About Professional Photographer, Chris Freer
Since I got my first SLR camera at the age of 13 – and persuaded my parents to buy me countless rolls of film – I have been passionate about taking pictures. In 2000 I began taking a more serious interest in landscape photography, especially with the beauty of the Lake District on my doorstep, some of these images have been displayed and purchased in local galleries. This interest in the landscape has been applied to my signature wedding images that have helped me gain my current reputation. Sometimes I can’t believe that I have been lucky enough to turn my hobby into a career.
In 2016 we celebrated 10 years as a professional wedding photographer, since then, I have covered more than 500 ceremonies. In those years I have been achieved various awards and credits within the photography industry and this includes being the only Cumbrian photographer in 2013 to be shortlisted for the national Wedding Industry Awards. I’m also a registered member with the Guild Of Photographers. They’re proud moments but I’m not complacent - I am always looking for ways to become even more creative, giving brides and grooms the pictures that they will cherish for a lifetime.
I’ve trained with some world-class photographers, including the highly- acclaimed Chris Chambers, and Jeff Ascough, a Canon ambassador who was voted one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world, as well as the internationally renowned Edmond Terakopian.
Photographing weddings will always be my first love, but I also work for the broadcast media and some corporate clients, including the BBC, ITV, Bentley, National Trust, Pirelli, Azione Sports Clothing, The Times, The Irish Independent and Cumbria Tourism. It can be a lot of fun, particularly when I’m invited to shoot events like the Tour of Britain Cycle Race and the World Rally Championships – I’ve even had photo shoots with Sir Chris Hoy and David Cameron!
Personally, I love competing in sport especially running, duathlons and triathlons in the UK and Europe; these include marathons and Ironman events. Apart from being a wonderful way to keep fit and healthy, I firmly believe that it’s a great way for me to stay focused on my business and certainly helps with the concentration levels and stamina required for photographing weddings!