About three years full time now. I was doing portraits, hen parties etc. and felt weddings was a natural progression for me so I started assisting and second shooting at weddings to get a good idea of the flow of the day -and found I loved it! I swiftly moved on to shooting weddings as a primary photographer.
It can be challenging with tight schedules, varying weather conditions etc., but most of all it can also be a lot of fun when you get a lovely couple, those “moments” and all the love, emotion and energy in the room. It’s always an honour to be chosen to be part of a couple’s special day.
That’s a tough one. I love small bits of each part of the day: the feeling of anticipation and excitement in the morning when the bridal party is chatting about the coming day. The emotion of ceremonies and speeches. The fun atmosphere and fast pace on the dance floor in the evening.
I go by what my couples have requested for their day: I tend to chat with them in quite detail about their plans to find out what is important to them, any particular details etc. they would like me to capture besides the usual shot list, what kind of photos they like (or even don’t). I’m happy to direct couples, but never do anything too staged.
A lot of things just seem to happen on their own accord and I capture the day as it unfolds, but you spot “moments” and beautiful details. It’s important to me that the couple feel they have had a chance to enjoy the day and spend time catching up with their family, too -that the day wasn’t dominated by the photography.
Don’t shop by price alone -as with everything in life, you get what you pay for and if someone sounds “expensive” find out what the price is based on. For example, a hobbyist may not have all the necessary back up kit and insurance or may not spend much time editing the files afterwards so they will appear cheaper at first glance, but may not be able to produce those
lovely images to look back on. Make sure your photographer is someone you “click with”, feel comfortable with and can chat to as they will be mingling amongst all your family and close friends. Also, have a contract in place with all your suppliers so you can then relax on the day and enjoy it fully.
Chat to your photographer about your preferences and have a plan for the day putting together realistic timings. E.g. for group shots, take into account the amount of people in each shot (it’s much quicker getting 5 people together than 50), the distance they will walk to the spot where these shots will be taken (is everyone mingling close by or across a field?), how many photos you would like and how long long you are happy posing for photos.
I love to shoot anywhere with beautiful surroundings and great light, but a really unique and quirky location would be a bonus, maybe a zoo, the ice hotel or a beach lined with palm trees.
It’s all the lovely e-mails and cards you get from clients after the day.