Interview: Scuffins Photography
Hi Chris, so first off, how long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I’ve been a keen photographer for years, having spent almost every moment of my free time, experimenting and learning and pushing myself to know as much as I can about the technical and creative aspects of photography. I’ve played around with all sorts; 35mm film, digital, instant film, and a bit of videography as well. You name I’ve probably had a go at it. Photography is a never ending source of curiosity and creativity for me. But it wasn’t until the summer of 2013 when I had the awesome opportunity to shoot a wedding, that I realised that adding people, emotions and love, made everything so much more brilliant, fun and rewarding. This journey became even more fun and amazing when I started to work with partner Helen this year as my second shooter and extra pair of hands on the day.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
We like taking road trips to new parts of the country, and meeting new people and making new friends. We like being surprised by brilliant venues and blown away by the hard work and original ideas that our couples put in to personalising their big day. We like being there to watch Mum’s cry with joy and Dad’s beam with pride. To hear childhood stories and smile at cute family traditions. Most of all we just like being there to see two lovely people, get married, have a party and have an absolutely amazing day. Being there to see and photograph all of that going down, is just awesome. We love it.
How would you describe your style and approach?
We would describe our style as honest, natural and creative. We’re based in the beautiful Cotswolds; so the outdoors and natural light is a big deal to us and we try to incorporate this into our work wherever we can. On the day we are totally unassuming and unobtrusive, while being right in the heart of the action. That’s where the tears, and the smiles and the hugs are. And we love a good hug. We are so relaxed and laid back on the day, which in turn puts everyone else at ease. We experiment and have some fun throughout the day as well, using either polaroids or film together with our digital images. We also aim to to be more than just photographers on the day, we help wherever we can, we’re a hug when you need it, we put on button holes like pro’s, we’ll move and carry stuff and we’ll be right up there on the dance floor once we’re finihed with the cameras.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Trust your photographer! Great photography is all about collaboration, the more the couple open up and communicate with us, the more we learn about them, what they like, what they’re not sure of and what photographs really appeal to them. When we feel more like friends than photographers, it makes capturing the beautifully genuine moments between the couple, family and friends much easier.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
When couples book us, we send them a little help guide full of useful info about getting the most from the photography and also just the day itself. Our best piece of advice is simple. Take your time, relax and enjoy every moment. Oh, and bring a spare pair of shoes and drink plenty of water.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
Wow, it’s tough to pick just one. Every wedding we have had the pleasure of photographing has been so unbelievably different, and every single one has its standout amazing, brilliant moments. For us though, every single day we do this we feel lucky, privileged and just so proud and passionate about what we are doing.
A big thanks to Chris for taking time out to chat to us, if you would like to get in touch with him or view more of his work just go to his profile page here.