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Interview With: Ian MacMichael

Company Name: Ian MacMichael Photography

Website: www.ianmacmichael.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Liverpool, North West UK, National

How did the business get started and who works at Ian MacMichael Photography?

Like most photographers I guess, a camera has always been part of my life for as long as I can remember; from the days when my mum and dad gave me a Kodak all plastic Brownie with a big yellow button and 110 film!

I shot my mate’s weddings about 20 odd years ago and that was a good laugh, and I was then asked by a friend of my wife’s dad if I would shoot their wedding, and they would pay me! I was excited but then a bit nervous as the groom to be gave me 6 rolls of 36 exposure Ektar 100 which I then just handed back to him at the end of the day! I never heard anything for weeks and was fearing the worst, but then got a lovely letter saying the photographs were great and they were delighted with them – phew! I think I got £50 or something, and it was a lot of money then!

I was now at university reading applied chemistry, and photography was still around but not a big part of my life. I completed my degree and was accepted to do a PhD project for the Ministry of Defence. I completed this and began a career as a science teacher, and throughout this time I was always a keen amateur photographer, sold some prints and did a few favours here and there.

Bride with horses - Picture by Ian MacMichael Photography

My teaching was going well when a colleague asked me if I would consider photographing her best friend’s wedding where she was a bridesmaid. I wanted to pursue photography but I certainly wasn’t keen about doing weddings with all the stress, responsibility and hassle. However, the offer of a good payment (£700 I think) persuaded me and I agreed. Well, I really enjoyed the day, the images were good and the couple were delighted… in fact, we went on to shoot a further three weddings for the same family.

The rest, as they say, is history. Here I am now, shooting weddings with my wife Hazel, and very proud to be invited members of some of the world’s most exclusive wedding associations.

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

No, I always wanted to be a footballer

Bride - Picture by Ian MacMichael Photography

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

Probably around eight years old when I got that Brownie, and I shot the whole roll of film in our garden on Christmas day!

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

We mainly shoot weddings around Liverpool and the North West of the UK, but we have shot weddings in Ireland and Carlisle, and we are getting more enquiries now from around the UK.

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Patryk of Patryk Stanisz Photography

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Interview with: Patryk Stanisz

Company Name: Patryk Stanisz Photography

Website: http://patrykstanisz.co.uk

Location / Coverage: London / UK and Europe

How did the business get started and who works at Patryk Stanisz Photography?

The business get started in 2009. When I finished my studies I decided to start my business and work for myself.

Bride and groom with two horses - Picture by Patryk Stanisz Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

Honestly, when I was young I wanted to be a basketball player or trainer, and after that I wanted to be a musician ( I used to play the trumpet ). I discovered photography in 2007-2008 when I bought my first camera for taking pictures in the last years of my education at University in Wroclaw. People liked my pictures and they wanted me for weddings, portraits and family shots, so I decided to be a photographer.

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

I remember one day from my childhood when was 11-12 years old and I took pictures of my younger brother using my father’s camera; my brother was standing on a swing. It was probably the first time I took pictures.

One of first pictures by Patryk of Patryk Stanisz Photography

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I cover the whole of the UK and I am always willing to travel. I love travel!

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Tracey Warren - Warble Entertainment Agency

Interview with: Tracey Warren

Company Name: Warble Entertainment

Website: www.warble-entertainment.com

Location / Coverage: UK and Europe

Who are Warble Entertainment Agency?

Warble Entertainment is an agency designed to make finding your perfect wedding entertainment fun and stress free.

Wedding Singer - Warble Entertainment Agency

How did Warble Entertainment Agency get started and how long have you been going?

I set up Warble Entertainment back in late 2006/early 2007 with my husband Matt. We’d just been travelling around the world for 13 months and were ready for a new adventure. We both had relevant degrees and experience in the events and entertainment industry, and decided we enjoyed spending as much time as possible with each other so it would be good to work together. That was eight years ago and we now have a strong team of 11, and I’m pleased to report that we still enjoy working together and feel very lucky to be part of such a lovely industry.

Soul and Motown Band - Warble Entertainment Agency

Why are you called Warble Entertainment Agency?

The word warble means: To sing (a note or song, for example) with trills, runs, or other melodic embellishments. It’s also a fuse of both of our surnames so it just seemed right. Choosing a name was actually one of the hardest parts of setting up the business!

Where do you cover?

Our office (Warble Towers) is based in Cheshire, but we cover the whole of the UK and Europe, regularly book for weddings taking place in France and Italy, and recently booked for events in Poland, Russia and Istanbul.

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Adele Firth - Adele Wedding Photography

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Interview with: Adele Firth

Company Name: Adele Wedding Photography

Website: www.adelefirth.co.uk/weddings

Location / Coverage: London

How did the business get started and who works at Adele Wedding Photography?

I’ve been a photographer for as long as I can remember; right back to when I was at school. It was 11 years ago when I was first approached to photograph a wedding. The bride in question had seen my other photography work and really wanted me to photograph her wedding for her. I then started to get a lot of referrals and it was at this point I thought about doing more wedding photography.

I’m a one man (or should I say woman) band, occasionally with the help of my fiancé who makes a wonderful bag carrier and flash light holder.

Bride walking with father in the snow - Picture by Adele Wedding Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

Yes, I have always wanted to work in a creative field. I work in both photography and graphic design, and I like the mix; it means I never get bored of doing just one thing. By keeping irons in a few different creative fires I keep fresh and inspired by my work, and I find that one area of creativity often fuels and inspires other areas of my work.

I create a lot of conceptual photography, which would be classed as fine art photography, and I love to incorporate some aspects of this into my wedding photography. I have recently decided to offer post wedding photo shoots so brides can use their wedding dresses one last time and have some fine art style prints.

Bride and groom - Picture by Adele Wedding Photography

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

I can still remember buying my first camera – I can remember the excitement of that day. I’d saved up a lot of my pocket money and my first camera was a whopping £15! I loved taking pictures, even as a kid.

When I was 16 my dad gave me his old SLR camera and that was the first time that I had full control over the camera setting. My first photographs were an attempt at arty shots of flowers, which for my first attempt weren’t bad, but I’m glad to say I’ve come a long way since then.

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Martin - Martin Makowski Photography

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Interview with: Martin Makowski

Company Name: Martin Makowski Photography

Website: www.makowskiphotography.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Nottingham / UK/ Destinations

How did the business get started and who works at Martin Makowski Photography?

I have always had a huge interest in photography. It all seriously started when I bought my first digital SLR seven years ago, and like every keen photographer I was photographing anything and everything. I was eager to improve my skills, and gained the photography knowledge from every available source; books, magazines, the internet and, most importantly, hard work and practice. Every time I saw a great photo it was nagging me how it was taken; I wanted to learn how to do it myself.

Soon after I moved into photographing people and it didn’t take me long to start shooting weddings, first for family and friends then as semi-professional photographer; I still had my daily job at that time. Photography really started taking over and the more I did it the more I loved it.

I left my job five years ago and started working for myself, trading under my name as Martin Makowski Photography. It is a one-man business and I work on my own.

Bride walking down stairs - Picture by Martin Makowski Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

Originally I wanted to be a waste collector, then astronaut, pilot, sailor and many more. Then I was thinking of becoming a psychologist. Fortunately I didn’t become any of the mentioned.

After Construction College and A levels I started working in professional kitchens, first as a pot washer then I built my way up to a head chef role. Photography was always there and I always enjoyed looking at the world around me through the viewfinder.

Finally, I left my job to become a photographer; I have no regrets at all.

Nervous groom - Picture by Martin Makowski Photography

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

My father was a keen photographer and there was always a camera near me. It would be hard to remember the very first photo I took, but one I remember well was of Smurfs on television. It did not turn out well at all.

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I am based in Nottingham and most of weddings I photograph are in the Midlands. I am always willing to travel and never say no to a wedding far from home.

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Emmie Scott

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Interview with: Emmie Scott

Company Name: Emmie Scott

Website: www.emmiesweddingphotography.com

Location / Coverage: Across the globe

How did the business get started and who works at Emmie Scott?

It was a very organic process and almost as though this career chose me. I had been a photographer for 12 years and had already shot a few weddings; it had then just occurred to me that I could actually make money from doing it. It’s my dream job and I wish I had thought to do it sooner.

Bride and groom in grand wedding venue - Picture by Emmie Scott

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I always had been a photographer but I don’t know why I didn’t think of it as a career until it really became one.

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

I can’t unfortunately; my memory is not that great – that’s probably why I like photography – but I have always loved images. As a kid I would sit with my parents’ albums and spend whole days just looking through them. That’s what I love; capturing fleeting moments in time that would otherwise be forgotten. Somebody should have taken a picture of me taking my first picture!

Bride and groom - Picture by Emmie Scott

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

All over. I love travelling and it’s part of why I do what I do.

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Zbyszek - Zibi Photography

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Interview with: Zbyszek

Company Name: Zibi Photography

Website: http://zibiphotography.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Salisbury/ Worldwide

How did the business get started and who works at Zibi Photography?

In 2012, I met one of the best wedding photographers in the UK , Mike Garrard. His style, enthusiasm and approach to innovative photography and editing really inspired me to pursue my own passion in this field. He became a great mentor to me and a source of inspiration when I needed one.

I run Zibi Photography on my own, as I never want to lose the personal, intimate touch that I offer to my clients. This goes a long way in earning their trust and putting them at ease on the day on which it counts the most.

Bride seen through branches - Picture by Zibi Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

For me, this adventure of a lifetime really began in 2006, when my interest in landscape photography was piqued. As I began to experiment and learn I found that the camera became a part of me and my life; it changed my outlook and began to mould my future. From there it evolved naturally into wedding photography.

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

I was 10 years old when my dad gave me my first camera; an old-style Kodak. I was so excited and began taking photographs of everything around me – from flowers to family. One of the first pictures that I took was of my beloved grandmother in the kitchen, baking my favourite walnut cake.

Bride leaning against door frame - Picture by Zibi Photography

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I cover the whole of the UK, and I photograph destination weddings all over the world. This gives me an opportunity to travel, but also to learn about the wedding customs and utilising the available backdrops (some of which can be quite different to those in the UK) to create the best possible image.

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Interview with: Michael Braunton

Company Name: The Stag and Hen Experience

Website: www.thestagandhenexperience.com

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

What does The Stag and Hen Experience do?

We organise the activities, accommodation, nightlife and more for the best party of your life – whether it’s one day, a weekend or longer, we can arrange the best experience possible!

Skydiving

How did the business start and how long has it been going?

After working in the stag and hen industry for several years, Steve decided that no one company was offering customers the best deal and the freedom to tailor their weekends as much as possible, and decided that if no-one else was going to offer it, then he’d have to do it himself! Teaming up with sales supremo Ross in 2009, the two of them set up the company, and within forty-eight hours the bookings had started rolling in, and haven’t stopped since!

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Who works at The Hen and Stag Experience and what are your roles?

Steve: Director of Sales
Ross: Director of Finance and Marketing
Naomi: Senior Account Manager
Mike: Account Manager and Website/Technical Support
Joanna: Account Manager
Rebecca: Account Manager
Steve P: Marketing Assistant

What type of stag and hen parties does The Stag and Hen Experience offer?

You name it, we can arrange it! The majority of our bookings are two-night stays in the UK or Europe, with activities, accommodation and nightlife included – but in the last year we’ve also arranged Bobsleigh with a member of the Latvian Olympic bobsleigh team, a recording session with a producer famous for his work with Diversity, and organised a group of ten girls to travel across three countries in four days!

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Jodie Brennan of Jodie Brennan Photography

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Interview with: Jodie Brennan

Company Name: Jodie Brennan Photography

Website: www.jodiebrennan.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Staffordshire and the Midlands, but will travel throughout the UK

How did the business get started and who works at Jodie Brennan Photography?

The business, which began in 2010, is run by myself, Jodie Brennan. I also have a group of ‘second shooters’ who I call upon, on a freelance basis, to assist me during weekend wedding shoots. I attend all pre-wedding meetings to discuss photography directly with my clients so they can meet me face to face prior to the big day. Jodie Brennan Photography grew slowly and organically to begin with; each year is getting busier and I have more and more client referrals, which is great.

Bride and groom in doorway - Picture by Jodie Brennan Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

When I was very little I wanted to be an archaeologist, but enjoyed Art and Design so much at high school I went to University to do a Design and Art Direction degree (graphics). It was here I started to specialise in photography (and really fell in love with it). I started out by constantly photographing my favourite models – my very patient younger brother and sister.

Groomsmen with team Groom sign - Picture by Jodie Brennan Photography

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

I started out using my Dad’s old Pentax 35mm camera and printing my own images. Then I was very lucky to be one of the first of my friends to get a digital camera; it was 2 megapixel and very cutting edge at the time! I can’t remember what my very first image was of, but I used to photograph my pet cat ‘Kitten Kat’ and my family… a lot.

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I am based in Staffordshire and the Midlands but I am happy to travel throughout the UK.

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Alex Rawson of Alex Rawson Photo

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Interview with: Alex Rawson

Company Name: Alex Rawson Photo

Website: www.alexrawsonphoto.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Based in Bristol but cover Nationwide

How did the business get started and who works at Alex Rawson Photo?

I started the business myself a year ago after selling my shares in an existing photography company. I always wanted to work for myself and be my own boss, and I was in the right place to do so.

Bride and groom - Picture by Alex Rawson Photo

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I’d always been hugely interested in photography as my grandad was a photographer (I still use his camera at weddings; it’s a Pentax ME Super and it’s amazing!). I studied Architecture and Structural Engineering at Loughborough University but realised that photography was more my thing, and have never stopped pursuing it! I’ve always been artistic and have played a few instruments for a number of years, including rocking a trombone solo at the Royal Albert Hall a few years ago.

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

Jeez, not sure really! The first picture I was proud of I took in London when I was about 15, on my first DSLR. It was of four telephone boxes (so touristy I know) and I did a pop colour edit of just the reds. It actually won me a local competition against some seasoned pros so I was pretty chuffed!

Bride and bridesmaids - Picture by Alex Rawson Photo

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

Anywhere and everywhere! I have a car which I love to drive (it’s another pride and joy as well as my cameras), but I’m manly based in the south west, so covering Bristol, Somerset and South Wales.

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