We’re always on the look out for talented photographers and today we have something really special for you. Penny’s Wedding have a refreshingly honest interview with David Blackshaw Photography. We love his shooting style, especially the ‘London Bus’ shot! Enjoy.
How long have you been photographing weddings?
Since 1999. It’s my full-time profession.
What is your typical photographic style?
I’ve always been fairly contemporary, even back when `Reportage´ was just journalist talk. I photograph every wedding in a unique detailed documentary style with the emphasis on creating an individual and original story of the wedding day. Couples tend to want the days events captured in the most discreet and unobtrusive way possible, allowing them to fully enjoy their special day. I still get asked to do those formal family group shots, but around and amongst these there is a whole story waiting to be told. The genuine smiles, the laughter, the fooling around… these are the moments they always want captured.
Do you have a portfolio that we can view?
My website is always kept up-to-date with a portfolio section showing photography from various parts of the wedding day.
How can you advise a couple who are undecided about styles and formats?
The best advice is to go for comprehensive storytelling coverage. This includes bridal preparations through to beyond the first dance. Anything less then you´ll be missing a huge chuck of the days events. I always show prospective couples an album that covers the whole day and usually that’s exactly what they would love me to produce for their wedding.
Describe a typical wedding format so our readers know what to expect
I like to arrive 2 hours before the ceremony to capture the mood and all the excitement as the momentum of the day builds. Firstly, all the essential accessories need to be photographed creatively in their own environment, using natural light where possible. Then the attention switches to the bride herself with hair/make-up shots whilst not forgetting those all important bridesmaids and family members.
Who exactly will be shooting the wedding?
It’s me, and will always only be – that’s what they came to me for in the first place. Why would anyone choose a photographer based on the strength of ‘their’ portfolio, then be happy with someone else turning up on the day. It goes on all the time, especially in and around London. I also get very annoyed when I hear of other photographers employing part-timers to do a professional job.
In which part of the country do you work?
I mainly cover Kent and the South East but I’m always willing to travel further if the client is prepared to pay a little extra.
Would you travel overseas?
I’ve photographed several weddings in Mauritius and throughout the Caribbean. However due to the time I have to commit to these assignments, I now limit them to just 2 or 3 a year.
What would happen if you were sick on the day of the wedding?
I have other photographers available as second shooters. In the unlikely event of me being sick or stuck somewhere, one of them is capable of stepping up in an emergency.
What type of camera equipment do you use to shoot weddings?
It’s all digital now. Personally I prefer Canon, which I think is pretty much the industry standard for Professional Wedding Photographers.
Can you explain your wedding packages (costs, hours, products included?)
A normal package would consist of a minimum 8 hours coverage starting with the brides preparations. A password protected web gallery is provided for family & friends. Also included is a fully edited disc containing all the images at full resolution with copyright permission. Clients can later decide whether to have an album or not. I only supply Coffee Table Books and Digital Albums. These come in various sizes and styles including smaller replica versions suitable for parents and guests. Page layouts are designed using clients own image selections. A full album proof is supplied before any albums are ordered, ensuring a client is 100% happy with the design.
How soon after the wedding date are the photographs available?
Clients get an online gallery with a selection of photos. This usually goes live within a week unless I´m instructed otherwise. Full resolution edited discs with everything on are ready within 2 weeks.
Finally, how can we book you and are any deposits required?
A £100 deposit is usually taken at the time of booking to secure the date. This can be either at the initial meeting or done online via the website. I can normally hold a date for 7 days and encourage couples to go home and think about everything before booking. I usually offer a discount for couples that book or reserve online. It is essential that couples are 100% happy before committing themselves to a wedding photographer. I realise that it’s a laid back approach but I easily gain as many clients as I lose. I leave the high pressure selling techniques to those photographers that are either in less demand or have over priced themselves or their products.
Penelope x x