Bride on swing - Picture by Ikonworks

Getting to Know – Ikonworks

Tasha of Ikonworks

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Interview with: Tasha Newland

Company Name: Ikonworks

Website: www.ikonworks.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Hampshire based, but happy to travel almost anywhere. My website has details of my National UK and International costs.

How did the business get started and who works at Ikonworks?

Ikonworks was founded in 2009 while I was still working fulltime as an Executive Assistant within the Telecoms industry. I had my son, Sam, in 2004, and my daughter, Abby, in 2007, and after falling head over heels in love with them, as well as with the memories I was able to capture by taking pictures of them, I decided there had to be more to life.

I needed a challenge, wanted a different focus, and desperately needed to feel inspired. I started a photography course at a local college; it was the content of the course, as well as the attitude of the tutor, that defined my future path. Clare is a wedding photographer, and it was her teaching and motivation that made me stop, think, re-train, and re-evaluate my profession.

Ikonworks is just me; 36 hours a day, 9 days a week, 4million days a year and, honestly, I would not have it any other way. I truly love what I do, and firmly believe that this comes across in my work, my attitude and my approach.

I was lucky enough to give up my day job completely in 2012, and I now focus solely on Ikonworks. This allows me to truly develop the business into what I dreamed it could be six years ago. It’s something which constantly evolves through hard work, determination, and constant learning.

Boho bride - Picture by Ikonworks

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

NO! This career-path truly had not crossed my mind until I had my children. I figured my career as a PA was ‘it’, and actually used to get annoyed when people asked me what I wanted to be when I “grew up” (10 years into my career). Then I found myself staring through a camera lens and my perspective totally changed! I used to say that I did not have an artistic bone in my body; my stick men drawings are a testament to that! However, camera in hand, holding my breath as I press the button, I find myself complete.

Bride on swing - Picture by Ikonworks

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

One of the first personal images I remember taking was of my husband on our honeymoon, all dressed up ready to go to dinner after a dusk stroll on the beach (that was over a decade ago, and I remember it as though it was yesterday).

One of the first professional images I took was at my dear friend Natalie’s wedding at Oakley Hall in Basingstoke. It was a picture of her daughter Ashlee in her dress and feather cape. The picture appeared on her Facebook page and we giggled about how young she was in the picture. Those were captured memories that can be treasured forever, and I love that Nat and I have that connection which can never be taken from us. Surely that is the point of working for someone as a photographer; to catalogue moments, occasions and celebrations, so that they can be enjoyed and remembered forever.

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Bride having make-up done - Picture by Stylish Wedding Photography

Getting to Know – Stylish Wedding Photography

Paul Tansley of Stylish Wedding Photography

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Interview with: Paul Tansley

Company Name: Stylish Wedding Photography

Website: www.stylishweddingphotography.com

Location / Coverage: Mainly South East UK – Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex, but will travel further afield. Have shot weddings in Wiltshire, Dorset, Kent, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and London. Will cover national and abroad if requested.

How did your business get started and who works at Stylish Wedding Photography?

I shot editorial fashion in London for nearly 20 years for many leading UK women’s magazines and wedding titles, including many front covers. I was also the Daily Mail’s main fashion photographer for 12 years, before moving to shooting weddings four years ago.

Carol, my partner, is an Art Director, and during her career was the Art Editor/Director of Wedding magazine for 7 years. From our first wedding assignment, Carol has shot alongside me as a ‘second shooter’. She has an incredible eye for an image, and as there is no pressure on her to get the main shots, she is able to have a lot of freedom to capture creative angles and scenes that I might miss when I am busy covering the main action. This is particularly useful in situations such as shooting the groom looking nervous at the beginning of the ceremony, where I can concentrate on him and the bride walking up the aisle, while Carol can concentrate on the bridal party waiting to enter.

This year however, I’m starting to push shooting solo on more jobs, as couples can’t always afford two photographers, but having both of us is still our premium package. I think no solo photographer can be in two places at once, however good they are.

Bride and bridesmaids looking in mirror - Picture byStylish Wedding Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

When I left school I had no idea what I wanted to do in life. I was planning on studying computers at university, but that was simply because I had no other plans. However, after leaving school, I started a fine art black and white photography evening course (aged 18). That got me interested in photography in a serious way and opened my eyes to some of the world’s greatest photographers.

When I was 23 I gave up my office job and moved to Rome to study Fashion Photography. Two weeks into my stay I started assisting one of Rome’s leading photographers, and haven’t stopped working in the photographic industry since. I spent five years assisting some of the world’s best fashion photographers.

I’ve now been working in photography for 27 years, and shooting professionally for over 20 of those years, so I’ve been around a long time and have seen the move from film to digital, and also the move from staged wedding photography to today’s reportage styles.

Bride having make-up done - Picture by Stylish Wedding Photography

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

No idea; my parents always had a camera. I probably shot something boring as a kid with dad’s camera! However, I do remember my early work aged 18 on the black and white course. My tutor, the late Mike Skipper, taught us one evening that ‘anything’ could look good in a black and white image, so long as the light was good. He then added, “well, almost anything – maybe not a milk bottle”. I’ve always loved being set a challenge; I’m a problem solver, I just love puzzles etc. So, at next week’s class I bought in a picture I’d taken of a milk bottle, the glass type from the good old days! It was a stunning image. To this day it’s one of my all time favourite images, with light falling naturally through a window and reflecting through the glass; I’m a lover of natural light and reflections.

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

Mainly Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex, although we’ll travel anywhere practical in the UK and abroad. So long as couples’ budgets allow for accommodation and extra days travel etc. then I’ll travel anywhere in the world. I’d love to shoot weddings where the light is beautiful – Italy or anywhere sunny.

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Getting to Know – Ria Mishaal Photography

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Interview with: Ria Mishaal

Company Name: Ria Mishaal Photography

Website: http://riamishaal.com

Location / Coverage: Hampshire, England. Available to photograph anywhere in the UK and beyond.

How did your business get started and who works at Ria Mishaal Photography?

Growing up, there were always old cameras around. I liked taking pictures of the natural world around me as a way of capturing how I felt about something. I also did a lot of visual artwork, creating panels of images for my Royal Photographic Society distinctions and for competitions and exhibitions.

When I was studying at University, I, together with another photographer friend, were asked by a couple of colleagues to document their wedding in our own styles. To my surprise, I absolutely adored the experience; I was able to photograph the wedding as I photographed on the street – capturing moments, emotions, details that caught my eye or moved me. This was back in 2004.

Then, some friends of this first couple saw their album and wanted me to document their wedding too, and through referrals and word of mouth my business grew. I loved this work so much it took over the other vocation I had planned for myself, and it only made sense to embrace it.

My husband, Jake, photographs with me on wedding days. We have been working together for many years now, so we complement each other’s styles very well.

Bride and groom under tree - Picture by Ria Mishaal Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

The first thing I remember wanting to be was a photographer for National Geographic Magazine. Both my father and grandfather are keen photographers, so I had a lot of exposure to photography from an early age.

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

I was very young, maybe four. It was of my mother, and my parents still have the image somewhere.

Bride and groom - Picture by Ria Mishaal Photography

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

Jake and I will go anywhere in the UK or abroad to photograph. For weddings, we work most regularly in Somerset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey and London. We have done engagement shoots from Bala in Wales to Norwich, from Edinburgh to Brighton.

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Bride and groom walking hand in hand down country lane - Picture by Real Simple Photography

Getting to Know – Real Simple Photography

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Interview with: Jacques Lloyd

Company Name: Real Simple Photography

Website: www.realsimplephotography.net

Location / Coverage: Alton, Hampshire

How did the business get started and who works at Real Simple Photography?

Three years ago I decided to take the plunge and my hobby became my full time career; I have never looked back. At the time I had my Canon 40D with a couple of lenses and so it all started. Business was slow at the start but quickly picked up, and I was learning and growing with every shoot. Initially I decided to focus mainly on weddings, adding family, bump (pregnancy) and corporate events soon after I started. I’m the main photographer and I’m always assisted by my wife.

Bride and groom on beach with pink parasol - Picture by Real Simple Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

Well let’s get that one out the way – the answer is “nope” :). I picked up my first semi pro camera in 2007 and the bug bit me; I’ve been hooked since then. I make it my mission to learn something new every day.

Groom kissing bride on cheek in street - Picture by Real Simple Photography

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

I think I was +/- 14 years old and yes, it was a close up shot of a flower.

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