This evening we catch up with wedding photographer Karen of Fuller Photography.
Good evening Karen, so firstly how long have you been photographing weddings and how did you get into it?
I’ve always been passionate about photography. Before I was photographing weddings, I was shooting commercially, with high-end estate agency properties and producing travel and stock imagery. Although I still photograph commercially, it was the advent of affordable digital backed cameras when I decided to take the leap. My first experience was as a second shooter at a friend’s wedding six years ago, I absolutely loved the experience. Since that wedding I shot more and more, eventually setting up Fuller Photography Weddings three years ago.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
It’s such a privilege to be part of somebody’s wedding. It’s full of emotion, laughter and is so rewarding to photograph the fun moments in life. I have to admit that I still get a lump in my throat every time the bride walks down the aisle! From a photographic stand point it’s the most challenging of jobs. You need to be knowledgeable, organised and adaptable. Of course, the icing on the cake is being able to photograph in some of the most amazing buildings and locations in the country, making your clients look and feel amazing in the process. I mean, who wouldn’t love that?
How would you describe your style and approach?
My style is elegant and romantic, and yes, I love Jane Austen. During the wedding I photograph in the most appropriate way, so a mixture of reportage and gently posed images. A pre-wedding shoot is very useful for the couple in helping them relax on the day. If they really get into their posing then I plan a bit more of that into their wedding, but usually involves lots of movement, dancing and cuddling! I’m always on the look out for interesting architectural features, furniture, angles or anything else to bring a different dimension to the photos.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
I’ve written many articles on this subject as it’s a minefield and a huge decision for each couple. Firstly I would refer to magazines and websites choosing a style you like. Next set your preferred budget and search locally. Shortlist three or four photographers and meet each one, take your time and make sure you can view a complete wedding as many photographers will only show the best from each wedding. At this stage you can also compare packages and the quality of products. A question that may make you laugh is are they a full-time professional? They should have professional booking contracts and be properly insured. This is a very personal and intimate day in your lives, so most importantly, choose a photographer you get on with.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
The schedule is king on your wedding day, from ceremony to canapes to the disco. Make sure you leave plenty of time at each stage so you get to spend as much time as possible with your guests rather than rushing from pillar to post. I’d also say be individual. Don’t be pressured into doing something on your wedding day that’s not you. It’s those relaxed weddings, full of personal touches which are the ones to remember.
Finally… whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
It may be a cliche, but it’s working with couples who are camera shy, or those saying they don’t take a good picture, overcome those issues. It’s about making the bride feel a…maze…ing! When I show the images and they cry with happiness, they’re the best moments for me.
Thank you to Karen for chatting with us, check out her profile here or tweet her at @fullerphotos
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