Simon Wiffen

Category: Inspiration

What inspires you to shoot?

Photography of child playing

I love to shoot all kinds of photography given the opportunity. Since I was a kid, back in my bedroom darkroom I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of capturing a moment in time in a fraction of a second. Since becoming a parent I’ve found my main inspiration to shoot has been to try and capture those moments that pass so quickly as well as I can.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

– Ferris Beuller

I have a particular love for photos that can be seen as timeless – I love black and white. I love candid, natural shots that capture personality and specific moments that can so easily be forgotten as days, months, years fly by in the blink of an eye and your children are suddenly young adults.

A good case in point was a family camping trip last week. It’s very rare for us all to get together (we live at opposite ends of the country and in some cases in a different country altogether).  We have young children who don’t often see each other so it was a fantastic opportunity to let them get to play together. As a photographer it’s hard to let these occasions happen without trying to document it as best I can. As always, it’s a challenge to achieve that, whilst remaining present but I try my best.

So that’s my main photographic inspiration – to document and capture life and family as it grows and develops and to remember these moments because they don’t last long but are so precious.

What’s your photographic inspiration? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter – @SimonWiffen

About me

About me

I'm Simon Wiffen, a photographer, web developer, husband, dog owner, record collector and dad of three.

For image usage enquiries or to discuss a photography brief please give me a call or drop me an email and I’d be happy to talk through some ideas.

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