Julian portrait

A series of jobs in bars, hotels, as a postmen, as a teacher of English to refugees, working with the public in inner city benefits offices indirectly gave me a solid grounding for my photography career by allowing me to develop the various skills I would need in order to work with both my subjects and my clients. Travelling America alone from coast to coast whilst still a teenager and following this with a motorcycle journey through Europe two years later confirmed my intention to make photography my career irrespective of how insecure life as a freelancer can be.

T: +44(0)79 7386 2006
E: jmh@julianmhawkins.co.uk

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Clients include:
Arcadia plc
BBC Worldwide Ltd
Big Lottery Fund
Cisco Systems
The Daily Telegraph
Department of Health
The Design Council
The Economist Group
Ernst & Young
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
The Guardian
Healthcare at Home
Health Care Commission
Health Education Council
Hewlett Packard
John Lewis
London Development Agency
Packard Bell
Royal Mail
Serica Energy
The Times
Top Gear
University of Cambridge Judge Business School
Westminster City Council

I now work principally using digital cameras, but I can shoot on any format and media, and still receive commissions for specialised analogue photography.

My overall professional philosophy remains unchanged; I endeavour to deliver a job on time, in budget and to my clients instructions whilst communicating with them all the time and adding value with my experience.

I believe it is important to share my knowledge with others and de-mystify the photographic process. I continue teaching at Ravensbourne College, Central St Martins and other UK universities and in 2009 I began offering photography workshops and holidays under the Shadows and Light brand. More details at www.slworkshops.co.uk

As an assistant I freelanced with a series of photographers in different disciplines. Later I spent three years working with Gered Mankowitz at Rembrandt Brothers, it was then that I developed a deep love of portraiture and began to refine my vision of what I wanted to achieve as a photographer. To be sincere and honest about what I do whilst reassuring my subjects that my intention is to create a fair image are qualities that I value highly and allow me to capture the moment even when the time constraints I have to work in are very limited.

With thirty years experience I still believe passionately in what I do, probably more so now than ever before. I get as much satisfaction from photographing the family who run the all night shop as Lord Chancellor, in the end they are all people, each with a unique story to tell that somehow only photography can capture.