Krishanthi Williams passion for perfection shines through her
photography. She obviously loves her work as you can see by these
photos and her ideas in the interview. Krishanthi is a contemporary
wedding photgrapher based in London.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
I’m a photographer based in central London, and I love to photograph
couples and their family and friends on their glorious wedding day.
I began photography through the love of the art itself many years
ago, and I now focus on wedding photography as I simply love being
around people, and I love a good party!
Why did you start taking photos?
I’ve always enjoyed taking photos and looking through photos, I just
love any sense of nostalgia (whether it be through images or things
like letters, old clothes, old journals etc). When I was younger,
photos always represented the medium to be able to look back on an
occasion with fondness, and I suppose that ties in pretty well with
what wedding photography is all about.
What inspired you to turn it into a business?
Many factors conspired to me being where I am today, but the
decision didn’t come to me overnight. Photography as a business –
and lifestyle – was always in the very back of my mind that this was
something I would love to be able to do. It started as a tiny little
pinhole-sized idealistic dream, and over time developed into a
slightly achieveable goal, and then became part of a larger plan of
how to make it happen.
Why are you fascinated with weddings?
A fascination with weddings is, at its source, a fascination with
people really. Weddings are more the vehicle that bring together
vibrant and colourful personalities, at a very happy time,
celebrating with people that they love dearly. I just find you can’t
be present at a more joyous occasion than at a wedding; not for the
marriage itself necessarily, but for the unity and friendship and
love that ties everyone present together. It’s also an incredible
feeling every time I walk away from a wedding, feeling like I’ve had
such a privileged insight into these families’ lives.
How do you capture the love and feeling of a wedding?
The love at a wedding is omnipresent! Some of it I think comes down
to really spending some time to get to know your clients. We talk a
lot before the wedding day itself, so if there are little flickers
of information about particular family members or friends’
circumstances then I’m more likely to pick up on that during the
day. Other than that, I photograph what I see around me – and
generally on a wedding day, that involves lots of love and laughter!
You do some incredible and unusual shots – tell me more
about your style.
Photographic style is something that is impossible to describe;
others have described my style using words like photojournalistic,
reportage, editorial…I think wedding photography calls for both
reportage and directive photography, and each has its purpose and
appropriate time. Personally I just look for details or expressions
that I think my wedding clients would like to see upon reflection of
their wedding day. When you get married, your wedding day goes by in
a flash – I’m conscious that I need to be able to give them back
enough coverage to be able to see what really went on!
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working
Aside from photographing people in general, I thoroughly enjoy food
photography. I’m working on a little side project at the moment
which is a food and wine book, and this gives me a wonderful outlet
to photograph something I love without worrying about the bottom
line. I also adore travel photography, and spend most of my time on
trips taking pictures.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and
how do you select your equipment?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark ii, and am a fan of prime lenses; if I
could, I would shoot every wedding solely on prime lenses. Equipment
selection is as much down to budget as it is to do with usage. There
are some beautiful lenses I would love to add to my kit, but all in
good time. I’ll happily shoot a wedding with one zoom lens if that’s
all I was afforded.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start a
Focus on the word ‘business’! Generally if this is the path you
choose, your interest in photography is already present, and the
danger is to fuel this passion and ignore all the other – important
– factors. Things like insurance, back up equipment, budgets,
post-processing workflow and client management are all very
important. Never forget who your client is – when you do photography as a hobby, you are your client and you always strive to please yourself. When you run a photography business, you need to figure out how to feed and sustain your enjoyment of your craft without your client delivery or business suffering.
Thanks Krishanthi for sharing your nostalgic wedding photopraphy
and photography business ideas!
Check out her web site for more of her fine wedding photos