As you may or may not know, I haven’t been the best at writing blog posts, and that’s for a few reasons. First being, I’ve been ridiculously busy doing a million and one things for my wedding photography business, the second reason is the time I’ve been spending on art and documentary projects, these two on their own leave me very little time for anything else. The final, and more plausible excuse, is that my approach to tackling subjects and worrying about how I come across, coupled with my fairly young age for a wedding photographer has meant I’ve been approaching the whole scene with some trepidation and nervousness. This was a few years ago now and I have grown into what I do. Now I’m not speaking for anyone else, but I do feel that all wedding photographers need some time to discover their true style and it doesn't matter what you did before in other areas of photography but when you start shooting weddings you will develop a unique style. It doesn't come overnight but it is definitely important. Well after the first few years of wedding photography you start really finding out where it’s taking you. After listening to a podcast, in which the really talented Craig George talked about his approach and experience, I was inspired to be bold and rebrand a little by concentrating on shooting more of what I want to without worrying as much.
The turning point...
For me last year was THE year which I found the style I really wanted to develop and grow into, but there's always a little part of me shooting a bit safe. In reality I would shoot the safe shots (ones I knew were popular and will do well) and also shoot some more of the fine art, slightly darker and moodier images as well which got me being a little bit more nervous about their reaction. It occurred to me that there are a million and one photographers just shooting in the same old safe style that lacks passion and the special spark that means when you look back on your special day you can feel the energy and atmosphere through the images. So what can I offer that is a little more special? I believe that is the fine art, editorial style images that I love to shoot so much which you rarely find anywhere else in this field. So, I need to go forward with that, re-evaluate my style, not be arrogant about it and just shoot with my gut. Hopefully it’ll show in the work I produce and I'll also be way happier with the direction I'm moving in. After all, I'd rather do a handful of weddings that is 100% me over a ton of weddings that are not.
I actually shoot wedding videography as well, under the name of Arcadia Wedding Films and this Dec as well as shooting a wedding film I was taking a lot of stills in between collecting footage. Becuase I was hired as a wedding videographer by the lovely Kayleigh and Kirk, they had hired Gemma from Spring Box Photography for there photography package so I was purely shooting these stills for myself, and I'm so glad I did.
All photographers want everyone to love their photographs right?
Having everyone loving my work is simply not going to happen, everyone has their own preferences and there are so many different styles to consider. I’ve learned that as a wedding photographer trying to bring over a style from an editorial / fine art background it was tough on my confidence when holding parts of me back. I realised I need to put some faith back into myself without being arrogant and I cautiously walk this line.
So why choose me?
If you type in google 'wedding photographer Cardiff' you will end up getting tons of options, some are great and some not so great but even after you sift through 20 + pages of photographers you still don't really know what they're like until you meet them. I hope by being more up front and sharing how I feel about photography and just being myself here on this blog that people who read this will be able to appreciate my style and get a feel for who I am as a person asides from just as a photographer.
Who are these people you speak of?
Really anyone can appreciate my style and approach, it’s not limited to a specific demographic, at the end of the day it's more about what they want from their wedding photographs. Someone who wants to hire a photographer just for the sake of the fact that 'everyone does, I better had' probably wouldn't benefit from hiring me over someone else. The people who truly want to capture those special moments and spend some time with me putting some thought into their wedding photography beforehand would ultimately be my dream clients. I am always keen to talk to clients and take on board any direction or opinions they might have, well I say clients but I feel it's too formal as I always feel like couples I work with are more like friends after we’ve spent a little time together. I love geeking out and trying to work in the personal touches that give an extra value to their images and it's this little effort of getting to know them better before the day and their story that really shows in the final images. I’ve always felt rather embarrassed to be frank in a truly personal way. That's going to change for 2016.
This year I'm going to shoot with my art editorial style more and show more of the real and personal me on this blog.
I am offering a hand full of packages at a reduced rate to people who have read this and feel like I’m the right choice for them. Just tell me you read the blog and that you feel like I could be the right choice for you by leaving me a message here.