We catch up and chat with Will Langlands, a wedding photographer based in Wiltshire. We find out about the man behind the camera and how it all began.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I first started as a second shooter in 2009 after meeting a local wedding photographer. It wasn’t originally what I planned to do, I studied in graphic design and multimedia which naturally included photography but had up to then been more of an interest than a career path, having assisted for just a short while though it was clear this was the field for me.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
Meeting everyday, amazing people. The great thing about capturing such a poignant moment in peoples lives is that the emotions however mixed are always in a positive light.
What is your favourite part of the day?
I have two, the portrait session usually follows the whirlwind of ceremony + reception opening + group photos, which means it is the first real bit of “quiet time” the couple gets, having the privliedge of sharing those moments of unwinding means the images have a very authentic and natural reflection.
The other is quite the opposite, the first dance breaking into all out party is simply fun to be in the middle of!
How would you describe your style and approach?
Mostly relaxed, documentary/reportage with a hint of contemporary arty-ness – I like the memories of the day to feel as though you were there, but at the same time I love creating evocative, stylish imagery.
Who, or what inspires you?
I’ve found many great photographers over my career that constantly fill me with awe and remind me to always refine my own work, to name-drop a few, Jeff Newsom, Sam Hurd, Ryan Brenizer and Jeff Ascough never fail to amaze.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Find a photographers work you are drawn to, then make sure you gel with them as a person and share their views/approach, it’s no good hiring a documentary photographer if you wish for constant direction and likewise if you want relaxed and informal then don’t go for someone who spends a lot of time posing for shots, both have a place in the industry but won’t suit everyone.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Relax, relax, relax – it’s easy to get caught up in trivial stuff but the important thing is to enjoy yourselves.
If there was one place in the world you would love to capture a wedding where would it be and why?
As well as shooting weddings I have big interest in landscape photography, so for me it would be a dream to shoot a wedding in Iceland – with some portraits next to the waterfalls!
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
It would have to be receiving very kind words from a lovely couple upon their reaction to a particular photo, recreating the same image from the mother of the bride’s own wedding, looking back before entering the church and putting them side by side.