Jade Osborne - More Weddings

Interview with: Jade Osborne

Company Name: More Weddings

Website: www.moreweddings.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Based in Leicestershire, covering nationwide

What does More Weddings do?

More Weddings transforms venues and provides a full wedding venue dressing service. Offering creative solutions to transform any space using a combination of drapes, lighting, props and furniture; the possibilities for creating your dream wedding setting are endless!

Ceiling Drapes at City Rooms - More Weddings

How did More Weddings come about and how long has the business been going?

More Weddings was born relatively recently, in February this year, and is the new baby of its parent company More Production. More Production has been producing high end events for corporate and private parties for over 15 years. We decided to launch More Weddings due to an influx in requests from brides and grooms for us to decorate their weddings, and realised that we needed a dedicated platform to make it easier for our customers to understand what we can offer for their wedding.

Have you always been interested in weddings and wanted to be a wedding stylist?

Who doesn’t love a good wedding!? I wouldn’t say I have always wanted to be a wedding stylist; I don’t think I ever knew what I wanted to be, I just knew I was good at organising things and being imaginative. Who knew there was a job out there to combine these skills! It’s a wonderful feeling to watch an idea grow and seeing it look amazing when it’s finished.

Inidan bride on chaise longue - More Weddings

Do you have a background in styling and design?

My personal background is in media production and marketing, so I have always been very creative, and I love any opportunity to make something pretty!

All of our team are very creative people and we even make a lot of our props and furniture in-house.

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Interview with: Rich Morris

Company Name: Rich Morris Photography

Website: www.richmorrisphotography.com

Location / Coverage: I am based in Bath and cover the South West and South Wales

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

I have been a keen photographer for a long time; my initial passion was landscape with my work being sold in several restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Bude and Bath. In 2012 my manager at that time asked if I would photograph his wedding for him, and that was it. I loved every minute, every emotion, every detail, and every character. I spent the rest of that year working with other local photographers before launching Rich Morris Photography in 2013.

Bride and groom - Picture by Rich Morris Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

The honest answer is no, I always wanted to be a fighter pilot. I watched Top Gun when I was seven, and Maverick was my idol. Fortunately, I didn’t make it through the RAF selection process. Photography has always been a hobby of mine and the fact that I can give people pleasure through my pictures is a true honour.

Groomsmen jumping - Picture by Rich Morris Photography

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

I am not sure if it was my first picture, but my first photographic memory was when I was six and we lived in Australia. I remember standing at the top of the Blue Mountains in NSW with my Dad, taking a series of pictures and then sticking them together to make a panorama. This was before the days of Photoshop, so when I say sticking them together I mean manually sticking them together.

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I am based in Bath and cover the South West of England and South Wales.

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Interview with: Mhairi Hutchison, Julie Fowler and Danni Fowler

Company Name: Completely Covered Events

Website: www.completelycoveredevents.com

Location / Coverage: Hampshire

What does Completely Covered Events do?

Completely Covered Events provides chair cover hire, sashes, table swaging, centrepieces, favours, and event decoration; “If you want it we will source it!”

How did Completely Covered Events come about and how long has the business been going?

We are three friends who have organised lots of events and family weddings, passionate about customer service, wanting to make a difference. We’ve just started in business.

Do you just cover Hampshire?

No, we are based right on the Hampshire/Surrey/Berkshire border so will cover for free a 15 mile radius from Yateley, then a small mileage charge for anything outside (£1.25/mile).

What type of chair covers does Completely Covered Events offer?

We are dedicated to making a couple’s day special so will work closely with them to source (within reason) whatever they wish. We currently stock fitted (lycra) and loose fitted (cotton), but can source different colours/styles where required.

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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.

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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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