Wedding Photographer East Sussex Neil W Shaw Photography shoots a wedding at Slindon College, United Kingdom
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Tell us a little about yourself??My name is Neil, Iâ€™m a Brighton based wedding & events photographer and I can also rap all of the lyrics to Boom Shake the Room by Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?Brown hair, green eyes and quite a deep voice.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?The wedding was in August, and with this summer being especially good, this day was no exception. The venue Slindon College was absolutely gorgeous with views as far as the eye can see over the surrounding countryside. The theme was fairy-esque and so included origami butterflies, fairy light trees and a butterfly cake.
How did you get into wedding photography?Thereâ€™s always been something in me that enjoys taking photos. It started with an SLR when I was younger but discontinued it until my mid 20â€™s when I started taking drunken photos with a rubbish camera, after that I got some good equipment and then better stuff and now pro stuff.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?4 years.
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?I guess by not jumping in head first. It has been a very gradual process that Iâ€™ve accumulated my experience and equipment, being patient and knowing that itâ€™s going to take years before youâ€™re fully up and running and confident with what you do.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?They should look for simplicity, multiple packages with all sorts of bells and whistles can get really confusing. Maybe a little bit biased coming from me but they should make sure that a photographer is a priority in their budget â€“ wedding dress, photographer and then everything else fits around that.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?I think harnessing social media is the key, it takes up a lot of time but itâ€™s worth it.
Why do you think people hire you?Because they like my down to earth approach and the honesty of my pictures. Iâ€™m not trying to make people look something they arenâ€™t.
How many weddings do you average per year?It has varied greatly from year to year.
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?n/a
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?I was looking at a wedding shot in Tuscany, that looked really lovely. Either somewhere with a bit of history and culture or Iâ€™d like to do a glamping style wedding which I think would suit my pictures a lot.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?I have two Nikon bodies and three lenses, lots of batteries and SD cards.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?I turn up and crack on with it.
Who or what inspires you?No one in particular, thereâ€™s a lot of great photographers out there and they all play their part.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?n/a
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?n/a
Share your favourite image of the day and why?Favourite of the day has to be this close up black and white shot of George; the coupleâ€™s little one. Heâ€™s looking right into the lens and you can see the detail of his eyes.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?Iâ€™d like to get into photographing babies/kids. I find it fascinating how photogenic they are, thereâ€™s none of the awkwardness or playing up to the camera of adulthood so they make for really natural subjects.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?Patience and perfection.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?n/a
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?Probably when I was asked to do a wedding in the South of France, I was flown over and everything was paid for, I felt quite important!
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