Bride and bridesmaids walking down street - Picture by Damion Mower Photography

Getting to Know – Damion Mower Photography

Damion Mower of Damion Mower Photography

Company Name: Damion Mower Photography

Interview with: Damion Mower

Location / Coverage: Buckinghamshire and South East England

How did your business get started and who works at Damion Mower Photography?

I started my business several years ago with a passion to capture elegant and unique wedding photography. I initially committed to training and developing my understanding of both the creative and technical side of photography, as well as understanding how to run a photography business. During this period I also spent a lot of time working as a second photographer, honing my skill and developing my style.

I still invest in training and regularly attend workshops and conferences with the best talent across the industry. It broadens my mind and improves my technique, meaning I can deliver above and beyond for my clients.

I typically work with a second photographer who is a professional in their own right.

Groom with arm around smiling bride - Picture by Damion Mower Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I started my career in marketing, working with creative agencies building advertising campaigns for some well known brands. I loved it but needed an outlet for my own creativity. Having always had a passion for photography and being an enormous fan of how imagery can evoke emotions, wedding photography was my natural next step.

Reflection in car wing mirror of bride and groom kissing - Picture by Damion Mower Photography

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

No, but I remember my dad lending me his Olympus and me dropping it, returning it with a cracked lens. I’m a little more careful with my kit.

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Terrace Overlooking the Sea at The Sea House, Antigua

Getting to Know – The Sea House

Interview with: The Sea House

Please introduce The Sea House

The Sea House is an impressive grand villa that sits majestically overlooking the ocean in the heart of Mamora Bay, Antigua, West Indies. Recently described as ‘a paradise within paradise’, the villa is idyllic, in a stunning location, and offers gorgeous views over the turquoise sea.

Located at the ocean’s edge with direct access to its own small private beach and dock, the house provides large open-planned living areas, coupled with sumptuous and comfortable accommodation sleeping up to fifteen people.

Terrace Overlooking the Sea at The Sea House, Antigua

Describe the location of The Sea House

The Sea House is on Mamora Bay which is on the south coast of the island. The villa is a short drive from Pigeon Point, Galleon Bay and Half Moon Bay beaches, English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard, which has lots to offer everyone.

Nearby activities include fishing trips, scuba diving, historical sites and tours, boat rentals, sailing, tennis, horse-back riding and 4×4 safari tours. The villa is a five-minute drive from restaurants, with lots more bars and restaurants at English Harbour, where there is a wide choice to choose from.

Villa at The Sea House, Antigua

What can a couple expect from choosing The Sea House for their wedding?

The Sea House is the ideal choice for a private, intimate wedding. Couples can expect fabulous views, perfect for their once in a lifetime wedding photographs, coupled with excellent service, first class wedding planning and a wedding package that offers superb value for money.

Where at The Sea House can the wedding reception take place? Can couples have a beach wedding?

Couples can have their wedding either on our private dock or on the pool deck. Both locations are right on the ocean and offer stunning views with cool trade-wind breezes.

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Bridesmaids and groomsmen holding bride and groom back as they kiss

Getting to Know – Moritz Schmittat Photography

Moritz Schmittat of Moritz Schmittat Photography

Company Name: Moritz Schmittat Photography

Interview with: Moritz Schmittat

Location / Coverage: Surrey, London, Sussex, Berkshire, and Hampshire

How did your business get started and who works at Moritz Schmittat Photography?

I started Moritz Schmittat Photography in 2012, and it’s just me who works for the business.

Bride and groom in field

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I’m actually a trained musician, but I have always loved photography. In 2012 I made the switch to become a full-time photographer.

Bridesmaids looking down at camera with sunflowers

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

I worked in a care home for a year and in my spare time took portraits of the residents. I love people and faces with a story.

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I shoot weddings in Surrey, London, Sussex, Berkshire and Hampshire.

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Man lifting boy up in the air

Getting to Know – James Griffiths Photography

James Griffiths of James Griffiths Photography

Company Name: James Griffiths Photography

Interview with: James Griffiths

Location / Coverage: Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Cornwall

How did your business start and who works at James Griffiths Photography?

James Griffiths Photography really grew in 2015 when my wife and I had our daughter, Erin. I wanted to build a business for the family, doing something I am passionate about, which would complement family life. I’m so pleased with how quickly things have developed.

My wife, Ria, is involved with admin and marketing for the business, and Erin, who is nearly three, usually has some opinions to share!

Man lifting boy up in the air

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I’ve always been a photography enthusiast, but I actually started my paid career in construction and worked for many years completing measured building surveys. I then diversified into selling and demonstrating high specification camera equipment. This was when I started to seriously consider photography as a profession, rather than a hobby.

Bride and groom under arch

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

I remember taking pictures of our family dog, Duncan. I’m not sure exactly how old I was – probably about eight. Sadly Duncan couldn’t see very well so I don’t think he knew he was posing for a picture.

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Bride singing on dance floor at wedding

Getting to Know – Alive Network

Alive Network Logo

Company Name: Alive Network

Interview With: Gemma Cater, Entertainment Coordinator

Location / Coverage: We’re based in Staffordshire, but our artists perform UK-wide and globally!

Who are Alive Network?

Alive Network is the UK’s biggest and best loved source of live wedding entertainment and wedding bands.

Bride and groom first dance

How many people work at Alive Network?

23 music-obsessed people work for Alive Network…

  • Nine Entertainment Coordinators (the lovely voices at the end of the telephone).
  • Four sound engineers and producers working in our in-house studios.
  • Three in our Talent Team, scoping out and supporting the latest and greatest artists for our customers.

How did Alive Network get started and how long have you been going?

Dave Bevan founded Alive Network in 1999. Back then, Dave was a full-time (curtain-haired!) professional guitarist with big ambitions. He wanted to give couples access to stylish, professional-calibre bands and artists, playing the kind of music that cool young couples loved, and similar to the chart bands they were fans of… rather than amateur fogeys playing tired hits from days of old!

As a musician himself, Dave knew there were artists out there who could do better, and that wedding guests would totally love (we all deserve a good party!). Coupled with that, he wanted to help talented musicians make a living from music (cue Dave’s *eureka!* moment!). And so began his quest in sourcing, developing and supporting the best of the UK’s musical and artistic talent. Hooking them up with promoters, event organisers and music fans (like you!), providing access to great live music.

Wedding guest dancing

Nearly two decades, 5,000+ artists and 100,000+ events later, Alive Network has its own in-house recording studio, supporting original artists in their pursuit of success in the wider music industry, while developing our catalogue of the UK’s best bands, musicians, DJs, entertainers and suppliers, so you can pick the cream of our crop, making amazing memories for your biggest day ever.

Dave has shorter hair, but still messes around on guitars, and still believes that live entertainment makes everything better. We’ve seen it. It really does.

Where do you cover?

Most of our artists perform all over the UK and internationally.

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