Rob Thomson … in focus
Rob Thomson is a fully qualified – and award winning – photographer who has lived & worked in Kirkcaldy for over a decade. As our latest business profile, we focus a little closer on Rob’s work in the town …
Originally from Kennoway, Rob has always had a passion for photography. He moved to Kirkcaldy 25 years ago and – for the first 17 of them – worked for the drinks giant, Diageo.
Rob says: “I have always had a keen interest in photography, and decided to take it further. While I was still working full time, I studied for and gained an advanced diploma at Edinburgh College.” He gained more experience, bit the bullet – and left his full time job to open a studio.
That was in 2006. He stepped out of the world of whisky to pursue his love of photography – setting up Lifetime Photography. Their premises on the town’s High Street has a fully kitted out photographic studio and Rob and his team have won a reputation for their outstanding portrait and wedding photography.
In the last ten years, photography has been revolutionised with the explosion in social media and how images are now created and shared. Rob is not daunted by the changes, saying: “Our biggest focus is our customer service, whether its portrait or wedding photography we take time to develop a natural rapport with the subjects – to get the best shots of them.” He adds: “In particular, wedding photography is such a huge part of a couple’s day and they must feel happy & comfortable in front of their photographer.”
And their approach works. They are honoured to have been shortlisted for the Vows Awards three times, winning it once. The awards are based purely on service, and are voted for by customers so, as Rob explains, “they mean the most to us“.
The well-established High Street studio offers the complete specialised service and is recognised as one of Scotland’s leading photographic studios. As previous winners of BIPP Scottish Wedding Photographer of the Year, they offer the perfect balance between a high standard of work and quality of service.
Lifetime Photography is a team of multi-award winning professional photographers and designers who strive in delivering beautiful, classic images that capture all the emotion of your special day. Rob says: “I employ three members of staff. Each of them understand the ethos of Lifetime Photography – and are all dedicated to delivering top service.“
In a decade of work, Rob considers his greatest personal achivement as having been named as the country’s Wedding Photographer of the Year by The British Institute of Professional Photography … an internationally recognised qualifying organisation with over 100 years experience in supporting and networking photographers.
Today, Rob lives with his wife and two children – and Bella their dog. He loves Kirkcaldy and is quick to recommend it to others, saying:”Kirkcaldy is a vibrant town with a diverse range of small businesses trying their hardest to provide customers with something different. For anyone visiting for the first time, I’d recommend a wander down to the Merchant’s Quarter to see us all before a bracing walk along the prom … if the weather allows!” Rob concludes: “I consider myself so fortunate to constantly gain inspiration from the people I photograph.”
Lifetime Photography are renowned for their wedding & portrait work – but also cater for all kinds of photography needs including corporate work and event photo booths. Follow this link to discover more.
Inspired by Rob’s story?
Lifetime offer training courses to discover and develop the next generation of photographers.
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