Interview: Tracey Warbey
Hi Tracey, first off how long have you been photographing weddings and how did you get into it?
I’ve been taking photography seriously since 2012 and predominantly have a fine art background.
I had my first wedding in June 2014 when an old work colleague, who was familiar with my fine art, asked me to be her photographer on her wedding day. I haven’t looked back since…
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
Everything! Each wedding is so unique. Capturing the ‘moments’ especially – the tears, the laughter, a ‘look’ or a smile; then putting it all together to tell ‘their story’. I like all the thought that goes into putting the day together and the personalisation in the details from the couples involved.
What is your favourite part of the day?
Probably the build up to the ceremony. During the ‘getting ready’ stage, there are a range of important people involved and there are usually plenty of opportunities to capture the emotions during that time. I also enjoy photographing the ‘details’ and when the bride is getting into her dress. This is one part of the day where I like to get creative.
How would you describe your style and approach?
I would describe my style as contemporary documentary with a modern, artistic twist. As for my approach, I’m very relaxed. I build a relationship with my clients usually months before the wedding, so that when I arrive, we feel like we know each other already.
Who, or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by film noir and also fashion photography. I like to combine the two usually where possible!
I’m also inspired by other great photographers. It motivates me to constantly improve my skills and grow on a personal and professional level.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Do your research and spend time looking at their portfolios, ideally a range of weddings to ensure they are competent in all areas, rain or shine!
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Planning is key and don’t be afraid to tell people exactly what you want. It’s your day!
Meet suppliers in plenty of time. I usually complete our pre-wedding consultation with my clients at least eight weeks before the big day and then get in touch again, one week before, just to check for any last minute changes.
If there was one place in the world you would love to capture a wedding where would it be and why?
I would have to say the Amalfi Coast, southern Italy. I’ve never been but it looks beautiful. I think it would provide the perfect backdrop for any wedding.
Finally… What’s the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
On the day? It’s difficult to pinpoint one particular moment as there have been many, but at the last wedding I had in January, the groom was overcome with emotion when he saw his bride coming towards him down the aisle. I’m a bit of a softie and I’m not ashamed to say that being there amongst their closest friends and family, to see and feel that emotion, felt like such a privilege. I also shed a tear (or two!)
You don’t witness emotion like that everyday. The fact that I can capture that for them and then they can enjoy those images for years to come, feels so rewarding to me. It’s definitely the ‘hook’ to keep me coming back for more!
Many thanks to Tracey for chatting with us, you can get in touch with her and view more of her work on her profile page here.