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This is an image I shot at a company I used to work for, I spent 9yrs working at this company most of the time thinking about photography. As you might guess I spent a lot of time stood in front of here, over the time I was there. When I was there I spent a lot of time just wondering what if? I suffer from depression and anxiety and have done for over 15yrs and this was a massive personal battle to deal with on top of everything else.

One day I just decided to hand in my notice and start the ball rolling running my own business, I wanted to be a photographer and I wanted to have my own company. Standing here is where I made that decision to change my life D.W Images Photography was born.

I look at this photo a lot and it always brings a smile to my face thinking how far I have come since standing there. I'm not the richest person in the world but I can say with pride, when asked what I do for a living “I’m a photographer” I say.

I did it and I'm very happy. My anxiety and depression is nearly a thing of the past, I still have bad days but the good days now more than out number the bad ones. The past 3yrs have been fantastic and I have had unprecedented support from family and friends, especially from my beautiful wife Penny and my 4 fantastic sons David, Harry, Alfie and Jack. I can honestly say the decision to take up my photography was the best thing I have ever done and I don’t regret a moment of it.

As a completely self taught photographer I have recently decided to take on a full time HND Photography qualification hopefully leading to do my degree in 3yrs time.

I am just starting my second year now and looking forward to continuing from where I left last year. My first year I left with at distinction level and my goal is to finish the HND at distinction.

I have made a load of new friends, and my confidence has just grown hand over fist.

2014 has been a great year so far. With again massive help from family and friends, I now have my own studio and feel so empowering to be shooting in my own space. I’m like a kid in a candy shop. Year on year the business is getting more busy, I have been very careful how I used my money. I made a point right at the start that I would never borrow money to finance D.W Images Photography. Everything I have earned has gone back into expanding and buying kit. Now in the 3rd year I can say that was the right way to go, I started in my converted dinning room and used a local studio which I rented by the hour as needed, this gave me very minimal overheads. Giving me a lot more flexibility on how I used my money.

I took that leap understanding photography but didn’t really have a clue about running a business, but I have been willing to learn and it’s come together so far. The biggest hurdle I have had to overcome is my personal branding and marketing my company. This is still a little hard as my anxiety and depression from the past took away a lot of confidence I had. I am now beginning to overcome this and now I am looking at new ways to get my name out there. I did not go into this to fail.

I guess what I am saying is you never have to be doing something you hate, take a leap of faith you never know what’s round the corner. I can safely look at myself in the mirror and say I took that leap, where before it was always what if. There is no such word as can’t and when people as what I do, I proudly say with my head up “I am a photographer and run my own business”

 

So Welcome To The Men’s Room…

Headshots, Family Lifestyle and Product photography in Milton Keynes

David Wellbelove

D.W Images Photography, 52 Avon Grove, MK37BT, UK

Hi I am David Wellbelove I own D.W Images Photography based in Bletchley, Milton Keynes I offer high quality Commercial, Headshot, Product and Lifestyle Photography. I aim to provide a thorough and professional service, in and around Buckinghamshire and the surrounding counties and only a short hop from London. This is my 3rd year in fulltime business as a professional photographer. I have been a hobbyist photographer for over 20 years and had the opportunity thrown upon me to start my own business. I decided to back to college and I have recently finished my 1st year doing my Higher National Diploma in photography and came out with 6 distinction’s and a Merit, I am about to start the 2nd year. I am looking forward to building on my experience and business, creating stable future for my family and myself. Thanks for coming by.. David Wellbelove