I’ve admired Blake and his work for some time now. I’m not only incredibly enthralled by his energetic photography and attitude to business (and a tough business at that!) but the fact that he has an eye for love and emotion like no other.
I’ve been lucky enough to feature his work on the pages of my blog earlier on in the year, and today I’m going one step further, peeling back the layers, peering behind that lens and talking to the man himself.
For those of my readers who might not have heard of you can you introduce yourself — who you are, what you do, and your journey to where you are today?
My name is Blake Ezra, I live in north London with my wife and baby boy, and I’m pretty much addicted to taking photographs. The company I set up a couple of years ago, which now has a permanent studio and dedicated team of photographers and retouchers, photographs all manner of events, from beautiful weddings to corporate dinners and everything in between.
My professional photography journey actually started off in news, where I was thrown into all manner of situations as a full-time press photographer for four years — working for every major national newspaper in Britain and plenty of magazines too. The versatility needed for this type of work has certainly made me a much better all round photographer. I was shooting up to five jobs per day, every day — often on tight deadlines and in pressurized situations. A day could involve an early property shoot, a late morning Royal engagement, and some aerial helicopter based work in the early afternoon, followed by an evening riot!
When my wife and I got married last year, we hired two news photographers to cover the day, such is our belief that those trained in news photography are simply better prepared for any eventuality. I was first asked to shoot a wedding in 2010 (thank you Donna and Mark for taking a risk) and since then word has spread about my approach to wedding photography, resulting in being commissioned to shoot 32 amazing weddings in 2013, and being booked up well in advance for much of 2014 and 2015.