Wedding Photographer London & Sussex Artomedes Photography shoots a wedding at Tipiâ€™s in Droxford Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Tell us a little about yourself??Iâ€™m mad about photography (obviously), all things Italian, good coffee preferably accompanied by exquisite chocolate, old B&W films with popcorn, kind gestures and good manners and my two lovely dackies Rusty & Maxie. I shoot weddings in London and throughout Sussex, Surrey, Kent and the UK and have a relaxed, creative, documentary approach to weddings, capturing moments naturally in an unobtrusive way.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?Friendly, thoughtful, dependable, honest, arty, with a good laugh!
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?Lisa & Duncan were referred to me by a music photographer friend of mine and were such a lovely easy-going couple. When we first met, about 10 months before the wedding they told me about their idea for a festival style wedding and thatâ€™s exactly what they did! They were married in the splendor of Winchester Guildhall and had their reception in tipiâ€™s in the middle of a field on a glorious summer day. It was magical.
How did you get into wedding photography?A few years back, after a long time working in the city, I decided to be brave and give in to my yearning to explore my creative side. I narrowed it down to either interior design or photography and thankfully, chose photography. I started by photographing anything and everything, alongside doing a 5-year city & guilds and other courses at Central St. Martins, as well as stints with various full time wedding photographers. I remember my very first wedding vividly and not put off by the stress and pressure, I kept shooting and soon I was hooked. Itâ€™s taken me a few years to develop my style and portfolio and Iâ€™m now full time. I totally love what I do more than you would know and consider myself very fortunate to have found my passion â€“ not everyone does in life. If youâ€™re aching for yours, be brave and go find it. Itâ€™s a voyage of discovery you wonâ€™t regret!
How long have you been a wedding photographer?This is my 3rd year full time.
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?It takes time to get into your own groove when you first start shooting, to find your creative â€˜selfâ€™ and style so, for me, it was good to second shoot lots and learn the ropes with proâ€™s so you can experiment. Early on, I shot with a very traditional wedding photographer and whilst I learnt loads, I also learnt that wasnâ€™t my style at all and that experience really helped me to develop. Being â€˜meâ€™ and shooting what I love is key when Iâ€™m shooting a wedding â€“ I donâ€™t try to be what Iâ€™m not. I provide a high level of service and get to know my couples - having a good connection and enjoying working together is key. Iâ€™ve networked well, got to know some fantastic photographers along the way that are great mates and mentors. Mistakes? Iâ€™m still building my businessâ€¦
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?Many couples are driven by budget and whilst thatâ€™s a realistic place to start, once the partyâ€™s over, all thatâ€™s left are the photos. They provide the lasting memories of a wedding day and shouldnâ€™t be placed with the same importance of say the cake!! A coupleâ€™s choice of photographer is very personal and there are many different styles and lots of wedding photographers out there. Once youâ€™ve looked at a few websites, you can start to decipher what styles you like (and donâ€™t) so youâ€™ll be better informed to decide what styleâ€™s right for you. Whoever you choose, make sure you really click with your photographer, and that they have a great portfolio of whole weddings and not just snippets of their best work. Packages can vary so much and these days theyâ€™re mostly digital only. Clients of mine whoâ€™ve had albums never regret paying that bit extra for one. Thereâ€™s nothing like looking at your wedding photos in print.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?Other than having a website, using Facebook, some selective directories, word of mouth has really worked for me and is the best form of advertising you can get.
Why do you think people hire you?Hopefully because they love my work of course! Clients often tell me they can see me getting on well with their families and friends too â€“ I always feel like Iâ€™m part of the family when I leave!
How many weddings do you average per year?Between 20- 25 and steadily increasing.
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?Couple who are really in love and not afraid to show it!
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?Wow! Too many places to name but Iâ€™m shooting my first Caribbean wedding next month, and am really looking forward to thatâ€¦. but Iâ€™d really love to shoot some weddings in Italy, my spiritual home. Weâ€™re so used to variable weather and poor light in the UK, even in summer, so it would be great to shoot somewhere the weather and light is a no-brainer!
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?2 full frame Nikon pro-cameras, a range of Nikon prime lenses, my trusty 24-70mm zoom and sometimes a 70-300. I also carry a couple of flash-guns and sometimes, if required, umbrellaâ€™s and stands for portraits, group or dance shots when the light is really low. Lots of batteries, memory cards and an emergency kit for, well, emergencies!
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?Each wedding is totally unique so I turn up and shoot what I see, but Iâ€™ve done my homework beforehand and get as much info as possible from the couple before the big day. I also visit venues where possible beforehand, otherwise, I arrive super early to establish the layout and fab places to shoot. I always do a few semi-directed but natural shots with the couple and am happy to shoot a small selection of group shots, but other than that, I keep my eye out for whatâ€™s going on, and try to be in the right place at the right time.
Who or what inspires you?Lots of really amazing photographers â€“ too many to mention. Art, architecture, fabulous people, love stories, genuine emotions and beautiful surroundings all inspire me.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?Best â€“ blogging for sure as well as recommendations. Worst? Iâ€™m still building my business so Iâ€™ve not done anything really horrendous yet!
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?Probably a jewelry designer â€“ I love the stuff.
Share your favourite image of the day and why?-
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?To keep doing what I do, take more pictures (I love photographing landscapes too)â€¦. keep booking lots of lovely couples who love my take on weddings and to keep growing my business and making it a success.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?Taking great pictures. Working hard to get to style you can call yours, and continually developing and refining it. Being able to think quickly on your feet and staying calm when things start to fray at the edges.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?Loads!! Too many to mention.
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?Becoming a wedding photographer when someone once said I couldnâ€™t!
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