Capturing spontaneous moments

16:00, Mar 19 2014
Photographer Jeremy Hill
SNAPPED: Photographer Jeremy Hill keeps things in focus.

Jeremy Hill, 43, lives in New Lynn with his wife Trudi, son Reuben, 5, daughter Madison, 2, and cat Josie. He talks with Julian Raethel about his photography business and what keeps the cameras firing.

What was your first camera and when did you get it?

My dad worked at a photographic retailer in LynnMall back in the 1970s and I used to go there during the school holidays and play around with the old cameras. A lot of them were Kodak Instamatics, they had these film cartridges. The quality was atrocious.

Were you always going to be a photographer?

Yes I think so. When I was 14 I started working in mum and dad's shop, Hill's Photographics, on Dominion Rd.

I loved talking to people and selling cameras.


Once I reached the age of 16 at Mt Roskill Grammar I did a course in photography.

Dad loaned me mum's Mamiya NC1000S SLR camera with five different lenses.

I was pretty spoilt and I didn't know what I was doing at first. My dad and granddad even converted our home workshop into a darkroom for me.

Why photography?

I do weddings, family portraits, events and commercial photography.

I really love weddings.

Particularly trying to capture the emotion of two communities coming together. I'm always learning and getting new ideas, that's part of the buzz.

What's the hardest thing about being a photographer?

I don't get to shoot enough.

The photography itself is a small fraction of my work.

The rest of the time is background stuff like editing and paperwork.

What's the best place your photography has taken you?

Hokitika for a wedding.

It was my first South Island trip and also my first time in a helicopter ride.

We went up in the mountains and it took a while to land, I must say I didn't enjoy that part too much.

After taking the bride and groom photos, I turned back around to them and they were having this beautiful spontaneous moment which I managed to capture.

It made for a great photo.

Any advice for young, budding photographers?

Just grab any working opportunities and don't be too narrow with your path early on. Just give it a go.

Your skill sets will evolve the more you do - it's what got me where I am today.

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