Hi, I’m Ray, a professional photographer based near Brighton and Hove in East Sussex. Here is everything you need to know about Ray Burn Photography.
I’ve been based in and around the Brighton area since 2008, although I’m originally from London. Brighton is a great city for photography, with so many iconic sights and interesting people to photograph.
I first got into photography as a young boy. By the age of 13 I had a darkroom in our tiny attic at home and I processed the film and prints myself.
I’ve owned a camera ever since, albeit with some years of photographic inactivity along the way. It was after moving to Brighton that my interest in photography was rekindled.
These days I only shoot digital, my film days are a distant but cherished memory. It was fun!
I spent 20 years in the print and graphics sector, working my way up to Managing Director. I left the printing industry in 2008.
In 2009 I changed direction completely and qualified as a Commercially Endorsed Yachtmaster. Then I started a charter boat hire business which I still manage to this day.
However, I only work about 150 days a year with that business.
With so much spare time on my hands I decided to return to professional photography, which I did during 2019.
I alway push myself creatively whether shooting professionally or for my portfolio.
My Professional and Portfolio Work
When I’m not shooting professionally I like to expand my portfolio work.
You can see all of my photography here or read on for more information about my work:
If you need a professional photographer and would like to work with me please contact me to discuss it. Some of my specialist photographic genres include:
Reportage and Documentary
In a nutshell, if you’re looking for a reportage or documentary photographer who knows how to tell a story with their images, I’m your guy.
I also offer editorial photography with content creation and article writing services to accompany my images if required. It’s a perfect solution for many small businesses and organisations. To give you an idea, I designed this website and create all of the content for it myself.
People and Portraits
I create professional portraits in a studio or natural environment, indoors or out. I’m proficient with lighting techniques but prefer to use available light. My real passion is environmental people photography, the kind of work that provides a narrative and tells a story.
My Portfolio Work
When it comes to portfolio work, well I’m always adding to it. I consider it vital to keep my love for the art of photography healthy and nourished. As a photographer I strongly feel that it must never become “just a job”. Some of the genres I enjoy include:
I developed a love for street photography in Brighton. I like to photograph daily life in a way that tells a story. This is why some of my images are a fusion of the street and documentary genres.
I guess that’s why I never miss a chance to shoot street photography when travelling in the UK or internationally.
My style leans towards bold and punchy colours or high contrast black and white images.
Where appropriate I like to incorporate dynamic elements into my street photographs. This includes using techniques such as motion blur, abstractionism or the use of wide angle lenses to alter perspective.
For international travel photography I especially like to visit countries where the culture and way of life is far removed from our western lifestyle here in the UK. Recent trips include Hanoi, Cambodia, Cairo and Varanasi.
These are fantastic destinations for photographers like me who want to photograph the local people as well as the tourist attractions.