Today we catch up with Kayleigh Pope a Wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Coventry, in our interview series where we chat to the people behind the camera.
So firstly Kayleigh, how long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I have been photographing Weddings for about 4 years. I started out by assisting photographers, then I decided I wanted to run my own business. I hardly had any Weddings in my first year and I didn’t charge alot, just to gain experience. I got a Website and began to promote myself more and the rest is history!
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
What I love about photographing a Wedding is that each one is different, you can never plan how the day will go you just have to go with it. Each Bride and Groom puts their own stamp on their day and I love to be a part of such a special day. It’s a really happy industry to be a part of. Even though it can be stressful at times, I like the pressure!
How would you describe your style and approach?
I’d describe my style as fresh, different with a hint of tradition. I like to capture ‘moments’ of the day but getting a few ‘posed traditional shots’ for Grandparents. I like my Bride and Groom to be as relaxed as they can be on such an important day. I’m not bossy, I want them to have fun and not be stressed. I like to become friends with the Bride and Groom before their Wedding, using social networking etc, so they can see who I am and almost feel like their friend is taking their photographs.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
My advice is to pick a perfect photograph, for you! Definitely meet them and find out anything you want to know.. No matter how silly the question might seem. I know my style may not suit everyone, and that’s totally fine. I like people to pick me, based on what I do and how I approach a Wedding. So if you like a certain style, find a photographer that matches it! I like to meet a Bride and Groom, drink tea… have a chat. You have to like your photographer, they are capturing the biggest day of your life.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Big tip is to try and relax and embrace any problems. From a broken zip to a smashed cake.. I’ve seen it. But everyone is out to help in any way they can on your Wedding day, so things will work out. Everyone says how quickly the day goes and comment on not remembering certain moments, so take a second to enjoy it and take it all in.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
Best moment I had as a wedding photographer was when my friend who worked as a Wedding co-ordinator, rang me to say a Bride and Grooms photographer hadn’t turned up and could I get there… in an hour. The bride was so calm and we got some great shots!
Thanks to Kayleigh for chatting with us, you can see more of her work at www.kayleighpope.co.uk.