Matt and Brenda are a London based photographer couple. To date they’ve shot just over 60 weddings together. Looking at their work their love for photography and working with people shines through.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
My name is Matt and I’m a photographer that specialises in wedding photography. I haven’t always been a photographer though. I worked in sales and marketing for 12 years! For the last 4 years my wife Brenda has been photographing the weddings with me.
Matt, why did you start taking photos?
Out of curiosity more than anything. I went to the Glastonbury music festival 10 years ago and wanted to document all the weird and wonderful things I saw there. That led me to dabble in street and landscape photography. After a few years of doing that I was asked by my best friend to photograph his wedding as a favour. The rest as they say, is history.
What is your secret when photographing weddings?
To really ‘tune in’ to the wedding and your clients – we try to view our clients as friends, and build a really strong rapport with them before the wedding. I also think that the real secret is to provoke a ‘reaction’ when shooting portraits or group shots. It may be something as simple as getting your subject to look at someone else, or to suggest something ludicrous to them. More often than not, you end up getting a really cool reaction, and one that is very natural looking as a result.
Your photography is very relaxed and you seem to get these deep emotions across – how do you capture the love and feeling of a wedding?
Observation and anticipation. You need to become really good at reading people and situations, getting yourself into the right positions, and then anticipating the moment. To be honest, this comes with experience. The more weddings you shoot, the better you become at this skill naturally. I think also you need to tune yourself into the emotion and energy of the day so you can interpret and record it. Contrary to a lot of photographers I think removing yourself too much from the day negatively impacts your work.
Brenda, you started later than you husband Matt. Why do you love photographing weddings?
Apart from the creative side of photography, the best thing is getting to spend time with some lovely people on such an uplifting and positive occasion. You come away from shooting weddings on a real high. It can take literally hours to come down from this high!
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working on?
In truth we have very little time for personal projects. At the moment though Matt is looking to get back into his street photography!
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and how do you select your equipment?
We both use the Canon 5D Mark 3 which is superb for weddings. We both use a 24-70 mm f2.8 zoom, and then we have a few primes we share- a 50mm f1.4, an 85mm 1.8 and a 135mm f2. The 135mm f2 is simply stunning! One of the best features of the 5D Mark 3 is the silent shutter mode, which really comes into its own for documentary shots. Its also very intuitive to use, and pretty hardy!
Can you name some tips for those who want to start a photography business?
Perseverence and hard work. There are no shortcuts. Its just down to sheer hard work, determination and sweat. Its a crowded market place, but if you focus on improving your photography all the time, as well as constantly networking with other wedding suppliers, you will become successful. Don’t allow yourself to be swayed by negative people. Also, whilst it can be useful to look at the work of others for inspiration, don’t overdo this. Trust your own vision, and give it time to develop.
Thanks a lot Matt and Brenda for sharing your love for wedding photography
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