and no, I don't mean the type of sadsack who takes pictures of weed and posts them up everywhere.
Here's two photographers who I know who are AMAZING. One now resides in Australia, one still in East Anglia, UK.
1. Sam Barker
This is him.
Sam does pictures of people, landscapes and all inbetween. His composition is amazing, and the colours in his pictures are vibrant and uniformly superb. He also did a load of the photography for Rapsploitation Sessions. He's now based in the land down under. Here's some of his recent pics from his blogspot.
And, of course, he did THIS little beauty which is currently pride of place framed in the Jones Family dining room. (That's Akil from Jurassic 5, with a dashingly handsome and talented DJ in the background.)
In his own words, "I take photographs of things I like & find interesting. If you like what I do, thankyou. If you don't like what I do, thankyou too." He also had an exhibition at Jones Family favourite shop Black Sheep at the Raplowtation event I mentioned on here before.
Check out his work here.
Sam Barker's Blog
2. Jen O'Neill
Jen takes amazing pics of bands and musicians, either in performance or for promo pics, amongst other things.
This is her.
She is DOPE, her pictures really catch the energy and mood of whatever or whoever she's taking pictures of. She's had her work in The Sun, the Eevening Star, on BBC Look East, the BBC website and the Grapevine, among others, and had a great exhibition at Jones Family regular haunt The Swan in Ipswich (also home to the internationally reknowned Rapsploitation Sessions). Check these pics out.
Jen specialises in "Live Music photography, Events and Functions, Natural Images and Landscapes," and has had recommendations from US ska-punk band Less Than Jake, Franz Ferdinand, Go Records and the BBC. Go Jen!
Check out her work here.
Jen O'Neill's Website
Both of them are talented as all hell! To be honest, I'm expecting big things from them in the future... well, bigger than their considerable portfolios so far! If you're needing photographers, then give them a shout on their websites. POW.
Massive props to both of them - support the local talent!