Gary Hobbs, Canvey Photographer
I am passionate about many forms of photography and creative design, and have always loved how photographs can capture a range of emotions of any particular moment. My first photography “job” was at my sister’s wedding (I HAD to get those pictures right!)
This was in the pre-digital camera days, when you had to load a film that only allowed you to take 24 pictures at a time! However, it trained me not to waste shots, focus on getting the right composition, and not become lazy and hope that I could improve the picture using Adobe Photoshop.
That day, I realised just how keen I was on reportage photography – I wanted to tell the story of the day with natural shots, as well as capturing the people and the scenic backdrop.
Living in Essex and spending the early part of my working life in London, has allowed me to appreciate a range of landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and their architecture. However, I’ve always been fascinated by people, their everyday lives and social interactions. In this respect, my biggest inspiration has to be Oscar Marzaroli and why I still love the contrast and depth that black and white photography gives you.
I became aware of Oscar Marzaroli’s because his work was used by Deacon Blue (who have remained my favourite band for over 25 years). My love of music and, in particular, the magic of live performances has meant that gig photography is a huge passion of mine.
My other passion in life is sport and fitness. As a Personal Trainer, I developed a great appreciation of the aesthetics of the human body and movement, be it explosive or graceful. I love seeing all types of athletic performance, across a huge range of sports and pastimes, both individual and team events. Just like in music events, I love capturing sporting images that show the emotion, passion and energy of the performers.
Client Testimonials for Gary Hobbs Photography
Had my first fitness shoot with photographer, Gary Hobbs today. He was a brilliant help throughout the shoot and was very professional and made the shoot relaxed and enjoyable. I would be very happy to work with him again! (Eleanor)
Gary Hobbs is a talented, passionate and very professional portrait photographer, who works hard to produce excellent model portfolios. (Jo)
Thank you for such a fantastic shoot, Gary. Brontë is fairly new to modelling and your relaxed manner during the photo shoot really put her at ease, and she had such fun. You were able to connect to her level and as a result your images really captured her personality. We have already recommended you to friends. Professional throughout and absolutely fantastic photographs, a real pleasure to work with you, and will definitely use your services in the future! (Victoria)
Had a fantastic shoot and fantastic photos, Gary. Thank you for your time and patience during the shoot, and with the editing afterwards. These really are a step forward for my portfolio, and already had some really nice feedback. Thanks again. (Bex)
You’ve made an ugly man look rather handsome! Seriously, really enjoyed the shoot and very pleased with the images. Particularly like the creative use of the lighting, really catches the eye. Will definitely use these for my website/marketing. (Mitch)
Just have to say a massive “thank you” to you and Becky [make-up artist] for the photoshoot, today. I was really nervous at the start, but you both helped make me feel very relaxed and comfortable, and allowed me to grow with confidence in front of the camera. I absolutely love the pictures. I’m not usually very confident with my appearance but you really have made me feel so much better about myself. (Dot)
I love the shots of myself from Gary Hobbs. Great colours used, which he enhanced in Photoshop, and stunning black and white shots. He gave good direction to capture my best look. (Shay)
When I booked up with Gary Hobbs for a photoshoot, he was very organised and helped me with what to wear to enhance the look I wanted to be captured. He had all the equipment ready and explained the session to me, which made me feel very comfortable. Even though it was the first photoshoot I had ever done, Gary was able to give me good direction and advice that gave the desired look I wanted to portray in my photos. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience and the end photos are amazing. I was really pleased with all of the photos he produced for me. (Lauren)
Gary Hobbs is very creative photographer and focused on giving you the result you want for your photos. He makes you feel at ease if you’re feeling nervous and above all is friendly but professional at the same time. I would highly recommend him! (Becky)
Not being the most comfortable person in front of a camera, and certainly not the photogenic type, Gary put me at ease and eventually I forgot the camera was even there. This resulted in some rather nice shots, which I didn’t realise I was capable of! Gary was friendly, explained exactly what he wanted to achieve, and had good attention to detail. It was a really good session and one I would recommend for any aspiring athlete who wants to look the part! Thank you Gary (Lisa)
I had a great shoot with Gary Hobbs today. He is very organised and friendly. I look forward to seeing the results and I would happily work with him again. (Jade)
I have completed a couple of photoshoots with Gary now. As an athlete, not a model, the idea of being in front of a camera, with the focus solely on me, would normally fill me with dread. However, it was such a relaxed experience and fun. Gary creates a chilled atmosphere and produces great photos! (Aimee)
I had spoken to a friend about wanting to do a fitness-based photoshoot and she recommended Gary Hobbs. I got in touch with Gary and found him to be very helpful and professional from the start. We discussed the look I was going for, and he put me at ease right away. I’d never had a photoshoot before, and Gary was very helpful explaining the best ways to pose to get the desired outcome. I felt as if nothing was too much trouble as Gary did not restrict the shoot time and kept taking pictures until we were both happy. We then went through all the photos (on a big screen) to pick the ones I wanted. Again, I didn’t feel rushed or hurried, which was great. Gary sent me proof pictures via email so I could have a final look before he sent the full size images to me. I was very pleased with both the shoot and outcomes. I would definitely recommend Gary Hobbs as a fitness photographer to anyone looking to have a shoot done. (Ashley)
Thank you so much for the photos, and thanks for taking so many! They’re great and I’m so pleased with them. I really enjoyed the shoot, thank you so much for making me feel so comfortable and thanks for your kind words of encouragement – I really appreciate it. I think it showed in the photos how relaxed I felt, you really put me at ease. I would love to do another shoot with you, I’ll be in touch to arrange it. (Charlotte)
I did a photo shoot with Gary in Spring 2014, it was really fun and enjoyable. I’m an actress so felt comfortable in front of the camera anyway but Gary was great at directing me. I use the shots in my portfolio and have received many compliments about them. I would love to work with Gary again in the future as I thought he had an artistic eye for detail. (Chloe)
I had a lovely shoot with Gary. He was extremely well organised both during the shoot, and throughout communications prior to the shoot, so the shoot was very well planned. Gary is very friendly and polite, and produces really good results – within a couple of days of the shoot he’d emailed me some fantastic images! Highly recommended. (Beth)
Had a really fantastic shoot with Gary at his studio today. He was just as friendly, chatty and nice as he was in is e-mails and I felt instantly relaxed with him. I was very excited about meeting up because I knew from our emails we had lots of interests in common in the areas of dance, art and fitness and similar ideas for poses. I’m still on a high and really inspired after having such a brilliant time! Gary’s skill, style, creativity and energy make him great fun to work with and we shot some stunning images. He is also fascinating to chat too. I would jump at the chance to work with him again, and would thoroughly recommend him to any model. Thank you for a brilliant day x (Louise)
I had a great shoot with Gary today. The shoot went well from start to finish. Made me feel comfortable and at ease. Would definitely work with Gary again in th
e future. (Julie)
I had the pleasure of working again with Gary today, his pre shoot communication was great, and always has great ideas and input for the shoot. When myself and the model arrived Gary was very organised and prepared and has a well equipped studio. He was good at giving direction to the model and was keen to try different ideas. The shoot felt comfortable and relaxed. His enthusiasm in his work shows in the creativity of his images. I would be more than happy to work with Gary again and would certainly recommend him. (Jenny, Stylist)
I had a great shoot with Gary. He was so organised, very professional, had great ideas and, in my eyes, a great photographer. I felt comfortable for the whole duration of my shoot and he made me feel very welcome. Very happy with the images that we produced and would highly recommend him. (Hannah)
I had a shoot with Gary and thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish! Gary knew what type of photos he wanted and had arranged the shoot down to the last detail, which was good for me being very nervous but he made me feel very relaxed. Had some edited photos the very next day which surprised me but was very, very happy with them. Gary is very professional but also a gentleman. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to other models and hope we might be able to work together again some time in the future. (Dawn)
I worked with Gary for the first time today on an Avant Garde shoot and he was an absolute delight to work with!!! So professional and gave me great direction throughout the shoot! Such a lovely guy and a very talented photographer!!! Thank you so much for today Gary I couldn’t be happier with the outcome! (Lauren)
Gary was a joy to work with! A friendly and charismatic guy. He takes great pride in his work and appreciates the art of a photograph. I highly recommend! (Dannika)
Shot a fantastic fitness shoot with Gary at his home studio. We got some amazing shots we are both proud of. Would recommend Gary and would shoot with him again without a doubt. Thanks! (Earl)