Interview with GERVAN (@snaparazzi)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I studied Art throughout my education and always found joy in creativity.  Throughout School, I was the boy who walked around with a pocket camera, and combined with my love for gadgets, this continued right up until the invention of the smartphone!  In 2006 invested in my then fourth mobile phone, the Nokia N95.  A 5mp camera with pretty good image quality told me that the days of the pocket camera was coming to an end; There, Snaparazzi was born!

Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?

As I developed my Photography ability, I delved into Wedding Photography.  During one particular wedding, the battery on my DSLR failed!  At that very moment, a guest came out to me and said “Mr Photographer, you’re needed as we are cutting the cake and doing the first dance!”…………….Out came my iPhone 5

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?

One thing I always say is; Photography will never be mastered!  It’s a process of forever learning and subsequently, forever rewarding.  Also, the creative mind is KEY to a good photo, the equipment is around 5%

None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

I met a good friend in 2005, Simon Davies.  A fellow photographer who encouraged me along the way. In fact, we established a Wedding Photography business together and for 10yrs travelled the UK covering a wide range of weddings, which were some of the best moments of my life

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I have donated my services to a number of Church events, Black Youth projects (Babbasa) and even free Wedding Photography to those I knew were financially pressed, but clearly in Love

Do you have a favorite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Failure is one of the greatest tools we can use to learn from, so we should never be afraid to fail.  This is very evident in my image library; about 80% of my shots taken are failed attempts

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

“You can follow me on Instagram @Snaparazzi

There, 99% of my posts are from my smartphone images”

Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article? 

One of the saddest things I find is, there are so many talented photographers who don’t share their work.  I hope this will encourage at least one more person to share their work.