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Wedding Photographer Dorset Anna Taylor Photography shoots a wedding at Hampstead Heath, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Anna Taylor Photography  
Couple : Eva & Mark
Wedding Photographer Dorset
Ceremony Location : Hampstead Heath
Reception : Hampstead Heath
Wedding Date : n/a

Tell us a little about yourself??

If I could have a camera attached at the hip I would – I don’t want to miss anything. I’ve always had a camera in my hand and especially love taking candid photos of people – and proving to them that they CAN look good in a photo!

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

Kind, gentle, fun, talented

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

This was actually a styled shoot/second wedding photo session. Eva and Mark were married in Australia in the previous November. Eva had had to have a wedding dress made (designed from the one she wore in these pictures) so she wanted a chance to wear the original dress and have some photos taken in the UK where Eva & Mark met. She brought all the props along – the cake, flowers, table, balloon and we had a lovely afternoon snapping away with no time pressure.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I was married 15 years ago and the photos I take today are how I would have loved mine to be. It’s such an honor to be at someone’s wedding – catching all those moments they the bride and groom might miss.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

Coming into my 3rd year.

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

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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?

Obviously there’s always a budget – but your wedding photos are one of the few things that will last forever – and that you will get something out of on a daily basis – if you so wish. Look at a photographers’ websites and if you feel like you were at someone elses wedding just through the photos and you like their style that’s a good start. Try not to look at photographers based on their budget. The next thing is to have a look at their blog – I believe you should be able to get an idea of what photographer is like through their blog.

I have everything in my blog – you’ll get a pretty good idea of what I’m like as a person from it. And this is just as important as the photos. Your wedding photographer will probably be with you for the whole day on one of your most important days of your life – so you want be comfortable around them and trust them. Getting back to the budget – if they don’t quite fall into your budget – but REALLY love their work and who they are – then I’m sure you’ll come to realise that maybe you don’t need all those flowers, or all those candles.

Move your budget around – because if you find a photographer you love and you love their work – then having them should become a priority in your budget – your photos will last forever.

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

I advertise on various Wedding blogs and spend a lot of time on Facebook and twitter!

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Why do you think people hire you?

They like my style and me as a person.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

I keep the number of wedding down – I have a young family and at the moment they still actually WANT to hang out with me! When they’re older and doing more of their own thing, I’ll increase the number I do.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

I love all weddings – and anyone more excited about getting married than if they’ve got the most expensive dress is my kind of couple.

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

Oooh – I’d go any where – I love to travel and my passport is always ready to go. But if I was really pushed, I’d love to shoot in some really remote destination – a desert, at the top of a mountain or in a rainforest. Don’t mind bit of a trek!

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I'm a Canon girl with a couple of 5D Mark III's and a variety of canon prime and zoom lenses.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

For me it’s when to leave – I don’t want to miss ANYTHING – it’s all part of the story.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Not really – I go prepared ( always check my kit in advance, try and learn as many names of the bridal party and parents as possible) and then I go with the flow. Even for the portraits I only do a small amount of direction!

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Who or what inspires you?

I’m a sucker for light! It can change everything in an image.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

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

Nope – always a photographer.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

This one I love – we were waiting for Mark to come back from getting something from the car and Eva spotted him coming across the park!

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

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

Stay calm and don’t be afraid to try and learn something new.

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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?

I’m a big fan of Anna Jones, Jonas Peterson, Bobby Earle, Albert Palmer and Emma Case.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

So so many moments – Photography wise I’m just happy if my photos make someone else happy.

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