Interview With: Hilary Binns Photography
Company Name: Binns Photo
Location / Coverage: Based in Berkshire, but I am happy to travel
How did Binns Photography get started and how long has the business been going?
The company came about after I had my children and decided that full-time paid employment was not where I wanted to be. I started shooting children and children’s events in 2008 and secured my first wedding in 2009.
Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?
I remember taking my mum’s old camera on a school trip when I was 10. I felt terribly grown up and I was the only one with a camera, but I didn’t dare admit that I didn’t really know how to use it properly!
Have you always wanted to be a photographer?
Honestly, no. My career aspiration from the age of 5 was to be a teacher. I did that for 10 years, but wanted something more flexible and fun to work around my family. The time spent in the classroom does come in handy though, from an organisational perspective and in terms of working with people and relating to them.
Which areas of the UK do you cover?
I am based in Berkshire and mainly cover Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire (that’s a lot of shires!), but I did travel to St Andrew’s last year with a couple from London, so the proper answer would be any.
What makes Binns Photography different from other wedding photographers?
I am not going to make any extravagant claims about my photographic skills or style, but I get loads of lovely comments from couples and their families about my personal approach. I am friendly and approachable and I generally end up getting involved in fetching something, fastening straps or being a general dogsbody.
By the time we reach the church I am usually treated as one of the girls, which helps enormously when you are trying to capture relaxed, fun photographs of a really special day.
What’s the best thing about the job?
I love weddings – I never stop smiling from when I arrive to shoot bridal preparations until when I sneak off sometime during the dancing. In fact I am often having such a good time that the bride has to tell me to go home!
What style of album can you provide to your couples?
My album supplier produces the most gorgeous coffee table books. They are handmade locally and I have to get my samples out on a regular basis just to drool over them. I wish they had been available when I got married!
Where do you get your photography inspiration from?
I read lots of blogs and follow lots of other photographers. Everywhere I look I try to analyse the photographs that I see and decide what I like about them and how they were created.
I also love to include the environment in my photography, whether it is a plant that is looking particularly stunning at the venue, trees, wide open spaces or features of a building (church, venue, family home) – these are the things that bring the memories flooding back and make the photographs completely unique to that day.
Does Binns Photography have a specialist style of photography?
I mainly shoot documentary style but I do love to grab a little time with the bride and groom capturing some intimate shots that take in some of the special features of the venue and their day. I also obsess about detail almost as much as a bride – I love to get loads of pictures of jewellery, shoes, flowers and all the other little things that make the day so personal.
Do you provide other photography services apart from wedding photography?
I also do family portraits and events (formal and informal).
Do you have a favourite picture you have taken (If you can choose!)?
Yes! This one…
Random Question…Eastenders or Coronation Street?
Neither! I really despise the depths to which the story-writers stoop to make the headlines, so I don’t watch soaps. I do have to watch Holby City and Casualty every week though.
What’s your top tip for choosing a wedding photographer?
Find someone that you get on with! This is the biggest day of your life and you will spend a significant amount of it with your photographer so they need to be someone that you feel comfortable around. A rapport with your photographer will result in better photographs of you as a couple, but also of your guest who will follow your lead.
Where can I find out more about Binns Photography?
My blog is a good place to start as it shows my most recent work www.hilarybinnsblog.co.uk. Take a look at my website for some full wedding shoots www.binnsphoto.co.uk. You can also find me on Facebook.