Published On: Mon, Feb 24th, 2014 on 8:26 pm

Photographer who made 100-mile trips to take photos sets up own business

Ramzan Photographics

Akhtar Ramzan of Ramzan Photographics opens up shop

A former computer expert is focusing on a bright new career as a professional photographer by opening up his own studio at the Airedale Shopping Centre in Keighley.

Ramzan Photographics, is the new business that has opened at the Brunswick Arcade area of the centre, which is now fully let.

Owner Akhtar Ramzan, spent ten years as a photographer and squeezed his passion around a demanding full-time job as a consultant software engineer in Belgium.

He went on to spend a great deal of money on acquiring cameras, lenses and lighting equipment for his hobby that cost him thousands of pounds.

But he was so passionate about taking photos that he would regularly get up at the crack of dawn to make a 100-mile round trip to take one.

Mr Ramzan said: “When I was going out to a location like that I’d often get up at four or five o’clock in the morning and drive about 50 miles over to Holland. I’d get the picture I wanted and then drive all the way back to Belgium in time to start work.”

He first became involved in photography when he was asked to take a portrait of his work colleague.

He recounted: “He was a gifted amateur photographer himself and when he showed me some of the pictures he had taken, I saw their quality was just stunning and I wanted to do similar work myself.

“That was the point at which I caught the photographic bug, you might say.”

After years of taking pictures as a hobby, Mr Ramzan is now keen to explore opportunities at his new base at the busy shopping centre.

He is currently investing in new equipment to branch out into photographing newborn babies and is also exploring the possibility of maternity pictures, which is popular in the United States.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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