Interview With: Hayley Ruth
Company Name: Hayley Ruth Photography
Location / Coverage: Cambridge, Essex, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and wherever my clients want me to go.
How did Hayley Ruth Photography come about and how long has the business been going?
Hayley Ruth Photography has been going for about 5 years now, but I gave up my full time employment 2 years ago to run the business full time as I was so busy with the photography and it’s where my passion lies.
What sets Hayley Ruth Photography apart from other wedding photographers?
Ensuring my clients feel comfortable in front of the camera. I spend time getting to know my clients and having fun with them in front of the camera before the big day. Having your picture taken shouldn’t be a traumatic experience, especially on your wedding day, so this is a really important part of what I do for my clients.
When my clients say to me, “Let’s do a few more”, it’s just the best moment!
What’s the best thing about your job?
Where to start with this one? I love everything about it. Taking pictures is obviously a passion, sharing in someone’s special day, seeing those happy emotions and capturing those key moments for someone to treasure, seeing clients tears when they see their wedding images for the first time, delivering their wedding album, oh the list goes on. But most of all it’s probably the friendships I develop with my clients, it means so much!
Does Hayley Ruth Photography have a specialist area or style of photography?
My style is about relaxed images that have style. I am always looking to provide my clients with images that express them as individuals, not giving them images off a recipe card of wedding images must haves. I spend time with each client exploring their venue and talking about the style of images they like, so their images will be unique to them.
Who/what are your influences?
My biggest influences are the clients I have. I love it when their confidence with what we are doing pops out and they make suggestions for shots they want to try. It means we have some great fun and get some fantastic images that truly reflect them.
Do you have a favourite picture you have taken (If you can choose!)?
Choosing one image is so hard as there are many that are amongst my favourites, but here is one I particularly like.
Do you have a top tip for choosing a wedding photographer?
Choose someone you feel comfortable with. Once you have seen the quality of their work and are happy they are going to provide you with the images you will cherish forever, this is the most important thing.
I am constantly surprised and horrified with how many photographer horror stories I hear. The photographer plays a key role in your day, no matter how unobtrusive they are, so it’s important they are someone you trust and feel comfortable with, as well as feeling they will fit in and be a pleasure to have as part of your day.
Where can I find out more about Hayley Ruth Photography?
Email: [email protected]
Visit the Hayley Ruth Photography Supplier Page on The Wedding Community