Every year I have a number of weddings where the bride and groom, for a number of different reasons, book me to be their photographer without us actually meeting in person. Generally I think it`s the best idea to meet in person before booking and I do, wherever possible, try to make this happen but for Matt and Catherine, who live in Dubai, this wasn’t an option! We communicated a lot by email and also by Skype so I had a good feel for what their wedding was going to be like from the outset but it was a great relief when we finally met, only a couple of days before the wedding, to confirm that we really did click and that working together was going to be fun!
This got me thinking about how important that connection between myself and my clients is. I am very much a people person, I’m interested in how people relate to each other, how they communicate and interact and it is so important for me to feel an affinity, understanding and warmth towards my clients. This makes my job on the wedding day so much more genuine and valid, to be photographing with an empathy and understanding of your subject is vital to the authenticity and integrity of the final images.
Catherine and Matt were married in Bungay (a lovely little town with a very dodgy one way system that confused my sat nav!) followed by a reception at the very attractive Yaxley Hall.