In our series of interviews with Wedding Photographers from around the UK, today we catch up with Albert Palmer based in Bristol.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I’m in my second year of wedding photography – although my first year doing it full time. Like many I photographed my first wedding as a favour for a friend. It was their second time around and they were only really interested in a few casual photographs. They didn’t have a big budget and so, whilst I certainly felt the pressure, there weren’t huge expectations. A friend of a friend saw there wedding photographs and hired me as a result. I then put these two weddings on line and to my surprise I got interest from other couples in the area. My business seems to have grown organically in that I’ve done minimal advertising or promotions.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
I love the emotion. Meeting new people and capturing one of the most important days of their lives is incredible. I’ve never had a job with some much job satisfaction.
How would you describe your style and approach?
A mix of creative reportage. I prefer to document what I see than set groups of people up. It’s all about capturing the natural emotion for me.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Choose someone whose work you love. Your wedding photographs will be with you forever. It’s a bit of a cliche, but it’s true – the photographs are the one thing left after your wedding. They will be there to remind you of one of the most important days in your life. I’d also recommend finding someone personable who is going to treat you well and put your interests first. As much as I love wedding photography I’m aware that it is their wedding, not my photo shoot.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Plan plan plan and put as much of yourselves in to the day as possible. The more personality there is the more people will enjoy themselves. This also translates in to great fun photos!
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
Tough. Um. I love the wedding ceremonies and speeches. Being published in magazines has been great. Being asked to travel abroad to shoot weddings also rates highly. But probably the best moment is when I get a ‘thank you’ card in the post.
Thank you to Albert for taking time out to give us his insight, you can view more photos of his work and get in touch with him here or visit his website, as well as following him on Twitter (@bertpalmer).
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