I started out about 7 years ago by assisting well known and respected wedding photographers. Initially I started working for free to get a range of experience before becoming a paid second photographer. Once I felt confident in my knowledge of a range of situations a wedding can present (and believe me there were some strange situations I encountered!), I decided to go it alone and I haven’t looked back! I absolutely love working for myself in an industry I adore.
2. Have you got favourite wedding venue that you have photographed at?
This is really hard as I have so many that I love. If I really had to choose it would be Northbrook Park in Surrey – the setting, the rooms, the indulgence of it all. I love it!
3. What or who inspires you in wedding photography?
I could say my husband as he is a respected documentary wedding photographer but I’m afraid it may go to his head and we can’t have that! However, its true and I still love looking through his pictures when he comes back from a job. My father in law is a world renowned, multi award winning photojournalist and I respect him greatly for what he has achieved. His photography is second to none and I aspire to be as well respected as he is.
4. If you could give a bride one piece of advice when looking for a wedding photographer what would that be?
Make a selection of some wedding photographers you like. Look through their websites and blogs and try to see a variety of pictures from the same wedding to look for consistency. When communicating with your photographer, make sure you ask (I have put my own answers in brackets):
Do I get full printing rights with my images? (My clients always receive the right to print their pictures when and where they like).
Will I receive all of the edited images from the day? (My clients always get all of the images taken, there is no limit. Some photographers do give a numerical limit so check this!).
Will you be the photographer I get on the day? Check that the photographer you meet or communicate with will be the photographer attending your wedding rather than someone they employ (My clients always get me – lucky them!).
Will you photograph formal pictures as well as reportage photography? (I do a mixture of both, depending on what the couple request but some photographers will not).
How soon should I book you? (I usually get booked about 6-12 months before their wedding, but I often get last minute bookings too).
5. Have you ever had and disasters when photographing a wedding?
I managed to break my flash last year at a wedding by dropping it. Luckily I always carry spare equipment so it was fine and the couple never knew
6. Do you consider yourself to have a particular style?
Yes definitely and I hope that people see this in my pictures. I am a through and through reportage photographer. I love to capture moments in a wedding. This is not to say that I do not do formal photography too, of course I do but my natural style is documentary or reportage as its also known.
7. Do you only cover wedding photography in Brighton and Sussex?
In a word, no. I cover weddings throughout the UK as I love to travel and it means I get to see a range of wedding venues and meet a huge amount of people which is great. Last year I covered weddings in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent, Essex and Dorset. I have also covered a wedding in Spain which was amazing.
8. If asked, what advice what you give to a wedding photographer starting out?
Invest in good equipment! It really does pay off.
Shoot for free for other photographers as an assistant.
Constantly look at other wedding photographers work, the angles and the composition to help develop your own style.
9. Do you adapt your style for themed weddings?
Sort of. I listen to what couples would like from their pictures and and more importantly what they don’t like. I then tailor my photography to this whilst still retaining my own style of reportage photography.
10. Finally...what are your goals for the coming year?
To double my bookings from last year (I’m almost there) and to keep developing relationships with other wedding suppliers which is why recently I've become addicted to Twitter.