Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Mother-Daughter team Norma and Roz of Euphoria Photography, based in Inverness, Scotland! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
We are a mother and daughter team who specialise in photographing elopements on the spectacular Isle of Skye in Scotland. We are available worldwide. When not photographing, Norma loves being outside, with the dog (and a good book) walking in the beautiful Skye scenery. When not photographing, Roz loves walking barefoot on a sandy beach, reading as much as possible and writing.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
Norma: Previously, I was a professional landscape photographer using film cameras. I had always liked the idea of shooting weddings but the possible uncertainties of film on such an important day deterred me. With digital photography, these worries were eliminated.
Roz: I grew up with photography and had a small film camera before moving onto digital. In 2010, we went to a workshop in London with Master Photographer, Jerry Ghionis and then founded our business – Euphoria Photography – back home on the Isle of Skye.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
Norma: That special time with the couple, usually in a location significant to them, and getting the chance to work creatively with lighting and posing.
Roz: I love photographing ceremonies. The interactions between the couple as they glance and smile at each other are just beautiful.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Norma: This was pre-job. I was replying to a client by email. Her name was Louise but I typed “Hello Louse!” Fortunately, my awesome business partner, Roz, caught the error in time.
Roz: I was photographing a winter wedding in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and the weather was extremely wet! I noticed a break in the clouds and asked the bride and groom to step outside with me. I had barely positioned them when it suddenly started bouncing down with stinging hail stones! The couple were unfazed – they waited for me to get the shot before retreating inside!
What is your favorite venue and why?
Couples can get married practically anywhere in Scotland – inside or outside! – so there are plenty of venues to choose from.
Norma’s favourites are the atmospheric Scottish Castles. For example Dunvegan Castle on Skye is situated in an elevated position overlooking a loch. Inside and outside are brimming with photographic opportunities – a win-win for clients and photographers. Roz’s would have to be Loch Coruisk in the south of Skye. It’s only accessible by boat – which makes it extremely romantic – and the scenery is breath-taking and beautiful.
Nikon or Canon?
Canon! After some serious pixel peeping and, bearing in mind the dark castle interiors where we photograph, we needed the cleanest, noise-free results at high ISOs and Canon, for us, was the winner.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Norma: This dream location was almost a reality for one couple. They wanted to marry in a cave on a small, remote Hebridean island. Although this did not work out for them, I still imagine the cave lit in different colours creating a wonderfully moody and ethereal location.
Roz: St Kilda, the uninhabited islands of the Outer Hebrides. As far as I know, no one has ever got married there, but what a location it would be! Desolate, dramatic and beautiful!
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Norma: I would go back in time to photograph a pre-camera wedding. Back then, the only visual records would be paintings – a privilege of the wealthy. So, to photograph an every-day, old time wedding would be interesting rather than shooting a celebrity.
Roz: Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer! Audrey has been one of my style icons for as long as I can remember, so getting the chance to photograph her and do something really creative would be a dream come true.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Norma: Keep fresh and inspired with an open mind.
Roz: Never give up.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Norma: Never make the decision based on price. Choose the photographer whose style and quality appeals. This is the time for finest photography.
Roz: Give as much as time as you possibly can to the photographer. Although having your picture taken for hours may seem unimportant on the day, as time goes on those photographs will only become more precious to you.
Thanks Norma and Roz! For more information about Euphoria Photography, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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