About the Photographer
Hello - and thank you for visiting my website!
For the past 25+ years I have been designing, building and promoting websites (as Sleepy Frog Designs) for individuals and small/medium business, and while it pays the bills, sometimes the task of making a garage door look 'sexy' can seriously sap your will to live.
I have always taken pictures, but purely for my own amusement rather than with any idea of making it a career, although I have been a Getty Images contributor for the last 10 years which brings in a small but constant revenue. However in 2014 I traded in my old partner for a newer model who happened to be the lead guitarist in a local rock covers band and with the view to helping out with promotion I started taking photographs of their gigs. I won't lie; for the first year or two my photographs were terrible as I tried to master the art of photographing a fast-moving singer in very low light.
Gradually my skills improved to the point where I was being asked to photograph other local bands for both gig photography and promo shoots, and I got the idea that maybe I wouldn't have to make garage doors look sexy for the rest of my life!
From there I branched out into portraits, toddler shoots, commercial photography (I've had a photograph shown in a news story by the BBC!) and pets - basically anything and everything apart from weddings. You can see this side of the business at www.carolherbertphotography.co.uk.
Apart from photography, my other passion is travel, and at the same time the photographs I was taking 'just for fun' were also starting to get Likes and interest, so I began selling my images as wall art on Pixels. This proved there was a market for my photographs and now I sell mounted images, cards and fridge magnets in 3 gift shops in Sheffield, Conisbrough and Wakefield as well as directly.
So, why Real World Art?
I wanted to sell more online and whilst looking at the outlets - Pixels, nuMonday, Etsy etc - I realised that paying to be listed on those sites was rather silly when I had the skills to create my own website. It also meant I would be able to pass the savings I made from not listing on those websites onto my customers and keep my images affordable. The prints are produced by the same photo lab I use for my portrait customers, so I know that the results are always of the highest quality and the colours true to my original files.
So, why Real World Art? Well, my pictures are (mainly) photographs of the real world, and I think nature has a way of creating art in the most beautiful of ways.
I travel whenever I have the chance and images are constantly being added, so please remember to come back again to see what's new or join my mailing list for notifications.
I hope you like the images on this website and maybe even find one to fill that blank space on your wall.