Wedding Photographer Surrey Chris Mann shoots a wedding at Syon Park, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Chris Mann  
Couple : Harpreet & Tim
Wedding Photographer Surrey
Ceremony Location : Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara
Reception : Syon Park
Wedding Date : unavailable

Tell us a little about yourself??

I’m originally from Coventry, Warwickshire; over the years I’ve worked in retailing, computer software training and as a freelance writer (I wrote comedy sketches for the BBC and also plays and poetry for kids). I studied archaeology at Birmingham University and still enjoy learning about history, whether it’s from TV shows or books.

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

Stunningly talented and handsome of course! More realistically – good at what I do and also calm and confident and able to help a wedding day run smoothly.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

This is an Anglo-Sikh wedding, combining two traditions, which made it an especially interesting one for me. Plus I had two spectacular locations to work with (Gurdwara Sir Guru Singh Sabha in Southall and Syon Park), a beautiful sunny day, and a great couple and lots of fun family and friends. It was a very long day (from bridal preparations at 8.30am through to about 10pm) but I really enjoyed it.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

My brother has a photo business in the Caribbean and when they went digital he asked me to join the company to help with the computer stuff and also shoot stills & video.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

About 12 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?

By being adaptable, concentrating on providing good customer service, and always trying to improve my skills. Mistakes: spending too much money on advertising that didn’t work!

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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?

First, decide how much of the day you want covered. You need the photographer to be there to get the photos – and make sure you discuss what happens if things run late. Albums, wall prints etc can be decided on after the wedding – better to have somebody good for the right amount of time, rather than a cheaper photographer who includes a ton of product.

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

Mostly online – via my website, blogs, venue websites, and sites like this one. I do a small amount of print advertising as well. They all work but you have to be selective.

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Why do you think people hire you?

Obviously they must like my photos – apart from that I think it’s my calm and relaxed approach – I don’t add to the stress levels!

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How many weddings do you average per year?

It varies. I shoot commercial and portrait work as well so typically between 10 and 20.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Anybody who appreciates my work! I don’t particularly hanker after photographing celebrity weddings – I’d rather work with people who like photography even if their event is not quite as grand as some.

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

I’ve photographed weddings in the Caribbean, USA, Mexico and Middle East so am a bit spoiled in that respect.  But I’d like to shoot more weddings in Europe, especially France and Greece. I’m always happy to travel but long-haul flights are not so much fun!

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

Two pro DSLR camera bodies, a couple of zooms and a selection of prime lenses; I also bring four or five flashguns and a few light-stands so that I can illuminate the dance floor and also do some creative stuff with the bride and groom after dark.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Probably dealing with unexpected changes of plan – changes of location due to weather, or if timings change. That’s probably the biggest skill that any wedding photographer needs to acquire – how to cope if the schedule goes out of the window!

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

I suppose that would be to make sure the essential shots are covered, and then look for “moments” – anything that shows relationships between people and helps to tell the story of the day.

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Who or what inspires you?

Good photography in any genre – and also good filmmaking – you can learn a lot from how a great cinematographer frames shots.

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

To earn a living I’d probably be running photo and software training courses. Or I’d go back to writing

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

I really like this image of the bride’s Dad looking at the photos of his children, before the wedding day gets under way. It’s the kind of moment I always look for – and it also illustrates the importance of photography in making memories permanent. It’s a very quiet and peaceful image.

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

Not specifically, I prefer to take life as it comes :-)

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

Being able to cope when things don’t go according to plan, and having the skills to still get good photographs even if it’s pouring with rain, or in the dark.

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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?


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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?


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