Wedding Photographer La Rioja James Sturcke Fotografía shoots a wedding at Villa Sabat, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain
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Tell us a little about yourself??I’m a former Guardian journalist and moved to the mountains of northern Spain with my young family when we needed some fresh air and wanted to try something different.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?Hard-working, tenacious, dependable, creative, conscientious but with a bit of a wild side that my photography taps into.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?I arrive early, leave late. Work alone and with a minimal amount of fuss and bother to the family and guests. I follow the action, always looking for moments, emotions and good light. All weddings are different. Some are formal, others are a wild party and I go with the vibe.
How did you get into wedding photography?I love photographing people having fun so it was a natural choice.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?Five years.
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?It’s really important to find people who value photography and appreciate the efforts I’m putting into making the images. It’s also important to be yourself and not try and second guess what the clients are after, something I learnt through experience.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?Images that are timeless and that capture the moment to show to those who’ve yet to me born.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?Word of mouth works best for me, and google.
Why do you think people hire you?I tell the story of the day through beautiful images. I work well with people and find a good balance between professionalism and friendship with the clients and their guests.
How many weddings do you average per year?10.
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?-
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?Anywhere colourful.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?In past years I’ve used zoom lenses but this year I’m going to use a 35mm prime & a 85mm prime on Canon bodies. A flash and remote trigger. Backup lenses, batteries, memory cards. A list of key people so I can greet them by name.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?-
Who or what inspires you?Positive people who’ve had the courage to follow their dreams. Great art from whatever genre.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?-
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?-
Share your favourite image of the day and why?It’s a simple image that captures Vero in a quiet moment as she’s getting ready.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?-
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?You have to enjoy going to weddings!
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?Virginia Gimeno, Brett Butterstein, Vinicius Matos, Two Mann, Jeff Ascough
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?Whenever someone takes the time to write to me praising my wedding photos or simply bursts into tears (the happy sort) on seeing them.
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