Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Murray Clarke, owner of Murray Clarke Photography, based in Guildford, England! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I’m a wedding photographer shooting weddings across the UK and abroad. I offer a very natural and honest approach to capture the emotions and spontaneous moments of the day in the most artistic way I can. Telling stories is what I love to do and with my unobtrusive approach, I ensure that the couples that I work with accept me as part of their big day.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
I started working with cameras as cameraman and editor for broadcast television shooting documentaries. I shot my first wedding in 2011 with my sister who is also a professional photographer and I enjoyed it so much I decided that I wanted to start my own documentary wedding photography business. Since then I’ve worked really hard and am delighted to have been nominated for various awards as well as being voted one of the Top 50 Wedding Photographers by Gohen.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
My favorite part of the wedding day is the reception once the formalities are over. Everyone can then begin to relax and let their hair down with a few drinks and there are always so many great opportunities at this time for great photos. I take the couple around the grounds for 20 minutes or so for their couple shoot and it’s often a time where I get to be most creative. I love to chat with the bride and groom as we shoot so that they feel very relaxed and it’s their chance to have some time away from the crowds to enjoy each other’s company.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Ok, here we go! When I first started out I used to wear a very smart pair of fitted black trousers that I loved. During the bridal preparations I knelt down to grab a shot and I heard a loud tearing sound only to discover that the crotch on my beloved slacks had ripped from front to back! It got a massive laugh from the bride and bridesmaids and luckily I had a spare pair in the car that I was able to change in to. I soon discovered the wonder of stretchy elastane trousers that allow me to look stylish on the day whilst also being able to do my job effectively and have never looked back!
One of my favorite venues that I work at is Great Fosters in Egham! It’s a beautiful venue with fantastic dramatic light whilst the gardens are perfectly manicured making a wonderful backdrop for photos. There’s lots of little nooks and crannies to discover and endless angles to shoot from so I’m never stuck for inspiration.
Nikon or Canon?
Sony!!! After shooting Canon for over 11 years I decided to sell all of my gear and invest in two Sony A9 mirrorless cameras. They are much lighter and also far more capable in my opinion to help me get the job done. They produce beautiful colors and tones and I’m so pleased I made the switch.
My dream location for a wedding would be in Fjords of Norway with it’s epic scenery. Along with the mountains, valleys and glaciers there are spectacular opportunities for stunning images with even the possibility of capturing the Northern Lights which would make for some truly memorable images!
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
I’d have loved to be the photographer for John Lennon and Yoko Ona’s wedding back in the 70’s. I’m a big fan of the Beatles and their rock n roll romance would have been amazing to capture along with some very interesting guests!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to just be myself, both in my approach to working with people and also my photographs. For reportage photography it’s really important to let things happen naturally and be there at the right moment to capture it. I always have to be one step ahead of the action whilst being out of the way so I find a relaxed persona helps to numb down the tensions of the wedding day.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Couples often choose the safe option and hire someone who is either recommended by the venue or their friends. For some, the world of wedding photography is a minefield and they are not quite sure what they want or like. Therefore I recommend that couples do their own research by looking at photographers’ galleries online to get a feel for their work and discover what style they prefer. How a photographer will fit into their day is a very important aspect to consider and an area that I think couples should prioritize so that they get the best out of their wedding photography.
Thank you, Murray! For more information about Murray Clarke Photography, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to his website.
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