A little bit about me
I am a professional landscape photographer living and working on the Suffolk Coast. I specialise in landscapes and waterscapes and am passionate about promoting a connection with the environment through my work.
I have spent the last 15 years photographing the Suffolk landscape and getting to know the area intimately through the lens of my camera. I am keen to share this knowledge and have been running photography tuition and workshops along the Suffolk Coast and in other parts of the UK for a number of years.
When I am not tutoring I am out with my camera enjoying the countryside and capturing its beauty and moods through the seasons. My images have been published widely in many photography, countryside and sailing magazines including Outdoor Photography, Digital Photographer, The Countryman, BBC Countryfile, Classic Boat, Watercraft, Classic Sailor, and several local magazines and newspapers. Examples can be found here >>
My love of the outdoors also extends to the sea and I am an experienced sailing photographer providing images to the yachting press and local sailing community.
My Workshops & Approach
I believe that to make good photographs we have to care about the landscapes we are photographing . This requires knowledge which in turn promotes care and a connection with the world around us. I believe it is this connection that is the key to a good landscape image. It allows us to see something beyond the obvious and produce images that say something different.
When it comes to traveling to new locations this connection takes time to establish when the landscapes are completely unknown to us. This is where my photography workshops come in. Because I only run workshops in areas I really know and understand I can pass my connection and love for the landscape on to my clients.
During my workshops you will learn about the landscapes you are photographing. You will get a feel for the geology, the natural flora and fauna, the weather and light and all the elements that make the landscape you are working in special. Together with technical and compositional techniques you will have a raft of knowledge to draw on to help you create the best possible images from the locations you are visiting.
I love the landscapes that I photograph and there is nothing better than helping others forge a connection with them. At the heart of all my workshops is the joy that being out in the natural world brings.
My workshops are relaxed, fun fill sessions that forge friendships and inspire creativity.
2023 – Highly Commended in the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year (SLPOTY 2023) with my image of a rainbow over the coast at Dalmore, Isle of Lewis.
2022 – Edited and published ‘Planet Suffolk’ – a collection of 36 personal stories and photographs from around Suffolk.
2022 – Published my limited edition book ‘At the edge of Permanence’
2021 – Runner up in the Classic View category of Landscape Photographer of the Year (LPOTY 2021) with my image of two trees at Ramsholt.
2021 – Published my fourth book Rooted which is the culmination of two years work photographing an ancient Oak woodland.
2021 – Awarded a Silver – Gilt medal in the RHS Photography Portfolio Competition with my ‘Enchanted Forest’ panel.
2021 – Exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London with the RHS and my Enchanted Forest images.
2021 – Published my third book – Grounded: A year of nature connection on Hollesley Marshes.
2021 – Made my TV debut on Channel 5 in ‘Kate Humble’s Coastal Britain’ discussing photography with Kate at Walberswick
2021 – Founded and co ordinated the ‘Suffolk 50-50’ Exhibition which ran for a week at the Art Space gallery in Woodbridge. This was a project to celebrate 50 years of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB and featured panels of work from myself and 10 amateur photographers.
2020 – Published my second book – 25 Walks with your Camera, focusing on the Suffolk Coast
2019 – Solo Exhibition at the Art Space Gallery in Woodbridge
2019 – Published my first book ‘Photographing the Suffolk Coast’
2018 – First solo exhibition at the Art Space Gallery in Woodbridge
2018 – Started running Landscape Photography Workshops on the Suffolk Coast
2017 – Highly Commended in the Shipwrecked Mariners Society annual photography competition with my image Power and sail.
2012 – 2017 – Founded and edited the Coastal Events Guide; an annual sailing and watersports guide for the East Coast.
2012 – Set up a small gallery of my work in Southwold.
2012 – Judge for the Anglia Afloat Annual Photography Competition.
2010 – Started working as a Professional Landscape Photographer working part time whilst running my own successful holiday business.
Nikon 14 – 24mm F2.8
Nikon 24 – 70mm F2.8
Nikon 70 – 200mm F2.8
Nikon 105mm F2.8 macro
iFootage Gazelle Fastbowl TC7
Leofoto VH-30R head
Lee HD Graduated filters – 0.3, 0.6, 0.9 and 0.6 and 0.9 reverse grads
Lee 6 stop, 10 stop and 15 stop ND filters
All images shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom.
Shimoda Explore 40
Besides running workshops I also sell prints of the areas I love to photograph. These include the Suffolk Coast, Norfolk, Wales and Scotland.
I have also published a range of photo books and guide books and sell cards and calendars featuring the Suffolk Coast.
All my publishing work can be found on my main website www.gillmoon.com