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Wedding Photographer London Frances Carlisle Wedding Photography shoots a wedding at Lavandula, Hepburn Springs, VIC, Australia

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Wedding Photographer : Frances Carlisle Wedding Photography  
Couple : Bella + Adam
Wedding Photographer London
Ceremony Location : Lavandula, Hepburn Springs, VIC, Australia
Reception : Lavandula, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Wedding Date : 14th February 2015

Tell us a little about yourself??

I’m Frances, I’m a female wedding photographer based in South East London, although I love to travel further afield and abroad.

I work with my couples to help you act naturally in front of the camera, so that when you look at your wedding images, you feel relaxed, gorgeous and loved. Many of my brides feel more at ease and confident having a female wedding photographer with them on the day.

I’m also a busy working mama to a little boy I adore and loving girlfriend to an amazing blues piano hand.

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

Calm and friendly and someone your guests will think is a friend of yours.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

A beautifully warm and relaxed day, that had love and family at its core. Parents, siblings and friends had flown in from overseas (Europe to Australia) and were staying with the couple: the bridal villa was home to both families during the morning of the wedding - there was no ‘groom can’t see the bride the morning of’ - it was all wonderfully relaxed.

The wedding itself was on a gorgeous Italian style lavender farm, which close friends had decorated with flowers, hearts hanging from trees - all very rustic. The kids ran around playing boules, watching the farm’s Emus and getting just a *tiny* bit muddy.


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How did you get into wedding photography?

I’d loved photography for a few years but it was a hobby in the background. I love working with people, getting the best out of them - and being creative, of course . So when after having a family, I decided to retrain, it came naturally to go for weddings and portraiture than any other photographic genre.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

Two to three years: since having my son and reevaluating how life and career fit together with a young family.

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

Really learning to reflect who I am has been the biggest moment of truth for me - to not hide behind what you think a wedding photographer should say or how weddings should appear. I’m still learning and adapting myself.

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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?

Well, I’m a big believer in print. I still love to hold a novel in my hands, not on a screen. But your wedding photos are once in a lifetime so I really think couples should think long term - what happens when your laptop crashes and you realise USB sticks (like all technology eventually) have become obsolete? So I’d go with the best and opt for a package with professionally printed albums. My clients can’t believe their eyes when they receive theirs, so I know it’s not just us photographers who adore them!

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

Through word of mouth, clients searching online, and wedding fairs, although in the main, it’s referrals and GOOGLE that work for me at the moment.

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Why do you think people hire you?

Because once they’ve got beyond whether or not they like my photography - they connect with my style and who I am. It fits with them and their day - I’m a great lover of colour and people often mention that when they book.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

I keep it to no more than 20 per year - so I can balance the quality of my time spent on clients weddings and time spent with my family.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Marilyn Monroe & Arthur Miller’s. In another lifetime, obviously.

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

Mexico or Bolivia. I’ve a long standing love affair with Latin America, having spent so many years living there and working with Latin Americans, It feels like home to me.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

My two Canon 5D MK II bodies (soon to be upgraded), a range of prime lenses (28, 35, 50, 85) and two speedlites used off camera for night time/ dance floor shots.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Getting through the wave of fatigue that hits you after that break at dinner time!

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

I like to get prepared, logistically and mentally. Know what kind of image a couple likes or dislikes beforehand, and having walked around the venue before so I can work out an idea of what I’d like to do when, where and how. That gives me the space and freedom to just flow with the rest of it and be more spontaneous and inventive.

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Who or what inspires you?

Colour. I love big, bold colour. And relaxed, intimate surroundings.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Best: Showing work that reflects my own tastes and who I am.
Worst: Exhibiting at shows I’d never go to myself.


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

I’d be where my other passion lies, (back) working in women’s rights - a far cry from wedding photography, right?!

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

This one was taken right before the ceremony, Bella had just arrived with her father, sister and brother, and was enjoying a fleeting moment of calm - Bella looks and feels stunning, her smile is completely natural and reflects why she’s there, and the light and her flowers add beauty to the photo.

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

I’m looking forward to launching ‘camera confidence’ portrait sessions for my brides - so far they’ve been fantastic and so much fun! I want women to feel comfortable in front of the camera and see that no matter how they feel about being in front of a camera, they can get over that, have fun and realise they look pretty great on camera.

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

The perfect blend of photographic skill, people skills, business know-how, and being a marketing maverick.

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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?

Fer Juaristi, Luis Garvan (I had the great pleasure of attending his portrait workshops recently - the guy is truly an inspiration), Cat Hepple. I love her interpretation of boudoir photography, and a string of others obviously, but these people are amazing at what they do.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Seeing my work in print, photography or not!

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