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Wedding Photographer South Wales Silver Birch Photography shoots a wedding at The King Arthur Hotel, Wales

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Wedding Photographer : Silver Birch Photography  
Couple : Sarah + Christopher
Wedding Photographer South Wales
Ceremony Location : Margam Abbey
Reception : The King Arthur Hotel
Wedding Date : 9th May 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

I'm a former professional product and architectural photographer who now makes a living from wedding photography.

I cover weddings throughout the UK and also offer a limited number of destination weddings during the year.


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

Professional, approachable, calm

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Sarah and Chris wanted natural editorial style coverage – a style that I am very comfortable with. Although I understand that a few formal group photos are usually required I tend to try and keep these to a minimum.

We were very lucky regarding the weather – with the exception of a few showers later in the day, and a coastal breeze, we couldn't have wished for a better day.


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How did you get into wedding photography?

My late uncle was a photographer and played a huge part in my love for photography – I remember developing photographs in his dark room as a child. I then became a product and architectural photographer and was asked by friends to photograph their weddings.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

10 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?

Hard work and by keeping my work current. I see many photographers who's photography style hasn't changed in years, as with any occupation you have to move with the times or you'll inevitably fail.

I think mistakes are part of growing – I've made marketing mistakes in the past and also taken on too many weddings. I try to limit the amount of weddings I now cover to a maximum of 30 per year.


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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 a couple should always look for the style of photography they require first and foremost, and then narrow their choices down from there. I also think that physical printed products are important, as are digital files for social media use.

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

I only advertise in a regional bi-monthly wedding magazine. The vast majority of queries come directly from my website/blog or through client referrals.

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Why do you think people hire you?

For my style - If a couple wanted stylized, classic, traditional coverage then I doubt they would contact me in the first place.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

30

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Audrey Hepburn's

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

India

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

Canon 6D, Canon 35 f/1.4 Lens, 3x Canon 580EX strobes plus triggers (for first dance) Holga 120N plus back up equipment

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

The weather … I don't mind rain, but Brides usually have a dislike for it !

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Not really – I tend to go with the flow

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Who or what inspires you?

Forrest Gump :)

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Web marketing is by far the best – Yellow pages by far the worst

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

Industrial Designer

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

I love the image of Sarah and her Dad who was overcome with emotion on seeing her in her wedding gown for the first time.

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

To play in central midfield for Manchester United ;)

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

Hard work

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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?

He's not really known as a wedding photographer but I love the work of William Eggleston

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

The birth of my children.

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