Interview: Creative Capture – Milly Colley and Lucinda Cottrell
Today we catch up with Milly and Lucinda of Creative Capture.
So firstly how long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into in?
We’ve been shooting weddings together since early 2011. We met while both working for a leading fashion and portrait photographer in London. Our days were mainly based in the studio but Lucinda would shoot a few weddings throughout the year. We were lucky as we were encouraged to develop and progress our own photography while working at the studio so days off for weddings and other shoots were frequent. Lucinda had a few weddings booked for the summer and needed a second shooter so I stepped in and the rest is history. We quickly fell into a natural rhythm as we work really well together and we both have different strengths meaning together we form a very strong partnership.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
We love telling stories with our photographs and weddings tell a beautiful story in a day. It’s up to us to portray each and every wedding as the greatest love story ever told. It’s also exciting that the wedding is just the beginning of a longer story which will unfold over the years to come. We also love that we have the trust of the bride and groom and are given this wonderful open window for the duration of the day to witness their most intimate and unguarded moments.
How would you describe your style and approach?
We’re a wedding photography duo so this makes us pretty unique. As we always shoot weddings together as a pair, we feel our resulting wedding images are strengthened. It also allows us to cover more, one of us shoots the bride getting ready while the other one shoots the groom for example.
Our approach is relaxed and informal, while our reportage/documentary style fuses elements of fashion and fine art photography. Our clients like the fact we have a fashion background and still continue to be involved with fashion photography too.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
When you’ve found a photographer you like the style and sound of, be sure to meet with them in person ahead of the wedding day. An informal chat over coffee can tell you everything you need to know. Ultimately, does it feel right?
Once you’ve booked your photographer a venue visit is always a good idea so your photographer can find the best locations for portraits and you can discuss creative ideas together.
Make sure you invest in a quality album for your photos designed by your wedding photographer. In this digital age, it’s all the more important to have something tangible to remember your wedding day by. Keep it in your bookcase and enjoy re-reading your perfect day time and time again.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Take a deep breath in and relax. It might sound trivial but if you’re feeling stressed and anxious then everyone around you is going to feed off these emotions. Of course everyone gets nervous on their wedding day and this is natural but just try and push any negative thoughts to the back of your mind and remember that most weddings don’t go according to plan, most are either ahead or behind scheduled time. Instead of focusing on what might happen, turn your attention to what’s right in front of you – your loving friends, family and a beautiful day which has been months in the making.
Finally… whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
We always feel so privileged to be part of the bride and groom’s wedding day. We tend to really connect with our wedding clients as we’ve likely met them a couple of times before the big day and we seem to attract clients similar to ourselves. It’s lovely receiving thank-you cards from happy newlyweds in the post thanking us for our contribution to their wedding day. When we hear they enjoyed having us at the wedding and comment on the beautiful pictures we’ve taken it makes our day.
Thanks to Milly and Lucinda for chatting with us, you can check out their website at www.wearecreativecapture.co.uk.