Interview: Kirsty Mackenzie

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Interview: Kirsty Mackenzie

Today we catch up with wedding photographer Kirsty Mackenzie, where we chat to the professionals who are taking the photos on your wedding day.

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How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I guess I’ve always been on the arty side of life, constantly with a paintbrush or camera in hand, so I made my way through school, college and university always experimenting with a camera. While studying my degree in photography I assisted on lots of different kinds of photo-shoots. Then once I graduated I assisted a few different wedding photographers and absolutely fell in love with it. I have been photographing weddings since 2013 and haven’t looked back.

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What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
There are two things that I love about photographing weddings. The first one is the people. I get to meet so many wonderful people. It’s almost a feeling I can’t put into words, but being able to photograph people celebrating something so pure, fun, and awesome is completely humbling and amazing all at the same time. I mean who doesn’t love going to a wedding?!

The second thing I love about photographing weddings is the variety. Every wedding is so different and unique, with a whole mix of different personalities, and I love to capture this through my lens. I always like to approach each wedding with something different in mind to really show off the different personalities I meet.

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How would you describe your style and approach?
My style is a mix of fine art and documentary. I love to capture beautiful and natural moments. I think having a background in fine art makes me look through the lens slightly differently too; I love to capture the feeling of a moment.

I’m pretty relaxed about my work and try to capture a wedding without disrupting the day. I’m also a big believer of the smaller details. I love to capture those little things that my couples have spent the past 6 months (at least!) planning and putting together.

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What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
My advice would be to have a look around, look at lots of portfolios and make sure any photographer you look at is willing to show you a start to finish example of a wedding. That way you can see exactly the type of work the photographer does (not just the best shots on his/her website).

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What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
I think the only thing I can say is have heaps and heaps of fun! Let your friends, family, and even your photographer run errands and make sure the day goes smoothly; your job is to enjoy the day. Also don’t sweat the small stuff: things tend to always over run, and sometimes things don’t always go to plan, but they’re never the things people remember.

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Finally… What’s the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
I can’t really pinpoint one particular moment, but at every single wedding I’ve been at, when the bride and groom see each other for the first time, it’s always such a beautiful, emotional moment. Nothing beats that first look.

What can I say – I guess I’m a bit of a hopeless romantic!

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