Today we catch up with Derby Wedding Photographer, Jon Cripwell.
Hi Jon, so firstly how long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
This is my third year photographing weddings – and to be honest I can’t remember what I did with my weekends before I started! My photographic background prior to that was mostly confined to the studio, but I’d shot a couple of events. Weddings were so far off my radar they barely crossed my mind. The responsibility of capturing somebody’s big day was more than daunting.
But then one of my friends announced that he wasn’t going to have a photographer at his wedding due to budgetary constraints. His idea was just to put cameras out on the tables and let everyone snap away. Well, I couldn’t have that! A wedding is such a unique day that I just couldn’t stand the thought of them not having any professional photos of it. Since I was going to be there anyway I offered to help out. Gradually my offer of a few reportage style photos turned into a full-blown day of poses and portraits. And I fell head over heels in love with wedding photography.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
I’ve always loved photographing people – and there’s just nothing better than photographing people in love and their happy, smiling friends and family!
How would you describe your style and approach?
I shoot a mix of styles, blending photo-journalism, fine art and a hint of fashion. I adapt my approach to make sure that my couple are comfortable and happy – otherwise their photographs will look forced. One thing that never changes though is the laughter – my shoots are always full of fun and laughter! Who wants to spend their wedding day pouting?
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
My top tip would be to ensure that you get along well together. Aside from the love of your life, the photographer is the person who you will spend most of your wedding day with! So speak to a lot of photographers, and when you find yourself smiling and nodding and maybe even giggling – well then you’ve probably found “The One”.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Honestly? Relax and enjoy it! You’ve doubtless spent months and months planning things down to the final detail, so everything is going to run like clockwork. The thing I found on my wedding day (I married my beautiful wife in 2011) was that the day flew by and I hardly saw my new wife because I was so busy saying hello (and then goodbye!) to everyone. Whenever I take a newly-wed couple away from the reception for some portraits I always suggest that when we’ve finished they spend a few minutes together just taking in the moment. They always thank me later!
Finally… What is the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
Wow, there’s been a few! I have to say every time I get a thank-you note from one of my clients its a special moment. But when I sat down with my friend and his new wife after shooting their wedding (my first), and she cried with happiness – that was a moment that will stay with me forever.
Thank you to Jon for taking time out to chat with us, you can find out more about him on his profile or website www.joncripwell.co.uk.
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