Meet The Team
Sharyn Meeks, Office Manager, [email protected]
I started my business in 1985 with a bicycle, a student overdraft and an OM1n. Things have moved on just a bit. Keeping this ship afloat now is a team of people with extraordinary skills and professionalism. The days when a photographer could operate as a one-man band are long gone. Keeping on top of the workflow, the editing, image processing, backing up etc is a never-ending task. And the admin involved in running a busy business is a job in itself. Throw in the tasks of maintaining a website, publishing books, DVDs, cards and prints, staging exhibitions, doing talks, running workshops and letting the world know about it all and you’ve got a major undertaking. Somehow we seem to have assembled a crack crew, I know without a shadow of a doubt they are the best in the game. Here they are, in no particular order.
Wendy Noton, My Wife & Supermodel, [email protected]
Wendy’s influence permeates every aspect of our operation. Her eye and enthusiasm for the details of nature have subtly over the decades infused into my photography. On the road she shares the day to day practicalities of the travelling life; setting up camp, foraging for food, canoeing, rescuing me from the incoming tide, driving, waiting for the light and providing a counterweight to the mood swings of a photographer on the brink of suicide because no exposures have been made for days. In the office she is a vital link in the workflow and a demon with the healing brush tool. She can knock up a pasta meal in the middle of the desert and thinks nothing of hanging around in the wind and rain for hours whilst I crouch by the tripod. Wendy also has a hat for every occasion, and is the solitary figure in the landscape, treading boldly across the dunes. A nurse of many years experience in the NHS, she’s trained in both general and psychiatric care; kind of useful in this game.
Ian has been a self-confessed photo-geek for as long as he can remember, learning about photography as a child from his Dad. He’s worked as a journalist in the photography industry since 2004, writing for titles such as the British Journal of Photography, Amateur Photographer and Photo Pro. He was also editor of Professional Photographer magazine until 2009 when he left to go freelance. He continues to enjoy writing about photography, and is the author of the best selling book The Complete Guide to Digital Photography. He also shoots editorial and commercial portraits from his studio in Cambridge.
Matt is officially The Most Useful Bloke to Know in the World. As one half of Mitab Systems he sorts all our IT stuff. Our office is crammed full of PCs, monitors, scanners etc etc and at any one time there’s something not quite working. Software glitches, corrupted drives, viruses, all that stuff that burden our lives he takes care off. We used to try and sort it ourselves to the detriment of our mental health, often unsuccessfully after wasting hours. Now, we just ring Matt; brilliant. He does seem to spend much of his working life rummaging around under desks. As half of Moving Image Media Matt does the sound on location, he’s the guy with the big fluffy microphone and dubious taste in hats. I first met Matt in a campervan, we were both loosing the will to live whilst having the sanitation system explained to us by the enthusiastic owner. We’ve moved on.
Juliet Mcgrory, Keywording
My first dealings with Juliet weren’t entirely harmonious. Juliet was my picture editor at the now defunct stock agency Pictor. They had struck upon the neat business model of selling images and not paying the photographer, then leaving the poor picture editor to field the calls from the irate photographers. Inevitably Pictor went bust and Juliet found herself in between jobs. At this time we were just gearing up for the digital revolution, with all digital submissions becoming the order of the day. I needed help. Wendy of course had known this for years. Keywording in particular was going to be a crucial task, and a time consuming one. And so we nabbed Juliet. With her knowledge of the stock photography business and the needs of buyers she was a natural steal. How does she think up the keywords for yet another shot of a French vineyard?
Here we come to the weakest link. This bloke’s position on the crew muster is looking increasingly tenuous. All he does is ponse around with a camera, creating work and hassles for everyone else. Sharyn and Wendy have had advanced consultations on this and have concluded the ship would sail far smoother without him. An envelope left on his desk asking him to clear his possessions and leave the building under the escort of a security guard is inevitable. And photographers are ten a penny, another could always be bought in when required.