BEHIND THE LENS

NAME: ANDY WHITEHEAD 
JOB TITLE: THE BIG BOSS AT ANDY WHITEHEAD PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

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HI ANDY. IN A FEW WORDS, CAN YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF?

My name is Andy Whitehead and I'm a freelance photographer who prides himself on producing quality photography with a professional attitude and the ability to work well with people. 

SOUNDS VERY POLISHED AND 'CORPORATE'. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOB TO YOUR 18-MONTH OLD NEPHEW THEN?

Uncle Andy is a photographer. That means he gets paid to shoot people  ... sometimes on their wedding day.

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO 'SHOOT' PEOPLE FOR A LIVING?

I love travelling, and instead of applying myself fully to studying I spent all my student loans and many years just barrelling around the world. The trouble was, I didn't have the way with words to be able to describe to people back home what a great experience it was. I found that the camera helped with this.

SO, HOW DID YOU END UP BEING A FULL-TIME PHOTOGRAPHER?

I got married to Mrs Whitehead in my mid-twenties and thought that I'd better get a 'proper' job. I'd trained as an Environmental Health Officer at university but the thought of working in local government never really appealed. The travel industry was therefore a natural move for me and, with my interest in photography known to those I worked with, I somehow ended up being paid to travel around the world taking photos of resorts for holiday brochures. After a few years and a lot of fun, a couple of redundancies led to me taking my own chances. I set up the business and 10 years later here I am with experience of conducting assignments in travel, tourism, event, wedding, corporate and football photography. 

YOU MENTION THE FOOTBALL PHOTOGRAPHY, HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT?

I got involved with FC United of Manchester at the time of their formation in 2005 and became one of three matchday photographers. I later joined up with a couple of Sports Photo agencies to add variety to my portfolio and over the past seven years I have covered matches in the Champions League, Barclays Premier League and the EFL for regional and national newspapers. I currently work as the official matchday photographer for Bury FC.

WHAT WOULD YOUR DOG SAY ABOUT YOU IF WE ASKED FOR A REFERENCE?

He'd say my style is a combination of unobtrusive 'reportage' photography and a creative thought through approach to a photographic brief which creates natural, engaging images that capture your event. He'd go on to say that my images have been featured in newspapers, magazines, annual reports, brochures, posters and websites, as well as being continually licensed through photo agencies worldwide.  

AND WHAT WOULD YOUR GOLDFISH SAY?

He'd echo what the dog said and add that I use professional Nikon and Fuji digital camera bodies, lenses and wireless flash setups along with a high level of software knowledge which allows for image adjustment and retouching for a complete professional workflow from beginning to end.  He'd then mention that I'm based in Manchester, that I'm available for assignments throughout the UK and worldwide, and finish off by inviting you to contact me for a free no-obligation quote or to arrange an informal meeting to discuss your photography needs.

WHAT'S ON YOUR 'RECENTLY PLAYED' LIST ON SPOTIFY?

Greta Van Fleet, Saxon, Motorhead, Lamb of God, Soulfly, Megadeth and Bolt Thrower. There are only two types of music: that you like, and that you don't.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

- I've run 2 marathons and my PB is 3hrs 17 mins.
- I've self-built my last couple of houses.
- Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch.
- I'm a writer for 'Football Weekends' magazine.
- I've been to 60 countries.
- I play the bass guitar.
- I'm Britain's biggest 'Würzburger Kickers' fan.

LAST QUESTION. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

A Premier League footballer … or maybe a movie star … or a rock star ... I'm in a dilemma !

THANKS ANDY, IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TALKING TO YOU.

You're very welcome.