Today we catch up with Tom Barton, co-owner of Gloucestershire based wedding photography company Primrose Studios in our interview series.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I have been a wedding photographer for about five years now and really fell into it after I completed my degree in documentary photography. I wanted to explore a style of shooting that tells a story and refine a technique a little out of the ordinary and really give a couple something unique to them, rather than a set of traditional, posed pictures that could be taken at any wedding.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
Most wedding photographers will probably say the same but a wedding is a naturally happy occasion- so what an amazing opportunity to capture and narrate that story with photographs! I am very friendly and seem to form a connection or friendship with every couple. This is so humbling and when a person has put that much trust and faith in you the results are so organic, and after each wedding I feel such a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
How would you describe your style and approach?
I would describe my approach as very discreet and unobtrusive, capturing natural and honest moments. I try to blend in amongst the guests so not to intrude on the elegance of the day. I have a background in photojournalism but also in editorial fashion photography which I feel gives a certain edge to our work and gives the couple something truly bespoke, relaxed and personal to them.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
I’m sure lots of true professional wedding photographers feel the same in that the photography aside from the dress and marriage itself, is the most important part of the wedding. The pictures are what you have to look back on and remember from the day, so it’s something that should be trusted to someone who shares your creative vision and ideas, someone who understands you but also someone who know their way around a camera. Someone that has the technical skills and experience to adapt under challenging conditions such as rain, low light or harsh sunlight. I feel too often people trust ‘friends with cameras’ rather than investing in a professional so I would advise people if they see photographs they like then don’t hesitate to contact a photographer, you will know from instinct alone if they are the right one for you and most photographers offer packages to suit any budget. It will an investment you will benefit from for the rest of your lives together.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Just to enjoy themselves really and trust your suppliers, the day will go so quickly so try to take it all in! Most brides will have been dreaming of their wedding day since they were little girls so relax and enjoy it and your dream day will come true.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
I can’t really pick one moment as every wedding is special in it’s own way. I guess i’d have to say being fortunate enough to team up with my fiancé, as Primrose Studios is couple owned company, so we see things from both sides, enabling us to capture every aspect of the day.
A big thanks to Tom Barton for chatting with us, you can find out more and about him, and get in touch on his website at www.primrosestudios.co.uk where you can also view more of his work.
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