Each week we like to chat go behind the camera and chat to the person taking your beautiful wedding photos, so this week we catch up with Birmingham based wedding photographer Rob Grimes.
Hi Rob, so first off how long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I started my photography journey back in 2009, when I was serving in the Armed Forces and deployed on operations to Afghanistan. My own very first wedding was in January 2011 when an Army friend was let down by their photographer last min and I was asked to step in. I loved every min of that day and since then I haven’t looked back.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
Know that each wedding will be different, waiting to capture the unexpected and being able to capture that one moment in time is what drives me to keep shooting weddings and also drives me to challenge myself and my style.
How would you describe your style and approach?
I would class myself as a documentary wedding photographer, as I would say that 90% of the day is me purely capturing the day as it happens. I also like to include that fine art approach with creative lighting to achieve that ‘WOW’ image for my couples. But I also want to keep the day relaxed and natural as possible with little direction.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Trust your instinct, choose a style or approach that suits you for your wedding and then leave it all to the professional. A professional wedding photographer will have years of experience and equipment to allow them to shoot in yearly conditions, so trust their knowledge and advice. If you leave them to capture your wedding, you’ll be happy with the end results.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Give your wedding photographer as much information about your day as possible. I’ve been to many weddings where some key moments came unexpected, with a little planning and information, your photographer can prepare for these key moments.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
Posting the final images to the couple then receiving a message back from them with those words; “They are amazing! Thank you. You have captured our day perfectly and helped us preserve the memories”.
Knowing that through a combination of the planning by the couple, your ability as a professional on their big day and through hard work, you have captured and delivered their dreams come true forever.
Many thanks to Rob for taking time out to catch up with us, if you would like to view more of his work, or get in touch about your wedding day then you can do so via his profile page here.