Wedding Photographer Northumberland Paul Santos Photography shoots a wedding at Kirkley Hall, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Paul Santos Photography  
Couple : Neveen + Nick
Wedding Photographer Northumberland
Ceremony Location : Kirkley Hall
Reception : Kirkley Hall
Wedding Date : 17th May 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

I used to work in finance, which didn’t make me happy. I’m now happy to be creative again, and make a living from wedding photography in North East England. I’m also a husband and father, and like a drink of red wine.

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

In both my personal and work life, I’d hope for honest, passionate and inspiring. There are worse words to live up to.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

A wonderful sunny day, paired with a great outdoor ceremony. Neither happen that often in the UK. Neveen & Nick wanted few posed photos during the day, a few of them, a few of family, and the emphasis on the day through a documentary approach.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

After chasing too many early sunrises as a seascape photographer I started to take on paid work as digital events photographer. It was through this side of it that a found myself being asked about wedding photography, and if I could shoot a wedding in the same style. I'm now 100% weddings, and have been for about three years.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

5 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?

Mistakes are an integral part of progression. It’s up to you how you treat them and how you learn from them. When I push myself out of my comfort zone and try new things, I use my mistakes to find out what works, and what doesn’t. If I’m not making mistakes, then I’m not progressing. I see progression as a key part of success.

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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?

It's tricky, everyone is different and has different needs. I offer what I feel is important, and then strip out everything else. I don't offer packages as such, I offer full day coverage and a choice of 2 wedding albums. I want both the focus and the price to remain firmly fixed on the photographer and the photography. I’m sure many clients still want added value packages with lots included, but I simply choose not to offer this and look to attract clients who like to keep things simple and as focused on the photography as I do.

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

It's quite ironic I’ve just taken a full page ad out in a wedding magazine as I'm mostly fully booked for next year, it was more out of curiosity than anything else. Mostly I market/advertise myself through social media, wedding blogging and google.

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Why do you think people hire you?

Mostly my style, and after a bit more chat hopefully me as a person.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

Around 35. I'm comfortable with that.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Keith Moon. A character indeed.

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

Love to travel! Just back from Dubai. I'd love to shoot a wedding in Rio de Janeiro.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

Holdfast Moneymaker. Nikon DF. Nikon D700. Sigma 35mm 1.4. Nikon 85mm 1.8. SB900 x 2. Yongnuo YN-622N x 4. A very bright torch.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Nerves, I still get them. I use them to keep me on my toes and the weather.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Kind of. I suppose I want to shoot the wedding as if nobody else has a camera, and to produce thoughtful images that nobody else there will look to capture.

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Who or what inspires you?

Other photographers and good wedding photography in general inspire me, nothing or nobody specific. And emotion.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Still looking for the best. The worst has to have been trying to organize a wedding (photography only) fair. So at least you know people coming were only there for one thing. I still ponder this one!

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

A pilot, or a vineyard owner in the South of France.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

I love this shot of the two of them together. It's natural, joyous and the light was really good.

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

To remain passionate and push myself at every wedding. And buy better wine.

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


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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?

Lots. I recently had a very enjoyable nose on the site of London wedding photographer Jay Rowden.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

The birth of my son. And being awarded ‘Wedding Photographer of the Year 2014’ by The British Institute of Professional Photography.

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