Peek at Tom’s photographic skills
After having work commissioned by the BBC and his coursework used an an example of good practice by an exam board, a teenager is preparing to launch his own photography business at the weekend.
Tom Stamp, 19, has established PeekMe Studios, which specialises in family portraits, and he is excited about the big day on Saturday.
“I’m really looking forward to the launch,” he said.
“It will be good to get everybody there who has helped me so I can thank them.”
Tom has set up his studio in a unit at The Craggs Country Business Park, Cragg Vale.
“When we got the building it was a shell,” he said.
“Everything in there I have designed and built. It’s a very versatile studio.
“It’s taken about three months to build the place and a lot of people have not seen it yet.
“I’m excited for people to come in and have a look.”
He came up with the name PeekMe Studios because he thought it was “fun, catchy and unique” and also reflected the family friendly theme of the studio.
Tom’s interest in photography began six years ago when his grandma gave him some money to buy a camera.
He has since developed his skills, including having a Saturday job at Philip Fearnley Photography from the age of 15 to 18.
“I was getting paid to have fun,” he said.
“I thought if I could get a couple of things, I could make a living out of it.”
In 2011, Tom got a call from people at the BBC who had seen some of his photos online. They asked if he could create an image to go on the front cover of one of their magazines. “For my A-levels, my final piece was a picture of me as if I was sitting on the BBC building at MediaCity in Salford,” he said.
“They got in touch with me via Twitter and gave me a brief outline of what they wanted.
“I went to Manchester for a meeting with the employees at the magazine and I went out and did it the next day.”
The former Calder High School student achieved an A* grade in his A-level photography course.
The exam board now uses his work as a marking standard against which to compare current students’ entries.
Staff at Calder High were so impressed with his photography that they invited him to come back to school to produce some promotional posters.
For more information about Tom’s photography, visit www.peekmestudios.co.uk.
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