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Wedding Photographer : Trouwshoot  
Couple : Liza + Stefan
Wedding Photographer South Holland
Ceremony Location : Land Van Belofte (The Promised Land)
Reception : Land Van Belofte (The Promised Land)
Wedding Date : May 9th 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

My name is Stefan Segers and I live with my wife and 2 kids in a town called Zoetermeer (in the west of the Netherlands). Since 1996 I worked as a graphic designer and since 2008 I started doing wedding photography. These days I work as an full time photographer and I do weddings, family’s and business photography.

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How do you think or would like people to describe you?

I am a easy guy to work with and try to inspire my clients. That way they are happy with the results and I will be happy since they are happy. I always try to innovate with hardware and software to get original results. Also I love to party, I have been a DJ for a long time and because of that I know the feeling of parties and know how to photograph them. Clients love to have me around and I am very fortuned about that.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

The wedding of Liza and Stefan was in my hometown, Zoetermeer and a small village called Moerkapelle. Over there, there is a beautiful estate called Land van Belofte (the promised land) where the ceremony and party was held.

First of all the wedding started at the couples house where the bride was getting dressed and later we went out to the park for the photoshoot.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

In 2006 I got married and during that time finding a journalistic photographer was more difficult back then than these days. After we found the perfect wedding photographer we stayed in touch and I made his brand new website. For our honeymoon we bought the Canon 30D and after our honeymoon I loved to take photo’s so much I called the photographer and asked him if I could come along with him on a wedding.

After 3 weddings he told me I saw the same as he does! So I thought this is what I want to do and so I went to several workshops and the Photo Academy in Rotterdam and started in January 2008.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

I have been a wedding photographer since Jan. 2008 so that's around 8 years now

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Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

My secret of being a successful wedding photographer is always spread the word about you as a photographer and do it with passion. Of course money is nice but when you do it with passion money will follow.

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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 are are looking at the type of photography that you do. From there they will try to find out what it will cost to have you on their wedding.

After that they will make an appointment to talk with you. First impression from the meeting is very important and the couple almost knows in the first few minutes if you are going to be their wedding photographer.

I really have no idea if they like to have packages or not. I have made my packages around what I want to earn. So for example, I do not want to charge for every hour I am at the wedding. I am there until dinner or until the end of the party.

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How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?

I try to write in my blog about photography and give some tips for wedding photography. Also I have connected to all social networks so I there’s something on my blog it will be spread over social networks. I also have adwords but do not use that often.

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Why do you think people hire you?

The clients I am looking for are those clients who are like a mirror of myself. Most clients that are like me will hire me because they can identify themselves with me as we have a lot in common.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

My average amount of weddings is around 25

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

I would love to do some BNN-ers wedding (famous dutch people)

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If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?

Destination weddings is something I would love to do in the upcoming years and I think everywhere would be great as long as you have good light. So Australia/New York/California/Italy/France would be great :)

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I am a Cannon shooter mostly and have the Fuji XT1 and recently bought the Sony A7II. The new system camera’s are the future of photography that’s for sure so I want to get used to the new equipment. I bring a lot of gear to a wedding just to have enough to choose from since u never know what to expect during a wedding.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Most challenging thing is being creative in every situation. Sometimes the light is great and sometimes it isn’t and still you are hired to get great images.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Usually I check some cool wedding photo’s the day before for inspiration so that the next day I may see a moment like the photos I have seen the day before.

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Who or what inspires you?

Jerry Ghionis

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Worst marketing idea was that I have been on wedding fairs. This fair usually has a lot of visitors but when I came I only talked to 6 couples during the whole day! I would never suggest doing a wedding fair.

My best marketing options are content marketing on my website. Talk a lot about your passion and you will get followers and clients in the end.

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If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?

I would be a website designer and graphic designer since this was my old job.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

The cool thing about the moment in this photo was that we were done with the photoshoot.

So we drove to the ceremony location and just a few kilometers before we were there the couple stopped and told me they have some accessories for the shoot and we forgot to take photos with them. They asked me where shall we take the photos? (And this was on a parking of a restaurant). I told them okay get out of the car and stand in from of these trees. Literally in the parking area made this photo in just a few seconds. Bottom line is that great photos can be made very quickly without thinking.

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Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?

My goals for the future would be to have more wedding photographers that I work with so I can do more weddings and spread them across colleagues.

Other goals would be to do more destination weddings.

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What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?

I think one of the most important things is to see wedding photography as a business and work with passion. Try to balance business and passion and you will be successful.

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Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?

Well Jerry Ghionis is my main inspiration, but also Cliff Mautner is great.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

My proudest moments are those moments where clients start crying when they see their photos. I am also very proud about clients who call me up and ask me if I am already booked on a certain date, if so they will reschedule their wedding for me!

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