Eye Dream Photography
How and why you began your photography?
My father and grandfather were photographers and I have grown up with experience of both ends of the camera. Some of my earliest memories are of my father locking himself away in the dark room with the smell of the chemicals emanating from the room and then excitedly showing me his finished images.
Photography really peaked my interest when digital photography started to appear as I loved the fact you could instantly see the image as soon as it was taken. Initially I took it up as a hobby, but found the whole aspect of the creative side captivating and wanted to learn more and more, not only about the equipment I was buying but also about the technical side, particularly lighting as it affects a picture dramatically and is the difference between a good and bad shot.
I set up my business Eye DreamPhotography nearly 7 years ago and started off doing people portraits and landscapes. I then did some training with an established wedding photographer who approached me as he’d seen some of my work and wanted me to ‘second-shoot’ for him and I loved it. I really enjoyed trying to get more creative images of the bride and groom and create something that was a little different. After 2 years I had the skills and confidence to go it alone with the weddings and haven’t looked back. It’s a fantastic feeling being such an integral part of someone’s special day and capturing memories and emotions they'll remember forever.
How would you define your style?
I have a varied style and can create classical images as well as very contemporary and creative ones. I like to be able to look at a scene and a couple and adapt to what the situation calls for. If the couple is quite quirky and wants something different that’s great, it allows me to let my imagination run wild! Even when all you have to work with is a brick wall next to a main road.
What do you find most challenging as a photographer?
Trying to fit everything in. I do all of my photography myself as well as the editing side, so balancing that with marketing and family life can be a challenge but I love what I do and wouldn’t change it. My 2 year old son is already showing an interest in photography so hopefully he will join me when he’s older and we can share the workload!
What would be your best piece of advice to the bride and groom on the big day?
Relax! The build up to a wedding can be very stressful and there is a lot of pressure to have everything perfect on the day. If you have picked your suppliers well then it’s their job to make everything perfect and the bride and groom should be able to relax and enjoy their wedding day. I like to offer my couples the opportunity to have a pre-wedding shoot so we can get to know each other and this lets them see how I work and helps them understand how I give gentle direction to create the images I take on their wedding day. The last thing anybody wants is to be ordered around on their wedding day. I’ve found that by giving suggestions rather than orders, creates better images because they look more natural and relaxed.
Whose work has influenced you most?
Jerry Ghionis is a favourite. His control of lighting and the use of locations is phenomenal. Other big influences are Yervant who has the ability to create powerful images with very little kit; Dave Nunn has a very classic style and his images are very elegant; and Iain Gomes, who is excellent with his use of light and creates some very dramatic contemporary images.