Photographer Natalie Pluck
Prior Pursglove College

Natalie returns to pass on photography advice

A budding photographer has returned to her old college to inspire creative youngsters about careers in photography and speak about her experiences so far after setting up her own venture.

24 year old Natalie Pluck attended Guisborough’s Prior Pursglove College between 2006 and 2008 where she took A levels in Media Studies, Art and Geography before further learning her trade at Cleveland College of Art & Design. Natalie then set up her own photography business earlier this year.

Concentrating mainly on wedding and fashion photo-shoots, Natalie has found that her business is really starting to take off now that she is making a name for herself in the industry. And recently Natalie was approached by British Vogue to be published as part of an advertorial and should appear in January’s edition of VOGUE.

Speaking to Media Studies students at the college during Global Entrepreneurship Week, Natalie said, “My main academic interests were centred on creative subjects and since an early age I had a passion for photography.

“Setting up in business isn’t easy but it has been really rewarding so far. I have been building a reputation and it is going very well so far.”

Natalie, who is from Guisborough, gave an insight into the experiences and challenges from some of her recent shoots and answered specific questions posed by students.

“If I can set up my own business – then so can anyone, if you’re passionate about something then put everything into it,” she continued.

Looking to the future, Natalie hopes to continue growing her business and her ultimate goal is to work with some of the leading names in fashion and modelling. “Hopefully I’ll be knocking on Kate Moss’ door!” said Natalie.

Media student Hannah Tempestoso appreciated the visit. The 16 year old, a previous pupil at Middlesbrough’s Trinity Catholic College, said, “The advice and guidance that Natalie gave about how she set up her own photography business was really valuable and the stories from some of her shoots were very interesting.”

Media Studies teacher Carol Hale commented, “I am very pleased that Natalie wanted to come into the college and speak to current media students. I was really impressed and very grateful that she spent time talking to students individually too. Natalie was extremely confident and passionate about her work.”

The college held several activities during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 including visits from local schools, a talk on social enterprise from Divine Chocolate and a Winter Market.

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