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Wedding Photographer Hampshire Guy Collier Photography shoots a wedding at L'Horizon Hotel, Jersey, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Guy Collier Photography  
Couple : Gemma + Chris
Wedding Photographer Hampshire
Ceremony Location : L'Horizon Hotel, Jersey
Reception : L'Horizon Hotel, Jersey
Wedding Date : 2nd August 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

I’m a full-time documentary wedding photographer based in Hampshire, England. I shoot around 40 weddings a year, always solo, and look for emotion, timing and context. I’m nuts about my family, cycling and music

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How do you think or would like people to describe you?

Don’t take myself too seriously, but take what I do very seriously. Likes to talk and good fun to have around.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Where to start. I flew in that morning and from the first minute there knew this would be a bit special. Gemma never stops laughing and smiling and is possibly the least ‘Bridezilla’ bride ever. The entire day was an absolute blast and it flew by. There was SO much to shoot. I just loved it. All of it.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

Bit of a blur really. Went along to a friend’s wedding back in 2006 and took a camera. They preferred mine to the (admittedly awful) pro they’d booked and from there I had other people ask me. I didn’t have any grand plan, and it just built until I had to give up my real job and do this instead. I haven’t looked back.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

Since 2007, but full-time since 2012.

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Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

Treat people with respect. Show them you care. Deliver photography that’s honest and majors on emotion. Be sensitive to what’s happening around and aim for the minimum impact you can. Remember that, no matter how many times you see something happen at a wedding, for each couple it’s their only time. That’s crucial. Don’t confuse expensive weddings with amazing people to work with. They’re often mutually exclusive. It’s always, always, always, the people that make a wedding.
Mistakes. Trying to shoot like other people in the early days. Find your own voice and stay on the bus. Do what you do as well as you can, every time, and don’t worry about social media noise. There’s a lot of it, and not enough signal. Do what your gut tells you.


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What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?

I think there are 3 essential decisions. Firstly, do they love your photography. Secondly, is the budget there. Thirdly, and for me this is the really crucial one, do you like each other. You’ll be together for a long time on the day. Get the connection right and it’s all there to shoot. Get it wrong and you’re all in for a much tougher day.

It’s often lost in issues like ‘have you shot at this venue before’ when that’s really not important. A good wedding photographer will suss a venue in a very short amount of time. Focus on the three things above.


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How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?

Aside from membership of the ISPWP I don’t advertise really. It’s word of mouth, venue referrals, SEO and a little bit of social media (although I’m not ‘business’ on that, much more yapping about cycling and so on). Each year this brings me together with 40 or so couples who, without fail, get me and what I do. That allows me the luxury of enjoying every day of my job.

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Why do you think people hire you?

I get on with people well, from all walks of life. I talk easily. I’m (sometimes unfailingly) honest. I show every wedding I shoot. I’m very consistent and I don’t follow trends, or hit every workshop going to try and be someone I’m not.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

40

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Tough one! A pro cyclist, someone like Boonen or Contador.

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If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?

Bali or Sweden

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

2 bodies, 4 prime lenses. I travel light.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Overly optimistic timings that some venues seem oblivious to. That and weather (both high summer and deep winter)

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Honest documentary. Always, always observe and see, really see, what’s around you.

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Who or what inspires you?

Photographers in general – McCullin, Erwitt, Maier, Brandt, Nachtwey, McNally, Weston

People who put themselves out there and risk failure to achieve success.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Best – being myself and blogging a LOT of images from every wedding

Worst – wasting money on a wedding fair in my very early days. I’ve not been near one since.


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If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?

I’d still be head-butting my desk in IT

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

A couple utterly at ease with themselves and the opposite of precious. Plus, that light.

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Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?

Keep doing what I do. Keep getting great couples to find me. Each year I grow as a photographer and I like staying on that bus.

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What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?

Consistency. Honesty. Quality. Caring about your clients.

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Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?

It has to be Ross Harvey, the massive git.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

My daughter, every day. Easiest question of the lot.

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