i’m very fortunate to have found something I have a real passion for and can make a living from.
I would love to say that I’ve always wanted to be a photographer but I haven’t. Before photography I had a successful career managing wetherspoon pubs – it was ok but i began to enjoy it less and less and wanted to make a change.
So sitting in swansea marina one night with my husband and a bag of chips we had one of those ‘if we could do anything we wanted what would it be’ chats.
I DIDN’T JUST DECIDE TO BE A PHOTOGRAPHER, BUT I WAS KEEN TO LEARN ABOUT IT SO I COULD TAKE REALLY NICE PHOTOS ON HOLIDAY, AND WHEN WE EVENTUALLY HAD CHILDREN i could take nice photos of them too.
I enrolled into night school and took A’Level photography and got an A – I never got an A in anything in my life when I was in school so I felt really proud. I started to take photos of my friends’ children and did lots of free work to gain experience and grow my confidence. I stayed with Wetherspoon so I could invest in myself and I did further training with a company based just outside of London. This was a great experience as I was mentored by some of the country’s top wedding photographers.
The real turning point for me was when one of my friends asked me to shoot her wedding. At first I said absolutely no way because I didn’t have enough confidence as it was such an important day, but she assured me she just wanted some informal shots with no pressure and she felt because she knew me she could relax so I agreed. As it happens I loved it and she was really happy with her photos. I took on a few other weddings for people I knew and my confidence grew. I’ve now been shooting weddings, gorgeous families and children for the past 8 years.
I book a maximum of 15 weddings a year because it’s really important to me to have a good work life balance which is something I never had running pubs.
Im not much of a gym goer, I own a bike and I cycle the odd mile here and there but my lifestyle gives me more than enough exercise as I’m a Mum to Jackson and Carter who are 8 & 5 and a Wife to James. Christmas is my favourite time of year and I’ve got an unhealthy obsession with stationary!
The saying “choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life” couldn’t be more true. I’m thankful that what initially started as a hobby for me has now grown into something incredible and it’s provided me with some of the best friendships I have.
I love meeting people and making new friends and I would love to meet you too, so if you’re looking for a relaxed approach to your wedding photography and someone who can capture you and your guests in a natural informal manner then please get in touch. I have a home studio where a warm welcome awaits and I make really great tea!
Sandra Ace, Swansea Wedding Photographer, follow me on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram or contact me on 07779 657 039