I had worked long and hard in a full-time career whilst building Taken images to a point where I could turn professional.
This was achieved in 2007.
The company then continued to grow and other photographers were employed on a commission basis to satisfy the demands of our clients.
Unfortunately, I then realised that I was no longer a photographer. Instead I was the administrative assistant, marketing team, sales team, accounts department, tea boy and driver.
In 2012 I decided to reorganise Taken images and it was once again a small Photography Agency with fewer clients and I was a photographer, again. I was much happier and our clients received a personal service rather than a corporate one. There were three other photographers who helped with commissions from time to time, one of whom I've been married to for over twenty five years.
In late 2015 I again realised that things had expanded to a point where I was no longer taking photographs. I was spending hours in meetings just to give the fun of the photography commission to someone else to complete the job. In January 2016 I decided that enough was enough and gave warning to all clients and members of Taken images that the agency will be closing.
From 1st May 2016 Taken images will be my commercial venture as the sole photographer for the company - well except for Travel Photography then Mrs Gray will assist. It always helps me to have an assistant when working abroad, even if it's just to make sure I'm fed properly.
Taken images is based near Peterborough in the East Midlands, allegedly less than an hour from London and Birmingham, and a little over two hours from York.
Photographer, Founder and Owner of Taken images
My personal photography can be found at: Christie Gray @ Takenimages.com