Hi, I’m Nathan, the eyes behind Libra Photographic. Thanks for taking the time to read a little bit about what makes me tick. This is the page where I’ll tell you a little about myself, the only page on this site about Nathan, me!
Most of my free time is taken up with being a husband and father two my wife three children who are everything to me, the centre of my universe. Becoming a father is the most amazing experience and something that is difficult to put into words, overnight I changed from thinking of myself to being selfless. Now I spend every day working out what to feed them!
Music is my guilty pleasure, I buy far to much vinyl than is considered healthy and my collection is as eclectic as an antique wholesalers living room. Ask me about my music of the moment when we meet it is sure to start an interesting conversation. Everything is on the table from Hans Zimmer to the Spice girls. Why vinyl? well I love to renovate old record decks, I discovered this hobby during lockdown (alongside bread making) and it has stuck with me.
Love food? Absolutely. Food is the stuff of life, literally. As I’ve grown I discovered more tastes of the world and bringing together my own recipes with inspiration from different cuisines is so much fun. I’m vegetarian bordering on Vegan, since choosing this to be my way of life I have discovered a far more varied diet. Don’t worry I’m not a preachy vegetarian, its my choice that is all. Foraging has also made its mark on my psyche, there is nothing like finding your own wild food.
Being healthy is important for me, as a self employed person I have to make sure I can fulfil the work I promise my clients and the best way to do that is to make sure I’m fit and full of energy. I’ve been a keen runner for most of my life and it has rubbed off on my children, we are all proud members of the Lonely Goat running club. Running isn’t the only passion though, Sailing, paddle boarding, Mountain biking are all elements of my downtime in Poole.
I remember the first time I picked up my mum’s Kodak Instamatic camera and put a film through it in the ’70s (I was young) and my first experience with the wonder of the darkroom process, to say I was addicted from the start is an understatement. Freezing all those moments in time for eternity is such a joy and now my job is to bring that same pleasure to others.
The Digital age has enabled so many people to pick up a camera, 99% of us carry one in our phone. More photos are now taken daily than in the whole of the last century! that’s is an exciting fact in my eyes, so many people to join my passion.
Having your memories recorded by me will always be fun, I pride myself on the ability to get people to relax, pressing the button is the easy bit. All the technical details were taken care of early in my career when I attained my degree in photography at Plymouth University. I now have an ARPS distinction with the Royal Photographic Society which I’m quite proud of and along the way a few professional accolades too.