Today’s wedding photography spotlight feature is Kent based wedding photographer Helen Mckevitt-Batt of Helen Batt Photography.
As documentary style wedding photographer, my main objective is to capture what happens in an interesting and creative way. A good wedding photograph tells a part of a story that should bring back feelings of that time.
How did you get into wedding photography (what other jobs did you do beforehand)?
I started my career as a Physical Education Secondary School teacher. I never felt it was my vocation and began photography as a hobby after becoming friends with a local Press photographer who taught me the basics.
Do you have a recent favorite photo that you have taken? Tell us how you took it and why you like it?
I love the one I took of the bride who looks like she is about to catch a bubble in her mouth. It was taken as she was walking back down the aisle and I happened to press the shutter just at the right time!
What really gets you emotional when you’re shooting a wedding?
Other people getting emotional tends to make me well up!
How do you put a couple at ease before and during their big day?
If I meet with them beforehand for a pre wedding shoot I reassure them that having their photos taken won’t be as big a deal as they perhaps imagine.
What is it about being a wedding photographer you love?
Meeting different people and going to various venues and the creativity that photography allows.
What is it about being a wedding photographer that you don’t love so much?
Having to spend a good deal of time in front of a computer.
What is your favourite part of the day?
Just after the ceremony when everyone is excited about congratulating the couple and they are in a little bubble of happiness.
What tips would you give a couple on choosing a wedding photographer?
Look at a variety of work and obviously choose the ones you like and then meet with them. You’ll know then if you want them at your wedding day with you.
Why do you think couples choose you?
Firstly they like my style of photography and then I guess they meet me and feel comfortable with me.
What are you looking forward to and why?
My next photography based workshop. I try to go on one every couple of years. Generally not wedding related but one that improves my photography skills and eye for a great image.
How do you relax when you’re not shooting weddings?
Walking my little dog, Coco.
How many weddings have you shot?
Probably about 300.