Interview With: Dale Cherry
Company Name: Dale Cherry Wedding Photography
Location / Coverage: I work from my home in St Albans, Hertfordshire but will travel anywhere.
Who is/are Dale Cherry Wedding Photography?
I am a full time professional photographer who has been published in top national newspapers and magazines, and I now offer a blend of reportage and traditional wedding photography. I offer a choice of storybook albums as well as a beautiful real leather traditional style album.
How did Dale Cherry Wedding Photography get started and how long has the business been going?
I took the decision to offer my services in wedding photography in 2009.
Have you always wanted to be a photographer?
I decided to be a photographer at the age of twelve. A sports photographer from The Sun needed someone to throw balls for the Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson to catch while he took photos at the Arsenal Training ground. Little did I know that years later I would be photographing games at Highbury.
Do you just do wedding photography?
I also do sports photography and features for newspapers and magazines including The Mail on Sunday and The Daily Telegraph, as well as corporate and PR photography.
Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture and what it was of?
I was ten or eleven years old and took pictures of London including Trafalgar square with a Kodak Instamatic 126. Later I saved my paper round money to buy a Russian made Zenith E, my first 35mm film camera.
Which areas of the UK do you cover? Do you go abroad?
Although I am based in St Albans I also have a base at the family home in Wimborne, Dorset. I enjoy the challenge of photographing weddings at new locations. My editorial work has taken me abroad on many occasions, therefore I am more than happy to travel anywhere in the UK or abroad for a wedding.
How would you describe your style of photography?
A creative blend of reportage with traditional photography.
How does photographing a wedding compare to the press photography you’ve done?
My approach to weddings is that I want to tell the story of the day in pictures; a sort of photo essay. My background in sport and press photography means that I am used to reacting quickly to changing circumstances and thinking on my feet. At a wedding one usually has more time to plan things but there are times when a change of plan is required and quick thinking is a big advantage. I sometimes use my sports telephoto lenses to photograph the bride and groom as this helps me to be far less intrusive and allows the couple some time and space.
Random Question…What would you spend your last pound on?
You don’t get much for a pound these days – maybe a bar of chocolate.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Seeing the smiles on people’s faces.
What’s your top tip for choosing a wedding photographer?
Make sure you find a full time professional photographer that you are comfortable with and that the pictures in his/her portfolio are all their own work.
Where can I find out more about Dale Cherry Wedding Photography?
www.dalecherryweddings.co.uk or call me for a chat on 07973 725848.