Music & Live Events Photographer, Southend-on-Sea, Essex clarissa@filmfreephotography.co.uk

01702 343455

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FILM FREE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Clarissa Debenham

About Me

My love of music photography started around the age of 17 when I decided to combine my evenings out watching bands with the photography course I was taking at college for one of my final exam projects.  I never dreamed that it could progress to be anything other than a fun hobby, the opportunity to join the photography team at the Village Green Festival in 2014 changed all that and reignited a love of music photography that had lain dormant for too long.  Since then I have become recognised as one of the "go to" music photographers working in the Essex area.  The opportunity to combine my photographic skills and experience with a lifelong passion is something I am grateful for everyday.

2016 allowed me to incorporate my love of comedy into my photography business.  A chance meeting resulted in me being hired to be the official photographer for the Southend Comedy Festival and opened my name up to a whole new area of opportunites.  On this site you will see images of amateur and professional comedians ranging from first timers to seasoned performers.  In Spring 2017 I got the chance to photograph comedy legend Terry Alderton in front of his home-town crowd; and some of these pictures were featured in a film called Comic about Terry's comedy and mental health.  It is had its official UK premier in April 2018.  In 2017 I got to don my Southend Comedy Festival - Official Photographer lanyard again.  In the summer of 2018 the comedy festival became part of the much larger Southend Festival and my services were called for again; I even got a new lanyard :-)

The end of 2018 saw me beginning a new collaboration, working as part of the Southend Theatre Scene team.  STS is a local website which covers the shows and productions which are put on in all the Southend theatres.  This has allowed me to add to my ever growning collection of photo passes and add some more recognisable names to my portfolio.

And then there is the cabaret.  This time a recommendation led to becoming the official photographer for international drag artist Shyanne O'Shea's cabaret shows and collaborator on her promotional shots.  These cabaret shows definitely keep me on my toes both physically and photographically; and they are always fabulous.

I have met and worked with some amazing people in the short time I've been working professionally.  Chinnerys music venue in Southend has become my second home and I see some of the staff there more often than members of my own family.  This summer sees the return of the Village Green festival, which means I get to return to the place where it all started.  I will, yet again, be on the phtoography team and this year get the pleasure to add the Fun Lovin' Criminals and Busted to my collection.  As a long-standing Busted fan I can't wait.  I love my weird and random life here's to whatever the future may hold.

Clarissa xx

A Full List of all the Musical Artists I have had the pleasure to photograph...

Absolute Bowie Band, Airways, Angel & the Melodyhorns, Arcaves, Ardyn, Asylums, BAIT, Band Theft Audio, Beckie Margaret, Beth Orton, Bertie Scott, Between 2 Minds, Bif Bam Pow, Big Minds, Bled The Fifth, Blink-2, Bloom, Blue Ritenuto, Brit Floyd, Broadway Clash, BustedCarousel, ChangesTwoBowie, Chris Bourne, Chris Robson Band, Concrete Caverns, Corduroy, Courts, D.M.O., Daisy Bowlers, Darren Jones & the World Music Band, Deacon BlueDon Letts, Doojip, Eddie Reader, Ella Knox, Emerald Hill, The Ends, The Fabulous Feedback Band, Faux Fighters UK, Feel The Steel, Fell Out Boy, Fifty-Four Plates, Fire at Dawn, For We Are Many, Forged in Black, Fortify, Foxymophandlemama, From The Jam, Fun Lovin' Criminals, FyreSky, Gareth Gates, Geezer, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Ghost Music, Green Date, Guns 2 Roses, Heaven 17, Hobo, Holler For Mary, Hollow County, Holloway Road, Hoodsey Lock, The Hoosiers, Horatio James, Horseman & the Upper Cut, The Hosts, Humbleslug, Jackie Wilson Says, Jamie Williams & the Roots Collective, Joe Gibson, Jon Bovi, Josephine Oniyama, Jukebox Junkies, Just Jovi, Kate Nash, Katy for Kings, Killatrix, Lee Sergeant, Lisa Wright, L J Howard, The Long Run, Longy & the Gospel Trash, The Lounge Kittens, Lost Angels, Lost Ashore, Lower Than Atlantis, Lucky Strikes, Lydia Kitto, Mahalia, Marc Almond, The Mariachis UK, Mark Morris (The Bluetones), Matt Linnen, The Maxibrites, Megan Rose, Minerva Falls, Mount Cape, My Life Story, Neville Staple, Nicola Collis, Nitin Sawhney, Next Stop Mars, Nothing But Thieves, NoXcuse, The Out Outts, Penanceville, Paul Young, Primo Nelson, Pure DC, Queensburys, Rag'n'Bone Man, Repair to Ruin, The Real Swing, ReMark, Rettena, Riley Peacock, Rock for Heroes, Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals), Rolling Machine, Royal Blud, Ruti, Ryan Turner, The Scarletts, Scouting for Girls, Scroobius Pip, The Selecter, Skamite, Slim Pickings, SNOG (KISS Tribute), Snowboy & the Latin Section, Soulsation, Southchurch, South Monster, Tall Tree Tales, Tallowah, The Trusted, Tiggs Da Author, Toploader, Tony Wright (Terrorvision),Torment, Trash Monroe, Velvet Tree, The Waterfalls, Winter, Who Are You?, Youth Club...