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Wedding Photographer: Liam Smith Wedding Photography
Couple: Dale + Riccardo
Ceremony Location : Crockwell Farm
Reception: Crockwell Farm
Wedding Date: 4th October 2014
Tell us a little about yourself…
Lover of blazers, red wine and cake. Eating is one of my greatest talents, all my travels are based around culinary delights.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?
Calming, happy, looks a bit like Keanu Reeves.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day…
When you have two people who are just so happy, you cant help but become swept up in the emotion. The bridesmaids were in tears, the parents were in tears, even Riccardo had a little cry 🙂 (and yes the cake was in tiers too). The sun somehow came out in the afternoon and with the voice of Richie Benaud in my head ‘the morning sun has burnt off the cloud and its a lovely day for test cricket’. The venue lit up with colour, even for a day so late in the year (top marks groundsmen) and with some clever lighting it looks like a summer’s day. Splendid. Some of my favourite shots of the year are in this wedding, Riccardo laughing at me in particular is a gem. I had an absolute blast.
How did you get into wedding photography?
Growing up I always had ambitions of being an artist, however at college I quickly became disillusioned with painting. My dad had always taken an Olympus SLR with him on our family trips and his composition was always incredible, (don’t tell him I said that), so photography seemed like a logical step. I studied at Nottingham Trent University and after graduating shot my first wedding, and like most people once you’ve shot one, you don’t want to shoot anything else.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?
Can you share how you’ve made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?
Plenty of mistakes, in a digital age print advertising has been the biggest waste. Stay focused on service, going above and beyond expectations keeps people talking about you.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?
Find a portfolio you like and then meet the photographer. I think its such a personal thing that you have to like the person you hire, they’re with you all day and will stand a few feet away at the moment you’re married. If you’re not comfortable in their presence you wont relax and this translates into the images.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?
Word of mouth is the real winner, but can only be achieved over a period of time, there’s no silver bullet.
Why do you think people hire you?
I like to think I put people at ease, social interaction is a massive part of photography and even if you’re not interacting with people they have to be comfortable in your presence, in achieving this clients trust you and your ideas.
How many weddings do you average per year?
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?
I’m not too fussed about status, each wedding is about the people and their connection with each other.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?
Iceland or the south of France
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?
I use a variety of cameras, 5D, EOS 3 etc. the 6D is probably my favourite, full frame and light weight. Lenses are typically Sigma A 50mm, Canon 28mm, hacked 50mm, hacked 28mm, 85mm, 70-200mm.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding?
Staying patient, you can’t chase a moment, you have to position yourself where the light is good and then wait.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?
Don’t enter the day with a preconceived idea of how its going to go.
Who or what inspires you?
It changes all the time, mostly art and photography blogs like www.thisiscolossal.com
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?
Worst is definitely print advertising, best is multiple avenues.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
A starving artist.
Share your favourite image of the day and why
It’s pure, genuine emotion, everything I look to capture in a day.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?
One day marry my incredibly supportive partner.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?
In any career passion and commitment is key, if you don’t love it you wont put in the hours.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you’ve stumbled across?
Jose Villa changed the game forever and will always be an inspiration. Ross Harvey is a beast, and the Nordica guys ooze style.
Proudest moment so far, photography related or otherwise?
Having my work published.