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Q&A with Celebrity Photographer and UK CEWE Photo Award Jury Member, Christie Goodwin

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We are thrilled to have Christie represent the UK on the CEWE Photo Award 2019 jury, so we want to introduce you to her. Not sure what we’re talking about? You can read all about it here.

Say Hello to Christie Goodwin!

Christie Goodwin

Christie Goodwin is a British photographer with a career that spans over thirty-five years, having picked up the camera at the age of twelve. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Art Photography, and initially shot fashion assignments but soon became restless and left the fashion world behind her. For a good decade, she shot mainly fine art projects and held regular exhibitions to showcase her work.

It wasn’t until 2005 when she was commissioned to shoot a live performance that Christie found her true calling. After that first assignment, she hung up her editorial hat and became a full-time music and entertainment photographer.

Today, Christie is in high demand as a tour and portrait photographer. She has worked with Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and many other top recording artists. Christie’s work appears on CD’s and DVD’s, tour merchandise, in international publications, books and exhibitions. In 2018 she published her first major photography book “Memories We Made”, looking back at a decade of photographing Ed Sheeran. Fast, creative and a little bit crazy, Christie is known and respected for always getting the shot and for her no-nonsense approach when connecting with the artist.

We asked Christie some questions so that we can get to know her a little better. She’s got an amazing career to talk about and lots of wisdom to share so, of course, we’re all ears.

Ed Sheeran by Christie Goodwin
Ed Sheeran by Christie Goodwin

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a British photographer with a career that spans over thirty years. I graduated with a BA in Fine Arts Photography and started out in fashion photography, working with fashion designers I had connected with during my years at the Academy. For most of the 1990s I was an editorial news photographer for wire agencies. In 2005 I was commissioned to shoot a live music performance and that is how I became a full-time music and entertainment photographer, mainly working as a tour and portrait photographer. I am also house photographer at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and I shoot book covers – mainly for crime and fantasy novels.

How would you describe your photography? What does it mean to you?

I’d like to see my photography as a visual communication tool between my client and their audience. That means that I have to understand the client, their brand, their message and capture that as honestly as possible. At the same time, it’s also important to draw their audience in with my images. It means that I don’t just shoot what I see but I shoot the subject in relation to their message.

How long have you been interested in photography? Was there a defining moment or experience that set it all off?

I had a fascination for looking at pictures from a very young age. I was maybe 3 or 4 years old. I loved looking through my family’s photo albums and would spend hours looking at them and building stories in my head around those pictures. When I was 12, I discovered my daddy’s camera which I would borrow on occasion, without him knowing . This was the tool that could capture something and keep it, as it was, forever. I then got my first analogue camera for my 14th birthday.

What is the proudest experience of your photography career so far?

Somehow, I hope that is yet to come! But for the sake of this interview, I would say that making a living from my passion makes me proud every day.

What/who inspires you the most?

Creative people and art in general.

Camila Cabello by Christie Goodwin
Camila Cabello by Christie Goodwin

Do you have an interesting story that lead to a great (maybe unexpected) photograph?

On tour with Usher, we had a day off in Dublin. I was up in my hotel room editing pictures when I got a call to pack my camera and be downstairs in 15 minutes. Outside the hotel it was pretty quiet. After all it was a Sunday (a Sunday in Ireland!) Once Usher appeared, he told me he wanted to go for a walk with me down the streets of Dublin. His idea was for me to shoot him being mobbed by fans. I looked outside of the glass hotel doors and all I saw was a dead empty street. “Where are those fans?” I asked. “You just wait and see.” He replied.

So, we started walking towards the High Street and here and there someone would recognise him and ask for a selfie. Then about maybe 5 minutes into our walk, we found ourselves surrounded by a flock of fans. The power of social media, ladies and gentlemen! I did manage to shoot Usher running with a mob of fans behind him, just like he had said.

Do you have any exciting projects on the horizon that you’d like to talk about?

I have a project I would like to do on drag queens. I’d like to tell the honest story, from man to drag queen, and what that entails.

What made you want to be involved in the CEWE Photo Award 2019?

I get asked a lot [to participate in awards] but usually decline because of time constraints, but the CEWE Photo Award is one of the largest photography competitions and so I am honoured to be a part of it.

As a judge, what are you excited about seeing? What will you be looking for?

I love looking at pictures so I am really excited to find out what the participants will bring to the table. I’m a stickler for good composition but I’d also like to see thought-provoking, eye-opening and stunning imagery.

Katy Perry by Christie Goodwin
Katy Perry by Christie Goodwin

If you were to enter, do you have a favourite photo in mind?

That would probably be Katy Perry’s ‘Fireworks’ photo.

What would you say to those who haven’t submitted a photo yet, but are considering it?

This is your chance – don’t hesitate as you really have nothing to lose. This is an international platform to showcase your work. It enables you to compare your work with other photographers which will always improve your own work. And after all, you might be the winner…

Thank you for chatting to us, Christie!

If you want to see more of Christie Goodwin’s work, you can find her at www.christiegoodwin.com, on Instagram at @christiegoodwin and Twitter at @christiegoodwin.

Enter the CEWE Photo Award 2019

Remember, you only have until the 31st May 2019 to submit your photograph, so time is ticking. Luckily, it doesn’t take long to enter (and its free!) so what are you waiting for? Share your work with the world!

To enter, head on over to CEWE Photo Award 2019. Good luck!

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