Wedding Photographer Cambridgeshire Andy Fountain shoots a wedding at Longstowe Hall, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Andy Fountain  
Couple : Laura + Dan
Wedding Photographer Cambridgeshire
Ceremony Location : Longstowe Hall
Reception : Longstowe Hall
Wedding Date : May 2013

Tell us a little about yourself??

I've been a pro photographer for 25 years and now operate from a bespoke photographic studio in the village of Fenstanton near Cambridge in the UK. I use my broad photographic experience in a modern, unique and funky way, offering something different for every shoot. Hopefully my images touch my client’s hearts when they see them for the first time, I must be doing something right though as all my bookings come from recommendations.

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

I hope they say I’m a cool fun guy?

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Myself and my son Lewis, who is my second shooter, cover everything from the groom and bridal preps until the first dance. We work well together as I can relax the couple whilst Lewis gets some very natural artistic shots, most of the time

they don’t even realise he's there as I have their attention. Our style of photography changes throughout the day depending upon what sort of wedding it is, it also changes for every couple to capture their personalities. Some couple are shy and reserved, others are outgoing and just want funky artistic shots, so we adapt our photography to meet the couples needs.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I spent 20 years as a photographer in the British military , but shot weddings every weekend for the local wedding studio. I left the military in 2006 and set up my own business and haven’t looked back since.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

25 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?

I only shoot 25 weddings a year as I want to give my clients 110% of my attention and a personal service. For me wedding photography is a passion, not a job and I feel if we were to shoot more than 25 weddings a year, and let the studio turn in to a production line, then the passion would go!

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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?

Look for a quality professional photographer with a proven track record. If they like his/her style and the cost is within the budget – book

Don’t look for a photographer by price alone. One of my big sayings is 'buy cheap and you’ll buy twice'

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

A good website and recommendations from past clients and venues work for me.

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Why do you think people hire you?

They love our style and book a meeting, from there they book on personality.

Apparently I come across as a passionate photographer with a great outlook on life and someone they can trust to capture their big day perfectly.

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How many weddings do you average per year?


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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

My own

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

Venice would be nice

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

3 sets of Nikon D3's cameras and lenses. 2 sets of studio lights, 1 set runs on batteries so we can work outside on location. A tungsten light kit and the new Ice Light by Jerry Ghionis. We always carry 6 white umbrellas; after all, this is the UK! a set of step ladders and various reflectors.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Not crying during the ceremony, as I get very emotional!

Photography wise, it’s creating something new at a venue when you work there a lot. It's to easy to take the same old shots time and time again, so we re-create ourselves every time we go back to a venue.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

To make sure that the couple are fully relaxed and have a fun day

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Who or what inspires you?

Jerry Ghionis

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Best – Using social media to spread the word
Worst – paying for advertising

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

Ski instructor

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

Laura and Dan's evening shot in thunderous skies, including a rainbow
Laura and Dan planned their big day to perfection, from the stunning venue to the gorgeous wedding dress, but one thing they could not plan for was the weather! This was the wettest wedding I have ever shot and we spent the whole day darting in and out to get the images we wanted, whilst keeping the day flowing and the guests happy. With all of our weddings, we try to create a bit of a wow factor and set up some studio lights outside to capture a spectacular image of the coupe as the sun is setting. Every couple we work with is aware that at any time, when that light is perfect, they could get the nod and we have a matter of minutes to get that wow factor image. Unfortunately with such heavy thunderstorms, there was no way we could set up the lights or even take the couple outside, until something happened that shocked us all.

Laura and Dan were in the marque having coffee after their wedding breakfast when Dan saw the change in the weather. He raced outside to be met by myself as I had also noticed the stunning light and knew that now was the moment. An excited groom convinced his bride that they had to go outside now, it wouldn't wait and as we ran down through Longstowes grounds, the sun burst through the storm clouds and bathed the Hall in light. We set Laura and Dan up in a more stylised pose compared to the natural ones we had shot earlier in the day and as I was shooting, the most beautiful rainbow appeared over the couple, I could't have dreamed this scenario, it look prefect and made this a day to remember.

Everyone that views the image asks if it is photoshop, that surely you can't have such amazing light, a black stormy sky and a rainbow all together. But there's no photoshop involved and I suspect that I'll never shoot a shot as spectacular as this for a long long time, a perfect day.

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

To build a business with such a good reputation that Lewis can develop when I retire

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

A good understanding of light, people and how to make them relax and laugh. Having an artistic flair helps when capturing beautiful images.

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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?

Jerry Ghionis

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Getting married to my wife Kim and the birth of my children.

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