Who am I?
I’m Keith Moss, a professional portrait photographer with an international reputation for portrait photography based in Saltburn by the sea, . I have run a successful photography business for 35 years. I am also experienced in all formats of photography, digital and film.
I have worked as a professional portrait photographer for the past 35 years. I have worked on advertising campaigns for Blue Chip companies including Laura Ashley, Barker & Stonehouse, The BBC, Miss Sixty, The Cooperative Clothing Company, Unilever, Hilton Hotels, Mars Confectionery, Hand Picked Hotels and many more. I have also worked with and been featured in dozens of lifestyle and photography magazines including Professional Photographer, Amateur Photographer, Digital Photographer, and Photography for Beginners. At the beginning of 2013, I became an Ilford Partner, delivering masterclasses to lecturers, students, and competition winners.
Having taught photography in large institutions such as Northumbria University, Teesside University, York St John University and mentored many professional photographers through Digital City Teeside as well as individual companies like BIGDUG and Galvin for Men Ireland, I found another passion – passing on my photographic knowledge, so I offer a mentoring and coaching sessions. Whether it is advice on which camera to buy or tips on how to get the most out of your photography. I loves helping amateur, keen enthusiasts and professional photographers achieve their potential. I offer an online mentoring-coaching service, street photography workshops, studio photography workshops, and black and white film and darkroom workshops from my own studio/ darkroom in North Yorkshire.
Keith in the spotlight: FAQs
What inspires you?
I love to photograph people. I love capturing their very essence through an image. I believe that everyone has their own beauty and their own story, and that as a photographer it’s my job to portray that. I have met some amazing people, and I love chatting with strangers and getting an insight into their lives. I like to connect with my subjects so that I can understand the true person beneath their image, and then bring that to the fore with my portrait whether in the street or in the studio.
When did you realise you wanted to be a photographer?
My Dad was a great amateur photographer. I used to watch him take his own photographs and develop them in his darkroom. When I was young my dad worked in Lagos, Africa and when my mum and I went out to see him I would borrow his camera and go and take shots myself. Later as I started out my working life I was a butcher, but following an accident could no longer do the manual side of my job. But, as they say ‘everything happens for a reason’ it forced me to take the plunge and turn my hobby into a business and become a career photographer.
How would you describe your style?
As a street photographer, my photos are very natural and honest. I work with natural, available light. I don’t use Photoshop or retouch my images in any way – I believe in getting it right in the camera and in using the camera as a tool to take an image that has pure emotion and communicates a message.
My passion lies in black and white photography, and whilst I do shoot digitally I prefer using film, which is a modern rarity. Every now and again I indulge myself in landscape and seascape photography which I shoot on medium and large format cameras.
What equipment do you use?
I particularly love working with old film cameras. My favourites include my Contax 167, my twin lens Rollei 66 and for large format my Intrepid Mk4. For digital work, I use the Fuji X series.
Whom have you worked with?
Commercially I have worked with national companies such as The BBC, Laura Ashley, Barker & Stonehouse, Miss Sixty, The Cooperative Clothing Company, Unilever, Hilton Hotels, Mars Confectionery, and Hand-Picked Hotels and many more. I have featured in magazines like Professional Photographer, Amateur Photographer, Digital Photographer, and Photography for Beginners. I have delivered masterclasses and presentations for large institutions such as Northumbria University, Teesside University, and Newcastle College and York St Johns University and mentored many professional photographers through Digital City Teeside. I have also photographed well-known people, including Alan Shearer, Pixie Lott, Cheryl Cole, Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Stryder, Professor Green, Blue, and Beverley Knight to name just a few. Back in the day I also photographed some of the cast of Emmerdale and Coronation Street.
How did you become an Ilford partner?
I discussed my projects and my images with the marketing manager at Ilford. Subsequently, they decided to use some of my images for their advertising and product packaging. I was over the moon when they approached me to become a partner, which means I am one of only ten of their accredited photographers that they recommend to teach the artisan process of black and white photography using black and white film. I also helped Ilford to launch the ‘Share a Dark Room’ campaign, which created worldwide collaborations between amateur photographers, and now has over 80,000 registered dark rooms taking part.