Since leaving school I have always been adamant that l I would only be in a career that I was truly passionate about. Back then, the ordinary 9-5 life didn’t appeal to me, or my lifestyle with a newborn baby. I thought this is my moment; Photography. Something that wasn’t just a hobby, but part of my life since I can remember. To turn this passion into a career would be a dream. I decided to do a Photography Foundation Degree at Truro College, beginning when my son Lorenzo, was 10 months old (I’ve learnt the hard way that university and children do not go hand in hand!) Lorenzo was my main subject to photograph, until I tried some fashion styles.
The whole collaboration team of a make-up artist, hair stylist and model really fascinated me. I went on to complete my third year at Plymouth University to achieve a full Bachelors Degree. Once I’d graduated, I felt a huge sense of achievement – with a little sigh of relief! Lorenzo and I took a 6 month vacation to the States; sweet home Alabama and Florida to visit my relatives.
My Canon camera was always clutched in hand whilst I explored this part of the world. I’d never seen such beautiful sites in my life, with incredible history and depth, with the added bonus of learning my own heritage and family history. I photographed some personal projects and new, unique faces of different ethnicities and backgrounds. On my return to Cornwall, I settled back into a routine and I am now set up as a Freelance Photographer.
University not only helped me learn the technical side to photography, but gave me the time to experiment with all aspects of personal and professional imagery, whilst developing key skills in post production. I have a keen interest in fashion and beauty and I believe this has given me the edge as a wedding photographer, by being aware of the brides best angles and styles. As for my love of babies, well, that is nothing new. Everyone that knows me, knows that I adore them, and having had the pleasure of photographing nearly 1000 babies this year working in the maternity wing of Treliske Hospital I have learnt how to capture special moments. Isabella Banks Photography is growing and I love the journey it is taking me on.
2014 – Lorenzo Exhibition, Plymouth Hall, Plymouth University
2013 – Luminarium Final Year Show, Lander Gallery, Truro
2013 – Dolcetta Exhibition, The Poly Exhibition, Falmouth
2012 – Contemporary Photography Exhibition, Truro College
2011 – Landscape and Photography Exhibition, Truro College
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
2016 – Bridal Promo Photography – Cornwall Hospice Care ‘Something Old & New’ fashion show.
2016 – Promotion Work – The Hub Design and Printshop-USA, AL
2016 – Published photographs – Bridal Shoot Cornwall Today
2015 – Photographed Andrew George (Local MP) NHS debate for Gloss Magazine
2015 – Photographed Georgette Beacham (Take Me Out Star)
2015 – Volunteer work – Penhaligons Friends Charity (Maternity Shoots)
2014 – Published photographs (double page spread) Cornwall Today for Patch and Acre
2014 – Published photograph in Take a Break magazine, Step by Step Painted Bumps
2012 – Most progress in a year award FDA (Truro College)