Interview: Adam Riley Photography
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I actually started my career as a forensic scientist, although it’s nothing like CSI I promise! Photography was not part of my role there, but I developed my passion outside the workplace when I got my first serious camera about 5 years ago. I became absorbed in photography and started being commissioned for portraits. In 2009 I was asked to photograph my first wedding, I approached it in the same way as I do all my weddings, telling the story of the day and although I’d never done one before, it went really well and still have some of the photographs in my portfolio. It snowballed from there really.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
I love that every wedding is different and especially enjoy getting to know the Bride and Groom before and during the day. The best part for me is when a couple see their photos for the first time – it makes all the hard work worth it.
How would you describe your style and approach?
Many people call my style ‘reportage’ or ‘documentary’. I approach each wedding with the objective to capture the story of the day. I ensure the day is about the couple enjoying the wedding with their friends and family, I want to document what happens on the wedding day – not dictate it!
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Meet the photographer before booking if possible. Have a chat to see if you ‘fit’, as the relationship between the Bride/Groom and photographer is key for relaxed photographs. Make sure you see photos/albums from some complete weddings, so you can ensure the standard of work is consistent. If you would like reportage style photography, ensure that the photographers portfolio is of true natural images – not fabricated situations.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Plan as much as possible before the wedding! But make sure you don’t worry about the details on the wedding day. It goes by so fast, just enjoy it!
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
Personally, it was the moment when I went full time as a wedding photographer. I’d achieved my dream job!
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