Interview: With Photographic Duo - The Hendry’s
This remarkably talented duo lent us their time and how they come together to create their incredible work! The gorgeous images by these two minds are so captivating and gleaming with ingenuity, we’re so happy to have gotten some time to reach out to them!
How did each of you begin your journeys into photography?
There was no real starting point; photography (mostly in a non-pro sense) has always been integrated into our lives in one way or another, either with our studies, hobbies or travelling. We used to organise local hardcore/metal gigs together and would take a bunch of shots during the sets — that was usually on a general night mode so there was nothing technical about it in the slightest!
When we would go travelling we would always have our trusty fuji compact with us and would snap away till our heart’s content. Oh, and we can’t forget the backlog of the hamster, dog and rabbit photos that we have taken over the last 10 years. Have to say, those guys didn’t tend to enjoy a nice photoshoot and we’re not sure why!? Almost 10 years on, we have better equipment (and ambitions!) and more well-behaved subjects.
Although, we still continue to annoy our animals (they love us, really)
How did you end up coming together and creating a team?
Again, there was no grand plan behind it all. One day we had one of those out of the blue conversations about how mundane and utterly uninspiring our lives were at that point. It was a bad case of wake up, work, eat, sleep, and we were really over that shiz and wanted out.’
We randomly spoke about doing more in the way of photography work and got really excited at the prospect that we could turn something that we loved doing into a business and make money from it. So we stuck an ad up on our local Gumtree that night, got our first wedding booked up a couple of weeks after, shot it together, and have never looked back!
What’s the process of working together like?
It’s really great! We can bounce ideas off each other, have good company during a long day of shooting (and during car/plane journeys too), keep each other sane when we’re feeling crappy, and generally have fun with it. Couldn’t imagine us not working together!
How do you rise above and grow from adversity?
This is probably a very generic and typical answer but we take it on the chin and move on… well, nowadays anyway! We used to dwell on the negative stuff far too much and found that to be really draining on both of us. We were spending a lot of precious time feeling down about things when we could have been more productive.
We now feel stronger and more confident in how we approach every situation, regardless of how difficult it can be.
How do you combine each of your guys’ talents?
We both have our strengths, therefore making it easier to blast through tasks together. Outside of a wedding day, one of us could be doing social media/advertising, whilst the other is neck deep in the accounts. On the day, Sarah’s organization skills come in handy and keep Darren on his toes! We will share the editing load, thus not stretching it out too much and using that extra time for personal stuff.
Any special or favourite experiences being photographers brought you?
Being able to combine our love of photography and travel is pretty epic! We’ve visited locations we wouldn’t have thought twice about going to. One of our favourite experiences so far is shooting a wedding in the Arctic Circle several years ago. Basically, being a part of two people’s special day either at home or a far-flung destination is so rewarding and we couldn’t ask for a better job!
What does being photographers mean to you?
Spying moments and immortalizing them so they can be looked back on in years to come. Expressing ourselves through our images, when it’s maybe tougher to do elsewhere in life. Seeing the world from another point of view. Giving others something they can treasure forever.”
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