Where are you located and what service/products do you offer?
I live in Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire. I cover weddings throughout the Yorkshire area in a natural, unobtrusive style - documentary or fly-on-the-wall if you will. Keeping things simple, I offer one main package as standard which is full day coverage (from bridal prep to just after first dance). Clients receive their high resolution, printable, images on USB memory stick, access to an online gallery, a coffee table style photo book with 60 of their favourite images in, and a personal use licence, granting permission to make their own prints. Clients can also opt to have an engagement/pre-wedding photoshoot for an extra fee - plus I have a customised photobooth for hire too.
How long have you been involved in the industry?
I shot my first wedding in 2011, and worked part-time until last year when I took the plunge and went completely self employed. Spending time with people on the best day of there lives really makes it the best job in the world. I wish I'd had the guts to do it full time years ago!
What planning advice would you give to couples?
There is huge amount of resource out there to tap into, with social media, wedding blogs and good old fashioned wedding magazines. It can be overwhelming, but remember there is a market there for every budget. Check out real wedding pieces, and even styled shoots for inspiration. Then create mood boards from the weddings you've seen, either in a scrap book or utilise Pinterest, then you'll soon start to get an idea of exactly what style of wedding you're drawn to.
When it comes to choosing your photographer, don't be afraid to meet with a few before you make your decision. You need to have a good rapport with them as well as liking their work - remember, you'll potentially be spending a full day with them, plus correspondence before and after your wedding. Have a think about what photographic style you'd like for your wedding photos. Do you like natural, candid style photography with limited posed shots? Or maybe you prefer a more traditional approach? You may be recommend a particular photographer by your venue, which could be perfect - after all they will no doubt have lots of experience working with the venue - however, if they don't fit the style you're after, don't be afraid to look further afield.
Above everything else when it comes to wedding planning - remember to have fun! You'll have such a brilliant time on your wedding day, all the small things that you may have been worrying about in the lead up will melt away once you see your love.
Have you got any trend tips for couples planning their own wedding?
I love an industrial style wedding. I like to see everyday things from a new perspective, and I think industrial can really do that. Sometimes you can appear to be somewhere quite mundane, but with the right perspective and the right touches here and there, it can be made into something beautiful. Blush pink and blue suits have been popular this year, along with rose gold too. However, I'd say try not to do too much by mixing too many themes. Try choosing a colour palette and subtly incorporating it into every part of your wedding - from invites and outfits, to flowers and table decorations.
Have any weddings you attended left a lasting impression and why?
It's very hard to choose! Weddings with industrial backdrops are probably going to stand out for me (personal favourites I'm afraid). Plus weddings where they have hand made decorations/gifts etc. Really put their personality into their day.
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