Wedding Photographer Castres Jonathan Udot shoots a wedding at Le Vintrou (near Castres, France), France

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Wedding Photographer : Jonathan Udot  
Couple : Alizee + Romain
Wedding Photographer Castres
Ceremony Location : Le Vintrou (near Castres, France)
Reception : Le Vintrou (near Castres, France)
Wedding Date : July 19th 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

Hello! I’m Jonathan. I am 33 and I live in France with my wife and my son. I love life and all small things which compose it. I like joyful people, jokes, and happiness.

I always loved photography and pictures but it’s only in 2012 that I decided to create my photography company, besides my first job (nurse in ICU). Today I can’t imagine to leaving one of the two jobs. It’s difficult to manage the both but as long as I am able to do it, I will do.

As a result, I restrict my work to 10 wedding days a year for the moment and I really enjoy it each time. Each new pretty day means that I’m going to meet with great couples. I have the chance to collect incredible couples and I hope it will go on.

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

I think people describe me as a crazy boy… lol! People who don’r really know me can think it. People who know me are sure of it!!! ;) More seriously, I believe that “kindness”, “discretion” and “perfectionism” are the most common words in the mail from my family.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Alizée and Romain always dreamed of getting married near their childhood home. Last July they did it. Their grand parents were foresters and in their honor, they spent their wedding day in the grandparents forestry estate!

They managed to organize an amazing wedding day like they had dreamed!

They say themselves, YES, in the middle of the forest, with their friends, their family and all people who matter in their heart. The place was magical. The grey sky of the day lit up to let the stupendous colors flow. Everybody was here, sitting in the middle of the woods. Emotion was there too.. The ceremony was great. As marvellous as the bride and the groom!

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I always loved it but in 2010, I had to stop my sports activites because I was injured and since I did 4 hours of sports a day until that time, I had some time to learn and improve my photos. One thing led another, I started being asked for sessions and I decided to launch my business.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

Since 2012.

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Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

I practiced. I practiced. I practiced. And I practiced again. I everything to improving the quality of my pictures.

Bit by bit, my sessions appeal to more and more people. So word of mouth worked a lot. The number of sessions and weddings also multiply and I had to restrict my activity to have a personal private life.

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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 advise brides and grooms to look for the photographer whose the style enjoy them.

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

I never advertised myself. I just have a lot of nice people sharing my work on different wedding blogs.

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Why do you think people hire you?

I think they like my style and my approach, my way of working and especially my way in life.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

I restricted my activity to Less than 10 for the moment.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

An indian wedding day with lots of colors.

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

UK, Ireland, Scotland are countries where I would like to cover a wedding day. And further… South of America!!!

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I work with 2 Nikon pro DSLR (and one Film Camera sometimes) and 4 fixed focus lenses. No artificial light (except to one flash for party)

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

To integrate a family to have more closeness with bride and groom and their loved ones.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

I let the guests takiephotos and I make it my goal to not disturb them (as much as possible obviously). So they are surprised and they let me work after.

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Who or what inspires you?

Photojournalism. A few wedding photographers. Landscapes+++. Couples

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Worst : to share a wedding day you didn't like (it never happened to me)

Best : to take time with people who contact me even if I'm not available and give a list of my favorite photographers. By this way, they keep a good image of Jonathan Udot Pictures

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

I think I would be just be a nurse… :)

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

Ali & Rom were alone in the woods and the sunlight came just for a few second and lit the wood up. It was amazing and the picture show how the awesome lights and colors.

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

To do 3/4 destination weddings per year to change landscape and cultures and the most important : to enjoy each wedding day I shoot.

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

To be yourself. Just to be yourself.

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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?

Yes of course. Fer Juaristi, Samuel Docker, Jonas Peterson, Nordica Photography, Jean-Laurent Gaudy, Thierry Joubert from Pretty Days and with film Greg Finck…

The list is too long.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

In 2012, October 20th : birth of my son Louis.

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