Melanie Nelson

Before Gainsborough School of Photography I didn’t know much about photography but enough to know that’s what I want to be doing for the rest of my life. The classes with Norm were great! He really has a knack of teaching and combined with his personality, the small class numbers and hands-on approach it really is the best way to learn how to be professional photographer.

Someone asked me once to summarize everything I had learnt at GSOPP, but I couldn’t really give them a very thorough answer, until a couple of days later I was out photographing a client and about halfway through I realized just how much Norm had taught me had already become second nature. From “seeing” light, to walking outside and knowing the correct exposure for manual shooting, to training your mind to read people.

Since graduating, I have worked as a children’s photographer, alongside a commercial photographer and a wedding photographer but now I have my own wedding photography business and things are going great. I can’t wait to see what the next few years hold!