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Wedding Photographer Bath Joe Short shoots a wedding at The Manor House, Castle Combe, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Joe Short  
Couple : Chris & Melinda
Wedding Photographer Bath
Ceremony Location : The Manor House, Castle Combe
Reception : The Manor House, Castle Combe
Wedding Date : 31st August 2013

Tell us a little about yourself??

I'm a photographer who has been shooting for about 20 years (gulp). I started shooting with a medium format film camera and printed everything from a darkroom in a shed at my parents house. I’ve always loved the buzz of both the wedding day itself and seeing the images come alive afterwards. My approach is very relaxed and informal.

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

Fun and relaxed and having fitted in well with them and their guests on the day. Kindly many couples pass on these type of comments to me and it’s really touching that many of the guests feel inclined to praise the photographer on the day itself!

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Often I find that the first part of the day is really to get everyone feeling calmer when nerves can often be getting the better of otherwise relaxed people. Being a wedding photographer is absolutely a social skill as much as it is a technical one, so being able to be comfortable with those around you from the getting ready and right through the day is crucial.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I photographed a friend’s sisters wedding because I had a “fancy camera” when I was 16.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

Eeek. 20 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?

I have never actually concluded I am successful as you are always trying to better yourself and set yourself new targets. But like any endeavor I think passion gets you through the tougher times and drives you on to be more successful. Mistakes I have made have thank goodness never been disastrous as I prepare well for a shoot. Hopefully any errors I make keep me wanting to improve!

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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?

They should be looking at 2 things: a. Whose photographs they love the most and b. Who they connect with most personally. If it is soley driven by price it is very likely not going to be a great relationship.

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

Word of mouth has been the most important marketing tool for me. I also have very kind venues who recommend me, but even a tiny image on a makeup artist website can lead to a booking. I don’t do wedding fayres. I cannot bare that kind of environment.

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Why do you think people hire you?

Hopefully because they know they will have a fabulous set of images telling the story of their day in a fun, beautiful and timeless way, whilst enjoying the company of the person doing it on the day.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

I shoot about 25 weddings a year

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Anyone who really cares about their pictures.

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

I have started to shoot a few more abroad over the last 2 years, but I haven’t shot one in India yet and I would LOVE to!

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I always have 2 cameras with me. Generally with a long and short zoom by default. I also always have my set of prime lenses too though. In low light I love the combo of 35mm and 85mm lenses.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

It doesn’t stop. You cannot control it. The moment happens and that’s it. (it’s also part of the thrill though too!)

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

I must have, but I don’t feel consciously that I do particularly. It depends on who you are photographing.

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Who or what inspires you?

Other photographers inspire me to better myself. They also irritate me if their work is exceptional!

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Free chocolate (answer to both).

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

? I’d be a touring musician

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

This is one from the last wedding I shot. Just seemed to hit the spot as the final image from an incredible day.

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

To shoot at some of the more famous venues in the world and to have work published more than I do at present.

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

Sense of humour, honesty and visual story telling.

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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?

Not quite sure how I came across them but I really like Sacha Miller, Mark Wallis

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Shooting the calendar for the Dorchester Collection of Hotels (through doing a wedding) and I think I might be the only wedding photographer to have been on The Jonathan Ross Show!

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