First off, can you tell us about yourself and how you got started in photography?
My story starts when I was 4 years old, my dad gave me his Minolta 7000 to play with. I remember one cold winter night going out into Kilkenny city to take photos of light trails made by the passing cars.
How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?
I’d describe my work as very clean and sharp with an artist flair, showing you what I want you to see to tell you a story.
At what point did you realize that photography is what you wanted to do as a career?
I realized that I wanted to have photography as a career about 4 years ago when I was in University studying chemistry. I found that when I was working on events, and other shoots that time would pass so fast, it didn’t feel like work. It was then I knew it was what I really wanted to do.
What are the biggest challenges of working in Kilkenny?
There biggest challenge of working in Kilkenny is finding work in the area that I want with so many photographers in this small city its a hard game to get in to.
Your projects are a collaborative process. Tell us what is like to always be working with new stylists, models, and designers
I love working with new people. It give me a chance to experiment with my ideas, help other people achieve their ideas and more importantly helps me to network with people in the fashion industry.
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion to me is a playground of endless possibilities, allowing me to push boundaries of traditional photography.
How much equipment do you typically bring to a photo-shoot?
Depending on the shoot I typically bring one bag of camera gear that has my 5D MkIII, a 50mm, a 24-70 and a 70-200, two speedlites, wireless triggers, some filters and other bits like reflectors. If I need flash equipment I generally have a second bag with some Elinchrom gear and stands which I can use anywhere.
What photographers from the past or present have influenced you the most?
I follow a few photographers, Terry Richardson, Annie Leibovitz, Sue Brice, Karl Taylor, Chase Jarvis, and Jeff Rojas to name a few but I believe the photographer that has had the most impact on my style of shoot would be Lindsay Adler. I find her clean cut style and high impact images a real inspiration and something to aim for.
Of all the images you’ve made so far in your career, which is your favorite and why?
My favorite image has to be from one of my early series of images. It is from my Parkour series Its very simple but high impact. It was shot with very simple equipment which is why i love it.
What’s the most important thing you want potential clients to know about you?
I love my job and I am passionate about what I do, especially when helping clients to fulfill their visions. I am professional and get on with people easily. I talk to everyone making sure everyone is comfortable and happy during the shoots. I strive for the highest quality of work I can and keep pushing to better myself.
You can see Conor’s work at www.photocps.ie