I am Jeremy John Chircop and I was born on 04 December 1991 on the picturesque island of Malta. I was introduced to photography at the young age of thirteen when I was given the opportunity to carry out basic tasks as an assistant to a professional wedding photographer. This role allowed me to familiarize myself with all the nuts and bolts of photography, to learn the basic steps in the photographic process, and to create a visually appealing image. Nonetheless, I will be providing further details about this later on throughout this write-up. As an introduction I would like to explain the reasons why I am convinced that photography provided me with the ability to express myself and my creativity to the extent to eventually grow into my biggest passion.
Even though a single image is limited by constrains of printing paper or pixel count, the possibilities are endless. Sure enough, it’s great to have a picture that faithfully represents the look of a subject or a place, but there’s also room for so much more inside one photo than just physical/visual appearance. Perhaps the reason why photography is such a specific medium is that it works best when shared with other people. A single image can be seen in many ways by the person looking at it, taking on a multitude of different meanings and creating a broad spectrum of diverse interpretations. It can provide that initial spark that jump-starts your imagination which eventually makes its wheels turn.
Great photography can convey emotion, help wipe the dust off long forgotten memories, or provoke one to deep inner thoughts. And that’s without even considering photography as an art form, which adds another dimension to it – pretty impressive for something that takes up so little space on your shelf or desktop, isn’t it?
But, that’s just the icing on the cake. In order to get there, one has to put in a lot of hard work and be able to apply good foundations. Luckily, I’ve been taught by great professional photographers Kevin Casha and Ramon Sammut, who shared and passed on their invaluable experience. I eventually invested in my own equipment, which in turn enabled me to shoot at nightclubs, parties and other various small scale events. I continued working on and honing my skills until I was eventually able to open up my own business and that was my actual take-off. At present, I own a fully equipped studio located in Paola, Malta, using top-of-the-line Nikon full frame cameras, lenses and flashes, Bowens lighting and Mac computers for editing, along with impeccable back-up systems, so that all photos are safe.
However, I consider that refining my art is a constant process which doesn’t end with simply buying the most expensive equipment. Having and maintaining a positive attitude to enhance my knowledge in all that photography entails in order to better my photographic skills is of utmost importance to me. I therefore attend local seminars on a regular basis and enroll to workshop experiences abroad. Moreover, I carry out a lot of reading and research on my own initiative as well as discussing, exchanging and sharing knowledge with other photographers to obtain more learning experiences.
I recently qualified as an Adobe certified expert in Adobe Photoshop CS6, which provides me with the knowhow in being up to standard with the latest and best photo editing software. In 2013, I obtained my licentiateship in photography with the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers in the UK, which requires photographers to be in full control of the medium, including camera technique, lighting and the final production of the finished image, which is of utmost importance and it is a pity that many photographers fail at that very last hurdle. Furthermore, the photographer is also expected to be in control of the subjects in the photograph, making sure that they are displayed in the right manner. I am pleased that I am one of the youngest photographers to have that qualification.
However, the above wouldn’t mean a thing without offering professional customer service and high quality images, which, of course, are my ultimate goal. Excellent client communication/relationship is imperative in the business, and I always ensure to accommodate the client’s needs and to meet their requirements.
I have been involved in many TV programmes such as: Sibtek on TVM, Hadd Ghalik on TVM, Mitqlu Deheb on Net TV and Kelma Bejn Tnejn on One TV. Others include Networks on Net, Sas-sitta on Net TV, Venere on TVM and Netube on Net TV as well.
In May 2013 I was given the opportunity to visit London to shoot for designer Julz who was promoting her latest line of wedding dresses and corsets. Those two shoots were an amazing experience and they allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and explore a new territory.
Furthermore, I was the official photographer for events such as:
* Festival Kanzunetta Maltija 2013
* Indifest 2012, 2011 and 2010
* Blue Band Live at Sky Club
* Mark Knoffler At Manoel Theater
* Haddiem tas sena
* Tap Reloaded 2012 and 2011
* Eller Van Buuren and Chris Jones live in Gozo
* Musicals Live in Concert – Spiteri Lucas Entertainment
* Rampant Dance Troupe At Manoel ‘’Strange bird, being Caravaggio’’
* Malta Fashion Awards
* Miss World Malta
* Miss Italia Nel Mondo
* Miss Face of Malta
* Miss Regina D'Europa
I was also given a pass to take shots during other activities including:
* Notte Bianca
* Malta Music Awards 11
* Michael Jackson Yada Tribute
* Modern talking Concert
* Mark Knopfler at Manoel Theater
* Din L-Art Helwa Bir Miftuh International Music Festival
* Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013
* Beland Music Festival
* Farsons Beerfest
I hope the above puts your mind at ease when choosing the right motivated and innovative photographer for your specific requirements, and I’m definitely looking forward to hearing from you.