Getting to Know – Paul Alexander Photography

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Interview With: Paul Coultrup

Company Name: Paul Alexander Photography


Location / Coverage: Yorkshire, UK and Abroad

Paul Alexander Photography taking a picture of a bride and groom cutting the cake

How did Paul Alexander Photography get started and how long has the business been going?

My first venture into wedding photography was over 10 years ago. I did a number of weddings in the days before digital photography but this was always for friends and family. I decided to make a go of it in 2009 when I started my training, taking part in workshops and assisting local wedding photographers. I officially set up my business in 2010 and I am now into my 2nd year.

Who works at Paul Alexander Photography?

Just me at the moment. My lovely wife Lisa has also been known to help out when needed.

Bride and groom's first dance - Picture by Paul Alexander Photography


Have you always wanted to be a photographer? Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture and what was it of?

I have always been fascinated with photography and the ability to record moments in time. My Dad got me involved in photography when I was bought a Kodak Instamatic camera, and I have been involved in photography ever since. My first ever picture was whilst I was on holiday in Spain at the tender age of 7. I photographed someone we sat next to at the airport whilst waiting for our flight. Little did I realise I would carry on photographing people over 30 years later.

Bride posing by a wall - Picture by Paul Alexander Photography

Which areas of the UK do you cover? Do you go abroad?

I will cover wherever I’m needed to! Yorkshire, all over the UK or abroad, I’ll photograph wherever I’m asked.

Bride standing in a dark archway - Picture by Paul Alexander Photography

Do you have a particular style of photography you specialise in?

I love to tell the story of the wedding day as it progresses in a modern and contemporary style. My main aim is to capture the spirit of a wedding, picking up on the personalities of the people and the atmosphere during the day.

Bride looking in the mirror - Picture by Paul Alexander Photography


Random question… Country pub or swanky wine bar?

Has to be country pub.

Do you just do wedding photography?

I also do portrait and commercial photography.

Bride's wedding bouquet - Picture by Paul Alexander Photography


What’s the best thing about your job?

For me it’s got to be meeting so many different people. I love photographing people and being part of someone’s special day. I also enjoy getting the feedback from the couples when they see the images for the first time.

Bride preparing to put the ring on her groom's finger - Picture by Paul Alexander Photography


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

This is my favourite, taken at Gorton Monastery in Manchester. The best man was showing off his break dancing skills and I happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Best man break dancing at a wedding by Paul Alexander Photography

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

Pick me, every single time… just kidding! Seriously, choose someone who you feel comfortable with as it’s the relationship with the photographer that will get the best images from your wedding day. Do not compromise on the quality of the photography; make sure that the photographer meets your exacting standards and needs for your wedding day. Also, ensure you see their work and are happy with their style of photography. Basically, do as much research as possible.

Black and white picture of a groom standing by the window - Picture by Paul Alexander Photography


Where can I find out more about Paul Alexander Photography?

Visit the Paul Alexander Photography supplier page on The Wedding Community

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To complete your vintage style wedding, how about using beautiful vintage tins as decorations. These are great used as vases and planters to display flowers in and are cheaper than hiring or buying vases. A simple vintage style tin with a few flowers in will look great on any wedding table. You could use a few tins together to create more of an impact, or even use a vintage biscuit tin as a planter for your favourite herbs or flowers. These could then be used as thank you gifts after your wedding. You can find vintage style tins in charity shops, car boot sales, eBay and maybe even in your granny’s pantry!

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