Tools Of The Trade
25th April 2014 - 17:03
In my experience there are two distinct types of wedding photographer; there are those who love weddings and those who love photography.
I am a wedding photographer who loves weddings! I get inspired by the Bride & Groom, I love hearing their story, asking how he proposed, seeing the tenderness in their eyes, their enthusiasm and excitement.
I love hearing about the wedding plans and thinking about how I can capture the essence of the day and do justice to all the hard work and planning couples put into their wedding.
On the day, Iâ€™m buzzingâ€¦thereâ€™s so much energy, anticipation and excitement! The bridal preparations are always a hoot and once the guests start to arrive Iâ€™m busy capturing all those loving embraces and warm greetings. The whole day is a visual feast.
When it comes to getting great group photographs I learned early on that people respond best when Iâ€™m just being myself. I enjoy making people smile and I want them to enjoy themselves, a natural smile is much more engaging than a forced one through gritted teeth!
I love capturing the raw honest emotion of a wedding day, people in love, happy and excited (occasionally tipsy!) Thatâ€™s why I donâ€™t go in for gimmicks or staged shots. Iâ€™m convinced that the wedding photographer should not alter the wedding. The real skill for the photographer is to feed off the coupleâ€™s energy and capture it on camera.
So thatâ€™s meâ€¦ a wedding photographer who loves weddings; my camera and equipment are merely tools of the trade; donâ€™t get me wrong I regularly invest to ensure that I have up to date equipment that will deliver the goods but Iâ€™d like to think I stop well short of being a photography geek!