Hello Again, Dave here,
Today I am going to “change tack” slightly with my post. I’m going to re-publish an article that another one of my photographer friends wrote. Her name is Alex Davies of Alexandra Jane Photography.
I’ve only known Alex for a couple of years, but boy has she made an impact on me – a very positive impact. Alex has been through some hard times which included having to up sticks and move away from her home, family and business. She moved to an area where she knew nobody and had to start again.
But…start again she did and within a very short time she had another successful photographic business on her hands. People couldn’t understand how she did it. The answer though, is very simple. She loves photography and she is a people person. She had bundles of enthusiasm for both subjects. And it was that boundless enthusiasm that allowed her to start again from base bottom and build her second hugely successful business.
So, the reason I wanted to reproduce this article is because her enthusiasm shines through in her writing. What should you learn from this? Enthusiasm, postive attitude, call it what you will, it will carry you a very long way and helpyou achieve goals others can only dream about.
So, here’s Alex talking about doing wedding photography in the Cotswolds and Chilterns – enjoy!
When it comes to your big day, it is all about creating those memories that you will look back on for years to come, and what better way to do that than in a beautifully curated and crafted wedding album.
As a passionate and almost fanatical photographer (This is so true – Dave), capturing the wedding days of brides and grooms-to-be, and their party of family and friends, has been a love of mine for as long as I can remember. But how do I ensure that I create and document the picture-perfect moments that are unique to your special day?
Here I reveal the secrets behind my success with the wedding shooting tips that turn those special moments that you share throughout the day into a permanent shrine to your relationship…
Planning Makes Perfect
It’s not the day itself where prepping for perfect pictures begins, planning begins up to 12 months before the wedding day. The initial contact and subsequent consultations with the bride and groom are vital for defining exactly what they want and need from their big day and from their wedding pictures.
As well as discussing the logistics of the day, including times, locations and party members, liaising with both the bride and groom regarding their priorities, the desired style of the images and any particular moments that they want to capture is all part of the programme. This information is confirmed on numerous occasions on the run up to the big day.
I love taking pictures in both the Cotswolds and the Chilterns. Of course, these days, I know the area and the venues really well. But when I first came to the area, I had to make sure I knew the layout of the venues, so it was important to do a reccy the week before the wedding itself. Nowadays I know both the Cotswoldsand Chilterns so well, I don’t need to unless it is a special situation. Come what may, I feel totally blessed that my work takes me to such beauty on a regular basis.
Extra Equipment For Speed And Insurance
Every wedding photographer will have their own must-haves, and having a second body or lens to hand is a golden rule for many. When disaster does strike you need to ensure that you have a plan b, and believe me, equipment (even the very best makes and models) can falter. Having a second camera body and lens to hand also helps you explore a greater range of angles at speed, after all a little fiddling with the lens and camera settings here and there may mean you miss vital moments.
Embrace Absolutely Everything – Even The Weather
As well as the honour of being able to capture one of the most special days in a couple’s life, joy has to be taken from shooting weddings in different venues, seasons and weather conditions. The Chilterns and the Cotswolds have a host of stunning venues and whilst they each provide their own beauty, the weather isn’t always so accommodating. Embrace every changing season, overcast day and misbehaving groomsman to capture unique moments with plenty of love and personality.
This is the joy of my life – I just love it!
Thanks Alex, I just loved reading that.