England based wedding photographer Ed Peers recently took some time to talk with us about his passion for weddings and love, and of course to share some of his gorgeous, heartfelt photos! Ed’s excitement is palpable as he talks about the joy of capturing authentic moments. It’s clear that he trusts his intuition, having finely tuned his artistic vision, expressing a beautiful outlook on life while capturing the significant experiences of his clients, who will soon become friends.
So Ed, tell us a bit about yourself. I’m a husband and a father. A quiet guy who likes to daydream. I’m a lover of coffee, food, travel, music and good design.
Where/what is home? I live in a small town in Surrey, just outside of London, UK. For me it’s the perfect mix of countryside/being close to the city and an airport.
What was your photography education? School? Self-taught? Workshops? I haven’t had any formal photography training, instead I’m the kinda person who likes to figure things out for himself (often the hard way!). I think by doing this it can be easier to find and hone your unique voice
Have you always wanted to be a photographer? When do you remember knowing? I caught the travel bug at a young age and wanted to be an airline pilot for years. Photography was always just a hobby, but during university I traveled more and more with my camera and realized that travel+photography was a winner. I guess I knew after the first few weddings – I soon became addicted to the story of a wedding day and delivering images that meant so much to two people, their friends and family.
Besides weddings, what/who/where would you love to be able to photograph? I like to document anything that is real life. I don’t like being in control of what I photograph and I like there to be something significant about what I’m photographing.
Describe your workspace/studio? A tiny room with a desk on one side and my baby girl Georgia’s cot on the other. It’s a bit cramped, but I love working from home. Beth (my wife) and Georgia are wonderful distractions! The room does have a lovely view of a river though. I grew up with a view and find being able to glance out at something beautiful so inspiring.
How do you prepare for a shoot or a wedding? Not much – a deliberate thing so that there’s no sense of routine. I like to scout beforehand and just make sure I’m turning up in an inspired state of mind. Music does the trick for me.
What makes your work unique? We’re all unique, so keeping your work true to yourself (be guided by your own voice) is all we need to do.
What are your favorite destinations locations? I always love visiting someplace new and different. There are so many answers to this question, but if I had to pick a single country it might just be Italy.
What makes you give yourself a mental high five? When I watch a slideshow for the first time. There’s not been one time when I couldn’t wait to share images with a couple.
How has witnessing so many weddings impacted your life/outlook? The core of a wedding is love…This isn’t much of a man thing to say, but the fact that whenever I work I’m surrounded by love is just incredible.
Describe an average day for you. I love the fact there is no average day with this job. I have a saying that every wedding is an adventure and I love how every single day is different.
Something that has inspired you recently? I’m at 39,000ft at the moment. Just looking out of that small window is always a huge inspiration…
Thank you Ed! See more of Ed Peer’s wedding photos at his blog.