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Wedding Photographer : Wedding Photography to Love (Rebecca Tovey)  
Couple : Jemma + Jason
Wedding Photographer Yorkshire
Ceremony Location : Clumber Park Hotel
Reception : Clumber Park Hotel
Wedding Date : 12th October 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

I wear big glasses and I eat a lot of cake! For some reason I really like taking surveys. I live with my boyfriend in Reading but I'm a Yorkshire girl at heart, and I spend most of my free time right now house hunting so we can move back home. I also have a traveling reindeer and now I may have said too much!

Oh, and I’m a wedding photographer :-)

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

Friends tell me they can recognise my laugh from streets away. My clients often say it was like having a friend shoot their wedding, which I’m pretty happy with! One particular client said: 'OHMYGODYOUAREAPHOTOGRAPHYGODDESS!!!!!!' so I’ll take that thank you! ;-)

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

This is the wonderful wedding of Jemma and Jason, two designers living in Sheffield. The venue is Clumber Park Hotel, a lovely place just outside a national trust park. The theme for the day was autumnal, with splashes of turquoise. Jemma and Jason incorporated a lot of their own design skills into their wedding too.

Jemma and Jason’s choice for first dance really summed up the whole day 'You’re my best friend' by Queen. You can tell from the photos all the love they have for each other is pretty overwhelming. It was a day of lots of fun and laughter.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

To be honest, when I first got into photography I poo pooed wedding photography altogether, thinking it was stiff and boring. How wrong was I? Later I started seeing all these wonderful creative photographers, and their incredible art from wedding days, and I started to realise that I had the wrong idea altogether. I discovered that actually wedding photography is AWESOME. After photographing one of my best friends wedding following our graduation, I realised that it was pretty much my dream job and I practiced until I was ready to make that so!

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

I photographed my first wedding in 2011 and I threw myself into it full time in 2013.

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

Weirdly I think I owe much of its success in the beginning to Gumtree which is where I first advertised my services to get started. From the very start I would always go above and beyond for my clients which I think is the key. Now much of my work comes from recommendations which I’m pleased with.

Not so much a mistake as 'from the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success' but my biggest learning curve has been teaching myself to run a business.

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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?

They really just need to pick someone who suits them. They should adore their photographers work and that’s the most important thing. Obviously they need to make sure they are hiring a professional who has all the backups, the insurance and of course the skills and experience needed to take on a wedding. They should also like the photographer as a person, as they will probably spend a lot of the wedding day with the photographer around. Doesn’t mean they have to be best friends for ever though, don’t worry!

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

Word of mouth and Facebook are my greatest tools.

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Why do you think people hire you?

Hopefully because they love my work and it strikes a cord with them. I like to think I’m quite open and honest about myself and my work too, which perhaps helps.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

Around 25+

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

You mean a celebrity? Maybe John and Yoko back in the day… I don’t really mind about celebrities though. I just like meeting awesome interesting normal people. Ooh a wedding of two dogs that would be amazing!! No… Jim and Pam from the office! I can’t decide!

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

Gotta be Vegas! I would love to shoot in the Neon Graveyard. Aside from that I reckon Amsterdam would be pretty cool.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I mostly shoot on my 5dmkiii with a 35mm 1.4 on alongside a 5dmkii with a 85mm. I always have two cards in the MKII, as I love the security of having an automatic backup. There’s loads and loads more in my bags, but these are the main players.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Timing is difficult. There’s a lot of key moments so you have to be constantly alert and ready for them. This is one of the things I love about them though.

Weddings also require an element of crowd control!

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

My style is primarily photojournalism. Photographically, I shoot what I see and don’t like to interfere with what’s happening. My mental attitude to a wedding is to be positive and treat the day with respect. Of course I want to take the greatest photos, but mostly I want the couple and their loved ones to have an amazing time!

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Who or what inspires you?

My peers. Not just the incredibly talented photography celebrities, but the people I chat to every day who all push each other to create their best work, share stories, jokes and new ideas. There’s a great community of photographer that it’s wonderful to be a part of.

Also, if I’m in a lull a little 'photowalk' out with my IPhone camera will remind me to look at the world differently again.

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

I really can’t imagine having another job! But my background and degree is and illustration, so I would probably be designing beautifully illustrated books, and always be covered in paint and ink.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

My favourite image of Jemma and Jason’s wedding is from their first dance, where their friend came over to grab a photo. It’s a photo of their pure joy and silliness, showing their friendship and love. I also really like the framing of the light behind them.

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

I aim to continue to improve my work every day! I have a bucket list of things I would love to shoot so it would be amazing to tick all those off but I imagine I will always be adding new things. The most important goal is to create the right work/life balance that allows me to spend loads of time with my family.

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

It is about way more than photography. You have to have good business sense and be a nice person! I will never forget some advice from the amazing Susan Stripling 'Don’t be a dick.' I reckon if you follow that you will be okay.

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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?

At the moment I’m obsessed with the work of Marko Marinkovic and Chris Barber.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

I feel proud when I get lovely happy feedback from my clients. Especially if I managed to make them cry happy tears. Thats an achievement! ;-) Aside from that winning an award in WPJA and having work featured on various blogs and media.

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