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Wedding Photographer Herefordshire Silver Birch Photography shoots a wedding at Fairfield Farm, Kingsland, Herefordshire, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Silver Birch Photography  
Couple : Lottie + Graeme
Wedding Photographer Herefordshire
Ceremony Location : St Michaels Church, Kingsland
Reception : Fairfield Farm, Kingsland, Herefordshire
Wedding Date : 16th May 2015

Tell us a little about yourself??

I'm a former architectural photographer who has been primarily photographing weddings for the last 10 years.

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

Someone who has a creative mind and has a unique perspective when approaching a task.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Lottie's bridal preparations and reception took place at her Dad's farm in Kingsland, Herefordshire. The wedding ceremony was held just a short walk away at St Michael's church. After the ceremony a Scottish piper led the wedding party back to the reception in the grounds of Fairfield Farm. The weather was glorious – probably the warmest day of Spring.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I was originally an architectural and product photographer who covered the occasional wedding for friends and family. After positive feedback I decided to actively promote my wedding work which resulted in the beginning of Silver Birch Photography in 2005.

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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?

The success of Silver Birch Photography has been achieved mainly through hard work and re invention. My main mistakes early on were made on the marketing front. I realised that the return on investment in printed media advertising was minimal.

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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 they should choose a style of wedding photography that they like first and then choose a photographer that fits that style. Also, keep things simple – more isn't always better. Keep in mind that 400-500 great images are always better than 3000 mediocre ones.

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

I do very little advertising. I advertise in a regional wedding magazine who often feature my work as editorial content. Other than that all my work comes through my website and referrals.

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Why do you think people hire you?

My photography style.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

I try to limit the amount of weddings I cover annually to 30.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Alex Ebert's (front man of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero's)

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

I've already covered a few destination weddings in Europe but would love to shoot a wedding in China.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I like to travel light. I only use one camera body with a prime lens attached at any given time during a wedding day. I pack 2 x Canon 6D bodies and 2 x 35mm f/1.4 lenses in my bag together with 3 x speedlights and a few light stands. I also take a selection of film cameras and also a Samyang 24mm tilt shift lens but I don't tend to carry these around with me all day.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

The timing and itinerary of the day. I would recommend any couple who hold their wedding ceremony in a different location to the reception venue to allow for delays during this time of day. The chef at the venue is unlikely to put the wedding breakfast back by an hour so this inevitably results in the photography coverage being cut.

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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?

I get inspired by colour and light, especially in interior design.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

My best marketing idea was to get my business cards printed by Moo – they're amazing. My worst was to put too much capital into magazine advertising in the early years of Silver Birch Photography.

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

Probably a graphic designer or musician.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

I love the image of Lottie deep in thought prior to leaving for her wedding ceremony.

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

My ambition has always been to retire aged 60 and to move to Spain or Portugal. I have six years left before that point and hope Silver Birch Photography is as successful in those coming years as it is today.

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

You have to keep reinventing yourself and moving with the times – if you're stood still for too long your business will suffer.

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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'm inspired by many photographers although not particularly wedding photographer in general. I love the work of William Eggleston and Stephen Shore.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

The birth of my children.

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