Shooting for the Stars
What started out as a means of making extra money in university turned into a career in wedding photography. A self-confessed ‘son-of-the-soil’, with a Master’s Degree in IT Management, he’s a tech-savvy lover of modern architecture. Skilled in the fine art of capturing the most special of moments, Derrys Richardson explains how photography has become second-nature, his love of travel and all things tech.
How did you get into photography?
While in university in Maryland, and later during grad school in Florida, I used to do graphic design for nightclubs and I had a big problem with the quality of images they would send to use in the flyers. During 2007, I met a corrections officer that moonlighted as a club photographer. One night he had a double-shift, so he asked me to fill in for him. I kinda just fell into it like that.
In February of 2008, I shot for Source magazine. There were a few photographers on the shoot and, because of a mix up with transmitting the files; I didn’t get credit for my pictures that were printed.
I moved back to Anguilla in 2009, and in April I shot my first engagement session and the following month, my first wedding. November 2009 I did my first destination wedding, then another in December, and again in January. In 2010, my schedule got slammed. I remember at one point I was shooting a wedding every day for 9 days straight.
Do you consider yourself an artist?
Yes, even though I tend to not think about it as much anymore, based on where I live and work. Usually weddings tend to be at one of three of the main hotels, or on the beach. The ability to be really creative here is a bit limited. I’ve done it so many times that it has become almost second nature.
But don’t you think that having that “eye” is important?
It is, but for me, it is something that happens at a more unconscious level. After a shoot, I would have a hard time telling where I was or what I was thinking when I took a shot.
What about other kinds of photography, like landscapes?
When I just moved back home, whenever I had some free time, I’d pack my tripod and a couple lenses and just go exploring. Sometimes I would wait for hours to get the right light to get the right shot. I don’t do that as much as I used to. I believe once you start doing something as a job, you lose a bit of that passion that used to be there.
Do you have a single shoot/photo that you consider to be the single best you’ve ever done?
I did a shoot January of 2011 with a model. One shot and we were out of the studio. I knew, beforehand, how I wanted the shot to look. I knew how I wanted the lighting, her hair, makeup to be.