At the moment, Niki Boon.
Most recent, A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman.
Gypsy Westwood was born in Ibiza to English parents and grew up on the island that is still her home today. Her father is an accomplished photographer and her mother a fashion designer, so she was lucky to spend her childhood in a very creative environment in beautiful surroundings.
She completed her higher education in London and graduated with a Degree in Fine Art and Photography from Middlesex University.
Gypsy Westwood’s years of experience have shown her how much she loves photographing real people in real situations. Her inspiration lies in capturing those passing moments, the seemingly ordinary details of life.
With her wedding photography, her background in fine art inspires and influences her creative approach to produce stylish contemporary wedding photographs with a timeless feel. The images she takes are professional and beautiful and will be unforgettable memories, captured forever.
She is inspired by the open skies and horizons, she loves using natural light to infuse her images with that quality so intrinsic to the Balearics and Spain.
-How did you first become interested in photography?
My Father is a photographer, I spent time as a child in his darkroom watching the whole process. He gave me his first (film) camera when I was a teenager, it kind of happened from there, naturally.
-What is your typical camera setup on a shoot?
Two Nikon D800s: One with a Nikon 85 mm, the other with a 24-70 mm lens. Natural light.
-How would you describe your style of photography?
Feminine, classical, soft, dreamy and natural. I see lines and geometry in my compositions.
-In what way does your location influence your style of photography?
Natural light is everything for me. Ibiza is famous for a ‘special’ light. Maybe as it is an island in the Mediterranean, when the sun glows, the photos glow. I love it when my photos have that glow. There are many beautiful natural backdrops.
-What is your post-production workflow like?
I use Lightroom for selecting, processing and finishing. I try to do very little to each photo, keeping with the colours that were there and as I saw hem. After I export everything, RAW and JPG are backed up twice.
-What is your dream project?
To make a long term project out of photographing all the diverse families that live and visit this very small island I call home. Make a book.
-How do you go about building trust with your clients?
As ‘natural’ is so important to me, I always try to be very natural and calm with my couples and families that I photograph. By being real and calm, I hope they can feel free to relax in front of me and my cameras, therefore getting something about THEM and WHO they are, not just a pretty picture!
-What is your approach to posing and directing your subjects?
I will choose the location, for light, background and composition but the most important thing is for them to be who they are. When they are a little awkward I try to make them joke, whisper, talk or look at one another. It doesn’t always work but walking or sitting is good to make people relax and forget about posing.
-What is your biggest resource in relation to technical knowledge and how long did it take you to master your technique?
Learning on film. You had to use the camera for what it is, light, speed, aperture. When you made a mistake you could not fix it without starting again, therefore learning. Three years at University with access to all the photographic resources you could want and then having the opportunity through work to practise.
-How would you advise someone just starting out in wedding photography?
Find a photographer who’s work you like and try to work along side them on real weddings as much as you can. PRACTISE and build a portfolio and when you feel you can get a whole day, confidently, to tell the couple’s story then go out and find your own couples. In this modern age of social media, it is so much easier to get yourself out there.
-What was the best career advice you were ever given?
Right at the beginning after leaving University, in an interview to work for a magazine in London I was told to, “Find what you are good at photographing, channel it and work on that.” For me it has been people.