Jackie King is an award winning photographer specialising in portrait and fine art photography. Jackie’s commissions have included Imperial College London, Porsche, Waitrose, and PetPlan. She has been widely published and her Fine Art images have been exhibited internationally. Jackie has been heavily involved with the British Institute of Professional Photography serving on the Board of Directors, the first woman to do so. She also runs her own Photography Workshops.
In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
I absolutely love the variety of meeting so many different people and connecting with them on a creative and interpersonal level.
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
hmmmmm...I like Tracey Emin's ballsy approach to her work and without sounding ridiculous I feel that anyone working creatively should be admired; it takes a lot to balls to put yourself out there, to produce work you love.
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
Make sure you've got balls of steel! Learn patience, never give up. You might need to adjust your plan but keep going. You're not alone; if you hit a tough bit and think, "Oh what's the point", ask someone to give you an honest opinion of where you're at. Don't over estimate or underestimate your own worth or your ability. Sorry that was 5 pieces, lol !
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
I move away from the area, lol! It's not something you can work through or stare at and find a solution so I go for a walk or a run. A run's really my favourite thing and I find it's good to focus the mind and clear the blockages. Running through the countryside I get some air in the lungs and feel invigorated. Switching my mind off or over to a totally different channel allows my head to actually breathe and relax and usually when I least expect it the block disappears (failing that Tea & Cake always help!)
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
I love glamour and sparkle and delicate ladylike shoes but for this I would be a dark green wellie. I live in them when I run my photo workshops even if it's hot, they are sturdy and protective and they don't rub or give me blisters :-)