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Wedding Photographer Cornwall Alan Law shoots a wedding at The Penventon Hotel, Redruth, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Alan Law  
Couple : Hayley & Mike
Wedding Photographer Cornwall
Ceremony Location : The Penventon Hotel, Redruth, Cornwall
Reception : The Penventon Hotel, Redruth, Cornwall
Wedding Date : 26th April 2013

Tell us a little about yourself??

I’m Alan, a wedding photographer based in (sometimes) sunny Cornwall, very lucky to be living with three lovely ladies (my wife, daughter and dog!).

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

Hmmm, that’s a toughie! I think people see me as a bit unusual, I guess. Happy. Tells proper ‘dad’ jokes, even when I wasn’t a father.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Hayley and Mike’s wedding was a really fun, relaxed day – full of laughter, and lots of emotion too. A real fab one to capture.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I’ve always loved people photography; capturing real moments as they happen, it’s a proper buzz. I took some photos for friends at their weddings, they liked them, my wife told me to create a website and go for it and, well, there’s no arguing with my wife! I was incredibly lucky to find clients who liked my work really quite quickly; I left the day job within a year and have never looked back.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

Three 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?

Incredibly difficult to pinpoint one thing, but I think one of the most important aspects is staying true to yourself – shooting weddings how you want to shoot them, rather than conforming to doing what everyone else is doing. I also think it’s important to not only capture emotion and special moments, but to do so creatively and artistically. Not seeing other photographers as competition, but actively reaching out and networking/making friends has also been massively helpful. Of course, my background in SEO has been very helpful in getting my name out there too!

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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?

Once you’ve found someone whose work you love, and who you click with – the two most important things, in my opinion – then, in terms of packages, you definitely want to find a package with enough coverage to capture all the elements of your day. Discs, USBs, albums, those are all personal preferences – but I do think it’s vital that you get the files.

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

My background was in SEO so that’s been a massive help, and has been virtually all I’ve done apart from a bit of PPC and an ad in Cornwall’s best wedding magazine.

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Why do you think people hire you?

Hopefully they love my images, and see them as something different that they can’t get anywhere else. I love to shoot close and wide, which gives a more intimate feel to the images, I think, and clients see that in my work. I’m also an alright kinda guy, who hopefully people quite like. Hopefully!

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How many weddings do you average per year?

Around 45 - 50.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

No specific people, just a couple who are having a relaxed, fun wedding their own way – not bowing to wedding trends, or ‘must dos’ – and who want it captured naturally.

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

Las Vegas or Greece. I absolutely love Greece – oh my, the food! And ouzo! – and Vegas is somewhere I’ve never been to and just want to experience at least once.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I shoot with two Canon 5D Mk IIIs, mainly with a 24 f/1.4 & 85 f/1.8 combo. For those ceremonies where I can’t move much the zooms come in handy, specifically the 24 – 70 f/2.8 II and the 70 – 200 f/2.8 II. I shoot natural light as much as I possibly can, and only ever use flash for some dancing, and sometimes not at all.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

They can be incredibly physically demanding, as well as mentally – it’s a day-long challenge to find and capture unique images, and it’s not easy. Incredibly rewarding though.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

My approach is totally natural, not posing in any way - I personally feel that you get so much better images that way.

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Who or what inspires you?

Capturing a unique moment, in an artistic and creative way – that ever-present challenge, and the satisfaction each one brings. That’s a major, continual inspiration.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Best: Organic SEO. Don’t really have a worst.

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

Self-employed doing something else creative; I love writing and performing music. Maybe a busker then…! ;)

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

This one of Hayley hugging her Grandad, who had given her away earlier in the day. Just the raw emotion in this, I’m always drawn to it.

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

Just to get better and better, really. Each wedding is a new challenge; a new opportunity to create and capture something great; I want to get better with each one, and keep making my clients happy!

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

There are lots of different elements needed, but I think they key things are shooting your way, and being able to get on with people. And being found by potential brides and grooms of course.

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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?

There is a massive wealth of incredibly talented wedding photographers out there, and I love looking at other people’s work. It’s inspiring. There’s too many for me to list them all here, but, if I had to pick one, it would be Fer Juaristi – just unique, beautiful, and amazingly creative.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Winning ‘Best Reportage Photographer in Cornwall & Devon at the West Country Wedding Awards 2013’ – a real surprise, and a total honor.

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