Can Theatre be used in Photography?

So todays blog post is a little different.

For those of you who don’t know I did a 3 year Degree at Rose Bruford (which is an amazing Drama School). I studied a course called European Theatre Arts (ETA) where I got to learn and explore lots of different areas of theatre and I LOVED it.

People keep asking me if I regret doing a theatre degree because I’m not using it and instead I’m a photographer. However, the more I think about this the more I realise I use my degree every single day.

Everything I learnt at Drama School has shaped who I am as a creative and I see it in all I do.

Something we focused a lot on in ETA was finding your niche as a creative and over this past year I’ve come to realise mine is telling intimate stories. There’s a theatrical technique called the Meisner Technique which essentially is used to ignite emotions into a scene through a series of exercises where two actors place their focus away from themselves and invest all their focus on the other person and this is usually done through repetition.

I hadn’t realised this until recently but my approach to photoshoots has hints of similarities to this. When shooting with a couple all I want in order to be able to capture the raw and real emotions and to tell their story in the best way I can is for them to fully take away any focus they have on themselves and invest their focus in the other person. And when this happens it creates something so authentic and intimately beautiful. It means they’re not worried about having a camera in their face (which is a very bizarre concept if you’re not used to modelling) and all they’re thinking about is their partner.

Below are a couple of shots where I’ve seen this happen within my own work:

Ron & Jenn
Rosalee & Josh
Gabe & Michelle
Gabe & Michelle
Matt & Tamar
Matt & Tamar
Matt & Tamar
Deirdre & Jon
Deirdre & Jon
Jess & Dan

All of these images have had the couple fully invested in the other person, wether that be in a playful or romantic way but its allowed for a story to be told. It’s allowed for me as a photographer to capture authentic and intimate moments.

There’s so much more that I have learnt and use from my degree that has helped my business grow into what it is today.

So the answer to the question do I regret doing a Theatre Degree is no way! I think there is SO much value in a Theatre degree that can be implemented into literally anything you do.

I love that a persons Photography in some ways is a reflection of all they know and have learnt.

If there’s something you’ve studied that people have questioned you for it as you don't ‘use’ it I’d love to know and I’d love to know how you see it reflected in whatever you’re now doing!