In the GWC Spotlight today … a super raaaaad picture-taking lady …
Let’s hear from the lovely lady herself:
1/ business: Solen Photography
where: based in Edinburgh, work in Scotland or anywhere!
2/ describe your workspace:
I work from our (me, Dan and our little boy) wee house by Portobello in Edinburgh. It’s a lovely place to live and work. We can see the sea from our garden and the view is different every day. The light is amazing. My workspace is full of old fashion magazines, photography books, a bunch of toy cameras that I always mean to use more regularly and usually our wee boy and his toys.
3/ where did it all begin?
My grandfather (I called him Pepe) had a collection of film cameras that I was obsessed with as a kid. I loved looking at all his old photos. I also love mucking about with Lomo cameras. When I got a digital SLR I got really frustrated that I didn’t know how to use it properly so went to an evening class…which lead to a part-time college course…which lead to a full time course…which lead to me quitting my job as a gig booker and now I work full time for myself. It’s ace.
4/ favourite work to date?
I’m in love with a recent elopement in the Highlands that I shot for a lovely Californian couple, I’m currently editing it and they are so happy, it puts a massive smile on my face. They brought 5 friends and family and got married in the grounds of an old mill cottage in a humanist hand fasting, it is beautiful. For sentimental reasons shooting my oldest and dearest friend’s wedding is also a favourite. It was one of the first weddings I shot on my own having assisted and been 2nd shooter for a few great established photographers while studying. We got some lovely photos on the day (I was super nervous) and did a really fun portrait session near to where I now live so for many different reasons it means lots to me.
5/ who/what inspires you?
I love New York street photographers like Joel Meyerowitz, Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander. I’m obsessed with Wes Anderson films. I spend a ridiculous amount of time and money pouring over fashion magazines like Another, Love, Pop, ID, Vogue…there are so many!
6/ describe a typical day:
I’ll either be out and about shooting, doing a recce and meeting people or trying to figure out how to juggle editing, blogging, admin and being a mum! There aren’t really 2 days alike at the moment which is great, keeps it interesting!
7/ where’s your favourite place to go?
8/ favourite wedding venue:
I don’t have one favourite venue. I love shooting weddings in venues with lots of beautiful natural light or even better outside ( I probably live in the wrong place for that!). Somewhere that has personal significance to the couple is always great to shoot. I do really love shooting the getting ready bits. I find there are always such lovely emotional moments and it’s usually either nervy and a bit frantic or the quiet before the storm! I’ve got an amazing mix of venues to shoot in and around this year from ruins and farms to venues like Cottiers and even a greenhouse full of cacti!
9/ best piece of advice you’ve ever been given:
Learn and then do it your own way.