Wedding Photographer South Wales Silver Birch Photography shoots a wedding at The King Arthur Hotel, Wales
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Tell us a little about yourself??I'm a former professional product and architectural photographer who now makes a living from wedding photography.
I cover weddings throughout the UK and also offer a limited number of destination weddings during the year.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?Professional, approachable, calm
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?Sarah and Chris wanted natural editorial style coverage â€“ a style that I am very comfortable with. Although I understand that a few formal group photos are usually required I tend to try and keep these to a minimum.
We were very lucky regarding the weather â€“ with the exception of a few showers later in the day, and a coastal breeze, we couldn't have wished for a better day.
How did you get into wedding photography?My late uncle was a photographer and played a huge part in my love for photography â€“ I remember developing photographs in his dark room as a child. I then became a product and architectural photographer and was asked by friends to photograph their weddings.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?10 years
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?Hard work and by keeping my work current. I see many photographers who's photography style hasn't changed in years, as with any occupation you have to move with the times or you'll inevitably fail.
I think mistakes are part of growing â€“ I've made marketing mistakes in the past and also taken on too many weddings. I try to limit the amount of weddings I now cover to a maximum of 30 per year.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?I think a couple should always look for the style of photography they require first and foremost, and then narrow their choices down from there. I also think that physical printed products are important, as are digital files for social media use.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?I only advertise in a regional bi-monthly wedding magazine. The vast majority of queries come directly from my website/blog or through client referrals.
Why do you think people hire you?For my style - If a couple wanted stylized, classic, traditional coverage then I doubt they would contact me in the first place.
How many weddings do you average per year?30
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?Audrey Hepburn's
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?India
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?Canon 6D, Canon 35 f/1.4 Lens, 3x Canon 580EX strobes plus triggers (for first dance) Holga 120N plus back up equipment
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?Not really â€“ I tend to go with the flow
Who or what inspires you?Forrest Gump :)
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?Web marketing is by far the best â€“ Yellow pages by far the worst
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?Industrial Designer
Share your favourite image of the day and why?I love the image of Sarah and her Dad who was overcome with emotion on seeing her in her wedding gown for the first time.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?To play in central midfield for Manchester United ;)
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?Hard work
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?He's not really known as a wedding photographer but I love the work of William Eggleston
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?The birth of my children.
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