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Professional photographer shares his story with Bracknell’s next generation of creatives

A professional photographer inspired future young creatives when he recently visited Bracknell and Wokingham College.

03 March 2020

A professional photographer inspired future young creatives when he recently visited Bracknell and Wokingham College. 

Students on the college’s photography and art and design pathways attended a presentation on Thursday 26 February by alumni and commercial and lifestyle photographer, Stuart Bailey, who has worked with clients including British Airways, Marriott Hotels and Heathrow Airport. 

Stuart previously studied computer aided design, web design and graphic design at Bracknell and Wokingham College from 2003-2008.  

The self-taught photographer told students how he shot pictures to capture the everyday beauty of London in his spare time, posting them on social media and displaying them at photography shows. In doing so, he caught the eye of potential clients who later agreed to work with him. 

Stuart started his photography career working as an in-house photographer for British Airways for four and a half years, and has since launched his own business where he has photographed numerous celebrities including the Duke of Cambridge, Bear Grylls and Tom Daley. 

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Joshua Duffy, 21, from Wokingham, who studies the Photography Level 3 Extended Diploma at Bracknell and Wokingham College said: “It was very inspiring and quite interesting to see a photographer who hasn’t gone to university but has gone straight into work and to see how far he has got and the very well-known people he has worked with in his ten-year career since leaving college.” 

Nicholas Brewer, photography tutor from Activate Learning, added: “We all enjoyed Stuart’s talk with many learners commenting how inspired they now felt!  

“It is a great experience for the learners to hear from a professional photographer who is out there making a living and shooting exciting work.  

“Opportunities like these enable students to gain an insight into the characteristics they need to develop in order to become successful.” 

Find out more about the Photography Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma available at Bracknell and Wokingham College or contact us on 0800 612 6008.