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Wedding Photographer Suffolk Andy Chambers Photography shoots a wedding at The Granary Barns, Suffolk, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Andy Chambers Photography  
Couple : Gareth + Caroline
Wedding Photographer Suffolk
Ceremony Location : The Granary Barns, Suffolk
Reception : The Granary Barns, Suffolk
Wedding Date : 25th April 2015

Tell us a little about yourself??

I'm very proud to say I'm totally self taught, I've never been on any training courses, or have any qualifications for photography, something I've always been very open with. I'm also someone who always wants to push myself forward, never getting stuck into a set routine, to the point I'll go out of my way to try something a little different at each wedding

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

Hopefully hard working, and passionate with what I do. But also someone who is fun to be around. I have been told by many Bride & Groom's that they can't remember seeing me during the day, yet I've been able to capture their day perfectly, so a ninja too

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Gareth & Caroline's is the largest wedding I've personally covered to date, 180 guests who were in a mood to party. Caroline is part Italian, so there was a strong presence there, and they love to go hard.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I started like most, by being asked by a friend to cover their big day. If I'm honest with myself I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I thought at the time 'how hard can it be ?'.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

I've been covering wedding for a little over 5years now, with this being my 4th full year. I can honestly say I love it.

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

Probably my wife has been the biggest help, she's really kicked me when I've been down, pushed me forwards, and had the faith to believe in me. Without her, I'd most likely still be in a dead end job. Mistakes sure, but you learn from them, so they are useful.

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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?

Bride & Groom's should be able to see themselves in the images. And remember what's in style today might not be in 10 years time. Ultimately look for someone you get on with as a person and like their style, after all, it'll be those images that you'll use to remember your day.

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

I honestly don't do that much advertising. I do on average 6 wedding fayres per year, everything else is either through my website, Facebook or being recommended by past clients.

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Why do you think people hire you?

Hopefully for my images. Secondly because they like me, and my drive to deliver the very best I possibly can.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

I've slowly been upping my numbers, now I'm now covering 40-45 per year. I wouldn't want to cover many more through fear of burning out.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Hmm. I'm not really a celebrity person, so I guess that would be one of my best friends, John.

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

Anywhere. Hot, cold, remote, it's all good. I love the challenge of something new and different.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

My wife would say way too much. But I shoot with two full frame Canon bodies, and a host of lenses, plus lighting gear. I find myself always wanting to buy more.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Everything about a wedding is a challenge, there's just too many factors to think about. You must know your gear inside-out and be ready to change settings within a heartbeat to at least 1 stop of where you want to be.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Every single wedding I cover I approach in the same way, and that's to provide the very best I can. Each couple I work with are special, and deserve to have lasting images.

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Who or what inspires you?

I simply want to be the very best I can be, and once I'm there, I want to be better.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

I've tried a host of different marketing methods, most simply don't work. 90% of my weddings come from past couples recommending me to friends, the rest is from my website & Facebook,

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

Honestly, I've no idea. If I didn't have any other commitments, I'd love to travel more, so something that involves that.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

I love this image simply because it shows genuine emotion, something that can't be posed. It's a real moment in time that the couple will be able to look back on and see just how magical their day was.

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

Goals, absolutely. I have a couple, the first being every year to improve myself, my images. And secondly I really want to cover destination weddings, I'm a sucker for traveling.

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

The biggest thing for me has never been about the gear, but always wanting to push myself forward, listen to what others have to say both good, and bad. Lastly never be scared to try something new, if it doesn't work first time, simply try again.

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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?

Where do I start. I guess the photographers that really inspire me are people like Ross Harvey, Adam Johnson ARJ, Chris Chambers, and of course Jerry Ghionis.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

I recently covered a wedding in Cyprus. I LOVED IT. While it wasn't the largest wedding, or anything over the top, it was an amazing honor to be trusted to cover a destination wedding, something I dearly would like to do again.

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