Interview: Alicia Field
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I have been photographing weddings for around 5 years now and gradually started building my business through word of mouth and friends of friends, which then led me to where I am today.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
I love having the opportunity to capture such a special day, full of real emotion and drama. Every wedding is so different and the couple and their family and friends bring so much life and love to the photographs, leaving my job as the photographer relatively easy.
How would you describe your style and approach?
For most of the day, I like to capture it as it’s happening, from the big moments to all the small details in between. I come to wedding photography from a background as a photojournalist, shooting in a natural, unobtrusive, documentary style. I try to capture elegant images that remain timeless throughout the years to come, using natural, soft lighting.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
I would say make sure you find someone that you trust and makes work that suits who you are and the kind of images you as individuals like. There is such a variety of photographers out there with very different styles and approaches so make sure you tailor the photographs to you, that way you’ll never be disappointed.
I would also say meet with the photographer beforehand and make sure you’re comfortable and confident with their work. It’s as much about feeling at ease with the photographer as it is about the images.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
I always meet with the couple a few weeks before the wedding and devise a shot list to ensure they get all the images they want to see in the final edit. That then leaves the couple to just relax and celebrate the day!
Finally… What’s the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
I hate to sound cheesy but it’s usually when either the mother or father of the bride or groom share an emotional moment with their son or daughter. It’s just one of those timeless moments that is so emotive and makes for the best photographs. I guess also hearing the feedback I get from couples is a lovely moment, knowing that you’ve really captured what they were looking, that’s always pretty special.
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