Wedding Photographer Hampshire & London Cotton Candy Photography shoots a wedding at The Trout Inn @ Tadpole Bridge, United Kingdom
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Tell us a little about yourself??Weâ€™re Gemma and Philippa and weâ€™re a photo team of two good mates with a love of photography and all things creative. We specialise in shooting artistic, modern and alternative wedding photography with couples who have chosen to do things a little differently. We love mixing the old with the new with our range of old school cameras, we love photography that is alternative, imaginative, vintage and fun.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?Friendly, approachable, loyal, a good laugh
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?Phil & Natasha had their wedding over at The Trout Inn at Tadpole Bridge â€“ a really sweet and peaceful setting where the River Thames crosses near the Oxfordshire village of Bampton. Natasha got ready in the Inn whilst Phil got ready in a hotel nearby, he then arrived in retro style in a 1972 duck egg blue Fiat 500 from Cotswold 500 which matched the colour of the bridesmaid dresses perfectly!
Natasha had two dresses, a beautiful layered vintage styled one for the day and a shorter lace one for the evening paired with cute kitty flats.
After hanging back for a few minutes for the rain to stop (come on summer â€“ where are you?!), Natasha walked up a grass path of potted plants and roses, through a marquee and onto the prettiest riverside pagoda draped in white roses. We then took a little drive through the Oxfordshire countryside where a friendly gentleman let us use his sheltered garden for some couple shots â€“ it was a world away from the rain and the wind we experienced on the way over!
It was then back to the Trout Inn for the reception, which took place in the best looking, quirkiest marquee ever! Then it was over to DJ Mitch Matthews to get the party started with Phil and Natashaâ€™s first dance.
How did you get into wedding photography?Philippa has been into photography ever since she was a little girl when her big bro handed her down his Kodak 110 camera. I think this is where her love of analog photography began.
I (Gemma) started properly getting into photography about 5 years ago when I bought my first digital SLR â€“ I spent many weekends making my boyfriend take me on photography trips to random locations around Hampshire - I also started assisting on a few weddings for practice alongside doing a few friends weddings for free.
Phil was working in her spare time as a freelance photographer when we got talking over a very large glass of wine and couldnâ€™t understand why we hadnâ€™t already set up something together. After that Cotton Candy Photography was born!
How long have you been a wedding photographer?This is our 4th year in the business together.
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?We spent a lot of time thinking about the kind of images we liked and the kind of images that we wanted to take, this in turn attracted like minded couples â€“ we focus a lot on the couples and building up a good relationship between us all. Its important that they feel relaxed in front of us.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?Its important that the bride and groom truly like the photographers style and approach, in turn it is also important that the bride and groom get on with the photographer and find them friendly and approachable as this will help them feel more relaxed during the day. Additionally they need to factor in experience, image style, price and what they get for that price. We promote the use of 2 photographers as we truly feel we can give better coverage of all the little special moments throughout the day.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?Social media marketing, online features and magazine features
Why do you think people hire you?I think they buy into our style and like the images that we produce
How many weddings do you average per year?30
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?Emma Stone & Andrew Garfield (Got a bit of a girl crush on Emma Stone!)
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?America
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?2 x Canon 5D Mark IIâ€™s
2 x Canon 5D Mark IIIâ€™s
Tilt Shift lens
Canon Prime Lenses (2 x 85mm & 2 x 35 mm)
Canon Flash Guns x4
2 x Canon 24-70mm lenses
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?We always meet up with our couples before hand and take them through our booking forms and tâ€™s and câ€™s and make sure that we are a good fit for one another. If they have booked one in we will do a pre-wedding shoot with them both, which is a great chance to get to know each other and for them to get used to being in front of the camera. We will then make sure that we chat again at least a week before their day just to finalise all the timings and any specific shots etc.
First of all our focus is on the couple and best representing them and their story, we try to treat every wedding uniquely and with a new fresh and creative perspective, to achieve this we take it in turns as to who shoots what parts of the day at each wedding. We split it up into: Morning with the girls, whilst the other shoots the morning with the boys. One at the front of the service, the other at the back of the service. One getting the guests mingling and the detail, the other doing couple shots. We then split the speeches room down the middle and jointly get the first dance. With the two of us we genuinely feel that we can provide a complete coverage of the day.
After a wedding the turnaround is then 4 â€“ 5 weeks for the images to be delivered online and on a USB.
Who or what inspires you?We get our inspiration from all sorts of places - fashion, magazines, everyday places, our surroundings, our travels, people we meet, other photographers in different fields of work and in the same - all sorts of places!
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?Not had a bad one yet!
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?We both loved art and design at school, so it would probably still be something creative.
Share your favourite image of the day and why?Donâ€™t know why this is our favourite from the day, I think because it was just a natural moment between them and we like the cool car in the background.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?To travel more, try new things and get involved with personal projects â€“ try out different photography styles and experiment and push the boundaries more. We have recently purchased a special camera case for underwater photography so we are looking forward to incorporating that into our work going forward.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?Dedication, genuinely enjoying what you do, always challenging yourself and keeping yourself thinking creatively.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?We like Noah from Feather Love ~ http://www.featherlove.com and the usual biggies such as Fer ~ http://ferjuaristi.com/blog/
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?Winning the 2013 national wedding industry award for best wedding photographers in the London and South East.
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