As we continue our interview series where we chat with a professional wedding photographer, today we catch up with Rich Morris, a photographer based in Bath.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
Photography has been a passion of mine for 5 years or so, I started out by standing in a field / on a beach waiting for the light to capture landscapes. A great way to learn how to take pictures however, it does get lonely and cold. In 2012, a friend of a friend asked me to capture their wedding and I haven’t looked back since. I spent 2012 assisting photographers around the South West as well as my own solo weddings. 2013 has been a busy year for me and I have had the privilege of working with some fantastic couples, sharing their happy memories and creating some of my own.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
There are so many things about photographing a wedding that I love it is hard to pick one area. I love the joyful atmosphere, the coming together of family & friends, the wedding ceremony, the sentiment, the speeches and the effort couple put in to the first day of their new lives. If I have to pick one thing it would have to be the people.
As a wedding photographer you have the privilege of spending the entire day, from start to finish, with amazing people enjoying the most special day of their lives so far.
How would you describe your style and approach?
My approach to a wedding is creative, honest, contemporary, discreet, and fun. A great wedding photographer will get fully immersed in every aspect of your wedding day without you really noticing, the best photographers will capture a stunning set of images and leave you & your guests with a smile on your faces. This is what I aim to do for my couples.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
First and foremost, find a photographer you like. Your wedding photographer will be with you all day, they will speak to all of your guests and other suppliers involved in you big day so spend time getting to know your photographer. Your experience with your wedding photographer should always be a positive & enjoyable one.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
With so much going on it can be easy for a couple to miss their day because they have been running around making sure their guests enjoy themselves, try and relax, have fun and savor each moment. You have done all the planning and now it is time to sit back and admire all of your hard work.
When it comes to photography communicate with your photographer, we have a genuine interest in your wedding day so tell us everything.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
Every wedding has its special, unique and touching moments and it is impossible for me to pick a “best” moment. In general, the moments I love the most are the ones that stop you in your tracks. The best moments are the loving first glance between bride & groom, the touching words spoken by the father of the bride, these are the moments that remind me how lucky I am to be a wedding photographer.
From a professional point of view it would have to be winning the Best New Photographer for Bath & Somerset, an industry award given to me by the Wedding Industry Experts Awards in 2013. This was an incredible honour so early in my wedding photography career and something I am very proud of (info on blog http://www.richmorrisphotography.com/and-the-winner-is/)
A big thanks to Rich for chatting with us, you can find out more and about him and get in touch on his profile page here.
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