Interview: Marianne Chua Photography
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I have been shooting weddings part time for two and a half years and went full time in March 2015, I’ve been really fortunate and shot between 35 and 45 weddings a year since my first part-time year! I got into it totally by accident, when a friend saw my hobbyist photography and asked me if I’d shoot her mum’s wedding- I’m now due to shoot her wedding next year!
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
I love that everyday at work is different, that everyone is always in an amazingly happy mood and that I get to give people something they’ll treasure for a long time!
What is your favourite part of the day?
I love the prep part of the day, I definitely get my most creative work here as there’s less time pressure and restrictions on where I can move compared to a ceremony. I also love the end of the day, when the guests are super relaxed (read boozed) so I can get in really close for the fun party shots. That’s why I don’t restrict my shooting hours and tend to cover a full day, the beginning and the end are the best!
How would you describe your style and approach?
I’m what I call a wedding funtojournalist, it’s sort of like traditional wedding photojournalism but with a big emphasis on funny, light hearted and kooky shots, not necessarily beautiful or elegant moments.
Who, or what inspires you?
I love films and cinema: I shoot a lot of wider shots with rigid lines and central framing, almost like a Wes Anderson movie!
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Always see a full wedding example, ideally one that covers your venue look and lighting! It’ll also show you a realistic representation of what you’ll see from your wedding day.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. If both of you turn up and get married then it’s success all round! The rest of the party is a brilliant bonus so enjoy it!
If there was one place in the world you would love to capture a wedding where would it be and why?
Oooh anywhere with a wicked natural backdrop, we don’t get those in London very often, maybe like a rainforest with some monkeys stealthily watching through the trees!
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
That’s a hard one, I can’t really pick one! My experiences as a wedding photographer are like a pot of lovely memories ranging from people asking their long time step father to adopt them during their speeches, to attempting and failing to ride a bucking bronco, to travelling round India on a charity with a past bride. I think I’m always trying to book weddings that will take me somewhere new or let me see something interesting, so I’m honestly just filled with great moments!