Interview: Rob Powell
Today we chat with Manchester based wedding photographer Rob Powell of RP Weddings.
So firstly how long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
My first wedding was 4 years ago. Since then I have covered weddings occasionally but concentrated on other work. Last year I decided to take on more weddings and having been successful I am looking to take on more work.
I studied for and gained a Ba (Hons) Photography degree from Manchester School of Art. I have since been looking to establish myself in a number of areas and believe that now is the right time for me to do so with regards to wedding photography.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
The thing that I like the most about photographing a wedding is the privilege of being able to present a stunning visual representation of their day. Of being able to provide hidden glimpses into emotions and reactions as well as the fun, romance and energy that surrounds the day. I consider it a great responsibility to the wedding photographer and take a great deal of pride in being able to provide my photographic services.
How would you describe your style and approach?
My approach to photography in general is natural. A wedding photographer is in attendance to record the day with a skill and presentation that tells a story and invokes emotion. I believe that by acting as a director my interference affects the mood and thus the photographs. I therefore offer guidance on the day with regards to any essential poses but generally discuss in full beforehand what is required so that I can let the day run.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Think long and hard about what type of photographs you would like. Some people will want fashionesque magazine style, others traditional and family orientated and others something different still. Talk to your photographer and discuss your ideas and see how their portfolio represents what you are looking for.
Remember, this only happens once so the best visual record available is very important. If you and your photographer don’t work well together the your photographs are unlikely to be as you want.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Relax. The day is planned and everyone know there job. It is now your responsibility to look good and enjoy the experience.
Finally… What is the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
Providing high quality photographs to the happy couple is always the best feeling for a wedding photographer.
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