It’s time for another wonderful installment of Countryside Creatives, a chat about life as a creative in Somerset.
This time I’m delighted to interview Danielle Reeder from Danielle Reeder Photography. I’ve been following Danielle on Instagram for some time and her photographs caught my eye. So much so that I have booked her for a family photo shoot.
I am privileged to have met Danielle and it’s clear she is passionate about capturing special moments in her photography. We can’t wait for her to capture our family on film.
Hi Danielle and welcome to Countryside Creatives!
First of all can you tell us how you started out?
I have always loved photography but I guess it was the arrival of our little lady in 2013 that really pushed it to the next level.
We had not long treated ourselves to a decent point and shoot camera, so wanting to make the most of it and having the cutest of subjects, I began snapping away!
I knew nothing really about the technical side of taking photographs, I would literally point the camera and push the shutter button. But as time went on I started to read more, practicing through trial and error while in manual mode and experimenting until I got the hang of all the settings.
I started taking photos for family, friends, then friends of friends and so it went on. It was then that I thought I could start to pave a career for myself doing something which I truly love and would fit around being a full time mummy.
Last year I treated myself to my beloved Fujifilm X-T1 and starting planning my business behind the scenes, attending business coaching sessions and training with some fantastic photographers to build my confidence in taking that leap to start Danielle Reeder Photography.
What’s your morning routine?
My lovely husband brings me a cup of tea in bed every morning (apart from Father’s Day and his birthday)! We have a natter, and if we’re extremely lucky we are joined by an excitable three year old and an even more excitable Huskamute! There’s never a dull moment here!
I try to head out into the garage most mornings to do some exercise, after that it’s breakfast and a shower before getting ready for the day.
Three mornings a week our little lady goes to the village preschool, so those mornings always tend to be a bit more hectic and we’re normally scrambling out the door as I’m shouting “we’re late”! These are my days to focus on my work, unless my friends ring with the offer of a coffee and cake date! This is probably why we end up working most evenings too!
The other mornings are much more relaxed. Our little lady will be starting school next September so I am making the most of enjoying our time together before then.
What does success look like for you?
I think success for me is making life work for us as a family. It’s so easy to get bogged down in the mundane everyday or to get caught up in the things that shouldn’t really matter.
Life was pretty tough for us as a family unit last year and I think that it just made us realise what is truly important. To us that is having a happy family life and enjoying our time together to it’s absolute maximum. My husband is also self employed so it’s great that we can make our jobs work around our family life. Even if that does mean having to work extra late one night so that we could have chips down at West Bay for tea!
What is the best thing about life through a lens and being creative as your job?
I absolutely adore capturing the details, the fleeting moments, the ‘blink and you miss it’ memories. The things that can easily be forgotten over time in our hectic lives.
We have thousands of photos documenting our little story as a family and I love nothing more than sitting down with our little lady, going through our photo books and reminiscing about our adventures. Hearing her giggle or get excited as she remembers an experience is absolutely priceless!
The best thing about my job, is being able to document the story of each family that I work with and give them treasured memories to look back on in years to come.
What is your pet peeve?
I wouldn’t say that I really have a pet peeve as such. I am a total clean/tidy freak though! I do like things to be in their place and to sit down in a calm, tidy living room come the end of the day.
Back last year I slipped two discs and my husband actually locked the hoover out in the garage so that I couldn’t use it. Those were the longest few weeks of my life!
How many photo’s do you have on your camera roll right now?
My phone is currently looking very sad with only 33 photos! There is probably a good couple hundred on my camera though. I tend to take day to day snaps with my phone and then if we have a day out or something, I document it using my camera.
I have to sit at the end of every month to sort out and back up our photos. I used to leave it for months at a time, but when you combine two phones and my camera and the fact that we take a serious amount of photos each month, it was turning into a mammoth task to sort out each time! Hence why I’m now a bit more organised and back up month to month.
Describe a favourite moment?
Having only started my business earlier this year, it was an absolute honour to be nominated and make it the finals of the Somerset Muddy Stilettos Awards 2017. To be recognised was amazing and I’m so thankful and appreciative to all those who voted for me.
You live in Somerset and love it, what do you love most about where you live?
I’ve lived in Somerset all my life and I absolutely love it!
We are so spoilt with beautiful countryside and stunning places to visit round here. We love nothing more than getting out into the fresh air and going off for an adventure as a family.
Our favourite local haunt has got to be Montacute House as we can take our dog, Doughnut, with us. We visit there quite regularly, it’s absolutely gorgeous whatever the weather!
How would you describe your creative style?
My style is very relaxed and natural, using a documentary, lifestyle approach to my work. I like to let opportunities unfold organically during photo sessions so that I am able to capture peoples true personalities and their connections with others.
Overall, I want peoples experience with me to be a happy, fun filled one, which they will look back on and smile.
What is next for you?
To continue to grow my business and make new connections along the way. One of the aspects I love most about my job is meeting new people and learning of their life experiences.
I am also embarking on offering birth photography and I am so excited and passionate about it. I have a few booked in over the coming months and I can’t wait to document and share them. It’s such a monumental moment in your life that I think it’s so lovely to have a record of it.
All photographs are provided by and copyright of Danielle Reeder Photography.
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