Behind the Lens with London wedding photographer, Carine Bea
28 Feb 2018
Bringing her Brazilian roots and photographic training to her wedding work, Cariine Bea's drive is the people she captures and the moments that unfold
How would you describe your style of photography?
My style is documentary with a creative edge. I like to tell the story exactly as it plays out. Most important for me are the feelings and reactions of the people in the weddings; they can be smiles, tears, laughter, strong hugs. humour, fun, romance and personality. I like to think of myself as a guest with a camera at the wedding, not intrusive and there to capture all the moments that really matter. I bring contrast from Brazil in the colours of my photos. I love the mess, cheeky images.
How did you start out in wedding photography?
I was first interested in photography when I was young. I always had a camera and was always that annoying friend who took pictures of everything and everyone. But I kept my photography besides my career in finance which consumed a lot of my time. I then made a decision to back and learn more about photography three years ago. I started to develop my skills and I did a course for about six months with the best wedding photographer in Brazil which opened my mind and made me think outside of the box. I put every reference from street photography and journalism in to my weddings since then.
Photographers seem to inject a lot of their personality into their work… what are your inspirations?
My inspiration is music, travel, parties. I love street photography, exposition and people which, for me, are fascinating.
How far in advance should those interested look to book you? Do people stand a chance of getting you last minute?
I can accept last minute bookings, but early is better - about 5-8 months before.
What’s the most challenging part of photographing a wedding?
To choose moments. This choice its hard to do, but I will always pick the most important to tell the story. I need to anticipate the moments.
How can couples help to ensure the best work?
By filling in my pre-wedding questionnaire. That provides all the answers that I need, such as the time of all the events in the day, the most important people for the couple and other details. Being yourself is very important; don't try to do poses and copy other photos.
What’s your opinion on the controversial ‘group shots’?
I think they are important for the family. I try to think about the next generations, who will see these photos, perhaps who they will want to see. Everybody looks good and smiles. Also the elderly guests love these photos. They can be a bit cheesy but I know how important they are to have and sometimes they can be very fun.
In terms of trends, what do you think is the most interesting at the moment?
I think double exposition can be interesting if it's well executed.
Can you tell us why you think wedding photography is worth the investment?
Because the photos and the album will be appreciated for generations to come. It's not for the couple, it's for their children and their children's children. The photos need to reflect the day in which they were taken.
Finally, if you weren’t a wedding photographer, what would you be?