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Wedding Photographer: Helen Batt Photography
Couple: David & Simon
Ceremony Location: Port Lympne Wild Animal Park & Mansion
Reception Location: Port Lympne Wild Animal Park & Mansion
Wedding Date: 26th August 2016
Tell us a little about yourself…
I’m a country girl at heart who loves the simple things in life such as spending time with my partner, Shelley and our little dog Coco, and going out with friends. I love meeting new people and visiting new places (always with my camera!). I enjoy Movies, good books, eating great food, running, cycling, tennis and yoga.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?
I think I’d be described as happy, I tend to look a little worried unless I’m smiling so it’s a good thing I laugh a lot. I have a positive outlook on life and my motto is ‘treat people as you would like to be treated’.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day…
It was beautiful hot day with bright blue skies and perfect for what was planned. The ceremony was set up for outside in the courtyard area with a white rose attached to every chair. On each chair was also a cone filled with white rose petals to use as confetti, there was lots of attention to detail at this wedding, my particular favourite was them using one of their pre wedding photos on M&M sweets!
The wedding had a relaxed vibe and there was so much love and support evident from every single person for these two guys, with their mums escorting them up the aisle to give them away and their sisters presenting the rings.
Guests were treated to a beautiful song by one of David and Simons friends during the ceremony and then a safari after a few glasses of champagne.
The reception room looked stunning as did their wedding cake decorated with massive chocolate shards and when they did their first dance the bracelets that each guest had been given lit up!
How did you get into wedding photography?
I started photography as a hobby and photographed my first wedding in 2007, I was scared to death but the buzz afterwards was a amazing and actually while I was doing that wedding couple in the street asked me to do theirs!
How long have you been a wedding photographer?
Full-time since 2009.
Can you share how you’ve made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?
I’ve made it a success through dedication and a passion for photography. I love the photography side of things more so than the admin ,but that seems to take up the majority of my time, I guess like any business. Mistakes I’ve made are taking advice from the wrong people particularly where SEO is concerned.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?
They need to make sure A: they love the style of photography, B: they click with the photographer as they’ll be around most of, if not all the day and C: they fit their budget. If they have to buy an album at a later date to ensure they can afford the coverage that is what they should do as the photos are all that are left.
What do you think a couple should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?
I think the most important thing is hiring a photographer you are very comfortable with and like having around. You are going to spend a lot of time with them on your wedding day.
I use Google Ads and organic searches, as well as being recommended by certain venues. Wedding fairs for photographers are expensive and hard to get into so I’m only doing a couple this year.
Why do you think people hire you?
I think firstly they look at my work and see that it’s very natural and that I capture what happens in the day and secondly after meeting me they can see I’m easy to get on with and have their interests for what they want first and foremost.
How many weddings do you average per year?
25-30 although I’d love to photograph more, its a competitive market!
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?
I don’t have any particular person or people who I’d specifically like to photograph, so long as they love my style and we get along I’m as happy as I can be.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?
Tuscany or Iceland
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?
I have 2 Nikon D750 camera bodies and then an array of prime lenses from 24mm to 180mm. I’ve just purchased a fuji XT2 to take along as well which I’m really excited about!
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding?
Timings! You imagine the wedding day to be a long time but for me as the photographer there are crucial things that have to be done in a limited time. The period from the start of the ceremony to sitting down for the wedding breakfast is full on. Ceremony, group photos, photos of the couple, photos of the room and table details and candid shots of everyone enjoying drinks etc.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?
I make sure I’m organised. I always do a timeline of events of the day and know what’s happening when. The last thing you want is to have to interrupt the bride and groom to see what’s happening next so preparation is really important.
Who or what inspires you?
People who do things to help make a positive difference to other people inspire me.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?
Best – getting to know other vendors and photographers.
Worst- relying on SEO
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
I would have loved to have been a professional sports person as that was what I was good at as well as art.
Share your favourite image of the day and why
My favourite image is the one where David is shaving Simons neck, it also got a place in the Wedding Photojournalist Association awards.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?
I have ambitions to photograph weddings as part of a personal project around the world in countries where the ceremonial traditions are totally different from the weddings I do here in the UK. In areas off the beaten track for people who perhaps wouldn’t normally even have a photographer.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?
Being able to relate and communicate with people so they feel comfortable and confident with you and being able to take a good series of photographs!
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you’ve stumbled across?
Plenty of people inspire me but one man who I have got to know and admire is John Stanmeyer, a National geographic photographer. Not only is his work brilliant, he is one of the most humble and generous people I have met in the industry.
Proudest moment so far, photography related or otherwise?
Its actually winning the Kent County Ladies Amateur golf championship on two separate occasions many years ago!