Peter Knight and Mike Daines are the talented and handsome partnership
at the heart of the K+D studio. Their combined specialities embrace
all aspects of commercial and corporate photography, both in the
studio and on location for an international client
An attention for detail first attracted Peter away from newspaper
photography and into commercial studio and location photography.
The opportunity to set up his own studio in 1980 soon made him a
well-known photographer in the area and, always preferring to work
in commerce than in the social field, Peter soon developed
a busy working relationship with many of the area’s best-known
businesses and advertising agencies.
These days he works happily with long-time friend Mike both on
location and in the Harlow Studio but never misses an opportunity
to escape to France for either the wine or the ‘twitching’
- usually managing both at much the same time! Recent trips to the
Camargue, Rhone Valley and the Coto Donana have kept his tally
of birds high but so too his alcohol levels!
Mike first became passionate about photography when as a lad he
attended one of Fox Talbot’s workshops. Once bitten by the
bug he soon turned professional by working his way onto local newspapers
and Fleet Street news agencies and contracts with The Sun
and Sunday Mirror followed. He terminated his by then coveted
staff photographer job for the Sunday Mirror when “The
Bouncing Check” Bob Maxwell took over the Mirror Group and
nicked everyones self respect along with their pensions!
"Those days were really the dying days of what was known as
'Fleet Street'", says Mike. “They were great fun and
it’s where I honed my joy of photographing people and the
skill of putting them at ease in front of my camera."
Until joining up with his old mate Peter Knight the interim years
were spent freelancing, shooting news and celebrity features for
magazines both here in the UK and abroad. He is still a regular
contributor to Hello! magazine.
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