2010 media production graduate Kingsley Tudor shares his employment story: I left Lincoln in June 2010, not really sure of what I wanted to do. Within a few weeks I gained an interview with The Original Packshot company. I became a photographer in a new studio in Peterborough set up to photograph products for an international high street brand.
Over the next few years I worked my way through the ranks, culminating as the studio manager and head photographer. It was at this point that I realised my dreams had become diluted, I had gone from enjoying my work immensely to despising it, and lost all passion for the work. It came to pass that my other duties restricted me from shooting. I went from shooting still life and models 5 days a week to maybe once a month, if that. The call to action came when my son was born in December 2013, I quickly realised how much time I spent out of the house, often a 12/14 hour day. I didn’t want to miss anything so in January 2014 the idea of Thunder Pig was realised. Between myself and my business partner, Samuel Smith, the next 8 months were spent in preparation for launch. We spent a long time working on a business plan and funding came through in late July.
The result of our toil, is Thunder Pig ltd, a commercial photography company set up to service businesses who don’t realise the importance or affordability of product and e-commerce photography. We are trying to make great imagery accessible to all. It’s early days – we gave up our day jobs on the 1st of September and haven’t looked back. Whilst we may not be as well off as we once were and it’s hard work, I’m the happiest I’ve been for a long while and I see my family more. I left a comfortable job to chase a dream, was it worth it? I guess we will just have to wait and see.