Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Kayleigh of Kayleigh Adams Photography, based in Stroud, England! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
Hello! I’m Kayleigh Adams, a professional full-time wedding and portrait photographer based in The Cotswolds, UK. I am 24-years-old, a lover of tea, Polaroids, fresh flowers and ‘pretty things’! I grow to love what I do more and more each day and I feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful job. I am a natural light photographer, and I really do appreciate the time, thought and effort that my couples put in to make their wedding day perfect. I work calmly, discreetly and professionally to ensure that the bride, groom, as well as all of their guests, are completely at ease throughout the day. I am there to capture each wedding day story as it unfolds; the emotions, the colors, the expressions and the memories. My wedding photography allows my couples to re-live their special day over and over again. For most of the day, I’m creatively documenting everything as it happens and my couples probably won’t even notice me much! When it comes to the couple portraits, I make sure that they are kept completely relaxed and there is no awkward posing involved, I’ll generally just go on a short walk with the bride and groom, and capture them interacting.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
I’ve always had a fascination with photographs. I can clearly remember being a child and looking through family albums. At weddings, I would always be the child that finds the disposable cameras and went round the room taking photographs of people. When I was at school and college a lot of my artwork relied heavily on photography. I also worked part time at a camera shop, which gave me the knowledge and understanding of cameras and photography equipment. During my degree (in Graphic Design), I worked closely with my tutors who supported and encouraged my photography work too. Getting into ‘weddings’ was something that happened quite naturally after a friend asked me to come along to their wedding and take some pictures – I am a big romantic at heart and I truly do adore weddings and all that they stand for, so it was a very natural progression into doing it for a living. I’ve been shooting weddings professionally full-time for the past 3 years, and grow to love my job more and more each day!
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
It might sound cliche, but I really do love EVERY aspect of a wedding day! I always enjoy arriving at the brides home or at the wedding venue whilst she and her bridal party are getting ready. There is always so much excitement, nerves and anticipation for what the day ahead is going to bring. The giving away of the bride is another moment that I always feel is a poignant moment and one that I endeavour to photograph at the weddings I shoot. There is something very emotive about a Father or Mother ‘handing over’ their child to the man/woman she is going to marry. After the ceremony and group shots, I try to take the newlyweds for a short walk around their wedding venue to capture some shots of them interacting with each other. These are very often the images that my couples say are their ‘favourites’ and the ones that they print, frame and show off! Capturing these moments is part of the reason I feel so lucky to do what I do.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
One thing I have learnt whilst being a wedding photographer is… Bring a spare change of clothes! I was shooting a wedding last year on a really hot Summer day. Whilst the wedding party sat down to enjoy their delicious meal, I headed out to the gardens to have a bite to eat myself. On this particular day, I brought with me a flask of coffee (to keep me going for the whole day!). As I went to take a sip I spilt the cup of coffee all down the front of my BRIGHT WHITE t-shirt! I didn’t have a spare top (hence why I now ALWAYS have a spare in my car!), so I had to turn my t-shirt inside-out and back-to-front! Thankfully the only photographs I had left to take were of the first dance and evening party which meant the room was quite dark so nobody saw!
What is your favorite venue and why?
I am based in The Cotswolds – an “area of outstanding natural beauty”. Living and working here means that there are SO many gorgeous venues that I get to shoot regularly. One venue that I really did fall in love with was Goldney Hall in Bristol; the venue offers a stunning orangery which lets in lots of beautiful natural light. As well as this, there are plenty of gardens and grounds which gives me some great opportunities for photographs.
Nikon or Canon?
I’m a Canon girl!
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I would love to shoot a wedding in Italy because, well, who wouldn’t!? I also would love to shoot a beach wedding, somewhere hot like Mexico or The Caribbean (I might get a tan then too!)
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Oooh, that’s a tricky one! It would have to be Prince William and Kate Middleton!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Even though I’ve been a professional photographer for several years, I’m still learning everyday. I think it’s really important to learn from experiences and continue to improve what you do. A really good bit of advice I was once told which I refer to very often is: “Shoot what it FEELS like, not what it LOOKS like”.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
I could give lots of tips (and I have done on my own blog in quite a lot of detail!), but one I think is REALLY important when you’re looking to book a photographer is, if the package looks too good to be true, it probably is! The cost of photographers can vary and this is based on three things: Experience, Talent, and Demand. Shooting a wedding also requires a variety of skills, some of which include: • Being able to shoot in a variety of lighting conditions and scenarios. • Making you and your guests feel relaxed. • Being super, totally, wonderfully organised! • Creating images that make you cry, laugh and feel like you are reliving your wedding day over and over every time you look at them. • Creating portraits that reflect you both as a couple. • Having the skill and knowledge required to edit your images. If someone is charging less than £1000 for wedding photography, you need to ask yourself why – A wedding isn’t just a single day’s work, (normally 10+ hours including travel) it also includes all the email and phone correspondence before and after the wedding. Add to that several days of culling, editing, curating… and so if you were to work solidly on each wedding, this can take about 4 whole days to complete. Also, consider what is included in their packages? Make sure there are no hidden costs.
Thanks, Kayleigh! For more information about Kayleigh Adams Photography, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.
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