Dave Bird shares an insight into his Loughborough journey and his job working as a freelance photographer.
I fell in love with the campus feel, and the sheer amount of ‘stuff going on’ that there was both in and out of formal studies.
Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?
Get involved! University is the time to develop yourself both in and out of lectures, and especially at Loughborough, there’s so much to try. Plenty of people end up making a career taking the skills from their formal education, but many do so from something that they did on the side of their course at university!
How did your involvement in LSU Media impact upon your Loughborough experience, and how has it helped you since leaving University?
At the time, being involved with LSU Media was so much fun - we put in all sorts of hours and made great (and less great!) content, as a real media family. It was such a brilliant place to make mistakes.
Being involved with LSU Media absolutely helped me to start my entire career, and the opportunities, training and support that I received then, and the people that I met and worked with, still come in useful today.
I left Loughborough with some freelance work as a photographer, which I continued and developed as I went to Derby for their Commercial Photography course. While I was doing that, I worked as a freelance assistant for a number of high-end photographers in advertising and fashion. I moved to London, and have now been freelancing here since 2013, working with clients and agencies across PR, advertising, corporate and charities.
It’s so varied - the camera in my hand has taken me to some amazing places, and some absolute dumps, and put in the room with world leaders and fascinating people. It’s an incredible way to see life.
Hopefully more work! I keep working more in advertising, with more involved and higher profile jobs - but hopefully just to continue making a life and a living in photography really!
I’ve won a couple of small awards, which has been nice, but the main pride in what I do comes from the images that I get to make, in collaboration with my clients, and the people in front of my camera. I’m fortunate to work with a few great charities, and it’s great to see the impact of the good that they’re doing, and be able to play a small part in that work.