Hi, my name is Ayad Al-Adnani and I am a wedding and freelance photographer. I was born and raised in Iraq, and then moved to the UK in 1991. This move opened up a whole host of opportunities for my family and I, as where we were coming from was a harshly war torn country.
My passion for photography began when I started using a film camera as a youngster and as this grew over the years. Eventually, I decided in 2007 to study photography professional. Previous to this I attended the University of Hertfordshire and studied computing and multimedia. As much as I loved this field, it still didn’t allow for my creative flairs to be displayed and this is what photography allowed for me as an alternative. A means of expressing my views and what I see.
Over the last few years I have taken assorted workshops and used various studios for my freelance studio photography, including Adrian Pini Studios, Studio Face and Studio 101.Two of the photographers who have most influenced me are Anil Tohani for his Asian wedding photography, and Solve Sundsbo for his various fashion and commercial photography often published in magazines such as V Magazine and Love Magazine.
As for my own aspirations, I aim to become a known photographer in the wedding photography arena and also to be published nationally and internationally. I have found the best teacher of all though to be experience, and shooting on a consistent basis. I can’t think of a single photographic journey in which I haven’t learned some further nuance of the light and how it interacts with the world around me.
More About Me
6 years as a pro-photographer, and 6 years as an enthusiast photographer.
46 weddings professionally, and 15 events.
A Bit More
Hobbies: Reading, surfing photography journals and websites, coordinating and setting up project studio photo-shoots.
Countries visited: America, Middle East, and some of Europe.
If you could have dinner with 4 people dead or alive who would they be?
All my old friends from back home, whom I haven’t spoken to since I left 20 years ago.