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Wedding Photographer Dorset Linus Moran shoots a wedding at Riviera Hotel, Weymouth, Dorset, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Linus Moran  
Couple : Adam & Stephanie Tipler
Wedding Photographer Dorset
Ceremony Location : Riviera Hotel, Weymouth, Dorset
Reception : Riviera Hotel, Weymouth, Dorset
Wedding Date : n/a

Tell us a little about yourself??

I’ve been a photographer for over 20 years now, with the bulk on my experience coming from within a career in journalism. The last 4 years has been the greatest learning curve so far, with having to embrace new skills. I mostly work for clients in the south of England, but travel all over.

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

Relaxed & easy going, quick on my feet and with an keen eye, capturing genuine ‘moments’ through my predominant documentary approach.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Weymouth, Dorset at a lovely Art Deco hotel. The couple were known to me and booked me after I covered friends of theirs wedding the year before. Adam and Stephanie are both creative types being musicians and the two of them had put a lot of time and effort into all their details for the day. They describe their wedding as “ a handmade Rock n’Roll wedding” with the bride making the bridesmaid dresses, all the table and bouquet flowers. Even down to the party poppers, with them being unpacked and remade with individually cut musical notes!

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How did you get into wedding photography?

Ex Fleet St Photographer having served about 15 years with the leading titles, before running away to protect my sanity. Settled in Bulgaria for 3 years and set up my own News and picture agency working the Balkan region, pitching various news and features back to the UK media. When the recession kicked in, I decided to call it a day within the media as the commitment required (Intense knowledge of the market) outweighed any potential rewards. I returned to the UK in late 2009, considered possible new ventures, but decided on Wedding Photography as it struck me as a rewarding area within which to work. I’m not talking financially here, more that the work being produced by my contemporaries looked liberating and inspiring. The digital era had enabled wedding photographers to have more control on the delivery of work to clients. I suppose too many years supplying picture desks had led me down a blinkered path, unaware of the varied end products available.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

It will be my forth season concentrating on 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?

Its probably down to personal attributes such as having a long term vision of where I am going, along with high standards. I don’t want second best and I don’t want to attract clients who accept anything less. Sometimes my work ethic has verged on an obsession. Mistakes – yes and plenty of them! All through trial and error and mostly through SEO and social media. Its almost a daily occurrence that I along with many others getting sales marketing calls. They all offer the world, but so far none have delivered. A mistrust of their services has led to my current opinion, that Online marketing is a skill only to be conducted by the photographer in question. Who else will represent your brand in its best light? Yes, it takes time and acquired knowledge, but we are all capable of doing this. The reality of being a modern photographer does entail a major part of being desk bound with only a fraction of time being spent pressing the shutter. My advice is go educate yourself (for a modest fee if necessary) and do it yourself. Online marketing can result in spending money faster than you can earn it if you are not careful!

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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?

This seems like a ‘wish’ list kind of question as even my current packages are a blend of what they think they need and what I think they should have. I wish some didn’t shop according to budget and that they didn’t all look to have images on disc / USB. How many of them will back up these images to prevent their disc/ USB becoming an outdated piece of computer memory storage. Couples should look at getting the best time coverage from the photographer in order for them to capture as many aspects from their day. They should then look at the end product they want, whether it be an album or some great wall art displays and budget for both! Some Photographers have sold their services for the day cheaply (IMO) to secure the booking, but their ‘real’ charges come in post production, so the album price is highly inflated. I want my couples to display their wedding well so I try to make the end product prices reasonable – after all it will be my calling card for other referrals. So forget the digital negatives and think end product – there are some beautiful products only available to professional suppliers that make a world of difference to your wedding day photography. A canvas looks great with an oil painting on it, but photography….. can look so much better ELSEWHERE.

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

I advertise in several wedding industry magazines, along with handling my own SEO and social media. I have done wedding shows and still do a few, but really think that Google is king and am now switching all my efforts in this direction.

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Why do you think people hire you?

I would like to think it was firstly due to my style, then my services.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

Around 30

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Anyone with a joy of life and values the importance of photography. Was thinking of a possible celebrity / name but none spring to mind as I’ve served my time in that field ;-) Might be swayed with a good musicians wedding as the reception would be a great bash to capture.

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

Anywhere rich in colour and tradition. As far removed from the conventional western style wedding as possible as I thrive on new experiences. Around 5 years ago I photographed a Pomak wedding in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. A unique group of people with colourful traditions from their Muslim / Turkish heritage.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

2 EOS 5D MkII’s, Canon 16-35mm, 24-70mm & 70-200mm 2.8’s. 50mm & 85mm 1.8’s. Flash guns and video lights

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Walking away with a set of great images, yet still knowing you could have done better! Its that old familiar thing of the last job being your best – always pushing forward for myself as well as my clients!

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Get there early, tune in and go with the flow.

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Who or what inspires you?

Media flows from my contemporaries. It keeps me striving, pushing onwards & upwards honing my skills. So it’s a big thank you to so many people who share their work on Wedding Photography Select!

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Best idea – was doing it myself. Worst, was trying too many other companies / individuals before coming to that conclusion.

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

Probably a SEO / Social Media consultant. I’m not the best, but I certainly know more than a lot of people out there selling services on a daily basis.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

Father of the bride dancing with his daughter. A simple black & white image that captures the ‘moment’ so well. Just enough detail in the Brides eyes to fix the viewer and to convey emotional context.

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

Yes, sure – to be working with more select couples at unusual locations throughout the UK and abroad. To expand from an office based environment towards a studio set up with my wife taking a major role within the business in the coming year. This should allow a greater variety of projects to be taken up as collective time management can be directed towards improved client experience and end products.

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

Embracing technology and new marketing trends with learning being at the forefront.

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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?

Kevin Mullins, Ed Peers, Neale James to name a few…

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Photographic - Presenting a wedding to a client and reducing her to tears for all the right reasons, making the job, the work and the effort all so worth while! Personal – becoming a Dad..

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