Photographer: Kate Adams
Couple: Victoria & Ross
Ceremony Location: Penyfai Church, Bridgend
Reception Location: Oxwich Bay Hotel, Gower
Wedding Date: 21st May 2016
Tell us a little about yourself?
I live in South Wales on the edge of Cardiff with my husband Paul who is also a wedding photographer! Any free time I get I love to spend on the nearby coast watching the light.
How would you like to think people describe you?
Calm but enthusiastic.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?
Victoria and Ross held their wedding ceremony in their local church. For their reception venue they chose the stunning Oxwich Bay on the Gower peninsular in South Wales. Victoria loves the outdoors and despite the pouring rain was determined to have her wedding images on the beach as planned. We spent an amazing 20 mins walking the dog on the near deserted beach, all of us soaked to the skin. You can see from the resulting photographs nothing was going to stop them enjoying their day. They even made all the guests troop outside into the rain for a group photo.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I love landscape photography and I love working with people, so combining a bride and groom with a beautiful landscape photograph was a perfect and natural progression for me.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?
Nearly 10 years now and still learning.
Can you share how you’ve made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?
I’ve always shot the kind of images that I like and tried not to copy anyone else. Being true to yourself is the only way to develop your own style and to ensure you attract the kind of clients you want to work with. I have such lovely brides and grooms and that makes a massive difference on the wedding day.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?
They should be looking for the end results and not just driven by budget. If the budget is tight, book a great photographer and get all your images on USB – you should be able to go back at get an album in the future when the bank balance recovers.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?
I only take out printed adverts in local magazines as national printed advertising hasn’t worked for me. Website, social media and word of mouth are generally best.
Why do you think people hire you?
Firstly they are drawn to my natural, romantic style and secondly giving them the confidence that I can achieve what they want without taking over their day.
How many weddings do you average per year?
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?
If he wasn’t already married, George Clooney: would it matter if there were more photos of the groom than the bride?
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?
Italy: the landscape, the coast, the architechture and did I mention the food?
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?
2xCanon 5D Mk3, “L” series lenses: 50 mm, 85mm, 100mm macro (great for details and bridal portraits) 70-200 mm 16-35mm and my favourite 24-70mm which I use 90% of the day.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding?
Technically, the constantly changing light. Whether it’s a dark church into bright sunshine, winter weddings with no natural light, receptions in full sun or rain you have to perform regardless.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?
Relaxed! Get a good nights sleep, eat a huge breakfast and don’t stress. I am excited on the morning of a wedding which gives me the adrenalin rush needed, but I never get stressed which I find helps me think more clearly and shoot better!
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?
Best – joining Facebook
Worst – offering discounts
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
An estate agent for glamorous properties. I love seeing how other people live and I could do the photographs myself.
Share your favourite image of the day and why?
So much love and happiness in this image. I love to capture fleeting moments like this…
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?
Taking a year out to travel around the world would be my dream. Being self employed makes that challenging but I’m sure I can work it out.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?
You have to be passionate about it and love working with people. The day it feels like just another job is the day I know I have to stop and find something else. I love being with people and the challenge of bringing the best out of them. Making everyone around you feel comfortable and at ease is definatley key.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you’ve stumbled across?
Craig and Eva Saunders – we would have had them for our wedding abroad but we didn’t realize you had to have the hotels recommended photographer. Oops.
Brett Florens – off the scale talented and such a lovely person
Jules Bower, Italian wedding photographer. There is a quality about his work I love and the landscapes in his photography are awesome.
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?
When my latest wedding album sample arrived a few weeks ago my husband said it was the best album he had ever seen in terms of images and layout. Oh I was so happy, he is so particular and not easily impressed!
For more information on Kate Adams Photography please visit her website www.kateadamsphotography.com.