Wedding Photographer Tyne and Wear Phil Nunez Wedding Photography shoots a wedding at Eshott Hall, Northumberland, United Kingdom
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Tell us a little about yourself??Pretty easy going and chilled.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?I frequently get told by brides/bridesmaids/mothers etc that I'm very calming, so yes, happy with that.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?I love the time spent driving to the venue in the morning as it helps calm my nerves (yes I get nervous). Nervous because I want to be the best I can be and produce the best photographs I can, for every couple. It's a massive responsibility, and a great honour to be invited along.
Simply put, each and every wedding day, is the most important day of my wedding photography career so far. There's no room for complacency.
How did you get into wedding photography?I started out shooting landscapes. Strangely, off the back of this, I got asked to photograph weddings of friends but I always politely declined, until this one time.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?5 years.
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?Lots of mistakes, but mainly I treat every couple like they're the only ones that matter, and I go out my way for them, and that includes their families and friends on the wedding day.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?The couples I'm lucky enough to attract want good photography without the photography/photographer taking over their day. I think photography style and the photographer's personality are extremely important before anything else.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?The most success I've had and continue to have is referrals from past brides, you can't beat those really.
Why do you think people hire you?I think couples are attracted to the thought of getting great photography without losing a second of their day to photography.
How many weddings do you average per year?25-30
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?No one in particular. Just more of the same type of people I already get to shoot.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?I've been in conversation with a couple who live in Salt Lake City in Utah, who are considering hiring me to shoot their mountain bike themed wedding in Moab. If they invite me, I'm there.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?2 x Canon 5D MKIII's, 24mm, 50mm, 135mm, an energy bar, and a bit of flash for party time.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
But I'm seriously considering buying a can of white foam, referees use them at football matches and it seems to work :-)
Do you have an approach to a wedding?Come rain or shine I approach every wedding the same. I know my timings, locations brief inside out, and I know my gear's been checked and is functioning. Beyond that, I observe and record.
Who or what inspires you?My wife and children inspire me to be the best I can be.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?I'm lousy when it comes to marketing, but I do very well with referrals from past couples, so the best idea would have to be to look after your couples and their guests, and ultimately they'll look after you.
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?I'll always be a photographer, maybe not always paid though! I'd love to fly helicopters for a living, that'd be cool.
Share your favourite image of the day and why?What's not to love about this. What a dude! For me it's the simple things.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?I have no aspirations for world domination. Instead, I want to maintain this level of feeling like my work isn't actually work as such. More getting to hang out with cool and interesting people, and be lucky enough to earn a wage from it.
When I feel like it's too much of a job, that's when I'll book my first helicopter flying lesson.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?Stay true to yourself, believe in yourself, shoot for yourself, treat your couples, their families and guests well, very well.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?Joe Buissink. His work is sublime and I'd love to hang out with him for a day.
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?Becoming a Dad twice and marrying my wife, Emma. I do realise this is actually 3 moments and not one, please forgive me ;-)
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