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Interview with: Charlie
Company Name: Charlie Campey Photography
Location / Coverage: Surrey / Nationwide
Like many photographers, my business came from the desire to combine my passion for photography with a way to earn a living – and what better way than shooting weddings? I think it’s really the best job in photography; I have the privilege of capturing the memories of such an important day, and get to spend the day with loads of people having a great time!
It’s just me at Charlie Campey Photography, although I always work with a second shooter, so you could include the small network of other professional photographers that I work with.
Well, yes and no. Yes in that I’ve been a photographer since my early teens, but no in that it’s only been in relatively recent history that I decided I wanted to do it professionally. There were lots of things about wedding photography that actually put me off initially. Before I became properly interested in it I had in my mind all these clichéd images of groomsmen running down a lawn and awkward couples posing cutting the cake flooded with harsh direct flash, and those things really put me off the idea. I’m happy to say that not all photography is like this! It’s nice to be able to combine some artistry with the subject and actually create images that are not only lovely memories for the couple, but can also stand alone out of context as just a beautiful image.
Ha ha ha – no. My long-term memory has never been my greatest strength! However, my dad used to have an old Nikon FE2 with a manual focus 50mm f1.8, and I do remember wasting a fair amount of film on that!
Interview with: Emma Russell
Company Name: Emma Russell Photography
Location / Coverage: Surrey and the surrounding counties
The business started back in 2011. My father was a photographer back in the 60s and it has always been a passion of mine. Having worked in the business sector for years and having had my children I knew I wanted to take my photography more seriously, so I threw myself into it in terms of courses and investing in professional equipment. I started to second shoot for other photographers at weddings and then I booked my first wedding in 2011. The rest as they say is history.
I work predominantly on my own but I do have several photographers who second shoot for me who I can call upon should my couples want to book a second shooter.
Yes, ever since I was small. I used to love looking at photos of my parents who grew up in the 50s and 60s. I love the black and white photos from back then which has been a big influence on my work. My favourite was their wedding album; it’s still so beautiful.
I’m sure it would’ve been with one of my father’s cameras; he was a big fan of Olympus back then – I’m a Canon girl – and it would’ve probably been a picture of one of the countless pets we had as children.
And the winner is… Emma Russell Photography!
There is now only one spot up for grabs in our 2014 Picture of the Year competition, after this beautiful picture by Emma Russell Photography was voted our November 2014 Picture of the Month. Our congratulations go to Emma, who told us a little about the picture…
“The couple are actually very good friends of ours, Chris and Sam. Chris and my husband have been best friends since they were children and my husband Rob was best man on the day (so no pressure on the day with Rob doing the speech and me the photography!). They chose to get married at their favourite hotel, Raymond Blanc’s magical Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire. It was a very intimate wedding with just close friends and family, back in May 2013.
“There are so many beautiful places to capture couple portraits at Le Manoir (it’s heaven for a photographer!) but I chose this spot as, not only is it beautiful, but it also offers a couple the chance to be on their own, giving them space and time to be together on such an important day. In the lead up to their wedding Chris and Sam had described how they wanted their wedding to have an elegant and timeless feel, so I kept this in mind whilst deciding where the perfect backdrop would be.”
To see more of Emma Russell Photography’s work visit www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk