Opportunity knocks for my pole photography!
Ok I've never written a blog before, but let’s kick it off by explaining how I got my first bit of exposure and got Darko Photography going.
So on May 15th 2012 at about 11pm when I was relaxed on the sofa watching some rubbish on tv, I got a message from the lovely and (let’s be honest) gorgeous Sam Ames from Taylor's Retreat pole studio in Dorking, telling me that I'd been recommended to her by a couple of friends as a photographer. As soon as I'd read those few lines the nerves kicked in.......
I have to say that at this point I'd done some shoots with a few friends and, as my wife owns a pole school, a couple of shoots with her instructors too. I knew by then this was the direction I wanted to take my photography in...…
The message went on to say that she was holding a charity event at the studio for Cancer Research on the 26th of May (yes, that was the following weekend) and the photographer she had organised to set up with some flash gear on a pole had dropped out for whatever reason, so I was to be her knight in shining armour (or at least that’s how I like to see it)...…
Anyway, of course I said yes! We went through the ins and outs and on the 26th which was a glorious sunny day, I jumped in the car with some good friends and we hit the road! A couple of hours later, after being stuck on the M25, we arrived!
If you've been to Taylor's before then you will know what to expect, but this was my first time and the place is incredible. You come up the drive to beautiful buildings, emus, ponies, horses and more!
I got into the venue, set up my gear and did my thing for the day which was great. This was the first real time I had got to mingle with the pole world and she had some amazing guests who performed for the masses. The beautifully elegant and controlled Anastasia Skukhtorova (more on her in a minute), the ridiculously strong and talented Ian Matthews, Charlie "the circus freak" Wheeller and Josh Taylor with his powerful contortion like style!
I have to say though that despite how good the day was and how fantastic Sam did for a charity which means a hell of a lot to her; I may have made one mistake which I will rue for the rest of my photography career! Let me explain... just before the mesmerising Anastasia took to the stage, I asked her if she'd like to come and have some photos taken, her reply was that she was stretching out for her performance but would come and see me after her performance. She did her performance, the day wound down to an end, the raffle was in it’s dying stages and I thought that would be it, so I packed away! As I put the last bit of equipment away, Anastasia came over and said, how about those photos now? Shock, horror! Errrm, I had just packed everything away! I'M A MORON!! I will regret this for the rest of my life! So I'd like to say to Anastasia should you ever read this: Ana, I am sorry and would love another chance to photograph your amazing talent!!!
So this was where it all kicked off for me and since then I've done some shoots for the likes of Pole Angels in Kent, Pink Ladies in Suffolk and I photographed the semi pro Miss Pole Dance event at Taylor's in July. So I want to say a massive thank you to Sam Ames for giving me the opportunity and I guess to those people who recommended me to Sam, you know who you are!