Interview with New Pixels Photography
We chat with Hertfordshire based wedding photographer Natalie Bayliss of New Pixels Photography as we go behind the lens in our latest interview.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I started photographing weddings when I was 16 years old, before I started my BA Photography degree at University. The first wedding I ever photographed was for a family friend. I was super nervous back then but after the initial few hours, I had the best time and knew it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Fast forward 13 years and I’m still doing it! Photographing the happiest day of someones life is such a rewarding feeling and I love it.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
Everything!! I like getting to know new people and hearing about their story of how they met and all about their wedding plans. On the day I’m more of a friend than ‘just the photographer’.
Being a friend and a photographer at someones wedding has so many pros. It allows me to capture the shots I want without anyone really knowing I’m there, It makes the bride and groom feel more at ease and it makes me smile all day (although you might not be able to see as I normally have a camera in front of my face)
What is your favourite part of the day?
My favourite part of the day is a toss up between bridal preparations and couples shots… I think if I had to pick one i’d choose the couple shots! I love having a laugh and joke with my couples whilst taking romantic and natural photographs of them together. Making sure they’re happy and calm always results in the best photographs.
Equally, I love photographing all the details in the morning. After planning my own wedding, I know how much thought goes into all those little details and the morning is really the best time to photograph them all!
How would you describe your style and approach?
Friendly, Natural and Romantic. I love capturing natural photographs of friends and family laughing together, intimate close up photos of you two together with some cracking belly laughter too! I love photographing my couples close up but don’t worry I’ll use a long lens so you’ll have no idea.
Who, or what inspires you?
Pintrest of course! Anything my couples are looking at and pinning, I want to know about! If they like it so do I. My best friend is a wedding photographer in America and as most of the ideas my couples tend to ‘pin’ originate from the states I tend to get a lot of inspiration from her! The latest wedding trends always hit the States first, such as the ’sparkler isle shot’ and the ‘confetti cannons’ (Highly recommended!)
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Always go for TWO photographers!! There are SO many pros to having two photographers, for example you’ll get both bridal and groom preparations in the morning (which looks really nice in your wedding album). During the ceremony one of us will stand at the front and the other will stand at the back, meaning there is no moving around during your ceremony.
Have you ever been to a wedding as a guest and all you can do is watch the photographer running around like a head-less chicken!? We do not like this as photographers but with two of us we can be a lot more discrete and subtle. You’ll also get a lot more natural photos of your guests, whilst I’m photographing your key group shots, my second photographer will wonder around and capture more of the natural happiness!
Another thing I would look out for is I find that a lot of blogs say ‘choose a photographer who has photographed at your venue before’ but personally I don’t tend to agree.
Some of the best weddings I’ve ever photographed have been abroad at a venue i’ve never photographed before. If your photographer is confident and gets to your venue early in the morning to check out all the key locations, there is no reason why you won’t have the most amazing photos!
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Before your wedding I like to meet up with you in my office, we’ll run through the timings of your day and the photographs that you would like, we’ll even chat though all the key group shots. That way, on the day you can forget about the photographer knowing that they’ve got your back and will have the most amazing photographs to relive all the special moments.
If there was one place in the world you would love to capture a wedding where would it be and why?
The Amafi coast. I’ve photographed weddings all over the world; America, South of France, Italy, Ibiza and even done fashion shoots in Barbados and Las Vegas but I love the Amafi Coast and I would love one of my future couples to choose this as their dream wedding location!
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
There are so many, after 13 years its so hard to just pick one! If I had to choose, it would be photographing a wedding in Tuscany over looking beautiful views of the hills. I loved everything about this wedding, the people, the food and the stunning photographs!