Wedding Photographer Scotland Maureen Du Preez shoots a wedding at Wasing Park, Berkshire, United Kingdom
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Tell us a little about yourself??I live in the western outskirts of Glasgow with my husband/best friend, Chris. We enjoy escaping to the nearby woodlands & lochs to explore, camp & forage wild foods. I am passionate about my job, I love being able to tell peopleâ€™s stories in an artistic way.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?Just as me, we are all unique in our own crazy little way - I donâ€™t pretend to be anyone else :-)
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?I met Kate & Giles the year before at their friendâ€™s wedding I was photographing, I was so delighted when they got in touch with their wedding plans. They are a really down-to-earth couple & had a very relaxed yet elegant day. They didnâ€™t get caught up in any wedding drama. They just wanted everyone to have a nice day which I think is just perfect.
How did you get into wedding photography?I fell in love with wedding photography while I was planning my own wedding. I was amazed by the quality of work I discovered online, it was like nothing I had ever seen before â€“ honest, creative & natural. I realised wedding photography could be a form of art & since then thatâ€™s all Iâ€™ve wanted to do.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?About 18 months but the last 12 months is when I feel I have really stepped up my game. Iâ€™m really pleased with how everything has progressed so far, I can feel how Iâ€™ve grown with each & every wedding.
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?Everyoneâ€™s definitions of success is different, to me itâ€™s ensuring my clients are happy. As long as youâ€™re meeting their expectations & delivering good work youâ€™re proud of, thatâ€™s success. Since the beginning this is something I have strived for.
I wouldnâ€™t say Iâ€™ve made mistakes, Iâ€™m quite happy with the way my business has unfolded â€“ itâ€™s been very organic. I believe everything happens for a reason so wouldnâ€™t want to change anything.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?I think couples should really consider what they really want from their photographer. I personally believe style is hugely important, every photographer has their own unique vision. Couples should spent a lot of time looking through a photographerâ€™s body of work, both wedding & personal. Go with your gut & donâ€™t be afraid to ask questions. Donâ€™t be tempted to just go with the cheapest photographer or the one offering the most extraâ€™s. Remember your collection of photographs will last a lifetime, you donâ€™t want to have any regrets.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?Word of mouth has always worked well for me. A lot of my clients have also been guests at other weddings Iâ€™ve shot at. I think itâ€™s good for them to have seen me in action & got a feel for how I work.
Why do you think people hire you?I like to think my couples hire me because they feel they share some kind of connection with me & my work. They should feel passionate about my images, my ethos & can easily visualize us working together.
How many weddings do you average per year?2013 was my first full year doing weddings & I reached my goal of 15. I loved every single one of them.
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?Anyone who likes my work, thatâ€™s a good indication weâ€™d work well together.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?Itâ€™s always been my dream to combine my two passions, photography & travel. I would love to photograph a wedding in New Zealand or Iceland as the landscape & light looks beautiful.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?I like to keep my equipment very minimal & light. I bring 2 Canon DSLRâ€™s, 3 prime lenses, 2 speedlites, spare batteries, memory cards & a lens pen. This year I also hope to start taking along my Polaroid Spirit & Holga along for the ride.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?I like to approach every wedding with an open mind, almost as if I am photographing a wedding for the first time. I think itâ€™s important to be present & just let the day unfold naturally.
Who or what inspires you?I am inspired by the world around me - nature, the people I meet, world cinema, fine art & documentary photography.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?Best would be connecting with other creatives who share a similar ethos, I wouldnâ€™t say I have a worst.
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?Self-employed in some other creative field. I have always desired to be free from the typical 9-5 job & have an artistic outlet.
Share your favourite image of the day and why?I always keep coming back to this image... thereâ€™s something about it I just find so beautiful. This is Kate leaving her bridal suite to head to the ceremony; A moment of apparent stillness amongst the wedding day chaos.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?To continue improving my craft, constantly evolve & keep the passion of what I do alive.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?Remaining true to yourself & your clients. Donâ€™t be afraid to be do things your own way, itâ€™s a part of what makes you stand out from the crowd. Your style & vision should come naturally to you, donâ€™t force it.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?I am inspired by many wedding photographers, itâ€™s the beauty & honesty of their work which first prompted me to make it my career. For me the greats include; Jonas Peterson, We are the Parsons, Sean Flanigan, Feather Love, Fer Juaristi, Carl Zoch, Dylan & Sara, Oli Sansomâ€¦ & many more.
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?Taking the original plunge & going full-time with my photography. Itâ€™s all Iâ€™ve done for almost 2 years now. Iâ€™m so thrilled Iâ€™ve been able to turn this into my career.
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