Each week we catch up with a wedding photographer and find out about the person behind the lens, today we chat with Neil Walker.
I shot my first wedding 9 years ago and haven’t looked back. My background is in advertising and corporate photography and when a relative asked me to photograph her wedding I initially said no, then decided to try it. I loved it – it was a complete change and I knew instantly it was the route I wanted to go.
The people, and the fact you get to be involved so closely with their special day. Every wedding is different because it’s personal to those involved, so I approach each with no preconceptions, and my work is constantly evolving as a result.
Bridal preps are always great because of the air of excitement & anticipation. I also really love the dancing – a great chance for chaotic, creative pictures.
Natural and unobtrusive. My basic philosophy is that people look their best when they don’t know they are being photographed, so where possible I like to work in the background.
Other photographers. The level of professionalism and creativity in the industry at the moment is extraordinary. Looking at other people’s work is a real inspiration.
Choose a photographer you like – the person and the work! Go with your gut instinct – if you think their photographer is great and you love their style then they are the person for you. Look through full weddings – you need to make sure they get great shots throughout the day not just the odd one that goes onto their website. Don’t scrimp on your wedding photography – you’re going to have your wedding photos forever and they need to be great!
Plan! The more you plan the smoother things will run on your Big Day. I don’t mean plan the day minute by minute, I’m talking about considering all eventualities beforehand. Deciding where you’ll do any group shots if it rains is a must! Be realistic about timings.
Italy – I absolutely love working there.
The moment when I realised at my relative’s wedding that this was what I wanted to do. A fantastic sense that this was the direction for me!
There’s been loads of great moments since then, and pretty much every wedding brings something special where I’m really proud of a particular shot.
Many thanks for Neil for taking time to chat with us, you can view more of his work on his website at www.neilwalkerphotography.co.uk