Behind the Lens with Norfolk wedding photographer AJ Feather
04 Sep 2018
Arienne Jonas of AJ Feather Photography shares her innermost thoughts as a wedding photographer and lifts the lid on her creative world
What geographic area do you cover?
The Norfolk and surrounding areas mainly, but I have shot weddings all around the world and I love doing destination weddings.
How would you describe your style of photography?
Very relaxed and natural. I like to take my time to get to know couples and families so they relax around me and this way I can capture them at their best and just how they are.
How did you start out in wedding photography?
It started as a hobby as a youngster. I loved taking photos of places I had been and my friends, parties we went to and the beach where I lived. Then when my brother passed away I started to find myself getting lost in it and just fell in love with it all over again. When I got married all I wanted to do is capture the day as I saw it, but family and friends told me to let someone else do that for me. I have to say I was disappointed and vowed I wouldn’t let anyone feel the way I did. So now I go above and beyond to get to know couples and what they are wanting from me on their big day, so I can capture it in the best way I know how.
Who are your ideal clients?
I get a lot of teachers, which is great. They have all been fun loving people, who love life. Relaxed with big hearts and up for lots of fun.
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.
Laughter, I love to see people happy. The connection on a wedding day is always stronger and it is an honour to capture it.
Photographers seem to inject a lot of their personality into their work… what are your inspirations?
I love all different styles of photography, but my all-time favourites are Two Mann Studio. I love the realism in their photos and their dramatic couple pictures.
How far in advance should those interested look to book you? Do people stand a chance of getting you last minute?
This is a hard question. Between May and October I get booked up really quick, so I would say once you're engaged one of the first things you should book is your photographer and your venue.
What’s the most challenging part of photographing a wedding?
It's all quiet straightforward, it's more challenging battling with traffic to get to the venues.
Lots of communication and trust in me. Tell me about what you are planning so I can make sure I capture it for you.
What are the 3 most important questions for couples to ask their photographer, in your opinion?
- Ask to meet them, you will be spending the whole day with them. It's best to know you gel well together.
- Ask to see a whole wedding gallery.
- Ask to see finished products, albums and prints. This way you can see what your images will look like too.
What’s your opinion on the controversial ‘group shots’ – can you give us an example of yours?
Nothing wrong with a few group shots, I like to make mine relaxed and fun.
In terms of trends, what do you think is the most interesting at the moment?
So many people are doing different things such as lights trails and quirky shots. I try not to follow too many trends as I feel every couple is different and would rather listen to my couples and be creative on the day.
What’s the most common misconception that you have to correct with couples? The thing you’d most like to communicate to the masses.
A good photographer can photograph anywhere and in any conditions. So if they haven’t shot at your venue its not a bad thing. Also, if it rains this isn’t a bad thing either; let's embrace it and get creative.
What’s been your most memorable wedding to photograph, and why?
Shooting a wedding in Cuba, seeing two very dear friends say "I do" and then to get creative was fantastic to be part of.
Can you tell us why you think wedding photography is worth the investment?
It's a big day in your life; you can spend years planning it, so wouldn’t you want to remember it for the rest of your life, with beautiful photos of the people you love the most?
Finally, if you weren’t a wedding photographer, what would you be?
I also work part-time at a local opticians and have worked there for 12 years, so if I wasn’t doing wedding photography I would be helping people full time with their glasses.
Headshot by Summer Love Life Photography