Below is an interview with Alex Neary—founder and owner of Wild Eyed Photography. A lover of love and travel, Alex is a true artist, explorer and storyteller. Read on to learn about who she is, how she got into this business, and her favorite places to travel. (Oh, and be sure to scroll down for TONS OF PHOTOS, plus details on a special discount, just for you!!)
Hi Alex! Tell us a little about yourself…
Hi Natalie! Hmmm where do I start? I am a woman who wears many hats. I am a dog nanny and have been working in the dog industry for the past nine years. I am a human nanny and have been lucky enough to nanny for a few different families around the world. Right now I am currently looking after a two year old boy named Henry who is the light of my life. I am a horse rider and have owned my horse ‘Little Red’ for the past 15 years. I am a traveller and try to explore a new place whenever possible. But above all, I am a storyteller and an artist.
How did you get into photography?
I got into photography in high school. I took photography courses throughout school and had a natural talent for it but it always remained a hobby for me. It wasn’t until three years ago when two of my friends got engaged and asked me to shoot their engagement photos that a light bulb went off and I realized I could turn my passion into a career. So, I immersed myself into the wedding photography world, taught myself what I felt I should know and started Wild Eyed Photography and it has grown from there.
What about photography makes you feel alive?
Everything. When I’m shooting, I am completely present and fully in the moment. It is incredibly intuitive and instinctual for me. I am often left with a natural high afterwards. I love creating images for people that make them feel something when they look at them, which most of the time is happiness and love. Being able to tell someone’s story and recording memories for them to pass down for generations makes me feel alive.
What kind of photo shoots or events excite you the most?
Anything that involves emotion: a wedding, a birth, a proposal, a goodbye, an argument, a dance…I could go on and on.
I’m absolutely obsessed with your website—who designed it?
Thank you!!! I worked with a company called B!G DEAL BRANDING based in LA, California. I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking to rebrand/revamp their company. I couldn’t be happier with what they did for my business and me.
You mention on your site that you love to travel—where is your favorite place in the world?
Aside from photography, travel is my biggest passion. I try to get away and explore somewhere new at least twice a year. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some awesome places and shoot weddings! Out of everywhere I’ve been, I will always have a special place in my heart for the west coast of Canada, specifically the Okanagan and Vancouver Island. I spent a great chunk of my childhood summers in both places with my grandparents. Being surrounded by water and mountains makes my soul very happy.
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Images provided by Alex Neary
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