Wedding Photographer Cornwall Dan Ward Wedding Photographer shoots a wedding at Polpier and Penpol, United Kingdom
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Tell us a little about yourself??Hi I’m Dan. I’m a 25 year old wedding photographer in gorgeous Cornwall in the UK.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?Just as someone happy, who loves what they do.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?The day was actually amazing start to finish. Completely perfect weather conditions for October, it was nearly 20 degrees. Easily better than summer!
The whole day was set at Polpier and Penpol in Cornwall. Which is an amazing private house you can hire out just for weddings. The day was totally relaxed, I had only a minimal brief from the couple as to what they would like, but one thing they really were keen on was sunset photographs at the beach, something we nailed later on in the day.
How did you get into wedding photography?I fell into it. I did a small evening course just to meet more like minded people in photography,. And my tutor insisted I go on a shoot with someone she had taught years before. And the rest as they say, is history.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?4-5 years now. I’ve been taking bookings for myself for 3 years now.
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?I work super hard to make sure I always give off the right image and always be honest and open about what my clients will get. I happily share my whole galleries to anyone that wants to see and anyone that wants to book. I think it’s only fair you see everything and not just a handful of the ‘best’ images.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?Photos that make you happy. If you look at an image and you can see the emotion in it, then it’s more than just any old wedding image.
Don’t just go for the cheapest – or even the most expensive. Go for the one with the style that suits your personality most.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?I used to (and still od a bit of) marketing for online retailers. So I’m fluent in PPC, SEO and just general web development, which helps a lot in this business. Nothing beats a good bit of referral from a happy past customer though.
Why do you think people hire you?I’d like to think it’s because I work my absolute socks off at my job and that it shows in my images. I think it helps I am laid back, calm and relaxing in a fast paced situation.
How many weddings do you average per year?About 35 a year.
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?Jennifer Lawrence, just because.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?Italy, easy! It’s my favourite place. Any part, I’m not fussy!
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?I now shoot a mix of Canon 5d mk3’s and I’ve just added a Nikon d750 to the mix. Generally 24mm Sigma Art (Nikon), 35mm f1.4 Canon and 85mm f1.2L Canon are the only lenses I will ever use.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?Not in particular, I like to keep it open. Every wedding is a different story, I don’t think they should all be told the same way.
Who or what inspires you?Cornwall in general inspires me. I don’t like looking at too much of others work. I like to draw my inspiration from elsewhere than photography if possible.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?Adwords is a no brainer. I haven’t had any terrible ideas I’d say.
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?Boring! Computers is what I’m good at, not the most interested, but something in that field.
Share your favourite image of the day and why?I’ve dozens of really nice couple shots that I just love. But this of Rachel having just walked the aisle always does it for me. Just raw emotion in one image.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?To keep pushing what I do. I’d love to shoot weddings on film, something I would just love to do day in day out. Nothing quite like film.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?Hard work and being able to cope with not sleeping. Continually working on what’s next.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?So many that I do follow but no one in particular. I don’t like looking at someone’s work to much as it’s all I can think about then. I love the VSCO group on facebook, anyone in that is a winner.
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?I had a couple who really didn’t like their photos being taken, but were pushed into booking a photographer last minute by one of their relatives. They absolutely loved the photos I gave them. When the bride saw them, they couldn’t thank me enough. I just love that I influenced their day for the better.
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