How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
This is my second season photographing weddings. I got into it through a friend, Kristian Leven, who’s one of the best documentary wedding photographers in London. I met Kris years ago on a photojournalism course. At that time I didn’t think much of wedding photography. From my experience as a guest, wedding photography meant posing for group shots and saying ‘cheese’ when told. But when I saw Kristian’s work I realised that wedding photography could be done in an artistic way, and tell a story! He gave me the opportunity to shoot my first wedding and now I just love shooting weddings!
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
To me it’s the best job in the world! It’s just incredible to be able to make a living being creative, working with happy people, and sharing such an intimate experience with people you hardly know! I feel really privileged to be part of their wedding day and to capture happy memories – the only ones worth remembering in my opinion. It might sound cheesy but it’s true. After each wedding I’ve shot I feel like I have a special connection with the couple I’ve photographed.
How would you describe your style and approach?
My style is mainly unobtrusive reportage: I love capturing real moments and telling a story. I also enjoy taking relaxed portraits of the bride and groom: I don’t like stereotyped portraits I prefer to find a way to express the couple’s personality. I also love taking pictures of kids (it’s actually my other speciality). And I can’t resist quirky details!
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
I’ve actually written a short blog post about this topic http://www.barbarakphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/how-to-choose-your-wedding-photographer-the-easy-way
I would say: if you love their photographs then do speak to your potential photographer. A phone call doesn’t take long and you will get all the answers to your questions in no time. I believe in gut feeling and I don’t think emails are the best way to figure out whether someone is the right photographer for you.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Relax, take it easy and enjoy your day whatever happens! The main thing is to enjoy every minute without thinking about the next one. The couples I’ve photographed so far had a great wedding day – they were all quite laid back! Remember, it’s your special day, it’s taken ages to plan so make sure you let other people deal with everything on D day!
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
I think it happens at every wedding. It’s the moment when you realise that you were at the right place at the right time and you’ve just captured a great moment. Something that hardly anyone noticed on the day but will make everyone go ‘wow, that’s a great picture!’ when they see the photograph.
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