Get to Know a Wedding Photographer: Ian Weldon Photography

Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Ian of Ian Weldon Photography, based in England! I’m loving his raw and dramatic style. Enjoy the interview!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

Hi, I’m Ian. I’m from the north of England and I’m definitely not a traditional wedding photographer.

I treat each wedding as a new assignment and I’m there to tell the story. I’m there to make photographs, not to dazzle you with a fancy light show and run around in a wacky harness that has 4 cameras hanging from it, getting in everyones way and shouting orders.

My clients tend to be people that appreciate good photography and understand the importance this will have on their wedding photographs in years to come.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I stayed away from weddings for a long time, mostly out of fear I think. Then I finally agreed to my first wedding. I remember my shaky hand knocking on the front door of my first bride. I felt sick. I had no idea what I was going to do, say, or what was going to happen.

All I can remember from that day was running around photographing everything in a blind panic hoping I didn’t miss anything. When I got home that day and started to nervously upload the files something completely unexpected happened: I could see images that told stories.

I’ve always been interested in how a single image could tell a story. The most important moments in recent history have often been represented by a single image.

From that moment I was hooked, everything had just changed for me. In making photographs to tell a story of the day, inevitably I was making photographs that told stories.

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What is your favourite part of the wedding day to capture?

Every wedding is different and depending on the bride and groom, different times of the day have different emotion. It’s a bit of an emotional roller-coaster for me too, as I become friends with the couples I work with. If I’m in tune with what’s going on it shows in my photographs. I do like the nervous energy of the bride prep though.

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What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?

Not as much awkward, but funny, at the end of one wedding paper lanterns were lit and sent off into the sky, but ended up floating into the nearby trees. It was very tense for a while and we were very close to phoning the fire brigade. Thankfully the offending lanterns eventually went out and the rest floated away.

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What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?

Ice cream.

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What is your favourite venue and why?

This is something that I have never considered, I just turn up on the day, find nice light and make photographs. The bride and groom tend to find the perfect venue for them and that’s good enough for me.

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Nikon or Canon?

Canon, but just because I started with a Canon and it’s familiar. Cameras are just tools to get the job done – it’s much more important to understand and perfect your craft.

It’s odd that before I was a professional photographer, I bought big lenses and cameras to look like one, but now I am one, I want discreet kit that isn’t obvious and intimidating to those I photograph.

I am thinking of switching to the Fuji X Pro 1 system next year if I’m brave enough to let go of my DSLR.

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What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

Honestly, it doesn’t matter, I’m more interested in the people.

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If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

Elvis & Pricilla. Why? Because he was the KING!

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What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?

There are so many photographers that clearly don’t know what their cameras are doing.

Practice your craft and be yourself.

Only when you understand the technical can you then turn it into art.

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Thanks Ian! For more about Ian Weldon Photography, check out his WeddingPhotoLove profile, or head straight to his website.

What do you think of his style? Leave your comments below!