Published by Sam, Editor - March 24, 2012

This weekend we chat with Nottingham based wedding photographer, Graeme Simpson of Up The Right Tree Photography.

So firstly how long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
6 years ago my mum turned to me and told me she was getting married. Congratulations I told her but then she asked me to do the photos! I couldn’t understand why as I didn’t even own a camera. The closest I had to a camera was a camera phone (imagine how bad they were 6 years ago) and the few times I would borrow my partners mothers camera.

As an early Christmas and birthday present I was given £200 and told to treat myself to a camera…where to start? Megapixels, SD cards, CF cards…all alien to me. I thought a DSLR would be too technical for me so I ended up buying a Fuji s7000 bridge camera (we all learn by our mistakes!) and quickly scoured the net for tips as I only had 2 months to work out what to do.
The wedding came and went without a problem, I did pretty standard photos (sorry mum) but something clicked in me and I found I really enjoyed it. I then took it upon myself to learn more and buried myself in books and the Net. I upgraded the camera and started shooting everything I could and when going to friends weddings I would take photos which the bride and groom would say were better than their actual photographers. Not long after I got the ego boost I needed when a friend asked me to shoot his wedding, that made me realise I can do it.

What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
Being asked to photograph a wedding is a huge honour. I get to be the one at captures their special day. To freeze their happy memories forever. Imagine they have children and those children have children, one day in 50 years they’re looking through the photos of their great grandparents and are seeing my photos. It makes me think that taking these photos isn’t just for the now, they’re forever, It doesn’t get better than that.

How would you describe your style and approach?
Relaxed and fun. They style of photography reflects the couple. Some can relax in front of the camera so we can have a bit more fun but if they’re not then we can work together and still create beautiful shots. I do believe that you still need a classic touch but only at the right time, and not for too long or the smiles start to drop.

What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Make sure you connect with your photographer on a personal level. He/she will be sharing an intimate day with you and you have to feel comfortable with them. Meet up with them and see how you gel. It doesn’t matter how much money you throw at a photographer, if you don’t connect it will show in the photos.

What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Remember that the day is about YOU! So many plan the day more around the people that are attending and making sacrifices. Don’t worry about what other people think, it’s your wedding day so you have license to do pretty much what you want.

Finally… What is the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
I shot a wedding late November and it had snowed the night before. This left a thin covering on the ground which made for some beautiful photos (once I stopped shivering!). The day went as normal and just after speeches once of the bridesmaids ran in shouting “it’s snowing!” before I know it the bride and groom grabbed me and said they want photos in the snow. So much fun, everyone was out there and I captured some unique photos that I doubt I’d ever get anything like it again.

Thank you to Graeme Simpson for chatting with us, you can find out more about him on his profile or website www.uptherighttree.com, or just tweet him at @uptherighttree

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