Q&A with Wedding Photographer, Lucy

Today, we are chatting to the lovely Lucy who talks about her photography and her style of photography.

1. What inspired you to work in photography?
My parents bought me my first digital camera when I was 14, it was only 1 megapixel as it was 18 years ago, but I absolutely loved it and decided to study photography for A Level. I enjoyed photography so much that I knew that’s what I wanted to pursue a career in.

2. How long have you been working in photography?
All in all 13 years. I started out in 2007 when I assisted at my first wedding. I photographed my first wedding on my own in 2008 when I was 20 and then got a job as a fashion and portrait photographer in a studio, where I worked for 3 years. I then left and went on to photograph weddings again and built my wedding photography business whilst working for a well known tech company. I have been photographing weddings full time for 4 and a half years now and I love being self employed.

3. What do you love about weddings?
The people, the interactions, and the emotion. I’m such a people person, I love getting to know my couples and interacting with their guests, it’s such a joyful event and I love that I am the one responsible for freezing moments in time and documenting the day, creating heirlooms that my couple’s are able to look back on and show their family for generations to come. 

4. What is your style of photography?
Natural/ staged?My style of photography is natural. I don’t like to force moments or recreate something that’s already happened, I believe in capturing the real and documenting the day and emotions as they unfold. I tend to give a little direction when it comes to the couple portraits and group shots so that people know what to do, rather than standing there feeling awkward.

5. What are your regular working hours when working on a wedding?
Do you arrive in the morning and leave after the ceremony or do you stay on for the entire evening?I am there for 10 hours as standard when photographing weddings so that I capture the full day from bridal prep to first dance and usually some dance floor action with the guests a few tracks after the first dance. I do offer extra hours of coverage if couples want later coverage though.

6. Do Brides ask to see some images on the day?
Not really as they trust me, however I do sometimes show my couples the back of the camera when I think I’ve produced a really beautiful shot, just to reassure them and boost their confidence.

7. Do you work with a team or is it a one man band?
No, it’s just me! I do have 2nd shooters that sometimes photograph weddings with me when my couples add on a 2nd photographer to their wedding photography package

8. Do you offer videography services?
I don’t at the moment but it’s something I’m looking into as I’m interested in learning more and potentially offering a videography service in the future.

9. What is your favourite part of a wedding day?
I love the couple portraits but feel that’s the obvious choice. The speeches are another favourite though as I get to hear some funny stories and I love capturing everyones reactions. This is the point in the day where everyone is relaxed and focused on the speaker so kind of forget that I’m there. This means that I can get totally natural shots and document the emotions.

10. Can you summarise your style of photography in 3 words
Classic, Natural & Romantic

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