Behind the Lens with London wedding photographer Nick Tucker
31 Aug 2018
We get to know London wedding photographer Nick Tucker a little better as we go behind the lens
How would you describe your style of photography?
I like to think my style is a fairly unique mixture of street photography, documentary and fashion.
How did you start out in wedding photography?
I was at a crossroads in terms of my career. I was a writer but the writing never quite took off. I picked up a camera and found I was quite good at it. I feel very lucky.
Who are your ideal clients?
I get a lot of clients who work in the media. They tend to be relaxed and easy going and want real photography of the day rather than overly romanticised wedding photography.
Photographers seem to inject a lot of their personality into their work… what are your inspirations?
My inspirations are the photography greats: Elliot Erwitt, Helen Levitt, Martin Parr, Larry Fink, Aaron Slims, Ellen Von Unwerth, Guy Bourdain, William Klein, Richard Billingham, Nick Waplington... I could go on.
How far in advance should those interested look to book you? Do people stand a chance of getting you last minute?
My clients tend to be a bit chaotic and book quite late, but I can always be booked in advance.
What’s the most challenging part of photographing a wedding?
It’s all pretty straightforward. The challenge is with yourself; to continually be fresh, to maintain the standards you’ve set for yourself and also to move your work on. I never want to just go through the motions.
How can couples help to ensure the best work?
It’s very simple: trust. The couples that say: "We booked you because we love your work. Just do what you do", will always get the best results because I know we understand each other.
What is the most important question for couples to ask their photographer, in your opinion?
Ask to see a whole wedding gallery.
What’s your opinion on the controversial ‘group shots’?
People are paying big money for photography on their wedding day. If they want group shots they can have group shots.
In terms of trends, what do you think is the most interesting at the moment?
I have no idea. I haven’t looked at anyone else’s wedding photography in years. Trends will date and therefore date the photography.
What’s the most common misconception that you have to correct with couples? The thing you’d most like to communicate to the masses.
Too much importance is put on the photographer having shot at their venue before. If the photographer is good at their job it is completely irrelevant and sometimes a photographer that shoots at their venue over and over again will just be on auto-pilot, rather than responding to the fresh scene in front of them.
What’s been your most memorable wedding to photograph, and why?
I shot a royal wedding in Monaco. That was pretty spectacular.
Can you tell us why you think wedding photography is worth the investment?
The photos become your default memories; the day will be a blur. The better the photos the better your appreciation of the wedding day when you look back on it in five, 10, 20 or 30 years' time. It’s a momentous occasion. Don’t compromise between the cost of photography and, say, the cost of your shoes. People will look at the photos for years... your shoes, not so much.
Finally, if you weren’t a wedding photographer, what would you be?
I still write and I still like to do both, and both are about storytelling.