Wedding Photographer Surrey Jacques Lloyd shoots a wedding at Durbanville, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Jacques Lloyd  
Couple : Saxon & Ashleigh
Wedding Photographer Surrey
Ceremony Location : Cape Town, South Africa
Reception : Durbanville
Wedding Date : 21 September 2013

Tell us a little about yourself??

I come from IT background and about 4 years ago I turned my hobby into a business, self-taught and still learning every day.

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

Well hopefully a nice guy that keeps the calm on the day, but at same time makes sure the job gets done!

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Rainy day in the Cape of storms as it is also known, extra special that the MOB made the wedding dress and the ceremony was at one the most beautiful churches in Cape Town.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

The adrenalin rush got me hooked after my first solo wedding, the pressure and the responsibility is what drives me to deliver.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

+/- 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?

By being constant in my final product delivery and delivering super client service. Mistakes there was a few, but not learning the business side of matters as much as I put into growing my photography skills was my biggest mistake. Find the balance between that and you have a much better chance!

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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?

Make sure you meet up or at least have a phone conversation with your photographer before the big day to make sure your personalities are a good match. Set aside some time to have a look at as many of your photographers work and not only their portfolio, you want to see weddings from A to Z. Make sure you are happy with the style of photography you choose. Ask your photographer about their career history and who will be there covering your day. Make sure your photographer has “Professional Insurance”, this is very important as some venues won’t even allow your photographer to enter their property without that in place. Last, but not least keep in mind you are not only booking your photographer for on the day, but they will be spending countless hours after your day perfecting and creating the final product, average +/- 42 Hours in total including your wedding day.

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

I make use of wedding blogs that I like style wise and use a high standard of service providers, but most of all WORD OF MOUTH!

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Why do you think people hire you?

Like my name says I keep it simple, the day is about the couple and with planning and experience we can be there on your day doing what needs to be done and having fun at the same time.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

25 - 30

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Clients that choose me because of my work, there is nothing that excites me more than clients that made the effort to view lots of my work and book you because of that…

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

Austria or Thailand

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

2 X Canon 5D MKIII and a full range of professional lenses.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Time management and logistics can be a pain, last thing I want is to travel more than I shoot…

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Be friendly, but firm at the same time.

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Who or what inspires you?

People and the emotion shown on the day.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Taking a risk on a blog or magazine without references.

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

Something to do with the conservation of Wildlife.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

This shot was taken just after the ceremony and everything fell into place!

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

Keep on growing technically and keeping the passion and enjoyment of what I do alive.

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

Look at your day to day costs and make sure you are running a proper business.

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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?

http://peartree.co.za/blog/ http://www.sybrand.co.za/blog/ http://studioimpressions.com.au/

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Happy clients make me Happy!

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