I’m Hannah and I’m a family lifestyle photographer, wedding photographer, and portrait photographer. In short, I photograph people, and I absolutely love my job! Although my roots are in South Devon, I have called Oxford my home for nearly 16 years after graduating from Oxford University. When I’m not working I’m spending time with my husband Simon and two small children, working on our 400 year old cottage, or rehearsing with Oxford Operatic Society.
My professional background is in documentary-making, and I’ve worked as a producer for most of the major broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel. For around 10 years I travelled the world filming everything from biblical archeologists in the deserts of Egypt, ironworkers on top of NYC skyscrapers, to Stephen Hawking revealing the mysteries of the Universe. Before that, I worked in children’s media production, directing countless young people and children in video and audio productions. In 2015 I turned my love of DSLR photography into a business, because whether it’s a moving image or a still one, every picture tells a story.
I’m also a member of the EyeEm community (@smallandblue) and marketplace, and am a contributor through this for Getty Images.
My Photography Style
I’m passionate about creating beautiful, striking and natural images. Whether it’s at a portrait session or event, I’m known for putting people at ease while being photographed. “That was much more enjoyable than I expected” is a phrase I hear a lot! I work with natural light as much as possible, and I love adapting to the time of day, weather, and seasons. The great thing about living in Britain is the variety you see outdoors throughout the year and even on the greyest winter day you can still get amazing results.
Some of my clients are interested to know what equipment I use when I’m shooting. My main camera is a Canon 6D, and I switch between a variety of lenses depending on the setting. I’m a prime lens gal first and foremost, rocking the Canon 85mm f1.8, Sigma 50mm f1.4 ART and Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART. I also have a Canon 24-105mm f4 USM L and use Canon 24-70mm f2.8 and Canon 135mm for weddings.
My Editing Style
In these days of Instagram and selfie airbrushing apps, it’s easy to get a heavily filtered look on practically any photograph taken on a mobile. What high-end DSLRs give you that mobiles can’t is that amazing dynamic range, detail and depth of field, and I preserve all these things in my editing. ‘Editing’ an image is so much more than retouching, although I do this as well. Every one of my images is given a treatment in the Adobe Lightroom suite, meaning the image style you get is unique to Hannah Veale Photography, with consistent colour balance, tones and contrast across all the images in your gallery.