For a number of years afterwards, I built my business alongside a demanding full time career in a different sector, working on weddings, portraits and branching out into gigs and live events.
In 2019, I took the leap to make my business my main focus – spectacular timing (I mean, really, a global pandemic?!) but I don’t regret my decision at all.
For couples booking your category of business what would you say is the most important thing for them to look for?
I really believe that connection on a personal level with your photographer is absolutely crucial. The person you choose is being trusted with capturing as much of your day as is humanly possible and that needs them to be able to engage with guests as well as the couple themselves, to be able to direct politely and to also have the skills of a photography ninja to capture unguarded moments too. If your photographer is not someone who you ‘click’ with (no pun intended) they will not be able to capture the best of you and your guests on the day, no matter what their technical skill.
I always offer a face to face (via Zoom currently) to meet and chat about the plans, ideas about style of photography and to get a sense of who the clients are and whether we are a good fit. I’m very honest and open and encourage couples to make a decision that combines their gut feeling about me and whether my style of photography fits with their vision. Price should never be the first consideration!
On average how many weddings do you do a year?
I keep my wedding bookings relatively low so that I have appropriate time to give my full attention to the work that goes on once the memory card is transferred to the computer! Under normal circumstances, I work between 5 – 15 a year.
What makes you most excited about weddings?
If it was a career option, I would be a wedding crasher! I absolutely love the whole emotional rollercoaster of a wedding day – the nerves and excitement; the happy tears; the laughter and shenanigans and just the whole sense of togetherness that comes from family and friends coming to witness it all. From a photography point of view, the opportunity to capture really wonderful and intense moments between the couple or that the couple don’t see, is something that makes me really excited.
What would be your most important piece of advice to couples just starting with wedding planning?
Really consider what you want. You will get lots of advice, some of it well meaning and perhaps other bits that are less so, but it is so important to keep coming back to what is important to you both about your wedding day. Research is absolutely at the heart of making it right for you, recommendations and reviews are a good starting point and trusting your intuition and gut feeling about suppliers – always listen to yourself!