Our ‘Real Weddings’ section is another opportunity for couples to find inspiration and find their wedding photographer. It doesn’t matter which part of the world you live in, if you’re inspired by what you see then you should get in touch with the wedding photographer. You should never forget one thing, a wedding photographer loves to travel and all our wedding photographers are passionate about what they do.
Wedding Photographer: Damion Mower Photography
Couple: Michael & Katy
Ceremony Location: Great Fosters, Berkshire
Reception Location: Great Fosters, Berkshire
Wedding Date: 29th December 2017
Tell us a little about yourself…
I’m a Buckinghamshire wedding photographer, having recently moved from London to the home-counties and enjoying the wide-open space of Bucks.
My early career was as a marketing director for some big brands, before the yearning to be my own boss and find my own creative flow took over. I love wedding photography for the emotions, the engaging people I photograph and the photographic community that surrounds the industry – it’s a really inspiring and engaging position to be in.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?
I’m outgoing, open and collaborative, super hard working and have a huge hunger to learn and be inspired by others.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day…
This was a beautiful wedding, full of Christmas cheer and with the warm glow you get from winter weddings – lots of log fires, candles and fairy lights heightening the intimacy and emotion of the day.
Katy and Michael found me online and they just seemed like my sort of couple – very relaxed, loved up and just looking forward to spending the day with friends and family, sharing laughs and making memories.
An interesting anecdote about the wedding is that Katy and Michael had arranged for a singing waiter, who entertained with classical opera (ex West End singer). He was superb, blending in for the entire day as a waiter before breaking into song (after a calamitous fall) during dinner.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I’ve always had a passion for it but this was really ignited when I did my training with The Trained Eye. Spending time with other photographers, crafting a skill, and second shooting was exhilarating.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?
What is it about being a wedding photographer you love?
I love the emotion, the connection between friends and families, the weight of the occasion (the meaning/the declaration) and the fact that everybody is there to have a good time and share in the love.
There is something curiously magnetic about having the responsibility to deliver images for the couple that will be handed down for generations. Much like many photographers, I’m sure, but the moment I send the images I’m on tenterhooks awaiting some positive feedback!
Can you share how you’ve made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?
I spent money on Paid for advertising in year 1 – recognising that it would take a long while to get referrals and a strong SEO position. I attend 1 big wedding fair and 3 small one’s a year to keep the momentum going.
I invest time in SEO for the long game.
No matter what the mess is in the background I try and give my clients the very best customer experience.
Why do you think people hire you?
I believe people buy people so I try to be engaging, interested and give people confidence that they are in safe hands and that they will love their photos. I think this is why people hire me.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?
A style they love
Focus on reviewing blogs over portfolio galleries (and look for entire weddings)
Get to know your photographer and decide whether you like him/her – it’s a long day to have someone you’re not too fussed about following you round.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?
I’ve done one in Lake Como, Italy, but would love to shoot in Ravello in Italy, the high view point and vistas look stunning.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?
2x Canon 5d mk4
macro for details
17-40 for dancefloor and wides
4x flash with magmods/stands
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding?
Time – for me it’s the period between the moment the ceremony finishes and the moment the guests sit down to eat
Do you have an approach to a wedding?
I’m trying to shoot through moments more, not dart around so much and wait for the moments to come to me. To keep confident and not start chasing shots.
Who or what inspires you?
I love listening to other photographers talk about their work, hearing how they crafted the shot, learning from what they took from the moment. This industry should be proud of itself in relation to the supportive nature and shared knowledge of the community.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you’ve stumbled across?
I like Mike Garrard, Ben Toms, Adam Johsnon, Rahul Khona’s work
Share your favourite image of the day…
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
I would still be in marketing – working with creatives and building on their ideas.
Proudest moment so far, photography related or otherwise?
Why, getting featured here of course….I’ve not won any awards but I’m getting good feedback from clients.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?
I would like to become a better shooter, get more epic moments – which I think is natural for anyone at the early stage of their career.
Beyond that I think it’s about creating a sustainable business that puts money in the bank year on year, that I can be proud of building.