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Wedding Photographer Cornwall Tim Hind shoots a wedding at Carbis Bay, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Tim Hind  
Couple : Jill & Hugh
Wedding Photographer Cornwall
Ceremony Location : Carbis Bay Hotel, Cornwall
Reception : Carbis Bay, Cornwall
Wedding Date : June 2013

Tell us a little about yourself??

I’m a Cornwall based wedding photographer. I’ve been a keen photographer for 30 years, but only started shooting professionally about 5 years ago. I work with my wife on the day and keep things pretty casual and relaxed

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

Calm, Patient and have a relaxed attitude that puts people at ease in front of the camera

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Jill and Hugh came over from Minnesota to get married in Cornwall. They fell in love with Cornwall on a previous trip so brought a few friends over and got married at the beautiful Carbis Bay Hotel, near St Ives. The weather had been awful up until the week before but then it was blue sky all the way - stunning weather. Because everyone at the wedding was basically on holiday, they were all up for the wedding and had a great day/party. They wanted to do most of the couple/group photo’s before the ceremony so they could then relax and party so they are in a slightly different sequence to the usual British weddings, but it worked well.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

Still trying to work that out!! I was asked to photograph a friends wedding a few years ago and for some reason I said yes. The photo’s were okay (they loved them) and I think I enjoyed the day. I was asked to do another wedding a year later and that was it, I was hooked!

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

Photographed my first wedding 6 years ago, but I don't think you can call yourself a wedding photographer until you have photographed 15 - 20 weddings, so I suppose its about 4 years.

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

It was quite slow initially because I was always very honest with potential clients about how many weddings I had photographed, I think you have to be straight with people even if it means losing a bit of business. Once I had photographed 15 - 20 weddings I had the confidence to push myself via Google, initially then wedding mags, etc. I find there isn't one magic solution, you have to get yourself out there via all media and make yourself visible. My biggest mistake initially was trying to copy other photographers. I think we all look around to see what others are doing, but it was only when I had the confidence to be myself and just take images that I like that things started to progress

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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 think they should start by finding a photographer who’s style they connect with, then meeting up with them and find out if they like them. We’re with the couple most of the day so we always tell couples before booking that they need to make sure they feel comfortable with the photographer, even if means they go elsewhere - fortunately we book a high percentage after meeting them! Liking and having a connection with the photographer is pretty essential in getting relaxed and natural images

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

I promote my website via SEO and Adwords, advertise in wedding mags, online directories and at wedding fairs. I don’t think there is one magic solution, but more of a build up of credibility and overall visibility

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Why do you think people hire you?

They like the look and feel of my images in the first instance and then connect with us after meeting us. We don’t try and be something that we aren’t, just be open, honest and keep it fun

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How many weddings do you average per year?

20

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Anyone that’s in love and up for having a great day!

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

Any beautiful Italian town or city. Just love the architecture, I’d probably photograph it for free, provided the accommodation and travel was paid for!

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

Nikon D3s, D700, range of f2.8 zoom lenses from 16mm to 200mm. Plus 50mm and a beat up old macro from Ebay. Speedlights (just in case), spare batteries, etc

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Looking and remaining calm during the mad hour between ceremony and meal, and managing to get the shots especially if the weathers not playing ball.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

I just keep it as natural as I can. My clients always want some group shots and a few posed ones of themselves, but I always keep these very relaxed.

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Who or what inspires you?

Anyone who’s brilliant at what they do

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Can’t contribute to this one, I’m just lousy at it.

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

I’m a Production Engineer by training so I’d be in some boring planning or project management job, hating it, but probably earning far more!

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

This is hard. I love capturing natural moments so this is probably my fave

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

Just to keep on improving. I’m never completely happy with where I want to be on a creative level so I reflect on what I do and try to keep improving

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

I think you have to make sure you are honest to yourself and keep striving to improve so that you keep it fresh. You can’t worry too much about other photographers, there will always be loads of them about, so enjoy what you do.

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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?

Jeff Ascough is the one who’s photography I’d love to be able to match, I just love the storytelling and feel of his images. There’s also a photographer in Romania, Robert Trica, although I don’t know much about him because his site is in Romanian. He may be world famous for all I know! The images are superb, with great use of framing, makes it look really easy……

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

It’s always when clients write back and say they love the photo’s.

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