I’ve long been an advocate of the pre-wedding (AKA engagement) shoot, as not only do you get to meet your photographer but on a more relaxed day than your wedding day, it also gives you an awesome set of photos during those heady days before you tie the knot.
Today’s post comes from Erika of PhotoMadly, a Way Out Wedding favourite, and she’s talking about all the reasons you should totally have this kind of shoot!! Over to Erika!
Hands up who got engaged over the festive period. Congratulations if you did!! I expect you’re now tentatively making a start on the planning and making lists of all the people you need to book in order to make the big day happen. One of the most important people you will ever encounter will be your wedding photographer – this is the person who will turn the fleeting event into a lifelong record of the magic that occurred that day.
One of my very favourite photographers in the UK, and one I am over the moon to have join the blog as a sponsor, is Erika Szostak of PhotoMadly. Based in Brighton, but happy to travel, Erika’s style is bright, colourful, joyful and creative. I asked her why she is perfect for my readers, and she said,
“Way Out Wedding readers are my ideal clients: adventurous, open-minded, creative, quirky, stylish, fun and not terribly concerned with doing things simply because they are traditional or they are what someone else wants them to do. I imagine WOW readers are unafraid to embrace their own unique ideas about what they want from their wedding. I love that, and if you want to do wacky things then I’m here to egg you on, collaborate on ideas and to document it all in the most professional way possible.”
I wholeheartedly agree!! Here are some gorgeous examples of her work and also an interview so you can get to know her better.
Oh, and further down the post, is a fab offer you won’t want to miss out on!
Claire Macintyre, in my opinion, creates visions, not just pictures. Full of light, colour, romance and perfect compositions, the photographs she takes are magical. You can see below from the images of real weddings (as well as styled shoots) that you would be spoiled for choice when it came to picking the final selection for the album!
I also very much love Claire’s approach to her work; it’s so unique:
” I am part documentary photographer and half editorial photographer, making me a favourite for couples who want all those precious, real, candid moments captured as well as stunning, Old Hollywood, romantic portraits.”
And this gorgeous mix of styles is super clear in the finished images. Her style is an extension of who she is, and so when you book her, you get that passion shining through your photos. Claire is your gal to capture you looking the million dollars that you are! She sees it, and she knows how to capture it.
Make sure you check out Claire’s brilliant special offer for Way Out Wedding readers towards the end of the post. Major clue – boudoir…
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I want to introduce you to Emily Fisher. First of all because I’m so excited to announce that she is a new advertiser on Way Out Wedding!! Emily runs a brilliantly fun photobooth company called Fishee Designs, which you absolutely must hire for your wedding. Just look at the unabashed silliness and laughter going on in the pictures below!! Perfect for your big day party.
And secondly because she’s the perfect example of how being an entrepreneur can be the most fun you ever had and is as far from boring as can be. You don’t need to be corporate to be a success.
Emily not only runs Fishee Designs, but she’s a blogger on her fashion and lifestyle blog Mermaid Gossip, and she’s a freelance graphic designer who’ll knock you up a mean logo, branding, WordPress site, you name it.
Doing all the things she loves for a living, building up a strong, unique and recognisable brand as she goes, Emily is a bit of an inspiration to me, and I was interested to find out more about how she does it!
WOW: So, how did you get into running a photobooth?
Emily: I first set up the photobooth four years ago with a view to attend festivals with it. I used to be an event manager for a cash and carry, and I attended lots of festivals and saw a gap in the market. I’d always wanted to be self-employed and this was the idea (out of many) that felt like it could be the one to make it happen. It wasn’t until I started advertising for weddings that things took off big!
WOW: Emily, what are your top tips for posing in a photobooth – I am hopeless at these and end up looking like a rabbit in headlights!!
Emily: Ha, I get that a lot. I’d say relax, have fun with it. Drop your front hip towards the camera, hand on hip, head down slightly and smile! Or pull the silliest face you can. My fav is actually when people are dead serious and look totally bored! Don’t know why, it just works!
WOW: Tell us about Mermaid Gossip.
Emily: Mermaid Gossip is my fashion and lifestyle blog that I set up in August 2014. I was blogging under my Fishee Designs hat for a long time until I decided my blog content and my business were confusing people and the blog needed its own space. I love fashion and alternative style, and I love to be creative. The two brands give me a different outlet, whilst fitting nicely together as sister companies.
WOW: Describe your style.
Emily: It’s fun and colourful, and very pink!
When planning a wedding, it becomes apparent pretty quickly that the costs can rack up incredibly easily. And that can scare the flip out of anyone. Thoughts obviously turn to making savings and stretching the budget, and usually the first against the wall are the big ticket items like wedding photography. We wonder, ‘can my friend not just do the photos??’ Seems legit, as they say. But then we’re told for many a good reason not to do this…
But just for a minute imagine a scenario where it is ok for your friend to take the pics. Laura Babb, one of the most amazing photographers out there, and whose work I’ve been super chuffed to feature here on the blog, puts across her thoughts on this counter argument in this article below…
I’ve featured a few real weddings now from Yes I Do Photography. Go right this instant to view the quirky cool Amsterdam wedding in the sloping pub, the hazy summer picnic wedding, and the wedding in a fortress. Amazing, right?
Wouter van Twillert is the man with the camera who runs Yes I Do, and I am all sorts of in love with his photography and with the cool couples and incredibly stylish weddings he gets to shoot. They’re the weddings Pinterest loves. They totally jump out at me, and when I look on his website I think, “I must blog that immediately” about every single thing I see.
Back in May of this year, Wouter won the Bruidsfoto Award in Dutch wedding magazine, Bruid. I love this image (below) – it’s like a scene from a movie!
I thought rather than gush on a whole lot, I’d let the man behind the camera speak and tell us what drives him as a photographer, what his interests and influences are, and use the opportunity to show you a selection of his stunning images. You will thank me!
What are your top tips for getting great wedding photos?
Have fun, and relax! Be extra sweet and romantic to each other during the shoot.
How should people go about choosing a photographer for their big day?
Obviously choose one whose pictures you really like. Don’t tell him what you want him to do. He will only be the best if you fully trust him in rocking your wedding.
What made you get into photography?
Graphic design. I’ve studied design, and photography has a lot in common with the aesthetics of graphic design. I wanted to break away from the computer and got drawn to photography. I really like to photograph and interact with people.
What’s your favourite thing to shoot other than weddings?
Family and friends. I really like the new breed of small mirrorless cameras. They allow me to take a very good small camera with me at all times. My friends and family see me most of the time with a camera!
Are you able to leave your camera behind, or are you a photo addict?
I can’t resist taking pictures when I find awesome light! But my wife wants me to take pictures with my eyes instead of the camera so that I don’t randomly run off to take photos all the time!
Whose work do you admire?
I really admire the photographers of the World Press Photo contest. They make awesome, impactful work in very hard and uncontrolled conditions.
Inspirational phrase to live by?
Be the best version of yourself.
If you could photograph anyone or anything, who or what would that be?
Tomorrow’s wedding! Or if you happened to have a time machine, I would be very interested to photograph Jesus walking around Jerusalem.
What art/books/websites/magazines inspire you?
I follow a few good graphic design inspirational websites. And I look a lot at photographer blogs about hardware, behind-the-scenes, and lighting setups for studio portrait shoots. A lot of photographers are big photo nerds. Me too!
What music did you choose at your own wedding?
We got married two years ago. The theme song of our wedding was Let Love Rule by Lenny Kravitz. The song for the first dance was a very cool medley of James Brown, Michael Jackson and Black Eyed Peas. The last dance song was One More Time by Daft Punk.
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