Interview: Mark Hodson Wedding Photography
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I’m a relative newcomer to wedding photography as a full time career, but have been photographing family weddings since the 1990’s. For many years I was primarily a landscape and editorial photographer supplying images for publication in books and newspapers. Upon moving to Northern Ireland a year ago I decided to branch out into wedding and family portrait photography along with my fiancée.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
Photography to me is all about recording moments in time to look back on in future years, whether it is portraits of a child or family photos. Knowing that I am capturing the joy of the day and creating memories for the happy couple and their families to look back on in years to come is a very rewarding experience.
How would you describe your style and approach?
My style of photography, a difficult question because I always try to provide the bride to be and her future husband with images of a style they like. If I had to attempt to pin a label on my style of wedding photography; I would say it’s fairly informal, leaning slightly towards reportage but we are happy to undertake a more formal approach if that is what the couple require.
My ethos towards wedding photography is what the couple want, the couple get, hence our motto “Your Day, Your Way”.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Meet the photographer before the wedding, discuss your requirements for the day in depth with him/her and maybe have a pre- wedding or engagement photoshoot with him/her to check that the photographers’ style of work suits your wedding plans. After all it’s probably one of the most important days of your life; therefore it must be perfect for you.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Plan ahead, look around all the local photographers’ websites and request to see images from their recent weddings. Never be afraid of asking questions of the photographer, they should only be too willing to answer your queries and liaise with to ensure your special day goes smoothly and to plan. Also check that you are getting value for money, I have seen some photographers charging ridiculous amounts of money for what is a very basic service.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
The look on the bride and grooms’ face when they see the images after the day is all over, often the wedding day goes so fast for them that they don’t always remember every picture taken by the photographer. Seeing their smiles as they choose the images for their photobook makes my day.
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