Don’t be Afraid to Break Traditions: Behind the Lens with Cheshire Wedding Photographers, Mike and Tom
02 Dec 2015
Sharing their honest, documentary-style imagery with Bride, Cheshire-based wedding photographers Mike and Tom explain their compelling work and how couples shouldn’t be afraid to break with tradition
The most absorbing documentary style wedding photography is carried out with unobtrusive care and attention, capturing every throwaway moment as though is gold dust, and translating it into a story.
Cheshire photographers Mike and Tom document the unfolding events at weddings with such style and grace. Here we go behind the lens with one half of the duo, Tom Pumford, to discover how they capture couples in love on camera.
How would you describe your style of photography?
How did you start out in wedding photography?
We used to make advertising videos before a friend told us to get into weddings. Initially we were pessimistic but got hooked after seeing wedding photographers who were actually shooting weddings in a style we could relate to.
Who are your ideal clients?
Couples who are not scared to break traditions. Relaxed, easy-going.
Can you choose a picture that encapsulates everything you want to achieve in a wedding photograph? Tell us what it is about this image that you love.
Not often does the best man show real emotion but this image really doesn’t do justice to how heartfelt and caring his speech was.
Photographers inject a lot of their personality into their work… what are your inspirations?
Wes Anderson and other photographers. UK-based, Igor Demba and the Kitcheners.
How far in advance should those interested look to book you? Do people stand a chance of getting you last minute?
Yes people do stand a chance of booking us last minute. Our favourite of the year was booked two weeks before. But usually a year.
What’s the most challenging part of photographing a wedding?
The parents… a bit controversial I know.
How can couples help to ensure the best work?
Have an awesome day, and don’t worry, just live for the day as it will be over in a flash.
What are the three most important questions for couples to ask their photographer?
It’s a tough one, as for us it’s really important that the photos displayed on the website are in line with the photos they want, both in style of the weddings and in style of the captures. I suppose it would be: How much? How do you work on the wedding day? Can you describe your style of photography?
What’s your opinion on group shots – can you give us an example of yours?
If I was getting married I would want to have group shots. These would be the groom’s immediate family, the bride’s immediate family, bridesmaids and groomsmen all with the bride and groom. Even though we much prefer the documentary photos, we will still always try and take at least these photos as we believe these are the ones that will hang on the wall or sit on the mantelpiece.
What’s the most common misconception that you have to correct with couples — the thing you’d most like to communicate to the masses.
It’s a tough one. I don’t really think we have had to correct much with them. It’s their day and most important is that they enjoy it.
What’s been your most memorable wedding to photograph, and why?
Definitely Hari and Inushree in India. Just for the sheer amount of new things we got to try. We’re forever grateful to them for inviting us along.
Can you tell us why you think wedding photography is worth the investment?
Wedding photography is the most important thing you buy for your wedding. Flowers will die, table plans will be hidden away, but you will always pull out your wedding photos no matter how many years in the future.
Finally, if you weren’t a wedding photographer, what would you be?
A private investigator.
Mike & Tom Photography, Cheshire