Today we catch up with Jacob & Pauline, a Wedding Photographer Duo based in London, in our wedding photography interview series.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
We have been doing this for 6 years. This is our second season in the UK. Pauline was helping her father since she was 15 as he was a wedding photographer too. Then we met at University where we both studied art and then we started dating. One day I asked Pauline if I could go shooting with her as she was shooting as a lead photographer for a while by that time. We went shooting together, I had a totally different approach as I had never done this before and we found out that we can learn a lot from each other. Then we were working for 3 years as a photographer duo during our studies and when we got our degrees we packed up our two suitcases and cameras, and went to London to try our luck. After two years we photographed more than 70 weddings and this number is still going up.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
We love the diversity of the job. Pauline loves creating details and she is really good at it. Couple portraits are our favorite part as we have strong background in fashion photography (www.jacobpauline.com) so we approach slightly differently to the couples. Reportage is fine but I love to shoot when I have an album design on my mind and try to match two or four pictures together.
How would you describe your style and approach?
We are definitively focused on fine art wedding photography. We like reportage but we are going to profile ourselves slowly to something more artistic. We know what we want to shoot but most of the people in UK are still not ready to receive this kind of photography as reportage style is something you hear about all the time. It’s more than just capturing people laughing, having fun together, basically as a day flows. We want to provide an album designed as a photo editorial in a fashion magazine.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Don’t ask how many pictures you get (every photographer will give you reasonable amount), don’t ask what’s his approach, what camera he uses or if he is in any photographers associations etc. This is all just words, but the result is what matters. Just ask yourself, would I love to have these kind of pictures in my album or not? If the answer is yes just meet him and book him because nowadays almost everyone gives you a web gallery and photo album so there’s not a lot to ask about. The only question which is important we think, is are the pictures copyright free?
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
There is always one thing which bother us before we go shooting and it’s traveling between the venues. If it’s possible find a venue where you spent all day from getting ready through ceremony till first dance. It will save you a lot of nerves and everything will run smoothly.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
We are always happy when we get an excited testimonial from our happy customers. We were also really pleased when we were invited to best of wedding photography which is an invitation only association. Not everyone can get there and at the moment there are only 14 photographers form London I think.
But the best moment is happening every day. It’s the fact that we made it and managed to move our business to the UK and start from scratch. It hasn’t been easy during the first year but thanks to all our hard work and passion in photography we are slowly getting to where we would like to be in terms of our wedding photography style and place in the wedding industry.
A big thanks for Jacob & Pauline for chatting with us, you can find out more and about them and get in touch on there profile page here.
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