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Family photography business bring up four decades in Enfield
A family-run photography company celebrated 40 years in Enfield last night with family, friends and clients.
One of the longest standing businesses in Enfield, Peter Dyer Photographs in London Road was established in 1973 and commemorated four decades in the borough with a gathering at the firm's London Road premises.
Set up by husband and wife Peter and Pam Dyer, the business brought the art of superimposing to the UK wedding industry and has since picked up numerous accolades for his achievements.
Mr Dyer said: “I started my career in 1957 but we wanted to go on our own and Pam had always loved wedding photos. We managed to hit on something that no one else had, which was what I was doing in London, which was superimposing.”
In a long and distinguished career, the photographer has lectured all over the world and collected the International Photographer of the Year award during his tenure.
He said: “Do you know how good I am? I am only as good as my last job and that means that you cannot rest on your laurels or compare any job to that which has gone before it.”
When asked about the challenges facing a photography company, he said: “Somebody buys a camera and they immediately think they are a photographer but the ability to create a picture is something else.”
Having lived in Enfield all his life, the photographer admits that the borough has changed significantly since he first started.
He added: “My family have been in Enfield for over a century and it has changed dramatically since I was younger, there are still a few shops that have survived but many have gone.
“Despite changing a great deal since I was a child but we still take our children and grand-children to the park like I used to when I was a child.”
Mr Dyer also heralded his wife Pam’s involvement in the business and her business know-how has made the company a success.
He said: “We wouldn’t have had this business without Pam, she had the business acumen which has allowed me to take photographs. You always need that side, many photography companies don’t survive because they can’t stand dealing with the business side and it is essential.”
The company has been in the hands of Peter and Pam’s son Joel and his wife Debbie since 2009 and they are hoping to keep the business in the family for many generations to come as their three-year-old son has already expressed his interest in photography.
Mr Dyer said: “Our three-year-old son turned round out of the blue and asked for a camera for his fourth birthday. It must be in the blood.”
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