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Wedding Photographer Manchester David Stubbs Photography shoots a wedding at Briars Hall, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : David Stubbs Photography  
Couple : Neil + Natalie Warnock
Wedding Photographer Manchester
Ceremony Location : Lathom Chapel
Reception : Briars Hall
Wedding Date : 30th May 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

Hi, I'm a full time wedding photographer based in Manchester but cover weddings anywhere. I'm mostly a documentary wedding photographer as for most of every wedding I don't stop, pose or ever ask a couple to look at the camera. I designate 20 minutes only for couples photos, and I do enjoy this and creating some wow photos for them.

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

I hope people think I'm really relaxed and chilled as I rarely get stressed in any situation.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Neil and Nat haD a top day in a village near Ormskirk. They both got ready at Briar's Hall and got married in the quaintest of churches in the middle of nowhere. Some fun photos together in a barley field en-route to the reception venue, and the rest of the day was guests having fun and partying in the evening.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

Like many photographers I think, I bought what I thought at the time was a good digital camera when I got my first teachers pay. It wasn't long before someone asked me to photograph their wedding (4pm ceremony in November with a kit lens – wasn't easy). It then snowballed from there.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

Full time for 3 years, but taught part time before that whilst shooting lots of weddings.

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

Any mistakes you made along the way? By offering an entirely natural approach to photography. Literally no stopping or posing at all for 95% of the day. Everything covered and captured without the bride and groom ever concerning themselves with what I am doing. I want them to enjoy their wedding day as if I wasn't there. Then enjoy their beautiful photos afterwards.

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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 this is very much a question about albums. Couples should always look to get their photos printed, even if I don't make an album for them. The life of digital media is unknown. Photos printed stand the test of time and will passed down from generation to generation.

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

I used to advertise on google, but now I don't advertise at all. I get lots of work through people finding me in organic searches, or through facebook where they have seen a friend rave about their photos, or a couple have been at a wedding I photographed.

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Why do you think people hire you?

see above

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How many weddings do you average per year?

60

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Prince Harry (if he ever gets married). I would pride myself in producing a product that would be entirely different to the typical magazine style photos Will and Kate have. The photos I would take wouldn't suit a newspaper or magazine, but would be perfect for THEM to have and remember an incredible day.

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

The moon!

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I have a D4, D810, I shoot prime lenses and my current line-up is 20/35/50/85mm. I do have the 24, 16-35, 24-70 and 70-200 in the car which come out on occasion.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Thinking ahead, predicting what is going to happen next in term so interactions and moments between people. I have got much better at this now I have photographed so many weddings.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

see above

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Who or what inspires you?

There are some incredible wedding photographers who's work inspires me: Erik Clausen, Two Mann Studios, Paul Rogers, Neale James

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

worst – paying anything at all to be in a magazine. Best – work hard on social media.

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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?

My favourite image is that of the bride and bridesmaids all hustling around in the final stages of preparations. The layering of the photo works well and everyone just fits perfectly in the frame. This photo has also won a Fearless award, which I'm super chuffed about.

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

I used to be a teacher, and although I'm already doing some 1-2-1 training and mentoring, I would very much like to do this more. Shooting less wedding and teaching others wedding photography sounds perfect!

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

Offering a good standard of work in a style that appeals to most brides, then working unbelievably hard on everything you do (don't under estimate that last one)

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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?

see above

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

A photo of my boy less than 2 seconds old!

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