In our first interview of 2014 we catch up with Rob Tarren a wedding photographer based in Gloucestershire in the heart of the Cotswolds.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I have been a wedding photographer for three years. I was a keen street photographer beforehand as I enjoyed documenting people going about their daily business in a natural and candid way. A work colleague saw my portfolio and asked whether I would capture her wedding on camera. I jumped at the chance and absolutely loved the experience. My enthusiasm for wedding photography clearly showed as I started to receive bookings from more friends…and then friends of friends. The momentum continued until it got to the point where I took the plunge and left office life behind and became a full time photographer. I have never looked back!
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
Everything! The whole experience is positive and exciting from start to finish. Working in an environment where you are surrounded by nothing but pure happiness is the biggest buzz anyone could possibly experience.
How would you describe your style and approach?
I am first and foremost a documentary photographer. I want to tell the story of the day, I am not there to just take a few snaps and disappear. My approach is very unobtrusive and relaxed. I want the bride, groom and their guests to act in the same way they would if I wasn’t present.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
You have to choose a photographer whose style appeals to you, but more importantly you have to choose someone who you feel comfortable with. You may be spending up to twelve hours with this person on your wedding day so it is important to find someone who you share a good rapport with.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
It’s a cliche, but just relax and enjoy the day! You are surrounded by an army of close friends who will resolve any little issues that may crop up during the day. So just relax, have a glass (or two) of champagne and enjoy the biggest day of your lives with your closest friends and family. The day will whizz past, so make sure you keep taking a few minutes out here and there to spend a little time with each other away from the guests.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
I’ve experienced lots of fantastic moments, but the one that stands out the most was a bride (who shall remain nameless!) who was in floods of tears whilst reviewing their wedding photos. I started to panic as I thought she didn’t like them! Thankfully they were tears of joy! Through the sobbing she told me that she loved every single shot and couldn’t believe how happy she looked in every photo…I almost started blubbing myself!