I fell in love with photography in my very early teens. A passion grew very quickly into an obsession; my camera went with me everywhere.
A wonderful memory for me was using bin liners to black out the attic at my parents house so I could develop and print my images from my old film camera.
I photographed a few weddings for friends over the coming years and I realised that I could actually earn money from doing something that I loved so much.
I found my sense of humour and character were assets that I could exploit to get the very best out of people. I firmly believe that the success of a shoot relies on your knowledge, your techniques and good communication in equal measure.
Having worked in the public sector for many years after leaving school, I decided to start Peter Howarth Photography. This was 12 years ago. I wouldn’t change a thing now.
Whether I am photographing proms, weddings, portraits, events or other projects, I cant help thinking how privileged I am.
Photographing a wedding is an incredible honour but it is also a great responsibility. I meet with clients, discuss their needs and make a plan.
After all that I have to say I probably enjoy the day as much as the guests.
There is no buzz like it when I hand a wedding album to the bride and groom and see their faces. It is such a reward for me.
‘Loneliness Through A Lens’ was an exhibition of my work that was displayed at Leeds City Museum for three months covering the period over Christmas. This was a vey proud moment for me.
It was the culmination of a 12-month project working with Leeds Older People’s Forum to highlight issues of loneliness in the Leeds area.
I met with elderly groups from many cultures and learnt so much. Not only that, I tasted gorgeous food, talked to wonderful people and had such fun doing it ! How good is that !