Today in our ‘Wedding Photography Spotlight’ we speak to the lovely Artemis Fox, a wedding photographer duo based in Sussex. The team behind Artemis Fox Photography are Darius & Naomi, wedding photographers Sussex.
Darius & Naomi have been shooting weddings for several years, shooting mainly in Sussex but also weddings across England & Wales. They are more than happy to shoot weddings in Barbados, Fiji, Bermuda and other exotic locations. Their words not ours.
Darius gave up his day job as a software developer to pursue wedding photography. Naomi, a former actress, loves all things weddings.
Choose a photographer whose photos evoke some kind of emotion.
What really gets you emotional when you’re shooting a wedding?
D: I can’t say I get really emotional at weddings but I think being a father myself it’s seeing the bride walk down the aisle with their dad, beaming, nervous. I love capturing the moment when the bride and the groom give each other that 1st little glance. It’s all in the eyes.
N: I’m pretty soppy so I get emotional throughout the day! Wedding days are obviously highly charged with emotion and it gets to me every time. I have been known to have to wipe away tears at many points.
How do you put a couple at ease before and during their big day?
D: I think we’re both very friendly, down to earth and genuine people and that puts people at ease naturally. We’re professional and we know what we’re doing and we are always at the end of a keyboard or phone if we’re needed. We go over every part of the day when we first meet and we do it again just before the wedding so we’re all on the same page.
N: I love getting to know our couples and consider it very important in order to be fully immersed in the wedding day. When you have a good relationship with a couple they naturally feel more comfortable with you and you subsequently get the best pictures.
What is it about being a wedding photographer you love?
D: In terms of what we do it’s a great day to be a part of. Everyone is happy and friendly there are great vibes all over the place. In terms of what the job allows; it allows us to work from home, spend time with our kids together and we get to have flexible lives.
N: In my opinion it’s the best job in the world! I love every aspect, getting to know the couples in the run up to the day, getting our bags all packed up, meeting the family, working with the best light, the beauty of those precious moments, and of course watching everyone get on the dance floor at the end of the night! The best bit though is getting feedback from the couples once they have their images. You can’t beat that.
What is it about being a wedding photographer that you don’t love?
D: It can be stressful and all the post processing and preparing the images is mentally exhausting. So many people just think it’s one day and it’s over.
N: Because we put so much in to the wedding day itself, the next day I am completely exhausted. That’s pretty hard with four children to look after!
What is your favourite part of the day?
D: I like the wedding speeches. Lots of laughing, smiles, tears and by that point in the day the hardest parts are out of the way and you can slow down a lot, that is until the first dance is upon us.
N: I love the excitement and anticipation of the bride and groom getting ready.
What tips would you give a couple on choosing a wedding photographer?
D: I look at it in terms of how I would choose a wedding photographer. Budget is probably high on the list but after I know what budget I have it’s basically if I like their images and if I like them. Always meet your wedding photographer and ask lots of questions.
N: Obviously a consistency in the quality of the images is high on the list, but equally important is how well you gel together as people. Also you really want someone who always responds to emails and phone calls very quickly and genuinely cares about your day.
If you weren’t a wedding photographer what would you love to be doing?
D: I would love to always work for myself. I’ve always wanted to be a film director but like David Lynch or Jim Jarmusch, totally independent.
N: I studied Biology at university and am really interested in health, so I would probably be a doctor.
What are you looking forward to, and why?
D: Being a granddad.
N: I have been a mum for the last 15 years, and as much as I love it I look forward to going travelling with Darius without kids! That will be in at least 14 years time when the youngest one goes off to uni. I am also excited about planning my own wedding as we very recently got engaged ourselves!