In our latest wedding photographer interview we chat with Rob Sanderson, a Liverpool based photographer covering the North West UK.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I’ve been shooting weddings for over a decade now. I was originally a graphic designer and commercial photographer but, ultimately my love of photographing people drew me to wedding photography and I’ve never looked back.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
I love photographing weddings. It’s an amazing privilege to be trusted with documenting something as special as someone’s wedding. Each wedding is unique, so it never gets boring. It’s hard work at times but, I get such a buzz when my couples see their pictures and are thrilled with them.
What is your favourite part of the day?
I love to see the emotions and friendships at weddings. These relationships happen right through the day so its difficult to chose any one part as a favourite.
How would you describe your style and approach?
My approach is to be as discreet and unintrusive as possible. It’s this understated way of working that gets my natural looking pictures that tell the real story of each wedding.
My photography style is about telling a story. The ingredients are great timing, strong composition and technical excellence.
I get so many thank you cards, emails and five-star Google reviews it’s clear that people love their wedding pictures even more than they love my fly-on-the-wall approach.
Who, or what inspires you?
Although I draw a lot from my background in art and design, I get my inspiration from so many different places. The Renaissance painters inspire me greatly with their understanding of light and creating images filled with romance even when the subject may not have been. I love sculpture and collect bronzes. The old masters knew how to freeze movement and immortalised life in solid marble or bronze; it’s hard not to be inspired by such creativity.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Your wedding photographs will last a lifetime, so take the time to get ‘your’ perfect wedding photographer. Don’t be swayed by friends and family, choose someone who’s work ‘you’ love, they are your pictures after all!
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Time is everything on a wedding day, trying to squeeze too much into a small time frame will likely cause you stress. Your photographer and venue have the experience to help you with your planning. I’m always happy to advise couples.
If there was one place in the world you would love to capture a wedding where would it be and why?
India! I’ve been over ten times; I love the place and the people. The colours, the people, the light and atmosphere are all fantastic. I know it would be incredibly hard work, with long days and the extreme heat would make it gruelling, but it would be a terrific experience and worth the effort.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
Winning North West Wedding Photographer of the Year at the English Wedding Awards was pretty amazing. However, it’s the thankyou’s and raves from my couples that make wedding photography such an amazing thing to do