Interview With: Mike Dallenger
Company Name: Mike Dallenger’s Social Photography
Location / Coverage: Based in Dorset and predominately work across the South West and South East of England. Also serves the rest of the UK and overseas.
How did Mike Dallenger’s Photography come about and how long has the business been going?
I have been taking wedding pictures for over 30 years. In the beginning it was as a serious hobby but increasingly family, friends (and their friends) asked me to become the official photographer.
About 5 years ago I decided to turn my hobby into a business and become a digital wedding photographer. This was a significant moment for me as it meant that I said farewell to my film cameras (on eBay).
I particularly enjoy digital photography as you have complete control over the image and do not need to send films for processing. Of course digital also presents a whole new world of image manipulation, where of course the camera doesn’t lie 🙂 – would you like to look younger, appear on a magazine cover, park your car on its own bonnet, sit within the palms of your hands? The only limit is imagination.
How old were you when you took your first picture? Can you remember what it was?
It was during a school trip to London. An artist was painting and I took a picture of his painting in the foreground with the scene that he was painting in the distance. I must have been about 10 and I think it was an old Kodak camera.
Who works at Mike Dallenger’s Photography?
Currently I work on my own with assistance at wedding exhibitions. I am currently looking for a suitable trainee to become an assistant.
What sets Mike Dallenger’s Photography apart from other wedding photographers?
I believe that preparation is vitally important and enjoy working with the happy couples (and their families) when planning the photography coverage.
I have an honest passion for photography and the day that it feels like a job will be the day that I hang up my cameras.