Hi everybody! My name is Andreyna Sanchez but call me Dre. If you’re reading this right now I take it it’s because you’ve taken an interest in my work and for that I thank you. I’m really glad you’re here. Now, where do I begin?
I started Dre Chez Photography back in 2010, but I have to admit I’ve loved photography for way longer (yes, I do count taking photos on my little Barbie film camera when I was 5 as the first sign of this, ha). I also had a fascination with movies growing up and would often borrow my dad’s camcorder to make horror films and music videos with my friends. I didn’t know this at the time, but I was honing a strong passion during those early years. A passion that I would later rediscover when I was 20.
I didn’t start out photographing lifestyle and weddings, that came later. I started off shooting street photography using only film. I still use a lot of film in my work. I went from photographing street, to shooting fashion to now focusing on lifestyle and weddings in recent years. I believe each phase of my career has helped me become a better photographer. Street photography taught me about timing and the importance of asking for permission. It taught me to see strangers as people and not just a photo op. Fashion taught me how to position the body in flattering ways, how to clearly communicate with a team and work well with others. Families and weddings have taught me that sometimes it's important to let go of expectations and control in order to gracefully deal with the situation you're in. With big wedding days and small children, not everything goes according to plan and that's perfectly ok (and expected). I try to apply all of these lessons whenever I’m shooting.
In the last three years, I’ve been lucky enough to photograph over five hundred families, thousands of children and tens of weddings. This work has allowed me to become more intuitive, more compassionate and more patient. In my experience, a relaxed and judgement-free environment helps everyone feel more comfortable and truly brings out the best in people. I always try my absolute best to provide this type of environment for all of my clients.
In 2015 I gave birth to my daughter. Through the event of becoming a mother and being in a committed relationship, I yearn to photograph the complex dynamics of families and couples more and more. I think love is too hard to put into words, but if we’re lucky enough we can capture the magic on camera.
While much of my career experience has taken place during the years I lived in NYC, I've been based in Melbourne since 2014 and work across Victoria, greater Australia, and beyond.