The team at ONA loves to highlight emerging photographers and feature established photographers: it’s less about renown or experience and more about the feelings stirred by the images created. We’re constantly amazed by the incredible variety of photographers who use ONA bags: there’s no standard background, education, subject, inspiration, industry. The only constant is that they’re trying–and usually succeeeding–to tell a story in one captured moment.
When we first discovered Pat Furey, we spent a solid chunk of time scrolling through his website ooh-ing and aah-ing over his beautifully composed images of weddings, elopements and engagements. While all of his photos feel real–you can sense the true personalities of the people and the places–it’s almost as if they’ve been sprinkled with fairy dust to have all of their best sides shine through.
Pat Furey carries the Astoria Camera Messenger Bag in Dark Tan.
ONA: How did you get into photography/videography?
PF: I’m the type of person who gets really into something, and I let my passions completely take over me. Photography was my first real obsession. I remember spending months of my life when I first started just becoming engulfed in the process of making images. Getting out into the wild to create without a real direction or purpose really helped define myself creatively in those first few months and subsequent years. During this entire process of attempting to find myself creatively, I was approached by someone who wanted me to document their wedding. I initially said no; hating the idea of becoming a “wedding photographer,” but the couple assured me that it would be a good time and I could do whatever I wanted. After the wedding, I shared it everywhere I could online. Those Internet People really seemed to connect with my own aesthetic and vision, and suddenly I was busy shooting 30+ weddings a year for really creative and fun couples all over the world.
ONA: What camera do you shoot with? What is your “go to” lens of choice?
PF: I shoot two Canon 5D Mark III’s. My favorite lens is either the 35L or 50L, one of them is practically glued to my camera at all times.
ONA: What sort of project drives your creativity? Follow Up: What is your dream project?
PF: My creativity is fueled by the creativity of those around me. It sounds cliche, but it’s true. I’ve been lucky enough to live a life filled with fairly amazing friends and clients who keep me sane, level headed, and happy. A non-photographing dream project would be helping other photographers reach their goals. I know a lot of photographers have a real passion and desire to photograph, with actual talent, but are unable to nail down why they’re not “succeeding” or reaching certain goals. It’s an amazing feeling doing something you actually like for a living and getting paid fairly to do so, and I’d love for everyone to make their dreams a reality. Sustainability in artistic careers is the only thing that keeps artists afloat, and I’d love to keep as many ships from sinking as possible. Anything photography related to me is a dream project. I like making images, thankfully, and have a bit of ADHD, so it’s impossible to nail down just one.
ONA: What is the hardest thing about being a photographer/videographer?
PF: Not getting burned out while keeping up with momentum.
ONA: Describe your style of shooting.
PF: Honest yet stylish portraits of creative couples on the best day of their lives.
ONA: In one sentence, what advice would you give to a photographer just starting out?
PF: Work hard, be kind to everyone you meet, and don’t take yourself too seriously.
ONA: How did you hear about us?
PF: I was simply looking for a stylish, no bullshit, well-made camera bag that I could abuse forever. After three years of owning a Union Street, and now the Astoria, I think I found exactly what I was initially looking for. The new Astoria has already become a workhorse bag for me and holds an insane amount of gear to boot.
Note: photos of Pat were taken by Claire Hudson.