My journey into becoming a wedding photographer.
Updated: Feb 3
Well 2020 has been interesting .. on a personal note it represented 30 years as a professional photographer having worked as a studio assistant before following a career in the newspaper and publishing industry. Always photography .. always following this undefined passion to tell a story through images.
I turned freelance around 15 years ago, initially starting a commercial photography business which is still going strong today, Cheshire Film and Photography offers commercial photography and video production for business. During this time I sometimes shot the odd wedding, family and friends and in some cases commercial clients became wedding clients but if I'm honest I wasn't sure if wedding photography was for me?
What changed this was the realization that I didn't have to follow the wedding photography format, I didn't have to be a traditional wedding photographer. I could be myself and follow my passion for photo-journalism, I could tell stories with my images and capture moments which have real meaning for my couples. Combine this with the technical know-how which I employ for my commercial work and I understood that I could offer something different to the other wedding photographers. It's what I often describe as 'Creative, Documentary Wedding Photography'
So fast forward to 2020 and I can look back at all the weddings that I have shot over the years and look forward to shooting many more in the future. I understand that my photography style is influenced by the broad range of photography experience that I have gained, every time that I pick up a camera. Music photography, landscape photography, street photography, editorial photography, commercial photography .. this broad range of experience all feeds into my style of wedding photography and is why I feel that I offer something a little bit different from the other wedding photographers.
Below is just a small sample of non-wedding photographs which I hope will offer an insight as to why I visualize wedding photography the way that I do .. and even after 30 years I can honestly say that I still love picking up a camera and telling a visual story ...
Photography by Paul Kyte