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Wedding Photographer Nottinghamshire Matt Selby Wedding Photography shoots a wedding at Oak Tree Farm, Old Whittington, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Matt Selby Wedding Photography  
Couple : Sarah + Shane Saunders
Wedding Photographer Nottinghamshire
Ceremony Location : Old Whittington
Reception : Oak Tree Farm, Old Whittington
Wedding Date : 29 August 2015

Tell us a little about yourself??

I'm a contemporary wedding & portrait photographer from Nottingham, I live with my wife Rebecca and our Australian cattle dog, Bailey.

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

A highly competitive perfectionist, who's creative and loves a bargain!

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

In a nutshell, this was a really well organized, vintage themed farm wedding in the countryside, packed with details and emotion. Featuring Tipi's, a helicopter, a great rock & roll band and an epic sunset!

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How did you get into wedding photography?

After years of amateur photography I was keen to pursue a career with something I loved, in 2010 I bought my first Digital SLR and that’s where it all started.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

Five years.

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

I still consider myself on the road to success, looking back to where it all started, I have traveled a long way, but there’s still so much more room for improvement.

(Even the photographers who seem at the top of their game are still learning and constantly pushing the boundaries)

I believe that having this attitude can be an important factor to your ongoing development as a creative. Regarding mistakes, they do happen. I feel that if you learn from a mistake you can put it down as a positive.


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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?

Firstly, Its in our nature to look at price and often see it as the only factor in our decision making. As a person who loves a bargain, I've made similar mistakes before, and had to buy a certain product again, (buy cheap buy twice as they say!) I also don’t underestimate the importance of the saying 'you get what you pay for'

Your wedding day is probably the biggest day of your life and something you’ll only do once, you cannot do it again – therefore I believe in choosing a photographer who’s package (and price) reflects their experience, professionalism, technical ability, understanding & personality.

I’d personally consider these things when choosing a wedding photography package

1. Having the high resolution images to keep. (not just an album)
2. Do they set a time limit on coverage? (if so what if your day runs behind schedule?)
3. I’d avoid packages that seem to include everything possible (images on cd, 3 wedding albums, prints, canvasses, box frames, a keyring)


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

Numerous online directories (that do nothing but generate a high volume of telesales & spam emails)

Social media channels

Website

Word of mouth – recommendations seem to work best for me


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Why do you think people hire you?

Most people hire me because they've browsed my work, they like my style of photography and after meeting for a chat, they like me as a person – which is just as important as my style of photography. Its great when I receive emails from couples saying how glad they are they hired me, even before their wedding day!

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How many weddings do you average per year?

I'm averaging around a dozen weddings per year, (but I’d like that number to slowly grow!)

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

If you're reading this and you're engaged, YOURS!

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

Anywhere that has character and interesting landscapes or architecture where we can get some epic bride and groom shots! NYC/ Morocco!

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

Bodies: Nikon D800 / Nikon D300 (backup)

Glass: Nikon 70-200 f2.8 / Nikon 24-70 f2.8 / Nikon 50mm f1.4 / Nikon 14-24 f2.8 / Sigma 8mm fisheye

Lighting: Jinbei DC1200 / Genesis GF400 / SB 600/80dx

Modifiers: Lastolite Ezybox / 60cm Bessel Gridded Softbox / 37' Godox Octabox

Beauty Dish/Reflectors / Lastolite tri-grip reflector
Thinktank belt system & Black rapid strap


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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Lighting & exposure to achieve consistent results.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Arrive early, photograph everything! Document the day, get some WOW shots!

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Who or what inspires you?

I'm inspired by the other photographs I follow and how they construct an image using off camera flash to create a well-balanced photograph with emotion and lots of wow factor

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Going by results, I'd say re-branding my business and building a new website has had a positive impact. But the recent SEO campaign hasn’t had the desired results,

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

Astronaut.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

This one.

With the light rapidly falling, and the sun quickly setting, time was of the essence. I particularly like this image for the following reasons, emotional tone, lighting, background, pose, tones.

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

Grow, improve, learn more, shoot more.

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

I'm slowly learning that being a good businessman is key to running a successful business.

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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?

To be honest I don't know a lot of professional photographers, but to name a few, Gerry Ghionis, David Beakstead, Brett Harkness, also James Davies who shot my wedding!

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Photographing the queen.

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