We speak to Norfolk and Suffolk wedding photographer, Richard Jarmy
Here we meet the man behind the lens, Richard Jarmy.
How would you describe your style of photography?
I love to capture the love, personality and natural smiles and laughter from both the couple and all the guests too. So I guess my style of photography is relaxed, fun and creative with a hint of banter to keep those natural smiles and laughs going all day long.
How did you start out in wedding photography?
I used to tour in a group/function band and always was the one with the camera to document the journeys and theatres. After photographing a few friends' weddings using both film and digital cameras, I went to work for Sony in 2007, who had just released the Alpha cameras and got to learn more about photography. This gave me more confidence to use my skills as a performer, mixed with photography to capture the love and laughter on couples' wedding days.
Who are your ideal clients?
Every wedding is completely unique to each couple and that is what I love about this job as there is so much variety. I love meeting my couples beforehand so we can get to know each other and see what makes them smile and laugh. My ideal couples are those who are not afraid to love life and laugh because that is pretty much what I do at every wedding.
Photographers seem to inject a lot of their personality into their work… what are your inspirations?
I have so many inspirations as I can never stop learning, but comedy and fun is the main thing for me. Being able to be a part of the day and laugh with everyone is my goal; that way, I can be assured on getting amazing natural photos of them all.
How far in advance should those interested look to book you? Do people stand a chance of getting you last minute?
Although I have had a few couples that have managed to book last minute, many last-minute enquiries result in me trying to find another photographer because I am already booked up.
As I know couples do their research, I actually offer a first refusal system. So if they fill in the enquiry form on my website, that holds the date for them to give them time to look around and make sure they find the right photographer for them. If I get another enquiry for the same date, that’s flagged up and I go back to the first couple who enquired (if they’ve not already booked) and ask if they still want to go ahead with their date, or if I can offer it to the next couple.
I like to keep things as stress-free as possible as there are so many plans and bookings couples have to make, so to be assured their date is safe initially is just another thing to make it easy.
What’s the most challenging part of photographing a wedding?
The weather, as there is absolutely no control over that at all. However, as a photographer I don’t mind getting wet while my couples stay dry, and I use a variety of things to capture wonderful images. Even if the day is not full of sunshine, which can cause squinting, I will change the direction in which I am shooting according to the sun.
Some couples have requested a rain shot, so even if it is sunny I have bought a portable pressure wash to spray between myself and the couple to shoot through the water to create a rain shot. Even if the evening is dry, we can create something spectacular.
What are your best tips for putting couples at ease infront of the camera?
The pre-wedding shoot. I absolutely adore doing these as it is a wonderful ice breaker because I get to know my couples, they get to know me and how I work, and also they feel at ease in front of the camera. No matter which package my couples go with, the pre-wedding shoot is free with each because it’s important to me to make sure they are at ease in front of the camera.
We go to their favourite location, or I choose one, and just have fun with it and capture them being at ease with each other.
It is usually the ones who say that they are not good in front of a camera that play up to the camera the most as a kind of bravado and I completely welcome that because I comment on it to make them both laugh. That laughter is what I am looking for to capture in my fun, natural images.
In terms of trends, what do you think is the most interesting at the moment?
I know there are so many trends out there, but I do stick to my own fun style, giving my couples light, fun, creative photos that capture the day as it is. Trends can come and go, so I go with the moment as I don’t want my photos to seem dated in a few years' time.
Why do you think wedding photography is worth the investment?
It is said that the most amazing day of your life deserves to be captured. The cake will be eaten, the flowers will dry but the memories of that day will be captured to live again at any given moment.
I will of course capture the cake, the flowers and the emotions on the day, so that they will all be as fresh as the day itself when you look back through the photos.
There are lots of photographers with lots of differing styles, so always look at a few you love and always meet them because it is not just an investment into the photography, it is an investment into the photographer.
I personally love being able to get to know my couples and making them feel as if we’ve been friends for years because it is my way of being able to capture those wonderful moments, as if they have a friend capturing their day.
See more of Richard's work in the 2022 edition of Norfolk & Suffolk Bride magazine, which is FREE to read online.