The Importance of a Wedding Album: Behind the Lens with Jennifer Sinclair
05 Oct 2015
How would you describe your style of photography?
I am a lifestyle wedding photographer. I love to capture the wedding day as it unfolds, but will also ensure that I have a plan for the day as it is important to get those photographs that are special to the bride and groom and of course photographs that they will love. I have a plan for the day, shooting locations identified, and some creative ideas to capture some natural brides and grooms photographs.
How did you start out in wedding photography?
I started out in photography back in 2004, when I bought my first digital camera to take photographs of my three daughters. I fell in love with photography so much that I decided to buy my first SLR camera and was determined to learn photography. Wedding photography became my passion and still is today. Wedding photography is a lifestyle choice as well as a profession for me.
Who are your ideal clients?
My ideal clients are those who love and value the meaning of photographs. They want to capture memories and keep a legacy of family photographs that can be treasured through generations.
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.
One of my favourite photographs is a bride and groom photograph. Caroline and David are relaxed and very happy. I love the countryside and the use of natural light for this photographs makes this is a beautiful photograph. The couple, in particular the bride, is very special to me as she modelled for me when I did my photography degree so it was an absolute pleasure to take her wedding photographs and subsequently her family photographs. Even to this day it brings back memories of their special day.
Photographers inject a lot of their personality into their work. What are your inspirations?
I am inspired by the things that surround our everyday lives. My branding reflects who am I and the style of photography that my clients expect. I do get a lot of inspiration from other creatives especially when working with other wedding suppliers on collaboration shoots. It’s a fantastic way of developing my creative style, which I can then bring to my wedding photographs.
How far in advance should those interested look to book you? Do people stand a chance of getting you last minute?
For the busy wedding season, typically from May to October, I tend to be booked 12 months in advance. However, it is always worth making contact as not necessarily all dates are booked so any last-minute bookings are always welcome.
What’s the most challenging part of photographing a wedding?
The challenging part of being a wedding photographer is that there is so much competition with other photographers. I believe for my business I need to ensure that I give my clients the best possible service and product delivery from before, during and after the wedding. I want to give my clients something a little special.
How can couples help to ensure the best work?
Right from the initial meeting with clients, we are working together to ensure that I get a real understanding of the photographs they would like captured for their special day. Bride and grooms are offered a pre-wedding portrait session which helps them to feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. For brides we will share Pinterest boards so we can share our creative ideas together.
What are the three most important questions for couples to ask their photographer, in your opinion?
The questions couples should ask the photographer should help them to get an understanding of whether the wedding photographer is right for them. Do they feel comfortable with the personality of the photographer and could they see the photographer sharing their day with them? Do they like the photographer’s portfolio, is the style of imagery what they would expect to see? And finally, are they ensuring they get the best quality photographs and products within their budget? They should treasure their photographic memories forever and all too often I hear of couples who wish they had spent a little more on their photography
What’s your opinion on group shots?
I encourage bride and grooms to keep their group photographs to a minimum. The groups photographs do not tend to portray any emotion or special key moments of the day; they merely are a record of the family and friend at the wedding, which is obviously important too. However, I try to get the groups shots done relatively quickly by starting with a larger group, say a bride’s family, and then whittle it down. This way I ensure we do not have to wait while we find an uncle or aunt who is in the bar or gone to the toilet.
What do you think is the most interesting trend at the moment?
I have found over the past few years my clients are going back to wanting a wedding album and have seen the importance of having a product they can touch and feel and of course also one they can share with friends and family. I provide my wedding clients with Queensberry (link: www.queensberry.com) wedding albums, which I believe are first class albums.
What’s the most common misconception that you have to correct with couples? The thing you’d most like to communicate to the masses.
Sometimes it is difficult for couples to appreciate how challenging being a wedding photographer is, how hard a wedding photographer works and how important part of their special day the photographer is. A wedding photographer needs to have a good understanding of photographic technical skills. An excellent photographer should stand the test of time and for me personally, being a wedding photographer for over 10 years now, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience.
What’s been your most memorable wedding to photograph, and why?
Wow, there are so many but I suppose it links back to my photograph that encapsulates everything. It is the wedding of Caroline and David. I was delighted when Caroline asked me to take their wedding photographs and I knew it would be an amazing day. The wedding was set in an amazing venue in the Cotswolds and the weather was gorgeous. Family and friends were amazing and I loved every minute of the wedding. It was stylish and I loved the photographs captured from that day.
Can you tell us why you think wedding photography is worth the investment?
There is nothing more exciting for a bride and groom than to get back from their honeymoon and view their wedding photographs. The day is so special and goes by so quickly and the photographs bring back such happy memories. The wedding album is something they will treasure for a lifetime.
Finally, if you weren’t a wedding photographer, what would you be?
I’m sure I wouldn’t have remained in financial services and would always have been doing something creative. Maybe a quirky, girlie gift shop…
Jennifer Sinclair Photography