Getting to Know – James Davidson Photography

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Interview With: James Davidson

Company Name: James Davidson Photography

Website: www.jamesdavidson.co.uk

Location / Coverage: UK and internationally

How did James Davidson Photography come about and how long has the business been going?

I finished my degree in Documentary and Editorial photography in 1995 after which I spent about 5 years assisting fashion and advertising photographers in London. I set up my own studio in 2000 doing mainly corporate style stuff. I was naturally drawn to weddings and portraits and over the years that is what I have specialised in.

Picture of a bride and her bridesmaids wearing wellington boots by James Davidson Photography

How old were you when you got your first camera?

I had a snappy point and shoot camera for as long as I can remember, but I had a real ‘wow’ moment when my Dad lent me his SLR when I was 15. I got my first proper camera for my 16th birthday and never really looked back.

Picture showing the sihouette of a bride with a beautiful night sky by James Davidson Photography

Who works at James Davidson Photography?

Just lil’ ol’ me. My wife helps when she can but we have two small children which is a full-time job and some – I’ve got the easy option!

What sets James Davidson Photography apart from other wedding photographers?

Style and professionalism. I like to think my style is clean, simple but very elegant and stands head and shoulders above the average.

Picture of a bride and groom walking down a path surrounded by trees by James Davidson Photography

What’s the best thing about the job?

At a wedding, being able to record a couple’s most significant day, the whole story, the full emotional rollercoaster, and to do it in a unique and significant style. For children’s portraits, well just being able to work with people of my own mental age …

Atmospheric picture of a bride and groom holding each other by James Davidson Photography

Does James Davidson Photography have a particular style of photography?

With a background in documentary photography, I love to tell the story of the day, but I also draw on my fashion and portrait experience to hopefully create a bit of romance

Black and white picture of a bride and groom taken surrounded by grass by James Davidson Photography

Do you only do wedding photography?

I specialise in wedding and portrait photography but I am happy to turn my hand to most things photographic. I think it’s very important to have a wide range of skills when photographing weddings.

Picture of a bride and groom being showered in confetti by James Davidson Photography

Where is the most beautiful place you have done a shoot?

Villa Cimbrone, Ravello. Without doubt one of the most beautiful wedding venues. Having said that, moments and chemistry outshine any venue; give me a happy couple with great chemistry any day over a stunning venue.

Do you have a favourite picture you have taken (If you can choose!)?

This one…

Picture of a bride and groom walking through a walkway by James Davidson Photography

What’s your top tip for choosing a wedding photographer?

Choose a photographer whose style you love and whose personality suits yours.

Where can I find out more about James Davidson Photography?

Visit my website www.jamesdavidson.co.uk

Getting to Know – Coltsford Mill

Venue Name: Coltsford Mill

Website: www.coltsfordmill-weddings.co.uk

Location: Oxted, Surrey

Picture of the lake at Coltsford Mill Wedding Venue
Image by Hector Photo – www.hectorphoto.com

What type of wedding venue is Coltsford Mill?

Coltsford Mill has two buildings; the contemporary Watermill Barn and bar and the historic Mill Room with the original mill workings illuminated behind glass.

What can a couple expect from having their wedding at Coltsford Mill?

Great support and advice from the wedding coordinators, fine food, excellent service, a relaxed atmosphere and a beautiful venue their guests will love.

Picture of The Mill Room at Coltsford Mill wedding venue
Image by SMS Creative Photography – www.smscreativephotography.co.uk

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Coltsford Mill?

Coltsford Mill is licensed for civil wedding and partnership ceremonies of up to 90 guests in the Mill Room and 150 guests in the Watermill Barn.  The Watermill Barn can accommodate up to 150 guests for seated dining and up to 190 guests for an evening reception.

Does Coltsford Mill have rooms for guest to stay, if so how many and at what price?

Coltsford Mill has a cottage for the Honeymoon couple to use throughout the day of their wedding and to stay in on the wedding night.  There are many hotels and B&B’s nearby for guests.

Picture of The Watermill Barn at Coltsford Mill wedding venue
Image by Denise Ebanks Weddings – www.deniseebanksweddings.co.uk

What is the best thing about having your wedding at Coltsford Mill?

The beautiful secluded setting; the venue is tucked away in its own private grounds surrounded by lakes, pools and flowing cascades.  You could be miles from anywhere, while only being half an hour from London.

How many weddings does Coltsford Mill hold per year on average?

Approximately 100 weddings per year.

Picture of The Bar at Coltsford Mill wedding venue
Image by SMS Creative Photography – www.smscreativephotography.co.uk

Does Coltsford Mill have a set price for weddings or is there a tiered pricing structure?

The price to hold a wedding at Coltsford Mill varies depending on the day, month and year.  Please see our wedding brochure that is available on our website for details.

Does Coltsford Mill have a wedding co-ordinator on site and are they available on the day of the wedding?

Coltsford Mill has three wedding co-ordinators, Liz, Sharon and Jenny, who provide support and advice up to and throughout the big day itself.

Picture of Coltsford Mill wedding venue
Image by SMS Creative Photography – www.smscreativephotography.co.uk

What’s your top tip for choosing the perfect wedding venue?

Keep an open mind about wedding dates; weddings on Sundays and weekdays are increasingly popular and you can make substantial savings.

Where can I find out more about Coltsford Mill?

Visit  www.coltsfordmill-weddings.co.uk or call our wedding office on 01883 770053.

Picture of a bride laughing with her groom by Fiona Kelly Wedding Photography

Getting to Know – Fiona Kelly Wedding Photography

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Interview With: Fiona Kelly

Company Name: Fiona Kelly Wedding Photography

Website: www.fionasweddingphotography.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Based in London, covering the South East of England.

Picture of a groom holding a young girl by Fiona Kelly Photography

Have you always wanted to be a wedding photographer?

I have always enjoyed taking photos and had an interest in photography. My dad was an amateur photographer in his youth so I was always around someone with an SLR camera. I studied photography with my A-Level art course and did an evening course at the same time to learn more.

Can you remember the first picture you took?

The first photo I remember taking was of the Diplodocus skeleton at the Natural History museum whilst on a school trip to London.

Black and white picture of a bride being led by the arm by Fiona Kelly Photography

How did Fiona Kelly Wedding Photography get started and how long has the business been going?

It all started about 3-4 years ago with taking photos at friends’ weddings and I slowly realised that not only did I really enjoyed doing it but I was getting some good feedback! It seemed the logical step to take it to the next level. I was amazed at the time that a lot of the wedding photographers I saw seemed really stuck in their old ways. I have always loved candid photography and having worked as a fashion art director for many years had a real eye for more contemporary and interesting images. I really wanted to go down the route of doing something fresh and modern and my natural style has taken that on.

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Getting to Know – The Flower Studio

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Interview With: Heidi Baker

Company Name: The Flower Studio

Website: www.flowerstudio.im

Location: St Johns, Isle of Man

How did The Flower Studio get started and how long has the business been going?

I opened the Flower Studio about a year after I graduated from Writtle College in Chelmsford with my Foundation Degree in Professional Floristry and Degree (Hons) in Horticulture.  Whilst I was studying at college I was really lucky to work in two top London florists, so when I returned to the Isle of Man I decided I wanted to open a shop that reflected the styles I had grown to love while working in London.  The shop has now been open since March 2009 and is getting busier all the time.

Picture of Heidi Baker From The Flower Studio Isle of Man

Is it just you or do you have a team?

I work full time (i.e. 7 days a week!) and I have 2 part time florists, 1 part time driver and a couple of freelance drivers and florists that help me out at peak periods such as Valentines Day, Christmas and Mothers Day.  My family are also great at stepping in, and love helping me dress a big venue for a wedding!

Where is The Flower Studio based, do you have a shop? Which areas of the UK do you cover?

We are based in St Johns on the Isle of Man and deliver all over the Island directly from the shop.  We are also a Premier Interflora Member, so people can order gifts through us to go worldwide.  As far as wedding flowers go, if someone off the Island wanted to use us for their wedding, I would never say no, but obviously there would be expenses costed in with the flowers.  A friend of mine is getting married abroad in a couple of years time and she has said she might bring me along with her to do her flowers!

Picture of a Mixed Rose and Hydgrangea Bridal Bouquet from The Flower Studio

What type of flowers can you provide for a wedding?

We provide whatever the bride wants!  I love being creative and if the bride asks for something really different and unique I see it as an exciting challenge.  Even if their heart is set on having a simple posy of roses, I always try and add something to the bouquet to make it personal to them – such as a family brooch or a bespoke collar… one bride asked me to hide an old photo of her Grandmother who had recently passed away… no-one else could really see it, but it meant so much to the Bride.

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Picture of a bride and groom kissing by Phill Coe Photography

Getting to Know – Phill Coe Photography

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Interview With: Phill Coe

Company Name: Phill Coe Photography

Website: www.phillcoe.com

Location / Coverage: National, plus Southern Spain

How did Phill Coe Photography come about and how long has the business been going?

I started the business in 2003 and started doing weddings in 2007.

Picture of a bride dancing at her wedding by Phill Coe Photography

How old were you when you took your first picture? Can you remember what it was?

I was 6 and it was a picture of the pygmy hippos at Bristol Zoo.

What sets Phill Coe Photography apart from other wedding photographers?

I try to be as creative as my clients will allow.  Getting a great shot is only half the job for me.  How I process and finish my shots is what sets me apart from most other photographers, and the fact that I mix natural, candid shots with beautiful, intimate images of the bride & groom.

Picture of a bride and groom kissing by Phill Coe Photography

What’s the best thing about the job?

Variety and freedom. I realise I’m only as good as my last shoot and I’m constantly pushing myself to improve.

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