Chris Bottrell is a wedding photographer based in Norwich England.
He does amazing reportage and strobist wedding photography.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
Well I started photography on a professional level
about 13 years ago, I followed in the footsteps of my father and my
granddad, my granddad was a photo journalist and my dad is a
published wildlife photographer. After a few years of general
photography I soon realised that I had a flair for wedding
photography and started to adapt my own style and ways of working
with my clients.
Why did you start taking photos?
I suppose it was breed into me as I come from a long line of
photographers, I picked up one of my father’s cameras at a young age
and started to take pictures and it all went on from there.
What is your secret when photographing weddings?
I don’t have many secrets that i can really tell, its more common
sense and a good eye. As my style is more documentary and reportage I suppose my main secret is always keep your eyes open and your finger on the shutter, once in a lifetime moments only happen once and you need to be there ready to capture the event.
How do you capture the love and feeling of a wedding?
I always stay alert during a wedding, my eyes are constantly
scouring the room for that special moment, I never direct anyone,
that gives a false scene which is not natural, I let nature take its
course and let things happen the way they are intended to happen.
Tell me about your strobist weddings photography.
I started strobist photography many years ago, strobist photography
for me is the ability to be creative with lighting and create some
amazing shots with lots of contrast and depth. My main strobist
equipment is a single canon Speedlight and a wireless trigger, on
the business end I use a 15 foot boom arm and a brolly setup. My
signature shots tend to be dark dramatic skies and a brightly lit
subject wide angled and in a field or church yard. I have been
developing my strobist style for many years and believe I’m the only
wedding photographer in Norwich and England that is using this
Your photography has that spontant feel – almost like a news
reportage. I guess that is intentional – how do you build up the
The story happens weather you like it or not and simply being alert
and constantly studying your subjects behaviour is key to building a
photographic story. Try to follow the main events during a wedding,
the bride and groom are usually the centre of attention so follow
them and you will get your shots.
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working
I do enjoy wildlife photography, it’s just a fun hobby for me, I
have had some of my work published in wildlife books which I’m
extremely proud of. I also enjoy underwater photography and never
leave my camera at home when on holiday.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and
how do you select your equipment?
My main cameras are a pair of canon 5D mark ii’s which I use for
their excellent low light capabilities and large full frame sensor
as I love shallow depth of field. I only use three lenses. The Canon
70-200 2.8 L, Canon 24-105 F4 L, and the Canon 16-35 F2.8 L. These
three lenses cover all my focal lengths, but I do find myself using
the 70-200 more than any other lens.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start a
I am always coming across new photographers wanting to become
wedding photographers most of them are amatures who try to tackle
wedding straight away, you can see this in their work which is
sometimes not pretty! I would say to anyone thinking about taking up wedding photography, be patient and practice, do quite a few free
weddings for family and friends before you go commercial, there is a
lot to learn and a lot can go wrong. It only takes one bad wedding
to destroy your reputation, so get off to a good start and learn
Thanks Chris for sharing your enlightening strobing wedding photography!
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