• WHY DO I CHOOSE TO BE A PHOTOGRAPHER?

    Because I love people!

     

    To be invited into a person’s world, to be trusted to explore their thoughts and feelings, is unique. And it’s so weird, but when in every day life do you ever get to connect with strangers?! Portrait photography demands it, and without that connection, you’ve got nothing.

     

    CREATING IS THE HARDEST THING

    True, it’s harder than anything else, but there’s nothing like it. You breathe life into a blank piece of paper with a group of likeminded people, and then see it struggle to its feet, cast off it’s crutches and fly.

     

    And from there, you can only wave it goodbye.

    FROM PRISONS TO BOARDROOMS

    I love the access that photography gives.

     

    I’ve been inside prisons and parliaments, and I’ve photographed prime ministers, princes and paupers. It’s taken me from lofty boardrooms to one room shacks; into operating theatres, and nuclear power plants; sometimes needing fixers and even armed guards!

    THE JOURNEY CAN ALWAYS BE A BEAUTIFUL THING

    So why not enjoy it?!

     

    Whether that’s the pre-prod meetings or conference calls, long train journeys or nights away, it makes sense to have a good time in the getting there.

     

    And when it comes to the shoot itself, my sets and locations are always fun, energising and fertile places – places where the whole team can contribute and create.

    IT’S ALL IN THE FEELING

    A photograph is only a feeling in another form. 

     

    A lady who I once photographed only because of her terminal breast cancer, wrote to the agency after our shoot “I must say I had a fantastic time, it was lovely, this is something I will remember for the rest of my life – however long I’ve got.

    CLIENTS SAY:

     

     

    Yasemin Gibbs, Group Account Director, Thirty Three: 6 stop around the world shoot for RBS.

    Faced with a complex project, multiple stakeholders, tight timeframes and unexpected challenges along the way, only Slater would have been able to deliver against a brief of this size and scale.
    The images were perfect. They captured the culture of the business and the personality of the individual. We couldn’t be happier with the end product.

     

     

    Paul Turner, Creative Director, Embrace

    We’ve worked with Slater for over 16 years. When it comes to capturing people and places, he’s one of the best. It’s not just the technical side (he’s very good there too), but really it’s all about his amazing people skills. He just gets the very best out of the people he’s photographing – with enthusiasm and an engaging personality that puts people at ease.

    Bottom line, he always delivers and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.

     

     

    Claire Biscard, Design Director, Spencer du Bois

    We have often found ourselves in what, to many, is a seemingly impossible location with a crazy deadline hanging over our heads. But I know we will always create something amazing and unique. I trust Slater instinctively.

     

     

    Lisa Summer-Hayes, Senior Manager Marketing and Campaigns, LSBU

    Over the years, I have worked with Slater across three different clients, and each time he has delivered outstanding images that have met often challenging briefs and working conditions. His enthusiasm and ability to capture people is second to none.

    We rarely use professional models, and Slater is adept at settling our real-life subjects so that they feel at ease in front of the camera. He handles these situations with tact, and his flexibility and initiative enable him to get the best out of people in what can be testing situations.

     

     

    Thomas Lawson, Chief Executive, Leap Confronting Conflict

    Slater’s incredibly high quality images have dramatically improved the impact of the websites, annual reports and publications of charities including the Terrence Higgins Trust, Prisoners Abroad, NAM and Leap Confronting Conflict.  As a result of his pictures, those organisations have punched far above their weight and have recruited new donors, influenced policy and secured new partners.
    His ability to get the best from vulnerable people, and so making them proud of their images, is exceptional.  It’s been a privilege to work with Slater since 1997.