1. What makes a top wedding photographer?
For me it’s a mixture of things: being able to work at the top level under pressure; relating to clients and suppliers in a professional way; having a technical understanding which underpins the practice; having a distinct style or flare in the photographic approach.
2. How should a bride go about finding a reputable wedding photographer?
That’s very difficult. Someone told me there were more wedding photographers in London than taxi drivers – and I believe that. I would suggest recommendations, article reviews; they must like their work (its important to look at how they shoot a whole wedding not just the highlights), and whether they gel with them. Personality is so important – do they want them at their wedding!
3. How would you describe your wedding photography style and what sort of bride and groom would your style attract?
I would describe it as a reportage approach with a styled edge. I attract a lot of couples that want natural photographs but want beautiful moments captured as well. Many of my couples appreciate photography.
4. How have you seen wedding photography changes over the years in terms of what brides and grooms expect from their photographer?
Well, we have seen a change from traditional to reportage and from film to digital. This has been the biggest shift in the last 15 years. It’s a saturated market now, and the entry point for anyone wanting to start a career in photography. At the same time couples are discerning and decisive about what they are looking for. More than once a couple have booked me before the venue and found a venue around my dates.
5. Do you encourage couples to book an engagement shoot with you or a pre-wedding shoot if they are particularly camera shy?