My photography is about creative & alternative style, natural light, composition and photo journalism. My focus is looking for good light and specifically on portraiture. I admire the photographers Mario Testino, Eve Arnold and David Bailey. I aim to mix the old with the new and capture moods such as quiet moments of inner reflection.
As a freelance photographer I cover festivals, concerts and events. I submit work to major websites and festivals, press, artists promotions, album art work, theatre and events. My work has included the Edinburgh Festival, Scottish Ballet, Celtic Connections, Manchester Jazz Festival (MJF) and concerts such as Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Snow Patrol.
Photos & promotions for Scottish singer songwriter Emeli Sande since 2007. It has been wonderful to see all her successes in 2012 with her amazing debut album 'Our Version of Events!' I took photos at her Royal Albert hall concert and it was an honour to be there. Emeli won two Ivor Norvello awards for her song 'Next To Me' and in May she was at the White House to perform with Carole King. Awesome really. She is also such a genuine person.
I have also followed the career of Scottish musician and music producer David Sneddon since 2003. He works as The Nexus songwriting and production team with James Bauer-Mein. Songs for – Lana Del Rey, Hurts, Newton Faulkner, Morten Harket, Will Young, Nicole Scherzinger, Olly Murs, Pixie Lott, Kristina Train. David is also such a fun inspirational guy.
Emerging artists - several I have photographed are now signed to major labels - Hurts, Lau, Warpaint, Everything Everything, James Blake, Django Django, Admiral Fallow, Metronomy, Head and Heart, Broken Records, Miles Kane, Low Anthem, more. Live album shoot in Manchester for Kirsty McGee and Mat Martin.
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In 2007 I started my Independent Music blog with a few reviews. I grew up in Edinburgh and I now live north of Glasgow (as well as ten years in America) which I hope give me unique perspectives. I am a writer, artist and musician. I read mostly music related book and articles.
In 2004 I had taken images with a small digital camera at a live gig at the Metro London and I realised then that the art of photography was about having a 'good eye' while having good equipment is about having good tools! I received good feedback for my photos and worked on developing my craft and skills. I took images of several up-and-coming artists in Scotland who are now signed to Major Labels. I play piano and my children are all musicians. I hope to pursue more portrait work while still covering live gigs, events and festivals. More recently my writing has become very important for me and my work for a book on art and music.
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I lost my dreams once...
To all who have given me the joy of music - my first piano teacher, my father, my folk guitarist boyfriend back in my twenties, the Beatles, Joni, Mozart, and my children and all the many artists who have inspired my photography. Also to all who have encouraged my photography with their very kind feedback. Art is not simply the notes or even the heart - it is also a much deeper soulful thing - unless we reach that place, that 'far away shoreline' we can't feel or express as a true artist. With my art I feel I am a 'vehicle' through which my passion for music and the artist's passions flow through, and it can be very intense. The older I live the more art and music seem to matter as they express the essence of our connections, our inner lives, our compassion. They lift us up, help us though sorrows and tell us we are not alone.
I continue my writings and personal journeys and it is always such a thrill to find those inspirations and to wonder where they come from. A song is a piece of stardust we hold in our hands for a very short time....Credit Pauline Keightley. Copyright: firstname.lastname@example.org
TESTIMONIALS: 'you use the light exceptionally well, full of life.’ 'You have a wonderfully observing and imaginative eye.' ''you're really very talented and have a great eye - it's a rare skill!' 'they are fab as always, you're truly amazing at your art'
'and how you manage to capture a mood, which many never seem to capture somehow'
"Pauline's photos have proved invaluable to the project I hired her for - they are dynamic and very much in line with the brief we gave her. Her work was efficient, and she was very professional as well as very personable. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to any musician wanting excellent quality and highly useable live shots."