Today’s wedding photographer interview is with UK based Nigel Blacker! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I had been a staff photographer at a large advertising studio until 1989. My background shooting matter up until that period had been anything from Cheese to shiny red Italian sports cars, virtually everything was shot on a Sinar 5×4 I guess everyday was different and exciting, new ideas new concepts, all very stimulating.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
I literally fell into wedding photography in 1990, I became redundant from the advertising studio, the owner was selling up and I had to very quickly decide what to do with my career. I really didn’t want to work in the city anymore, long days and not seeing family, was enough. So although I had absolutely no experience of shooting a wedding, I advertised my services and the enquiries started to roll in. My initial clients looked quite perplexed, for instead of showing beautiful bride and groom studies in my folio, I had, images of helicopters hovering over 4 x 4 Land rovers and beautifully constructed food shots, but thanks to those first trusting individuals I made it.
I love the initial bustle of the getting ready shots, the capture of small details. It sets the adrenaline pumping within minutes; my other big love is to try something perhaps a little different from the normal mainstream creating innovation through imagination. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Years ago I was patiently waiting for the bride to arrive at the church having shot the groom, best man and ushers etc. The clock ticked away the vicar walked up and down the path, suddenly the car screeched around the corner, the bride literally threw herself out of the car. Your 45 minutes late the priest bellowed, she look at me helplessly, what could I say. I’m going to take 3 hymns from the service he continued, at which point the bride collapsed in a fit of tears, I wish at that point I could have been transported to a lively bar or perhaps woke up from a bad dream!
Although we have enjoyed travelling to a number of far flung destinations, there are actually two locations where it all works beautifully for me. The first, Eastwell Manor in the south east of England, beautiful architecture set in a ridiculously diverse rural landscape. The second is not so much a venue as an area, New York City, with its advertising hoardings and fast life style; we can develop unique images that are always different and challenging.
Nikon, but it’s so much a personal matter, we are the creators not the cameras, they are simply an extension tool for our capabilities, thoughts and imagination.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I think that a traditional Japanese wedding in Tokyo, would be spectacular. It would give the opportunity to explore new ideas and try to establish something different. The color’s, smells symbolism, all very hedonistic stuff.
For me it would be Oscar Wilde. A man of principle, wit and humour, a civil wedding to certainly engage with for years.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
To not rush things, try to keep a cool head under pressure, try not to be influenced too much by the days photography fashion trends, follow your own individual path, explore and don’t be afraid of failure. With experience comes confidence to eventually develop into a creative individual.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
It’s in your best interests to use a professional photographer, the pictures taken at your wedding are worth more than any money, your investing in a body of work that will more than likely last generations, choose your photographer with care, look at his work, ask questions and probe, compare their work against others, don’t ever be side tracked by price alone, or you may have a lifetime of regrets.
Lovely work Nigel, thanks for sharing! For more information about Nigel Blacker, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to his website.
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