the parks, out on the streets. I learned how to control the depth of field before I had even learned it was called Aperture, so in many respects I learned everything the wrong way around. But I tend to do that with most things.

Fast forward to today and I'm now a fully-fledged Canon boy who's predominantly photographing cars for a living and often hurling 10kg+ of camera gear on my back across foreign lands.

 

I delve into any project that grasps enough of my interest and a lot of my free time is spent photographing landscapes and everyday scenes - with aforementioned 10kg+ of camera gear.

I travel extensively to capture things I'm not even sure exist until I get there. Incredible scenery, awesome nature, the most beautiful sights in the heat or in the ice.

 

In fact, I press buttons & fiddle with camera settings in any humane environment.

If it's inhumane, I'll still give it a go. Even the extreme ones.

Career

Like most photographers, I've shot many different types of photography over the years, including fashion, travel, weddings, portraits, landscape, street and automotive.

 

In the early days I mainly covered fashion shows and events (along with occasional weddings and other bits and pieces), which is something I'm incredibly thankful for as I was not only fortunate enough to be involved with so many epic shoots, it also developed my skills immensely as my grasp on the technical aspects and appreciation of light-use continuously improved.

Throughout these years I spent a great deal of time travelling to different cities, countries and cultures. This helped my appetite for travel and landscape photography grow and has allowed me to build a substantial portfolio of work from all continents, which I still continue to develop today. I'm thankful that a wide range of companies often dip into my collection of work to use on many different publications - from covers on guidebooks and large wall art prints, to editorial website features and a million random uses in between.

I've also been a part of some incredible collaborations with the likes of Canon, Waitrose, Napapijri, Cardiff Airport, Lufthansa Airlines and Rekordelig to name a few.

In recent years attention has turned to automotive photography as since 2018 I've been the in-house photographer at Hemmels Mercedes. Here I have the pleasure of photographing luxury classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles both onsite and at some epic locations. Though my passion for landscape, travel and street photography very much remains.

Life away from photography

I live in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales in the United Kingdom. I was born and raised here and the majority of my family and friends are based here. We have some incredible coastal and mountain spots all over Wales, so I enjoy spending free time checking out a lot of the local places that many people take for granted. Even during down time if I'm heading to a beautiful location I'll still have camera-in-tow.

I absolutely love to travel and aim to visit at least a few countries I've never been to before most years. I enjoy keeping fit, eating good food, listening to music (very eclectic taste), socialising with friends and family, and getting involved with a lot of freelance digital marketing that I do for several clients in my free time - yes, I genuinely enjoy it! I just love my work and it's the reason I chose this path - to enjoy what I do every day. I'm one of those annoying people who claims that it just doesn't feel like work.

I also have a big love for animals, and though I'm trying to keep this  paragraph away from photography, animal and general wildlife photography is something I'd like to get more involved with. I just don't really have the time for pets of my own, unfortunately. So, instead I tend to steal family pets from time-to-time.

 

Like Taz, who's my old man's best friend and loves to pose.

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