Interview: Dave Allen of Just Hitched
Today we catch up with Dave Allen as part of our series of interviews with Wedding Photographers from around the UK.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
This is my 2nd full year of shooting weddings and the time has just flown by. Looking back, it all started when a friend asked me to shoot their wedding. I initially declined but after being pestered I agreed to do it. The day couldn’t have been more difficult, in terms of weather…rain, rain and why not throw in some wind too! When I got home I was totally exhausted, I really couldn’t believe how demanding and exhausting a full day of shooting would be! But I loved it. The excitement and butterflies I got made me feel great, it was like a huge adrenaline rush…and that’s when I decided to give wedding photography a try!
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
This is going to sound really tacky and corny, but I love the romance…what better way is there than to share a day with two people who are totally in love with each other surrender each other to a life full of dreams and happiness…I told you it was tacky! Mostly though the reaction I get from the bride and groom when I deliver their photographs or wedding album.
How would you describe your style and approach?
I just try to shoot the day as it happens in the best way I can which will tell the story when the bride and groom look back at them in 10, 20, 30 years time. I want them to be a timeless collection of beautiful memories that bring elation and joy to a couple that would have been married for many years!
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Everyone has a budget, I understand that, but never cut back on your photographer. You may have a friend that can take a great photograph but can your friend really be that consistent all day, know the routine and what to expect. What happens when it rains, or if it’s really dark? Can they handle a whole group of people to get the formals? Maybe, maybe not, are you ready to take the risk with your wedding photographs?
It’s like buying a house, you look around and you find the style you like. Then you’ll maybe go and see 3 or 4 and one of those will just feel right. Go with you heart, if it feels right it usually is. Just check their portfolio and album samples to see how they deliver the whole package. Be clear with what you are asking for and be sure your photographer understands your requirements.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Speak to the photographer, when planning your day and your schedule see how much time the photographer would need for formals etc… I like to have around 30-60 minutes to gather some beautiful lifestyle shots of both the bride and groom. An experienced photographer will have lots of advice, from planning to also helping out with other service providers that will make your day go by without a hitch.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
…probably yet to happen, but whenever I can reduce a bride and groom to tears when they go through their wedding album or preview their wedding photographs, for me that’s what it’s all about…a job well done!
Thank you to Dave for taking time out to speak to us, you can view more of his work and get in touch with him on his website at Just-Hitched.com
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