Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Ben Chambers of Bach Photography, based in Adelaide, Australia! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
My name is Ben, I have always been fascinated and intrigued by photography and began my photographic journey as a music photographer back in 2011. After seeing a lot of success in music photography, photographing bands such as Drowning Pool, Chelsea Grin and Make Them Suffer, I was offered to shoot a wedding for a previous music client.
Since then I have photographed weddings in England, United States of America and around Australia! My doctrine when it comes to wedding photography is that it’s important to keep. Things easy going and fun, so that the couple can make the most of their wedding day. I feel that it is also super important to spend a bit of time with your clients before their wedding to get to know them so that they can enjoy a stress-free and comfortable day!
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
I was approached by one of my regular music photography clients, asking me to photograph their wedding day in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. I was a bit apprehensive at first, as I had never shot a wedding before, but finally agreed to shoot it at a discounted price.
The wedding day was an unmitigated success, and I had a fantastic time documenting the day! The barossa valley is a beautiful wine region with plenty of gorgeous scenery. The couple were so happy with their photos, that I had 3 more bookings that week from their friends and friends-of-friends!
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I absolutely love capturing the moments straight after the ceremony, when friends and family congratulate the couple on their marriage. The warm expressions of love, happiness and affection you can capture in these short minutes are in my opinion, the most powerful and beautiful.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
I have photographed a couple of weddings where the groomsman have forgotten to bring the rings! Imagine the embarrassment of forgetting such a fundamental piece of the ceremony! Luckily, these shenanigans normally result in some great candid shots from the bride, groom and audience, and is a great story for them to tell people in the future!
What is your favorite venue and why?
I absolutely adore beach weddings, and for that reason I love any venue that is positioned near the beach! Marino Rocks Cafe is a cute little venue in South Australia by the shore for couples looking for a small and intimate wedding, and the views are stunning.
Nikon or Canon?
Sony! I was a Canon fanboy for years and years, but when I made the switch to my Sony A7rii I was completely blown away. The image quality from the Sony A7rii is mind-boggling, and now that I am able to adapt almost any canon lens to my new camera, I don’t see myself going back anytime soon.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I have shot a lot of my dream locations during my time as a wedding photographer, but there are still a few places I would love to tick off. First and foremost, I would love to shoot a wedding on Mt Everest! I know, sounds crazy right..? But just imagine the stunning location photos you could capture, even from basecamp! Another goal of mine I am hoping to achieve this year is to shoot a wedding on each continent! I love to travel, and will take any excuse to pack my bags to shoot somewhere new and exciting.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
I would’ve loved to have shot Kim Kardashian’s wedding. Conor McDonall was the official photographer on the day, and shot the wedding at the young age of 22; very impressive! Any wedding that is crazy, unusual, exciting, or all of the above is right up my alley when it comes to photography. I think shooting any wild and free-spirited celebrity would be an awesome experience, particularly a couple such as Jeffree Star and his boyfriend.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
The best way to ensure that your first few weddings run smoothly when you are starting out as a wedding photographer, is to communicate with your clients to make sure you know exactly what they want as a final product. Ask the couple for a runsheet of the day which outlines all the important parts of their wedding. Prepare, prepare and prepare more, you can’t be too prepared when it comes to photographing someone’s wedding day! Don’t worry when the day doesn’t run to the schedule, weddings never do!
If you are worried that you will not be able to perform to a reasonable standard at your first wedding, ask other photographers in your local area if you can shoot one of their weddings as an assistant. You will gain a plethora of experience and information, as well as generate a small portfolio to show to new clients in the future.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
After your wedding day is done, all the flowers have died and the food has been eaten, all that you will be left with (aside from your new partner!) is your wedding album. With wedding photography, you get what you pay for. Time and time again I have seen friends spend $4000 on flowers, and then worry about spending $1000 on their wedding photographer, only to be sorely disappointed at the final results of their album.
Finally, the most important thing to consider when searching for a wedding photographer, is “do I like this person?” If you work with a photographer you feel comfortable being around, and enjoy the company of, it will reflect positively in the images they produce. You spend more time with your photographer than any other vendor at your wedding, so it’s important that you can get along with them, to make sure you make the most of your wedding day!
Thanks, Ben! For more information about Bach Photography, please visit thier WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile. Do you have any questions or comments for Ben? Add them to the comments below!