Today we catch up with Mel Davies in our wedding photographer interview series from Enfys Wedding Photography.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I have been photographing weddings for just over a year now but have experience in all lines of photography for 4 years. I started off last year in March when asked if I’d be up for assisting a photographer in Pembroke for a wedding and of course I jumped at the chance. The entire weekend I was brought into a whole different world of photographing, learnt all about lightroom which has become my main tool of editing and I grew to adore weddings as a whole. Over the last year I have been a second shooter at weddings and also solo shot on my own.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
Love and capturing those little moments. For me, its all about watching as the bride gets ready, how the groom looks the first time he places his eyes on her and those touching seconds where you catch the mother of the bride crying tears of joy or when the crowd roars with claps and cheers when the newlyweds kiss or even as the first note of music hit’s the bride and grooms ears and they are lost in their first dance.
I can’t take my eyes off everything that is going on during the day, for me to be able to capture those memories of something so important to just two people and to be apart of it all makes everything even more wild. I donít see myself doing anything else apart sharing those simple seconds of capturing the moment.
How would you describe your style and approach?
My style is documentary with an elegant and traditional twist. I find as soon as the first picture is taken you are documenting a story, the bride getting ready being the beginning. I like to set everything up in my head with a list of shots I’d like to take but still finding enough room to capture those shots that are so unplanned it works well.
My approach is to make everyone feel comfortable. Often I meet the bride and groom a week before the wedding to give them the run down of the day and when the day finally arrives I advise the bride to just forget I am even there. I was once describe by a bride that I was like a ninja, she had no idea some of the shots I had even taken until she seen the album. That to me will always be my aim.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Choose the style of photography you want, you don’t want to pick a photographer who turns out to not shoot the style you originally wanted. Always look over portfolios as sometimes one wedding is amazing and then the other might not be. It is true what they say ìThe service is what you pay for, but don’t be hesitant to look at photographers who might be in the £400-£700 price range as often they are just starting out but their photography skills are great! Make sure the person you choose you are comfortable with and don’t mind following you around most of all of the day.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Don’t stress, if you need a five minute break then just say, the wedding can’t go on if the bride or groom aren’t there. Have flexibility, we live in the UK and sunshine is few and far between so always be prepared. If you have a problem with the photographer say right away otherwise it goes over looked. But most importantly your wedding is one of the most important days of your life so just enjoy it.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
Every wedding so far has had many moments I couldn’t possibly choose from. I would say that watching the couple as they look over their album and their prints then seeing their faces change from happiness, to remembering the day and to just become overjoyed is enough of a best moment for me.
Thanks to Mel for chatting with us, you can see more of her work at www.enfysweddings.co.uk or check out her profile here.