Wedding Photographer Mid Glamorgan Sacha Miller shoots a wedding at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, Wales
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Tell us a little about yourself??My name is Sacha Miller, I live in a small village just north of Cardiff in South Wales with my wife, two daughters and Cocoa the chocolate labrador.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?I would like people to think of me as a lovely chap, but who knows?
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?This was one of those perfect wedding days, when everything came together, yes they are a good looking couple but more importantly they were laid back and just out to enjoy the day. They had obviously worked very hard at organising the day, but on the day itself they were able to relax and avoid the temptation to micro manage. The weather was good and the location was aesthetically pleasing but also the guests were a great bunch with friends and family having a wonderful time.
How did you get into wedding photography?I was working as a photographer for a news agency when with the birth of our daughters I realised that I was just not seeing the family as much as I would liked, plus your sensibilities changed once you have children and perhaps not conducive to covering hard news stories.
I discovered I really enjoyed photographing weddings being able to immerse yourself in other peoples special day is quite something. Though I do have to work most Saturdays, the rest of the week is on my own terms and the ability to work from home during the week is priceless, especially if one of the girls is unwell and cannot go to school.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?Since 2004
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?I think just provide consistently good photography at a reasonable price and you will not go too far wrong. As for mistakes perhaps I was a bit too trusting in the beginning and paid too much for advertising in magazines and online directories.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?I think there has been a big swing to couples preferring the digital files in the last few years, but the ability to order a professional produced album either pre or post wedding is not to be under-estimated.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?These days it is mostly natural listings in search engines and a few sample albums at a handful or local venues that I enjoy working at.
Why do you think people hire you?I have worked hard at earning a good reputation, so the vast majority of bookings now come through past clients or venue reccommodation.
How many weddings do you average per year?40-50
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?No one in particular springs to mind, but the most enjoyable weddings normally are the ones with more fun loving friends and family rather than the ones with the most vintage details.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?Mexico or California, there is something about the light in that part of the world or it might be the quality of photographers that work there but you see a lot of great wedding images coming from that area.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?At the moment I use a pair of Canon 5d Mark III, with the 35, 50, 85 and 135mm L series lenses, and a couple of flashes which only really come out for the first dance.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?Observational
Who or what inspires you?I think inspiration comes from many sources from magazines, television and films to paintings and statues.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?The best is probably just be nice, worst magazine advertorials.
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?I really do not know
Share your favourite image of the day and why?This one of my favourite times to photograph, just after the speeches if the sun is stillout it is normally quite low in the sky and the couple are a bit more relaxed. This shot of the bride and groom taking a stroll in the park exemplifies that.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?I am doing a few more children portraits than I was before, not really advertising it but the works comes naturally from past wedding clients. I have quite enjoyed this, it is a totally different pace and challenge than weddings.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?As I said above, provide consistently good photography at a reasonable price.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?Probably too many to mention, wedding photography has come leaps and bounds in the last generation, partly due to the influx of new photographer from some many differently backgrounds, be it in photojournalism, graphic design or computer technology and partly because we can see what photographers across the world are producing, it pushes the whole industry forward.
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?Proudest moment was probably the birth of my girls, a bit cliche I know but it really is true. Photographically I once won Wedding Photographer of the Year from Professional Photographer magazine, so I was pretty chuffed with that.
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