Hi, I am Gail and I love photography.
It all started when my parents bought me a camera aged 17 and from that day I was pretty much hooked. It was my hobby for quite a few years until I decided to go and do an HND in photography at Glasgow Building an Printing in 1995. I was in my element, I loved it. I even made my Dad convert a cupboard in my flat into a dark room (showing my age here). I graduated with distinction from my course and whilst there I won a competition with the Independent newspaper to document student life.
From the publicity from the newspaper I was asked to join a press agency in Edinburgh. I worked there for nearly 5 years and was the principle photographer. We were commissioned to do work for all the major newspapers in the UK. I had work published many times in The Independent, The Guardian, The Times, The Herald and The Scotsman.
I was then asked to go to work for a PR picture agency in Glasgow. We were commissioned by the national press and magazines to cover events and features. I worked with many of the UK leading businesses producing photography for their marketing and press purposes.
However, I always wanted to photograph weddings but in a different way. At the time wedding photography was very dull and I wanted to take a new approach by photographing the day in a reportage style. I wanted to take my years of experience with the press and put that into weddings. I wanted to tell the story of the day visually and capture all the little details and unexpected things that happen on wedding days. So, in 2001 I set up my own company – Gail Photography.
My influences have always been Magnum photographers. I love the likes of Elliott Erwitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Eve Arnold to name a few. My favourite photographer is Salgado Salgado. His images are outstanding. Fashions in photography come and go but If I was to describe my style I would say it has a classic feeling of reportage. I like contrasty black and white images which capture the moment in a timeless way. I love using colour to make images vibrant. Natural light is, in my opinion, the key to great photographs. I like to think of photography as painting with light. I love images that look like they could have been taken 40 years ago and will still look fresh in 40 years time.
Photography for me is capturing a moment in time which can be treasured for ever. At the end of the day I have the best job in the world which I'm lucky enough to say is still my hobby. After years of having the privilege to travel around Scotland and photograph hundreds of wedding days I still love photographing people as much as I did when I got my first camera.