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Wedding Photographer Scotland Maureen Du Preez shoots a wedding at Wasing Park, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Maureen Du Preez  
Couple : Kate & Giles
Wedding Photographer Scotland
Ceremony Location : Wasing Park, Berkshire
Reception : Wasing Park, Berkshire
Wedding Date : 20th September 2013

Tell us a little about yourself??

I live in the western outskirts of Glasgow with my husband/best friend, Chris. We enjoy escaping to the nearby woodlands & lochs to explore, camp & forage wild foods. I am passionate about my job, I love being able to tell people’s stories in an artistic way.

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

Just as me, we are all unique in our own crazy little way - I don’t pretend to be anyone else :-)

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

I met Kate & Giles the year before at their friend’s wedding I was photographing, I was so delighted when they got in touch with their wedding plans. They are a really down-to-earth couple & had a very relaxed yet elegant day. They didn’t get caught up in any wedding drama. They just wanted everyone to have a nice day which I think is just perfect.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I fell in love with wedding photography while I was planning my own wedding. I was amazed by the quality of work I discovered online, it was like nothing I had ever seen before – honest, creative & natural. I realised wedding photography could be a form of art & since then that’s all I’ve wanted to do.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

About 18 months but the last 12 months is when I feel I have really stepped up my game. I’m really pleased with how everything has progressed so far, I can feel how I’ve grown with each & every wedding.

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

Everyone’s definitions of success is different, to me it’s ensuring my clients are happy. As long as you’re meeting their expectations & delivering good work you’re proud of, that’s success. Since the beginning this is something I have strived for.

I wouldn’t say I’ve made mistakes, I’m quite happy with the way my business has unfolded – it’s been very organic. I believe everything happens for a reason so wouldn’t want to change anything.


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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 couples should really consider what they really want from their photographer. I personally believe style is hugely important, every photographer has their own unique vision. Couples should spent a lot of time looking through a photographer’s body of work, both wedding & personal. Go with your gut & don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be tempted to just go with the cheapest photographer or the one offering the most extra’s. Remember your collection of photographs will last a lifetime, you don’t want to have any regrets.

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

Word of mouth has always worked well for me. A lot of my clients have also been guests at other weddings I’ve shot at. I think it’s good for them to have seen me in action & got a feel for how I work.

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Why do you think people hire you?

I like to think my couples hire me because they feel they share some kind of connection with me & my work. They should feel passionate about my images, my ethos & can easily visualize us working together.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

2013 was my first full year doing weddings & I reached my goal of 15. I loved every single one of them.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Anyone who likes my work, that’s a good indication we’d work well together.

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

It’s always been my dream to combine my two passions, photography & travel. I would love to photograph a wedding in New Zealand or Iceland as the landscape & light looks beautiful.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I like to keep my equipment very minimal & light. I bring 2 Canon DSLR’s, 3 prime lenses, 2 speedlites, spare batteries, memory cards & a lens pen. This year I also hope to start taking along my Polaroid Spirit & Holga along for the ride.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

I don’t approach a wedding as challenging, although I do like to challenge my work, but they can be physically & mentally exhausting. Some weddings last over 12 hours & it’s a long day to be constantly aware & ready to capture unique images. It’s extremely rewarding work though.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

I like to approach every wedding with an open mind, almost as if I am photographing a wedding for the first time. I think it’s important to be present & just let the day unfold naturally.

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Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by the world around me - nature, the people I meet, world cinema, fine art & documentary photography.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Best would be connecting with other creatives who share a similar ethos, I wouldn’t say I have a worst.

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

Self-employed in some other creative field. I have always desired to be free from the typical 9-5 job & have an artistic outlet.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

I always keep coming back to this image... there’s something about it I just find so beautiful. This is Kate leaving her bridal suite to head to the ceremony; A moment of apparent stillness amongst the wedding day chaos.

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

To continue improving my craft, constantly evolve & keep the passion of what I do alive.

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

Remaining true to yourself & your clients. Don’t be afraid to be do things your own way, it’s a part of what makes you stand out from the crowd. Your style & vision should come naturally to you, don’t force it.

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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 am inspired by many wedding photographers, it’s the beauty & honesty of their work which first prompted me to make it my career. For me the greats include; Jonas Peterson, We are the Parsons, Sean Flanigan, Feather Love, Fer Juaristi, Carl Zoch, Dylan & Sara, Oli Sansom… & many more.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Taking the original plunge & going full-time with my photography. It’s all I’ve done for almost 2 years now. I’m so thrilled I’ve been able to turn this into my career.

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