To Holly Clark, photography is “capturing pure, split-second moments that will never happen again. Creating memories that will last a lifetime.“
Holly Clark is known across the industry for her stunning photography. She is the founder of Holly Clark Photography. Obsessed with imagery and a keen eye for detail, she is our image Queen when it comes to content.
Holly is one half of the creative brains behind Pearl & Pear. Today we will be finding out a little bit more about her…
20 Quick Fire Questions…
Are you ready Holly? Yes? Go.
Early riser or night owl? Night Owl.
What’s for breakfast to set you up for the day? A big bowl of granola with greek yogurt and plenty of fruit.
Favourite choice of workout? Shooting a wedding!
What’s in your handbag at the moment? I’m like Mary Poppins. Phone, make up, notebook, perfume, gym gear, camera, sometimes photographs and albums if I am going to see clients and my laptop. Maybe I should get some wheels
What is your star sign and how do you embody it? Leo. Our industry requires long working hours, so you have to be passionate about it, it’s definitely a creative world and you do have to be a ‘peoples person’ so to be an outgoing and cheerful person is handy. I’ve always been a bit sceptical when it comes to star signs but actually I think all these traits probably fit quite well. Maybe I am a little stubborn too….
Favourite place on Earth? I travel a lot and I’m so lucky to see so many beautiful places around the world and capture their magic through my lens. I’m not sure I could decide on a favourite but… there’s no place like home!
Favourite event ever? A 70th Birthday Party in the Masai Mara I captured for a private client. We flew by private jet to Kenya where 5 days of celebrations commenced. From sunrise hot air balloon rides over the Masai Mara to wild parties in the bush until the early hours with Pricilla Queen of the Desert performing. I didn’t get much sleep as there was constantly new, gorgeous and exciting moments to capture. It was made even more special by my clients who have become very good friends and the other suppliers who were a dream to work with.
What are you doing for the rest of the day? Today I’m finishing an edit for a magical wedding on Lake Como, publishing some new events on Pearl & Pear and meeting one of my previous brides who got married in Barbados a year ago for a glass of rosé in the Hyde Park sunshine.
One thing you can’t live without? Family, friends…. and my camera
Who inspires you? Anyone who has a dream, acts on it and achieves their goals. There are so many people that do this – including some of our suppliers on Pearl & Pear like Bubblegum Balloons. Those 3 women could conquer the world with their balloons and it all started a couple of years ago on their living room floor.
Why did you decide to get into the events industry? Before my photography, I was an event planner and absolutely loved it. It combined my love for being creative and working around people. I was managing events in some incredible London landmarks like the Natural History Museum and felt very lucky. Before too long though, I found myself being booked by clients for my photography skills rather than my event planning…. it was a tipping point.
Is there a particular event that evokes a positive memory for you and why? All weddings and private parties are very special to me. As Henri Cartier Bresson said ‘photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again”. Knowing that I have captured special moments between loved ones and that photographs will be treasured in albums and frames around the home for generations to come, makes me very happy.
What’s your top tip for photographing an event? Take a step back and try and capture the atmosphere of the party, not just the obvious shots of guests. All the finer details all add to the story of the event.
Can you name something you’ve bought that you would never give away, and why you wouldn’t? The cloud! As well as my backup hard drives, ‘the cloud’ is home to a lot of memories – my own with family and friends and many, many couples weddings days and wild parties.
What is on your dinner party playlist? A pre-made Spotify playlist usually helps me with this!
Top 5 dinner party guests? Adele (hilarious and hopefully she could sing to us), Richard Branson (the ultimate entrepreneur), Prince Harry (Royal crush), David Attenborough (I could listen to him for hours…), my best friend (and partner in crime would be so mad if she wasn’t invited to this dinner party!)
If you weren’t in events what would you be doing? A travel writer…
What advice would you give to your teenage self? Don’t worry about what other people think, be confident in your choices, work hard, travel, be kind and have fun!
What are the everyday pleasures that you can’t live without? Waking up to the sunshine beaming through my windows, receiving emails and messages that make me smile, spending time with friends, music and photographs.
To whom do you look for advice most often, and why? Sarah (co-founder of Pearl & Pear). We have a very similar vision, completely understand each other yet bring very different qualities to the business. She is incredibly successful, calm, creative, hilarious and offers great advice.
Thank you Holly, you’re free to go!
Soon we’ll delve inside the mind of Sarah Kay, keep in touch.