I’ve never hired a photographer before! How do I know I’ve picked the right one?
Congratulations, you’re planning a wedding! Stressful isn’t it?
Suddenly you’re thrust into a world of choices you never dreamed existed and hiring people you have no previous experience of working with.
You’ve probably never hired a professional photographer before. How do you know if you’ve got the right one?
Let’s find out together, shall we?
Here’s a few questions to see if we’d work well together:
- Do you think the bride and groom should be allowed to have fun at their own wedding?
- Do you think everyone attending a wedding should be allowed to have fun?
- Do you think the photos from the day should reflect the amazing atmosphere of love, happiness and fun?
- Do you feel photography is an art form and as such, requires both skill and talent?
- Do you think good art is worth paying a reasonable price for?
If you answered “Yes” to at least three of these questions, we may be well suited to work together.
Let’s try one more:
- Have your family, friends, colleagues or even you yourself often described either of you as, ‘difficult to be around’, ‘difficult to work with,’ or just plain ‘difficult’?
If you answered “No” to this last question, you might be my ideal client!
I’m looking to work with people who are super-excited about their upcoming wedding, like to have fun, appreciate photography and want pictures that reflect all the joy of their incredible day. The sort of people that relish the thought of trying something new, appreciate a good challenge, believe you should make requests rather than demands and who think that the most important part of working with someone is the relationship between you.
Sound like you? Cool, that’s one side of the equation balanced.
So here’s a little about me:
I’m not your normal wedding photographer – I like heavy metal music, (amongst other genres – I like jazz, hip-hop and classical too,) I have tattoos and piercings. I’m vegan. I have a wife, a daughter and two cats, all of whom I adore. The two cats are, by far, WAAAAAY more trouble than my daughter. I have a slightly … quirky sense of humour. (My wife calls it weird.) I don’t like my teeth, but I’ve learned not to let it bother me any more. My beard is my single most remarked-upon feature. (I think I have amazing eyelashes for a guy, but they are somewhat overshadowed.)
I developed a love for photography a little later than some, after realising I was framing things I saw in front of me, in my mind – wherever I went. I’d always been artistic, having tried drawing, painting, graphic design, sculpture and even 3D computer modelling but never felt quite at home. When I took the plunge and bought a camera, if you’ll pardon the pun, it just clicked.
Initially, I wasn’t keen on doing weddings, instead wanting to concentrate on portraits, but then I watched a video on wedding photography and was blown away by what wedding photography could achieve and what it could mean to people. So the next time I was asked to photograph a wedding, I nervously accepted. It was the most amazing day and I loved every second. I’d never been so happy working on anything before and the experience cemented the desire in me to become a professional wedding photographer because of the sheer joy it can bring to not only the happy couple, but the families and friends of theirs and of course, myself, by extension.
As for my style, I’d describe it as “Awesome”.
Ok, let’s be a little more specific than that. You’ve probably seen a lot of talk of ‘Reportage’ style photography, and the words ‘unobtrusive’, ‘candid’ and ‘discreet’. I agree that sometimes the best way to get a natural shot is to shoot like this; blending in and shooting from the sidelines and I absolutely will do some of this during the day – BUT! The sidelines aren’t always where the action is. So I might have to get up in your face a little bit sometimes to get a fantastic shot (don’t worry, I promise you’ll enjoy it.). Or I might have to order your mum about so she stands in the right place. (It’s ok if you enjoy that too!) Or I might ask your friends to do stupid things behind me while I capture your priceless expression. In any case, let me worry about the technical side of things and let’s have some fun.