In the run up to Farm Week 16, we will be asking all of our mentors these Ten Questions, to get to know them a little, to discover some new facts about them and because we just want to know more about what makes them tick.
Today we ask our questions to Emma Gutteridge, a photographer based in Sussex shooting primarily food and lifestyle images while also publishing her own food blog. Emma started out as a picture editor in London before moving into photography full time. She says she "has an editorial eye for composition but my heart also lies with documentary photography so my approach incorporates the two".
Can you remember the first camera that you ever owned and if so tell us about it?
It was a Kodak 35mm camera my aunt bought for me, she must have seen something in me! I took photos of everything – I still have this huge box that contains prints and recently looking through it I was quite surprised at some of them – there’s not many photos of landscapes or people, more random shots of the sides of pools and chairs!
I sometimes think about how amazing the Instagram accounts would have been of people who are not around anymore, like Andy Warhol… His feed would have been incredible. Who do you think would have had a great Instagram?
Audrey Hepburn – she had such a wonderful romaticised view of the world I think an Instagram in her hands would have been incredible.
What’s the one piece of advice that you have been given that proved to have had the most influence on you?
Learn to say no. It’s tempting to take every job that comes in but by booking yourself out doing a lot of jobs to simply pay the bills you’re stopping yourself from striving to get the work you really enjoy.
What function do you wish your camera could have that it doesn’t already?
A stylist button. No-one has the budget for stylists these days which means it falls to me which can be time consuming and take me away from concentrating on the photography side of things.
If you were not a photographer what job would you be doing?
Interior design, I love problem solving with space issues and décor for people. My dream is to buy a place and do it up like you see on Grand Designs!
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement so far?
Creating a successful business has to be it. It’s scary and an insane amount of work going self employed but I survived!
Name one book that you think we should go out and buy.
Hollywood Cowboy by Paul Jasmin. Paul was an actor before taking up photography and the book focuses on his fashion and celebrity portraiture in the 60’s and 70’s. The way he uses light, composition and colours is such a huge inspiration and can easily influence all genres of photography.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever been asked to photograph and did you do it?
I’m passing on this one! And no, I didn’t.
If you could go back and say one thing to yourself aged 20, what would it be?
Don’t try and please everyone. You can’t and I missed out on a lot of opportunities by shooting how I thought I was expected to shoot.
What question do you wish we’d asked you?
Gin & Tonic?
Emma is teaching a really exciting class at Farm Week 16 this year. It will focus on shooting food and products, styling and using light and post production techniques. This class would work equally well for a blogger or a photographer. It will be held on the 10th of February at the Farm, making use of our 15th century house and it's stunning kitchen. Full details.