Hi, my name is Rob, and I am RSA Photography. I never intended to start a photography business, my dogs decided for me. I say dogs, but it was originally our veteran Rottweiler Saffron, who ignited the spark so to speak. As she was in her twilight years we decided to try and capture some memories which weren't your standard snap shots. Saffron's passing left us with Albie, and not being content to only have one dog, Susie arrived, then George, and then Michael (Yes, the last two can be a bit confusing calling them back on a walk!) over the next 2 years. With such scope for random events, I decided that it would be worth taking better shots, and so began what has become my business.
My initial camera purchase was to actually shoot motorbikes, which I still do on occasion, but my main direction is dogs. I am by no means restricted to canines, having a few cats around, really makes me work hard to get the right shot, they are very individual and you do need a bit more patience.
Over the last couple of years I have made a few friends in the canine rescue circuit. This has allowed me to not only get to meet some absolutely beautiful canines, but also has been a big learning curve for me as I get a better understanding of how each breed interacts and behaves, with their own breed, and with others.
I live in Camberley and am very lucky that we have so many areas in which to let dogs run off lead. This suits me perfectly, as I prefer to be outside using natural light as much as possible. It not only helps me, but also keeps the dogs nice and relaxed without flash guns popping off and startling them. I do get some strange looks from other dog walkers, as they tend to come across me laying down on the ground, in heather, gorse (uncomfortable) or mud, as ground level is where all the action is!
To further the quality of the work produced, I enrolled with the Guild of Professional photographers last year. In the time since ,I have continually strived to achieve a standard that is commensurate with the quality and expectations required by a professional body such as the Guild. The hard work has paid off and as of April 2015 I have achieved Qualified status.
I very much look forward to meeting you and your canine companions in the future.