Our ‘Real Weddings’ section is another opportunity for couples to find inspiration and find their wedding photographer. It doesn’t matter which part of the world you live in, if you’re inspired by what you see then you should get in touch with the wedding photographer. You should never forget one thing, a wedding photographer loves to travel and all our wedding photographers are passionate about what they do.
Wedding Photographer Durham
Ian Weldon Wedding Photography
Couple: Nat & Tim
Wedding Venue: Mayfair Library
Reception: Acklam Village, Portobello Rd
Wedding Date: 5th August 2016
Tell us a little about yourself
I’m Ian, I photograph weddings, I’m not a wedding photographer, I really like Tequila.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?
I think I know enough about myself to not care what people think. I just try to be myself.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day
Well, the day was fabulous. Tim getting ready at home, and Nat getting ready in a cool apartment in Notting Hill. The weather was perfect and they met for their, intimate, ceremony at the Mayfair Library. There was champagne in the park afterwards, and a bus trip to the venue, Acklam Village near Portobello Rd. Market.
Friends arrived for the party and were greeted with a brazillian band (Nat is from Brazil), street food, and inflatable pink flamingos! After speeches, and dancing and food, and more dancing, the was a blues band, and more dancing late into the night……
Now knowing Nat & Tim, I don’t think that it could have been any more perfect.
How did you get into wedding photography?
That’s a complicated one, and difficult to find into a couple of sentences. So, here goes:
It was through a series of unusual events really. In the past I’ve been in the army, worked as a civil engineer, been a double glazing and driveway salesman, a car salesman, a long distance lorry driver and a lecturer (I still do a bit of that). None of which I found particularly interesting. In my late 20’s I thought that it be a good idea I did something I liked rather than something I just did.
As side note, I think that we, during our lives, do things just because. This is apparent in relationships as well as our job choices. We just do things, just because, and there’s not much thought behind it.
My first experience of photography was ‘just because’ too. I mean, I had always enjoyed photography and growing up had been privileged to a photography interest from my foster father. The Polaroid was magical, but that’s as far as it went. Snapshots were then a part of my life.
So, on thinking on a new career move I thought it be fun to peruse photography. Understand a little more about the process. After 3 years of white background family portrait photography, I bored with my photographs and I took some time off and re-adjust my sights. And by time off I mean, learning to play my guitar and being in a band and partying a lot. I arrived at a point where my interest in music and my interest in photography came to somewhat of a loggerhead. Each requiring the same amount of commitment I give one of them up. I had to peruse photography (I was better at that)
So off I went, offering my services again as a photographer and this time I understood that I knew nothing. I was reading books like they were going out of fashion and trying to understand what it is I wanted to do.
After taking on a few commercial and portrait jobs I gave in to wedding requests. I can’t say that I enjoyed it at first, mostly shooting in a way that I thought it had to be done and having a plan to get ‘the’ shots, but my study had given me ideas. I was making more images that were of real life, of how things really were, rather than setting things up. This is what fuelled my passion and kept me interested. It wasn’t long before I was pursuing a vision and not showing the more traditional wedding photography. I started to tell people that I wasn’t a tradition wedding photographer, and in the space of about 3-6 months the traditional style of wedding photography was completely eradicated. And the rest, as they say, is history.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?
About 6 years now.
Can you share how you’ve made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way
Oh, I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but they are all a part of the learning about yourself, and what you want to do. We learn from that and move on. I think that the key to success is persistence. Persistence in your vision and not giving into the wedding machine that is constantly chasing the next new trend.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?
Not having packages myself, I’m not sure. I think that people should get along with the photographer they choose. If something doesn’t feel right, there are plenty more to choose from. Also you should decide on how you’d like your wedding to be photographed, wether that be reportage, or traditional, or a mixture of both. There is a photographer, and style for everyone, don’t be too hasty. Also, if you find the photographer you want, don’t be concerned about how much he, or she, charges. Your photographs are more important than the cake, or the chair covers, or those couple of extra guests that you weren’t too sure about.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?
These days it’s all word of mouth.
Why do you think people hire you?
I think that people hire me because I’m non traditional, and have an honest approach to my photography. There are no airs and graces, and some people prefer that over a contrived idea of their wedding.
How many weddings do you average per year?
About 25. I don’t want to shoot too many, I’d get lost in it all and they would just blend into each other, I like to give them some space to breath.
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?
I don’t know really. I’m interested in people, so anyone a bit wacky really. Liberace, maybe.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?
I get about a bit anyway, but if someone would like to take me to Mexico City, that’d be great!
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?
I travel light. My main set up is a small rangefinder style camera and 28mm lens. Sometimes I use a flash. That’s about it, although I do have a backup camera with a 50mm lens that I use about 5% of the time.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding?
Nothing really, shooting a wedding is like a day off for me. I get to hang out with cool people and make photographs.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?
Yes. Turn up in the morning, and see what happens.
Who or what inspires you?
People that aren’t afraid to take chances and the art that they create.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?
Just to keep doing what I’m doing for as long as possible, and to always improve.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?
I suppose that here are many ideas on what success is. For me it’s about being happy in the work that you do, paying the bills, and not having a 9 – 5. In that sense, I’m successful.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you’ve stumbled across?
I’m not really a fan of wedding photography, I find it quite samey, but there are a couple of stand out photographers that are making great work –
Facundo Santana – Argentina
Alessandro Roncaglione – Italy
Nick Tucker – UK
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?
Just being able to do what I do, to have that recognised, and to have a network of worldwide friends are all cause to be proud.
Wedding Photographer Durham Ian Weldon
Acklam Village, Portobello Rd.