Crash Taylor Interviews Jeremy Standley

This week I welcome my good friend Jeremy Standley. Jeremy is an outstanding wedding photographer based in Marbella, Spain.  We have photographed some brilliant weddings together and I'm looking forward to joining him again soon.  Enjoy the interview.

Hi Jeremy,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi Crash – I am a creative documentary wedding photographer based in Spain, a very proud award-winning member of the WPJA and also the on Grace Ormonde platinum list. I shoot about 45 weddings a year in as many different places as possible - this year in 7 different countries.

Where do you live?
A lovely little village outside Marbella called Benahavis, famous for it’s food, which is handy being a foody.

Three favourite wedding photos you have taken recently?

An engagement photo you have taken recently?

How would you describe your style?
Creative imagery with a splash of chic and elegance and very much focused on emotion.

How long have you been a professional photographer?
In different forms over 20 years.

How do you keep yourself motivated and your photography fresh?
The majority of my work is weddings, so I constantly strive to create new images, find the light and create something original.

Who or what inspires you in your personal life and work?
Light and striving to be as creative as possible.

What’s the best part of being a photographer? Never having a summer break and long hours. Oh best, I think ultimately being creative is amazing and the response from couples makes it all the more special. Doing something you love for a living is very cool.

How long have you been a photographer?
Since day one, really. My mother is a photographer, so I have always been around photography. Weddings I’ve been doing a couple of years.

What type of cameras do you shoot with?
Always been a Nikon fan and these days that’s a good thing. D700’s are amazing and the perfect weight for long, long wedding days.

What is your favourite photography accessory, other than your camera?
Mmm, my assistant? I love my mini Boda bag when working alone, not really into many gadgets - have too many in the garage…

What is your favourite computer/editing accessory, other than your computer?
Apple cinema display

What is your most used Photoshop tool, plug-in, action set etc…?
The majority of my editing is done in Lightroom, I rarely use PS except for a few album tweaks here and there.

Are you a Mac or PC lover?
Mac Mac Mac.

A website or blog you visit often?
Photographer Ben Chrisman

The hardest part of your job?
Admin… My clients live pretty much everywhere except Spain, so I have a lot of admin.

What advice do you have for photographers just starting out?
Don’t get to sucked in to what other people are doing. There seem to be so many people trying to be like someone else, other advise; buy the best lenses you can and don’t get obsessed with forums…

What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have yet?
Depends how the lottery goes. And a Hasselblad H2.

Do you make time for personal photographic work?  If so, what do you enjoy photographing and do you have an image you can share with us? The only months I am not shooting weddings are Jan and Feb. So this year not lots of personal stuff. Here is a shot, I took of Lilly, my best mate.

The first photographer that comes to your mind and why?
Cartier Bresson, doesn’t really need explaining.

The last workshop or seminar you attended and why?
Being in Spain we are a little off the seminar map, there are a few people I would love to learn from, but they are normally the ones that don’t do seminars or workshops.

One way you market your business?
There are lots of ways, I am actually increasing my marketing for 2009 with the economic slowdown.

If not a photographer you would have been?
Probably followed my dad’s foot steps and been a lawyer.

Where would be your favourite place to shoot a wedding?
I have shot around the world and for me it is all about the people and
light. That said Barbados and Tuscany are not too shabby as far as locations go.

Something you’re still learning?

What do you love to indulge in?
Wouldn’t you like to know…

Something that is overrated?

Something you’re saving up for?

If you could have lunch with anyone who is famous who would it be?
Bob Marley, if he was still alive.

Where you'll find me on a Friday night at 9 p.m.?
Most of the year getting ready for a wedding, the other times in a nice restaurant in Tarifa, Spain.

Your favourite film of all time?
Shawshank Redemption

First thing you would do if you won the lottery?
Depends how much I won.

Three words that describe you.
Determined, busy, dreamy.

What would you like to be doing in 5 years from now?
More of the same stuff I’m doing now, more destination weddings and workshops.

What did you do before professional photography?
Lots of things… Sales for example, which I was not very good at.
I was once head hunted to work in a fish and chip shop when I was young.☺

And the last question, if you had one wish…
More peace on earth and people to take a little more time for other people, life’s too short.

Thanks for the interview Crash!

Your readers can find out more about me:

Website: www.jeremystandley.com

Blog: www.jeremystandley.com/blog

  • Hi Crash - great idea, even it does conflict with Jeremy's advice not to get obsessed with forums!
    Just wanted to comment on his second image - I love the way he focusses the viewers's attention on the ring and the champagne, with the sparkle of the diamonds matched by the bubbles. A lovely image with an magazine ad feel. Pete

  • This is a great idea crash, you can feel the friendship coming out during the interview and the fun you 2 must have had.
    This is a man to aspire to and i will watch and read all interviews with great interest .

  • Great to see a forum where different photographers get highlighted - Jeremy's work is superb and always inspirational. Nice one.

  • Brilliant - didn't expect to be so interested, but was hooked - you had me at the photo of Lilly.
    It's so encouraging to hear other photographers experiences and how they started out. Lots of interesting hints and stuff to pick up on too.
    Can't wait for the next one.

    Well done - what a great idea.

  • hey jeremy, i really dig that rear-view mirror shot.

  • I had the pleasure of working for Stan about 6 years ago when we all had quite a different life..... top geezer!

    Great promo video on the main site by the way.

  • Yet another enjoyable insightful interview. I enjoyed Jeremy's outlook as well as his imagery. Pleasant loose friendly interview.