Today in Spotlight we talk to the wonderful Esme Fletcher from Leamington Spa and show you more of her outstanding work.
Esme has been working as a wedding photographer for over 6 years, relocating from Tyne & Wear to Leamington Spa where she now makes hundreds of brides and grooms happy with her beautiful wedding photos.
Graduating from university with a National Diploma and Degree in Photography (where she also won the Photography Prize) Esme describes her work as relaxed, quirky with a documentary style. Previously shooting work for a large fashion company, Esme has brought her wealth of knowledge into the wedding world to deliver high class and high quality images to each of her couples, carving out their individual style and personalities.
I strive to capture this unique personality in your photographs at a relaxed pace – with none of the cheese.
Esme has a relaxed and creative approach to every wedding day, making couples feel at ease and her main philosophy is that couples have fun.
We asked Esme a few questions so you can get to know her a little bit more…
What really gets you emotional when you’re shooting a wedding?
Seeing the connections between the family – not just the couple – can be very emotional, especially the boys, dads, granddads and of course the groom. If they start crying it usually gets me teared up too! The ceremony is usually the most emotionally intense part of the day – everybody is crying happy tears!
How do you put a couple at ease before and during their big day?
I have a pre-wedding meeting where possible with the couple where I like to get to know what they do, how they met (and got engaged) and the feeling of their wedding day. I include a pre-wedding shoot in all of my packages as its an amazing way to build up a relationship with the couple and get them used to being in front of the camera and the way that I work.
Esme photographed our wedding all day and was amazing!
What is it about being a wedding photographer you love?
To put it simply – witnessing two people in love confirm the bond between them. It is such a happy day and its such a pleasure to do a job where I don’t want to go home and have a permanent smile on my face!
What is it about being a wedding photographer that you don’t love so much?
Paperwork! Also group photos – I really like doing the smaller groups but when you are given a list of 50 when you only have an hour to get them done it can be quite stressful for the bride and groom.
What is your favourite part of the day?
Thats a tough one to choose. I love the morning, its a beautiful time full of moments of contemplation and excitement but then I love all of the day, when I take the couple for their portraits and they have some time to chat and be together (almost alone!) its a wonderful moment to capture.
What tips would you give a couple on choosing a wedding photographer?
Choose someone who’s work you love and a person you like, they are going to be there through your whole wedding day so its important you get along well. When I’m working it feels like we are great friends rather than the photographer and client. Listen to your photographer on timescales as they know what is realistic in the times given.
What are you looking forward to and why?
I’m looking forward to the new year with lots of lovely new weddings, including my first international wedding. I’m also I’m looking forward to my own wedding in 2017!