Wedding Photographer South Yorkshire Jessica Petrie shoots a wedding at Kenwood Hall Sheffield, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Jessica Petrie  
Couple : Becky & Gavin
Wedding Photographer South Yorkshire
Ceremony Location : Kenwood Hall Sheffield
Reception : Kenwood Hall Sheffield
Wedding Date : 6th March 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

Oh I hate this part… Ok...I like art, I love nature, gardening and animals. I really enjoy cooking and eating, I carry my camera around and take photos of everything that is natural and raw. I used to run therapeutic art workshops for schools and charities, I’ve lived in the South of England and Australia. I would love to reside in Australia and build my own farm, have chickens, goats, cows and horses.

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

Creative, determined, kind, friendly, hippy, quirky, unique ( I just asked those sitting around me!).

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

I arrived as the bride was getting ready, I took shots of everything that was happening naturally, then we had a bit or a bridal boudoir session (1 hour) before putting on the dress. This is a great confidence boost to my brides and a perfect way to start the wedding :-)

I later got some shots of the groom and his best man (twin brother) before the ceremony. I captured the bride arriving, the whole ceremony, then after I took the couple off for 30 minutes for some “time-out” and couple portraits, I got the group shots done, then everything in-between and from then on was just documented as the quiet observer that I am, without control.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

At college, a film wedding photographer approached me to be his assistant, I actually learned the way which I didn’t want to work, he was the total opposite of me lol.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

I’ve been shooting weddings for 12 years, I’ve been running my wedding photography business for 3.

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

Oh lots of mistakes, and I’m still working at being successful everyday. All I can say is it’s not easy, you have to be prepared to put in the hours and be very determined. Mistakes are natural and this is how we learn and grow. Just keep going and most importantly enjoy what you do!

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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?

Well, I’m not sure, it depends on the couple. But I give all of the wedding images to the couple from the day, I believe that is what they pay me for, and it works for both me and the couples. I only have one package and the couple can add on items such as a bridal boudoir session, fun-booth, and albums at any stage. I don’t do complicated lol.

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

My website presence is everything, so I just work on this and constantly try to improve it. I feel images speak for themselves, and being a pushy salesperson is just not my cup of tea. I want couples to book me because they love my work and trust that I will do a great job.

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Why do you think people hire you?

Hopefully because they love my work, and I’ve been told that I put others at ease. I’m more of a quiet observer too, so couples that want the more natural, uncontrolled look, that’s what I aim to attract and the message I hope I send out.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

25-30. I want to really put all of my energy into each wedding, I also offer complimentary pre-wedding shoots with every wedding as I feel this is a really important time to meet the couple and for them to see how I work and feel comfortable with having their photos taken. So this is like an extra day added on-top, so every wedding is doubled! I also want to enjoy my life so to take on 50+ weddings a year would mean quantity over quality and running myself into an early grave, that’s not the purpose of working for myself.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Sheryl Crow? If she isn’t already married? Whoops… I just love her music and over-all look. Acoustic guitar playing, cowgirl boots, probably somewhere in Mexico… yeah… that would be awesome.

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

Ooh somewhere I haven’t been before… Somewhere with amazing light and natural scenery, I am a nature girl.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I use my canon 5D mark III, and a back-up, I have a few prime lenses, 2 flash guns, a video light and that’s about it.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

I’m not sure, probably the length… they can be very long days and as I like to capture the bride getting ready up until the first dance, I just have to be prepared with lots of energizing snacks and trying to maintain stamina in general. And drink plenty of water.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Every wedding is different, so I think preparation is the key… and always be ready for anything and everything!

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Who or what inspires you?

Travel, meeting new people, different culture, music, I could go on…

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Wedding fayres is my worst, and website and social media is my best :)

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

A farmer!!??

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

This is my favorite image of the day because it’s from my most recent wedding, also its completely uncontrolled and tells a very emotional story.

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

Well, I’d like to travel more in my work and possibly run a few of my own wedding workshops.

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

Be true to yourself, be original, and be prepared to take risks… Oh and make sure you love what you are doing!

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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?

I love Fer Juaristi, he is my hero. I shot a wedding along side him in Spain 2012, so I got to see just how cool and down-to-earth he really is. He is not a show-off photographer, and his work blows my mind. I think that’s a really great quality to have. I also really like Elizabeth Messina, Corbin Gurkin, and Nirav Photography, and quite a few more!

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Hmmm not sure… I think just taking the risk to start my own business and follow my own heart… Despite the risk of loosing everything, that has been a pretty big thing for me.

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