Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Guy Evans of Guy Evans Photography, based in Melbourne, Australia! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
Guy Evans Photography is a wedding and freelance photographer based out of Melbourne, Australia. I do a mix of photography ranging from commercial, product, portrait, PR & marketing events and of course weddings. I love the variety and it keeps me on my toes and always learning new things and ways of doing things. On the downside the list of gear I need (want) seems to grow exponentially…haha.
Read the full interview after the post!
How did you get into wedding photography?
My friend started a wedding video business quite a few years ago and would occasionally ask me to help as a second cameraperson. I met some wedding photographers during this time and had the chance to pick their brains a bit here and there. This was during the early days of decent digital SLR’s so a lot of people were still using purely film, which was interesting to see the different approaches – the film guys were generally very setup and staged as you couldn’t afford to waste too many shots whereas some of the DSLR shooters were taking a much more candid/photojournalist approach which struck a chord with me. My interest was piqued, and while living in Toronto (where my wife, Erin, is from) I go to photograph a couple of weddings before we moved back to Australia and I knew this is something I had to continue with. Erin and I got married in Cabos San Lucas, Mexico and it took us ages to find our photographer, Denis Berti. I was really inspired by Denis and his partner Cia’s approach and not long after I made the decision to start my photography business full-time and Guy Evans photography was born.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
That’s a tough one because it probably changes from wedding to wedding. From a photographic point of view sometimes it’s when we’ve had perfect light doing location photos. At other times, it’s right after the ceremony when everyone is surrounding the bride and groom to congratulate them; at this stage the couples’ nerves are gone, everyone’s laughing or crying, there’s so much smiling and it’s that real moment of celebration.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Umm, unfortunately that one’s pretty easy to answer. At one particular wedding, the priest must have had somewhere to be straight after the ceremony and he closed and locked the doors and took off while I was shooting congratulations outside the church! This would have been fine, except that my camera bag, car keys, spare batteries, flashes (you name it!), were all locked inside. It all worked out okay in the end (as it always does) as I had two fully charged cameras and the main lenses with me when it happened and luckily was able to ‘phone a friend’ to get all my gear back and delivered to me at the reception. It was a close one but we all had a laugh and I managed keep the situation from having any impact on the day.
What is your favorite venue and why?
I don’t really have a favourite, as I love being able to shoot somewhere new… new is my favourite! A new location adds an element of spontaneity, freshness and creativity. That being said, I do really love the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. As such a vast park, there’s always something new to discover and shoot within, from day-to-day and season-to-season.
Nikon or Canon?
I currently use Canon but I honestly don’t have a bias either or to one’s superiority over the other. They both make fantastic cameras and lenses and each have their pros and cons. I recently had the opportunity to try some Nikon gear (a D810 for those that are interested) and was surprised at how much I liked the layout of the controls and was also very impressed with the low-light image quality. That being said, I love my Canon lenses in particular and just about any specialty lens I might need for a job is readily available from local pro rental outlets. So I’m not switching at the moment, but never say never!
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
The Greek Islands would be near the top of the list…anyone? Anyone? It was one of my favourite places that I’ve ever travelled to and it would look fantastic in photos.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Kim and Kanye. Joking, well not really because from a purely business perspective, I guess it would be nice to have some photos go out to their millions of Instagram followers…
I’m not that into celebrity culture but if given the choice, I’d probably choose someone who I have a lot of respect for. Maybe Blake Mycoskie (the founder of TOMS) and his wife Heather – no doubt that would have been a happy, eclectic and down to earth vibe of an event, right up my alley!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Having a photography business is not just about taking photos, there are so many different aspects to running your own business that you have to educate yourself on. From client relations, to website management, social media, scheduling, working with venues and other vendors and editing, editing and more editing of photos!
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Once you’ve found some photos that you really love, shortlist those photographers and get in touch with them to set up a meeting in person if possible. Choose someone that you get along with and you feel comfortable with – you don’t realise what a big part of your experience this will play, so consider the artistry and the chemistry. It’s your day and everything should revolve around you, not the photographer.
Wonderful, thanks Guy! For more information about Guy Evans Photography, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to his website.
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