In our behind the lens wedding photographer interviews series we catch up with Kent based alternative photographer Emma B of ELS Photography.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I’m coming up to my 3rd year – it’s been a total whirlwind, I did film at college and just kept it up as a hobby until 3 years ago when my previous business as a stationery designer was leaving me feeling uninspired and i needed a new challenge and my husband suggested I turn my photography obsession in to a business and so here i am! It was the best decision I ever made.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
That every single one is different. The people, the venue, the ideas…. It keeps me inspired and I’m always dying to get home and see what they will look like when I bring them to life in edit. I love capturing the real, from funny faces to beautiful portraits where the couple are just in the moment reflecting on their day – I capture it all.
What is your favourite part of the day?
I love portraits as most of my couples give me artistic licence so it can be really fun and it’s also a great time to see the couple alone for the first time since saying I’ do’! I try to keep them to 30 minutes max so I dont keep the couple away from their guests too long but more often than not my couples tell me how it was one of their favourite moments of the day because they could have some time away from the hustle of the wedding and have some down time together. I also love the speeches – I often laugh as hard as the guests do.
How would you describe your style and approach?
Relaxed, Documentary, Creative and Colourful! I LOVE colour and for me it brings an image to life.
I want to give my couples beautiful natural or artistic portraits but i also love lots of candids – the couple and their guests just having fun!
Who, or what inspires you?
Gosh, there are so many photographers that inspire me in so many different ways but I guess other than my peers it would be movies, i’m addicted and there probably isn’t a movie worth seeing that i haven’t watched. I have a real eclectic taste too, its not about the genre its about the quality of the movie.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
I have a whole page dedicated to this on my website! http://www.els-photography.com/choosing-a-wedding-photographer/ It’s so important to choose the right photographer and that means choosing not only based on style but who you feel you could create a mini friendship with.
For me it’s so important that to have a connection with a couple, the more they feel comfortable with me the better the images they’ll get because they’ll feel much more natural, more like a friend is photographing you. It’s a two way thing for me too, I can’t force a connection between a couple so if they feel camera shy I encourage my couples to have a pre wedding shoot to dispel any fears they have about having their picture taken so on the wedding day they’ll nail those portraits!
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Listen to your photographers advice, hopefully you have you chosen them not only because of their style and your like for them but because you trust them. I have created a magazine which i give to my couples when the book – it has tons of information on things they might never have thought about – I wish i was given it when i got married!
If there was one place in the world you would love to capture a wedding where would it be and why?
Norway in the Summer – the scenery is unreal, it’s one of my favourite places and the people are just so nice.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
There are so many for so many different reasons but I guess I’d have to say when i receive thank you messages from my couples – It makes me so happy knowing that the images I created for them have brought them joy and that they will have them to show future generations 🙂