Photographer Siobhán Doran was born in Ireland and now lives in Hertfordshire. She set up as a freelance artist in September 2007, prior to which she divided her time between design and photography.
Initially trained in architectural technology, Siobhán spent over a decade working in building design before undertaking a degree in photography at the University of Westminster where she graduated in 2006. In September 2007, she established Siobhán Doran Photography, to which she now devotes all of her time.
Her latest exhibition documented the ambitious restoration of The Savoy, a world-renowned institution on London’s prestigious Embankment. Her book traces the work through four periods of the restoration project.
One word that describes you? Enthusiastic
In your own words, what do you do? I am a photographer. I focus on both personal fine art projects and working with the design community. With my personnel projects, I aim to produce fine art bodies of work for exhibition and book publishing. For my commercial clients I create commissioned artwork as well as photographing both interiors and exteriors of their completed buildings.
Who is your greatest influence in your career/life? Andrea Gursky, after seeing his work in The Serpentine in 1999, I was inspired to study photography. In life, my sisters and my partner.
Which is your favourite part of your job? I enjoy the whole process, from capturing the image to post production to presenting it in its final form. All stages have their own exciting moment!
Which is the part that you enjoy the least? Carry my equipment at the end of a days shoot.
What is your greatest achievement? To successfully change my career at the age of 37.
What was your Plan B? This is plan B
What is your most prized possession? My Arca Swiss
What’s the best advice you’ve been given? An architect once told me ‘You should never make a decision based on what you think somebody would like. You should do so because you think it is the right decision yourself.
Please complete the sentence… I could not live without… My iphone! It sounds pathetic but I talk to my sisters in Ireland and California all the time and It is my main work contact number. it is also just so useful to get emails on the move and its an emergency camera!!
Favourite restaurant? In which city? Locanda Locatelli in London – quite a treat!
What is your personal luxury? A bath instead of a shower.
What steps do you take to make your life more positive? I started running a couple of years ago and to my own surprise have ran two half marathons. I have another lined up for later this year. I get a real sense of achievement and lots of energy from it. It keeps me fit and trim.