Click Click, Photographer Diana Oliveira
As a small business, the support network around you is one of the most important things you need. God, I can tell you, after 4 years in the shop, they are the people that pull you up when you are down, help you grow and move your business forward - and are the most precious people out there. Over the next few months I am going to chat to some of my bestest business buddies. I'll share with you why I think they are rocking it and what their amazing business is doing...
Dee and I have just done a photoshoot for the shop. I really wanted to get some new images and I knew exactly who to ask! Dee gets my style and how I want things to look, which is sooo important! These new images are now on the website and you will start to see me using them on Instgram and across my branding. I hope you love them as much as I do...
Diana Oliveira Photography started in 2014 combining love for image making with the desire to help designers/makers share their creations.
Hello! My name is Diana, but most people call me Dee.
I am a Cardiff based photographer. I live here with my partner and our little sausage dog Oliver who often keeps me company at photoshoots.
After completing a BA (Hons) in Photographic Art in 2011, I undertook further training to specialise in still life studio photography. In 2014, Diana Oliveira Photography was finally born and I've been loving every minute of the journey. Working in the studio is not just about challenging myself to bring an idea to life, but also helping businesses grow through great photography.
How did you get in to your business?
I’ve wanted to be a photographer since I was about 13, but it was only after I graduated that I discovered what type of photographer I really wanted to be. I got an admin job in a not-for-profit design consultancy agency called Design Wales, and that’s where I got my first couple of photography clients and met lots of helpful people. I started freelancing part-time and two years later took the leap to go full-time.
What is a typical workday for you?
Everyday is different for me. Establishing a routine has been a constant battle but, at the same time, I kind of like that I don’t do the same thing everyday. I’m not much of a morning person so I usually get up as late as I can, which is normally around 8am (I know, I’m so lazy!). If I’m spending the day editing and doing bits of admin/photoshoot planning I’ll most probably work from home and go on a dog walk in the afternoon. If it’s shoot day, I’ll drag my dog, Oliver, with me over to the studio that I share with Lau from Auralab and we usually have a quick catch up before work. It’s lovely to welcome clients in the studio and Oliver LOVES visitors! Other times, I’ll do remote shoots and stay in touch with clients through a new online screen share and chat tool that I’m currently trying out. Other typical working days may also involve a bit of prop shopping which is always nice! Check out Dee's IG to see what she and Oliver are up to!
What's your top thing that you can't live without!! book/ music/ podcast/ animal!!
There are so many things that my business relies on to function! But one of the things that keeps me sane is listening to music. My favourite music to work to at the moment is the album The Universe Smiles Upon You by Khruangbin. I often put it on repeat!
Tell me your favourite business, cafe, bar or shop + why you like them?
HBK is one of my favourites, but that probably doesn’t count! We are spoilt for choice in Cardiff with so many lovely independent businesses that it’s hard to pick a favourite. The Early Bird has to be one of my favourite cafes with a super tasty breakfast menu and the best cinnamon buns you'll ever eat!
Can you pick 3 products you love from HBK website?
Big thanks to Dee for taking the time to answer my questions. If you head to the homepage now, you'll find the photos from our latest shoot waiting to put a smile on your face!