This bank holiday Monday we catch up with Leeds Wedding Photographer, Alex of Alex Knight Photography.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
We started photographing weddings in the Summer of 2010 after Alex completed his photography training courses at night school, it has been a real roller coaster ride since then with ever increasing enquiries and bookings coming thick and fast. We had planned a 5 year Business Plan to grow our business but we are already ahead of our targets and looking forward to the future!
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
We love being a part of the happy couples entire day, we get to discuss their plans beforehand, hear all about each special little detail that they have chosen and understand the reasons why. We love the little details that make each wedding different, people often joke that we must get bored of weddings but it never feels like that because we really invest our time in getting to know each couple and feel really honoured to be part of their special day.
How would you describe your style and approach?
Our style is very much a documentary style, we will be there throughout the day ensuring that every moment is covered from the very start to the very end. We like to keep a low profile for the most part and let your day flow, the only time you will hear us is usually when we need to direct your guests for the Group Photos!
We also try to find a 20-30 minute time slot where we can take the Bride and Groom away from the hustle and bustle of the day and get some relaxed and personal images, this is sometimes the only time the couple will get to spend alone together during the day and as such these are often the most personal photos that we take!
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Remember that old shoe box full of fading family photos? How many of them where taken at weddings? Your wedding pictures need to last a lifetime, and sometimes even longer so set aside an appropriate budget. Professional equipment, training and insurance all add up so be wary of very low prices as the likelihood is that they are cutting corners somewhere.
Finally book a photographer whose work you really love and try not to be too taken in with the latest fashions and trends or your photos could look very dated in 5 or 10 years time.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
The main tip that we always give to all our couples when we meet them to discuss the final details of their Wedding is this “Don’t expect things to run to schedule”. We have never yet photographed a wedding that has not ended up running either ahead or more often behind schedule! This is perfectly normal and no one is going to notice!
The other tip is make sure you nominate guests to assist with directing family and friends for your Group Photos, and make sure that they know that you have nominated them – it is much easier to get people where they are needed when someone knows who everyone is and how to approach them
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
In general it would have to be all the thanks that we get from the couple and their families! Specifically the bride who told us that we were “the best find of my wedding”
Thank you to Alex for taking time out to chat with us, you can find out more about him on his profile page or website at www.alexknightphotography.com, or just tweet him @alexknightphoto.
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