This evening we catch up with Lianne, one half of James & Lianne Wedding Photography.
Hi Lianne, firstly how long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
James has always been a photographer, his dad is a photographer too so it runs in his family. I started out quite unexpectedly in 2010 after James asked me if I would accompany him to a wedding he was shooting nearby. I was supposed to be there mostly as an assistant (carrying gear, holding the flash gun, organising groups etc) and was given a crash course in using a digital SLR a few weeks before the wedding which to my surprise, i picked up very quickly the technical aspects of using a camera. We both have an art school background so I have a good eye to what makes a shot work and how to compose a good image. When we had finished my first wedding, we went through the images and I was shocked at how many were actually pretty good, especially for my first time. From then, I caught the bug and I’ve really developed into my own style and now I cant imagine doing anything else.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
There is such a good aura when you’re around weddings. Its the same high as Christmas eve except its all year! There are few jobs in the world that you are around ecstatically happy people and I love being apart of that and capturing the joy.
How would you describe your style and approach?
There is nothing staged or contrived about my shots, I always try to create beautiful moments without the subject being bothered by the camera. When we are shooting a wedding, we dress up like guests at weddings (not like some photographers I have seen in jeans and a t-shirt!) and we try and blend in with people and not draw too much attention to ourselves. Because of this, we are able to capture a loving glance, a shared joke, or a quiet embrace, without the subject even realising we are there. The best complement I can get during a wedding is if one of the other guests come up to me and ask how I know the bride and groom!
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
The chances are, you’ve probability singled out one photographer you know will be perfect to record your special day when you began researching suppliers for your wedding. What we get often is clients who say we are just what they have been looking for, only to be enquiring for dates we are already full. My advice would be, once you have picked your venue (after all, this is the first thing that gets booked), ask your venue to give you a list of possible dates rather than just booking the first date available. If they are a reputable venue they will allow you a few days to get back to them. Once you have a few dates in mind, and you know this photographer is the only one you want to capture your day, give these dates to your photographer. Having a range of dates will minimise any disappointment. Wedding photography is perhaps the most important service you will hire on your wedding day, being flexible with your dates will ensure you will get the photographer you want. Wedding photographers schedules are usually full at least a year in advanced, so bare this in mind when you enquire.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Its not really a tip, but its something I would highly recommend not scrimping on, and that’s entertainment. I am not saying you need to spend loads, but we have done weddings with and without entertainment and it does really make a nice wedding into a great wedding. You’re guests will really appreciate it!
Finally… What is the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
We did a ‘Steampunk’ wedding at the end of 2011. It was a supurb alternative wedding unlike anything we had ever shot before. The couple were wonderful and we were overjoyed with the shots we had got. A few weeks later, after the images had been uploaded on to our website (www.jamesandlianne.com) we recieved a beautiful long email from a friend of the bride who lives in Denmark but could not attend the wedding. Her email reinforced our choice that our wedding photography business was a success and that we were good at our jobs. Its one thing to be thanked by the bride and groom but its another to have an unprovoked email of praise from a stranger! We were further blessed when a few days after new years eve, the lady emailing from Denmark emailed to tell us she had got engaged and would be delighted if we could shoot her wedding. Of course we accepted and we’re jetting off in september!
Many thanks to Lianne for chatting with us, you can find out more about them both on their profile or at www.jamesandlianne.com, you can also tweet them at @LiannePhoto (Lianne) and @JamesPLester (James).
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