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Posted November 22nd by Design Splat in MUA's, Photographers

This week on Design Splat is Photographer Week! We have 5 amazing photographers to feature and we are starting today with the fabulous Dee Bryan! Enjoy!


Good Morning and Welcome to Design Splat Dee!

We are pleased to have you as the first photographer of our ‘Photographer Week’ here on Design Splat!

Now to get us started how did you get into Photography?

When I was young I used to model myself. I then became a make up artist and got frustrated when photographers weren’t seeing what I was seeing in the photograph, so I decided to try it myself and that’s when the passion started!

What aspect of Photography?

Mainly editorial/High end fashion and beauty.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

To be a house hold name for Cardiff (Wales) and across the waters!

Freelance photographer/Own business or working for a company?

My own Company Dee Bryan of course!

What drives you/gives you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?

Well…probably my son! Being a parent makes you grow up fast and realise that dreams are ment to be reality. I come from a family of hard grafters.

What obstacles – if any, have you encountered along the way?

People expecting everything for free.  It’s hard as this is my career now. It’s like walking into Topshop and saying ‘I like that top but don’t want to pay for it even though I know its to go towards your wages for you to live…so I’m just gonna take it and not care about you!’ Being dyslexic is also hard (my mother is writing this for me by the way) I cant learn in a class room, so I have to learn via mistakes. I’m self taught.

Can you recall the first photo you took that made you go WOW!?

Yes…I’m lucky to have had a few now. It was on an event I was covering and the conditions were so bad I didnt think I would have one shot that would turn out right….I was suprised to find many. It was with R L Huggar from the American group ‘Next’.

If you could photograph/have a shoot with anyone who would it be?

Jack Nicholson ….because hes a character.

Does fame attract you?

Nope, I’ve seen too many people get hurt over it.

How do you feel about photo manipulation?

I think it’s fine if it’s for an art project/artistic reason or to correct something that was out of your control on the shoot. But to over do it?? now that’s a different story!

How do you rate yourself as a photographer?

I dont think that you can rate yourself if you are still learning and no one stops learning.

What makes a good photographer?

Someone that isnt afraid to step out of the box and break the rules haha. Someone that natural has an eye for it.

Do you think the Photography Industry is difficult to break into? Are you worried about the amount of competition with more and more people becoming photographers?

Yes because anyone can pick up a camera and point it! It’s the combination of what you do, for example, I do all the make up/art direction/styling and actually shoot the object. I’m a bit different to some photographers as I am many things rolled into one.

Three words to describe yourself?

Passionate/Artistic/Dyslexic ?? lol

Hobbies and other interests?

I love spending time with my son and of course fashion interests me.  Meeting new people also as I feel you learn so much from one person to the next!

Favourite photographer?

Russell James and so many more!

Any Tips and tricks you want to share with aspiring Photographers?

I was once told to keep being me, keep being raw talent and don’t have to be too technical as you can lose yourself in it.  I think that helps me.  Also never be afraid to try…if you dont try you will never know!


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