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Q&A: Photographer David Calvert

PUBLISHED: 16:54 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:05 20 February 2013

David Calvert

David Calvert

Award-winning photographer David Calvert tells Hannah Gray about his two generous cats, his love for his adopted village and why he left London behind

How old are you? I'm 44.

Tell us about your family.
I'm married to Elaine who's a solicitor. We have no children.

Do you have any pets?
Yes, we have two cats - Minnie and Bobby, who unfortunately are very good at catching the Hertfordshire wildlife! They bring us lots of 'presents'.

Where do you live?
We live in the beautiful village of Perry Green, which is next door to Much Hadham.

How long have you lived there?
We moved to Perry Green nearly five years ago. It was the best thing we ever did.

What do you like about Perry Green?
Its peacefulness and its beautiful views - all of which we have on our doorstep. We moved out of London because it was noisy, dirty and overcrowded. Thankfully Hertfordshire is none of these. We love it here. The people here are very friendly too.

What do you do for a living?
I am a professional photographer who specialises in contemporary portrait photography of primarily children and families. I also do portraiture for models, actors and dancers - plus a small amount of corporate portraiture.
I established the business when we moved to Hertfordshire just under five years ago.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
Without question, winning two major awards at this year's British Professional Photography Awards, which is one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the professional photographic industry. One of the awards I won was the UK Parent and Child Photographer of the Year award, which I was particularly thrilled to win, especially when I was up against some of the best and most respected photographers in the country.

What are your hobbies?
I would say my work is also my hobby as well as my profession, but I also like reading biographies and I like to potter around in my garden.

How do you relax?
We like to take walks around the local village and have the odd pub lunch - especially at The Bull in Much Hadham. We also take the odd trip to France as well. We really like France's laid-back culture!

Which five people would you have as dinner party guests and why?
Assuming I can choose anyone regardless if they are alive or dead, I would invite any person who can tell a great entertaining story about themselves or their lives. So thinking about this I would probably invite Billy Connolly, Lemmy, Patrick Litchfield, Noel Coward and Gordon Ramsay (I'll get him to do the cooking!).

Where are the best views to be had in Hertfordshire?
In my opinion, the one from our bedroom window. We have the most fabulous view looking over some fields. We get the most stunning sunsets here too.

What is your favourite town in Hertfordshire and why?
It would have to be the town nearest to me - namely Bishop's Stortford. It was the first Hertfordshire town we visited when we were looking to move up here. The place felt 'right' if you know what I'm saying.

Describe Hertfordshire in one sentence.

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
My wife of course! However, my job comes in a very close second. I love what I do.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Definitely still living and working in Hertfordshire. We love it here. Career-wise I'm aiming to be in a far bigger studio than I'm in at the moment. This will help me to take on bigger and more ambitious projects. Plans are in place to hopefully start that this year.

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