Today’s wedding photography spotlight feature is all about Andy Turner. A North East wedding photographer in Newcastle upon Tyne providing creative story-telling wedding photography in the North East of England and beyond.
I just try to make it as laid back and simple as possible.
How did you get into wedding photography?
The tried and tested route of shooting a wedding for a friend, absolutely loving it and seeing the potential for a future career in wedding photography. At the time I was stuck in a retail job and couldn’t really see where an opportunity would come from but was then made redundant which gave me the chance to go for it, and I’ve never looked back.
Do you have a recent favorite photo that you have taken? Tell us how you took it and why you like it?
I was shooting groom prep at a recent wedding and the room had this amazing “bubble” mirror which I instantly knew could be used for a cool abstract shot of the groom putting on his tie. The image won me my first WPS award which is another reason to love it haha!
What really gets you emotional when you’re shooting a wedding?
I’m actually quite an emotional person so there are times at every wedding where I struggle to hold it together. Father of the Bride speeches seem to be my biggest weakness, as having a daughter of my own I know that one day it’ll be me up there and then there will be no holding back!
How do you put a couple at ease before and during their big day?
I just try to make it as laid back and simple as possible. The part of the day couples tend to worry about the most is the couple portraits, but I much prefer my photos to look natural which means very little traditional posing and looking for more genuine moments.
What is it about being a wedding photographer you love?
The diversity of it has huge appeal for me, as there are so many different genres of photography rolled into one. In a typical wedding day I’m a portrait photographer, a documentary photographer, product photographer, landscape photographer, and the list goes on. I also get to spend time with happy people in beautiful places, all having the time of their lives. What could be better?!
What is it about being a wedding photographer that you don’t love so much?
There’s no part of the job that I really hate, but I don’t know many photographers who enjoy the admin side of running a business much!
If you could change one thing about the industry what would it be?
I wish I could remove the pressures and expectations that are heaped upon brides and grooms-to-be. I’m not totally anti-tradition, but I do believe that your wedding day should be all about you and you should have it whichever way you please without feeling you have to conform to traditional norms. It’s your day, do it your way.
What photography kit do you have in your bag & what is your favourite?
I travel pretty light to be honest. My current kit bag includes a pair of Canon 5D mk3s, 35/50/85mm prime lenses and a 24-105mm. I also have a couple of speedlites and a few little knick knacks such as prisms. My favourite would have to be the canon 35mm f1.4 L which is probably my most used lens as it’s so versatile and I love the shallow depth of field.
What is your favourite part of the day?
Hard to choose to be honest, although I do love a good party!
We cannot thank Andy enough!!! You are a true genius Andy Turner! Throughout the entire wedding day you were utterly superb – Jennifer & Stephen
What tips would you give a couple on choosing a wedding photographer?
Pick me! Haha. On a serious note I would say do your research, and when you’ve found a photographer whose images really move you then go for it, even if it means stretching your budget a little. At the end of the day the photos are one of the few things you keep from your wedding so consider them an investment that will gain in personal value over time.
Why do you think couples choose you?
I think my relaxed approach appeals to my couples, and the fact I have a more “hands-off” approach allows them to relax and enjoy the day the way they’ve planned it, rather than me taking over and running the show.
How do you relax when you’re not shooting weddings?
I just love being around my wife and kids. I have a son who is 14 and a daughter who is 4, so although it’s not always relaxing, it’s how I love to spend my spare time!
What are you looking forward to and why?
My next wedding is my 100th so that’s a pretty special milestone for me.