In today’s wedding photography spotlight feature we show off the brilliant work of Patrick Engel. A wedding photographer based in Germany. Patrick started shooting way back in 2013, he hasn’t looked back and now his beautiful wife has joined him on his journey too.
The relationship between parents and their children who are marrying for me has one of the most important impact
How did you get into wedding photography?
Before running a photo business I studied English, Psychology and History.
I worked as project manager for several years in different companies.
Do you have a recent favorite photo that you have taken? Tell us how you took it and why you like it?
Yes, I have a favorite one which I took last year. I really love it since it’s so funny in this context. I love the joke of the scene and I’m very thankful for what happened right in front of me – it was a gift.
What really gets you emotional when you’re shooting a wedding?
The relationship between parents and their children who are marrying for me a huge impact. These few moments contain so much emotion that it makes me weep. Very often it reminds me of my parents, especially of my dad who passed away two years ago.
Sometimes kids do the same – they show their emotions completely unmasked. I love this!
How do you put a couple at ease before and during their big day?
Good question, my couples know the answer I suppose. I assume it might be my relaxed kind of interacting with them. Very often I feel what they might feel and react like I would like people to react if I were in the their position.
The funny thing is that even after so many weddings every new wedding day makes me totally excited as if it was my first wedding but I have my strategies. So, this might be the reason why I can connect with my couples and at the same time able to stay focused.
What is it about being a wedding photographer you love?
It’s a big open door to closeness, raw feelings and feeling good at the same time.
I love to be as close as possible but at the same time not being the epicenter of the day. I love travelling to new locations and meeting people from all over the world since it constantly keeps my mind open for new input. I love my work.
What is it about being a wedding photographer that you don’t love so much?
Everything has a flip side. Besides all the lovely things I really don’t like being limited in photography, following mainstream and photographical restrictions.
If you could change one thing about the wedding industry what would it be?
Maybe having more authenticity and less rivalry. I share anything I know about wedding photography in my workshops since there’s nothing to hide. Everybody has his own style and approach.
What photography kit do you have in your bag & what is your favourite?
Canon 5D III & IV, a Sigma 20mm ART, Canon 35 2.0 and 85 1.8 is my standard gear. A bunch of remote Speedlites as well. New is the Sony A7 III with a 28mm prime lense. I also love my self-made camera straps since I like to have maximum mobility.
What is your favourite part of the day?
The Getting Ready. It’s the mixture of being relaxed and totally excited. A lot of things happen, family comes in, it’s vibrant, it’s intensive.
I have tears in my eyes – The day was wonderfully beautiful and will always be remembered.
What tips would you give a couple on choosing a wedding photographer?
Decide by heart, not by numbers like price, awards etc.
Call him/her and verify (or not) your feelings, whether you found the right one instantly or not.
You made your decision long before you contact your favorite photographers and long before you compare photos, prices etc.
Why do you think couples choose you?
I hope they like my work, my personality and my approach. If at least one of my images reflects something that they are looking for. I’m happy to tell them more about my approach and me.
How do you relax when you’re not shooting weddings?
I’m constantly leaving and entering my personal comfort zone to get the best out of a wedding day. Entering my comfort zone allows me to relax on a wedding day and to re-focus & eating of course! 😉
What are you looking forward to and why?
I’m looking forward to further personal development – I don’t take it for granted what I have now, I appreciate every new experience, every new couple and every opportunity to shoot a wedding. I’m very thankful that I’m allowed to do this.