Capturing a moment with Jenny Drew

We recently interviewed Jenny Drew from JHD Photography, who has supplied some of the images for our ‘design your own’ banner tool. We asked her a few questions about how she got into photography and the sorts of images she likes to take.

You can now use her photography when creating banners online by selecting ‘upload image from library’.

How did you get into photography?

Well I practised a little bit with my friends who are professional photographers. I picked up a camera, it was probably four or five years ago, and somebody said to me “Jen, do you realise that actually, those pictures are pretty good?” I hadn’t noticed myself. It wasn’t until somebody said that to me that I thought actually… I quite enjoy doing it.

It’s spiralled from there. I’ve supported other photographers alongside them to see what it was all about and fell in love with it to be honest.

What sort of photos do you enjoy taking the most?

Natural, candid, when people don’t realise you’re there photos are definitely what I enjoy the most. For me, photography is about it being a moment. A moment in time that you’ll never get back and actually it’s about capturing a memory.

I absolutely love weddings, taking wedding photos – just seeing sheer happiness in people’s faces and being able to capture that moment. And then the people being able to look back in years to come and just go… I didn’t realise that happened or I forgot about that or just being able to see happiness in people’s faces. For me, that’s what it’s all about – definitely.

Do you have any advice for budding photographers?

Follow your heart. Follow your dreams.

I know that sounds a little bit corny but for me, I was always going “oh, well I can’t do it because life gets in the way”, but actually I would say just go for it if it’s what you really want to do.

I think time passes by so quickly sometimes. Like my little girl, she’s growing up so fast. I look back and I go back through my photos and just think… Where’s time gone? For me, that’s what it’s all about.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

For me, being around people. Not necessarily people that I always know. But it’s being able to connect with them – or hopefully connect with them – and them just be themselves and be able to act just as they would do if I wasn’t there walking around with my camera.