This afternoon we catch up with Brad Clarke in our interview series, a South West London based wedding photographer.
Hi Brad, so firstly how long have you been photographing weddings and how did you get into it?
I have always loved taking photographs of family, friends and holidays, but it was only at my brother-in-law’s wedding in 2010 in Switzerland when their photographer couldn’t make it that I had the “official” camera put in my hand! I fell in love with wedding photography right then and have been obsessed ever since!
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
Firstly, I absolutely LOVE weddings. Having helped plan my own wedding last year, I know how much time and effort couples put into making their day special and unique and I try to show that in the pictures that I take. I love taking photos of people and the range of emotions on display at a wedding is just incredible. The rush I get when I know I have captured something special is amazing.
How would you describe your style and approach?
It’s difficult to not sound clichéd when describing my style of photography, is it reportage? Photo journalistic? I’m not even sure and I don’t like to put a label on it really. The photos I take aim to tell the story of a wedding day, noticing the details and perspectives that may not seem obvious. I try to capture the real emotion of the day so when the bride and groom look through their photos again after their wedding day, the feelings and thoughts from the day come rushing back to them. I am a very relaxed and laid back person, which comes across in my approach to wedding photography. I try not to direct people or tell people where to stand and I like to be as unnoticeable as possible.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
It’s such a difficult decision and one you need to be happy with, forever! Make your photographer work to get you, ask them lots of questions, and definitely meet them before the wedding for a coffee or a pre wedding photo session. You have to get on with your photographer, they are a guest at your wedding after all, and meeting up before your wedding day will mean you are totally comfortable with them which means they will get great photos of you!
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
OK, my top three tips would be; Try to plan things as far in advance as you can, you’ll get the most choice! Get all your plans and wedding details on a spreadsheet, everyone loves a spreadsheet. Don’t they?! And most importantly have fun!! This will be the BEST day of your life, so fun is absolutely essential!
Finally… what’s the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
Tough question! There are so many! I’ve been lucky enough to meet some really amazing couples, heard some inspiring speeches and witnessed some very emotional scenes. I’ve even had to Witness a wedding I photographed, what an honour! But for me, the best moment is always after a wedding, when I deliver the photos to the happily married couple, and they say how much they enjoyed looking through them!
Thanks to Brad for chatting with us.