Name: Eve Byers
Business Name: The Colour Eve
Where are you based out of? Melbourne, Australia
Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Part-time
What is your predominant photographic specialization? Couples / Weddings
What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Sony A7sii
How would you define your style? Dark and earthy.
What motivated you to become a photographer?
I’m terrible at telling stories in person so this was the only way I knew how to communicate how I was feeling. I was also really inspired by how my subjects change when they are in the natural world with nature as my constant muse. I actually create wedding films as well, so professionally it grew from that.
What is it that you try to convey with your work?
Authenticity and raw honesty.
How do you accomplish that?
I love it when the people in my photos or video can just be and move how they want to. I’m not there to tell them how to feel or what to do. My job is capture how they are in that exact time and place, with nature being the supporting environment for that to take place. I’ve noticed people feel more at ease in the natural world. I guess this is where the realness comes from.
What do you do during a session or wedding day to help make your clients feel comfortable?
I find that clients feel most comfortable when we’ve met and got to know one another before an event has taken place. It’s kinda awkward I think, showing up to be part of someone’s special day and never knowing who they are as a couple or even if you’re a right fit for them (and vice versa!). Even if it’s just a Skype call or two, the more comfortable they are, the more likely they’ll open up and let me in.
Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
Quite a few and all so different!
Gregory Crewdson has always been my main inspiration for my work since forever. The amount of production that goes into his photography is phenomenal. I find myself lost in his work for ages, trying to figure out what exactly is going on. There’s something romantic about the poignant nature of it.
There are local wedding photographers too that I think have beautiful work such as Joel from Barefoot and Bearded and Fabio Oliveira.
What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
I’m still learning so it really feels like there are tiny accomplishments with every project.
I guess more recently, winning best documentary at the Peninsula Film Festival. That got ticked off the bucket list!
What is one important lesson you have learned during your career?
That being a good human is more important than making sure you have the latest and most expensive camera technology. It doesn’t really matter if you’re not so good at the business side of things or if you’re slightly socially awkward (like me). What matters is making people feel good, being empathetic and doing great work for them in every step of the process.
Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
The dark wooden USB’s and USB boxes.
How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
They’ve made those tiny touches really unique. I used to send my video’s and photographs via dropbox – It wasn’t very romantic at all! I thought my couples deserved something a little better and how exciting it must be to receive them packaged so thoughtfully and beautifully. I’ve also started to customize the top with handwritten names of the couples I’m sending it to. They go perfectly with little hessian drawstring bags.
How has packaging elevated your brand?
The dark wood actually goes really well with the dark and earthy tones used in my work. That natural element gets carried through to the end. It’s something I’d choose for myself so I know that my couples will love it too!