Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Jenny Maden of Jenny Maden Photography, based in Ilkley, England! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
A friendly face who works to achieve very natural and relaxed photography, which ultimately ‘tells the story’ of your wedding day (including the moments that you may actually have missed yourselves).
My approach is very relaxed. At times I slink in to the background to document what is going on around me….and at other times (typically during the couples portraits) I work directly with my couples to achieve beautiful but genuine images of them together, as a married couple. I really take time to get to know my couples as its really key that they feel at ease with me and in front of the lens. I work to capture expressions and moments that are real and authentic – this is really key. As we chat and joke, I am constantly watching the light, the image composition and the angle in which I’m shooting, to ensure that the final images are polished and flattering – as well as natural.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
I first started photographing weddings on a full-time basis, in 2014. I love photographing people and wedding days are so full of opportunities to capture genuine expression and emotion.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I genuinely love the whole day. The bridal prep, the ‘first look’, the ceremony itself, the speeches, the first dance…..but I also really love those quiet moments when I take the couple off on their own, for a few pictures, away from the guests. It’s often the only part of the day that they are alone together, and it’s a really special time that I get to capture.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
During one ceremony, at the point where the congregation were asked whether ‘anyone knew of any reason’ the couple couldn’t be joined in marriage, the groom’s friend stood up….as a dare! It felt pretty tense for a second…until everyone realised it was a joke!
What is your favorite venue and why?
Rudding Park and Middleton Lodge for their elegance. Wharfedale Grange for its stunning fields of wildflowers and rustic charm (very excited about the new wedding barn developments at this venue. Lastly, the Devonshire Fell, for its stunning scenery, intimacy and nostalgia (I had my own wedding reception there!)
Nikon or Canon?
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I love nature, so it would be somewhere with beautiful but varied landscapes….beaches, botanicals, cliffs, lakes. I’m going Scotland, Borneo and Italy!
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
This is a tough one! It would have to be a fun loving, down to earth couple, that were genuinely in love, and were getting married for the romance rather than the celeb hype. I’m going with Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. They always some across as really friendly, totally in to each other, with good banter. They’re both pretty easy on the eye too!!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Great photos are all about the light. Learn how to find it, position your subject in it, modify it. I personally prefer natural light over artificial, but learn to work with both (as natural light is limited in certain venues / certain times of the day). It’s also key to engage with your couples. If they don’t feel at ease, it will show in the images.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
I strongly suggest you review their portfolio of work, to ensure that their style of work is to your taste. I also think its useful to meet, over a cuppa….its really important that you feel at ease with your chosen tog.
Thanks, Jenny! For more information about Jenny Maden Photography, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.
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