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Wedding Photographer Buckinghamshire Gabrielle McMillan Photography shoots a wedding at Lillibrooke Manor, United Kingdom

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Wedding Photographer : Gabrielle McMillan Photography  
Couple : Alison + Dan
Wedding Photographer Buckinghamshire
Ceremony Location : Lillibrooke Manor
Reception : Lillibrooke Manor
Wedding Date : July 17th 2015

Tell us a little about yourself??

I am a full time photographer and I work in all areas of photography including weddings which I love. I am also a mum and I’ve been married nearly fourteen years, both of which make me pretty lucky.

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

I didn’t know how to answer this so I asked a couple of my friends which was a little daunting! Thankfully they made positive comments which included Unique, Freethinking, engaging and passionate.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

It was lovely actually, warm with wispy clouds in the sky nice conditions for taking photos. The vibe was relaxed and happy and really representative of the couple who were simply gorgeous and easy to work with.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I was asked to shoot friends weddings and it kind of just snowballed from there , again I was lucky I guess.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

Nearly ten years, but initially I was part time, now I am full time and it’s the best decision I made.

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

Yes I made mistakes, so I’ve learnt from them and made it a success, but to be honest I’m always learning which is why I’m still doing it, makes me work harder.

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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?

Go for the photographer that suits you and your style, not just the cheapest or the most expensive either.

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

I have a website, I’m on Facebook and Instgram and Linked in, but word of mouth and recommendations works best for me definitely

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Why do you think people hire you?

Because I want them to have the best memories of their wedding day which ranges from the service I provide on the run to the wedding and the wedding day, to the finished photographs and album.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

Around 20 , I also do corporate photography so I get a nice balance which keeps it fresh

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Seriously what a question! Hmm well I think its an honor to shoot all weddings as each and every one is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but if I could choose someone…I don’t think I can there’s just too many I would love to shoot. Hmmm Dolly Partons, but she’s already married and has been for 50 years apparently.

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

There are so many places!! But I think Norway, my mum is Norwegian, and I have happy memories of family holidays when I was younger, plus it’s a stunning country, one day hopefully.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

As there are always two of us that shoot (my husband and I) we have four camera bodies and a range of lenses (all canon) plus lighting if needed .

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

It varies from wedding to wedding, most mostly in the UK its unexpected rain fall, although it can make interesting photos as well!

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

I do a lot of ground work before the wedding, I visit the venues with my couples and compile an itinerary of their day so I know every detail which means I’m organized and therefore confident, friendly and calm in my work. But every wedding is different so I treat each wedding individually and try to explore the possibilities.

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Who or what inspires you?

So many people, photographers, things inspire me, but its my little girl who inspires me the most, the way she sees things is so beautiful.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Best: You sell yourself, so I aim to be the best I can and hopefully people see that.

Worst: Branded umbrellas, I never actually ordered them but I really considered it!


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

I would be an artist and use paint as my medium, but as I couldn’t paint I started to create images with a camera so I became a photographer.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

Just before 'you may now kiss the Bride' Dan the groom just couldn’t believe they were actually doing it had a whole array of emotions going on, such a privilege to photograph.

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

All sorts, but generally to just keep learning

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

To be able to connect with your couples , and understand what their priorities are for the wedding day in terms of photography.

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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?

So Many, the list would be endless!

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Watching my two year old organize a family group shot, telling everyone to 'smile' while standing behind my tripod, I’m hoping she will be my assistant one day!

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