Having spent around 16 years working as a Fleet St news Photographer and then a spell as a photojournalist working the Balkans region, you could say that telling stories was something that came naturally to me.
My former career is a lifetime away from my present path as a Dorset Wedding Photographer which developed following relocation to the UK.
Business skills, marketing and the sourcing of fine products, albums and materials, which were all new to me, had to be fused together to create my brand.
I perceived that the creation of a distinctive brand would be paramount in distancing myself from the over saturated and price led wedding market suppliers
This along with a product that most photographers either couldn’t make or couldn’t be bothered to learn would be my way of standing out from the crowd.
Seeking inspiration from resources such as Creative Live, I considered videofusion but at that time having an aversion to videography, preferring stills for their impact and drama.
My new approach came in the form of seeing the work of Neale James, a documentary wedding photographer with a background in radio production. I watched one of his photofilms and was bowled over. They really delivered a huge punch of emotion, and I instantly seized upon this new genre that added so much more to our abilities of story telling as documentary wedding photographers.
Over the past few years one of the most popular must haves at wedding receptions has to be a photo booth.
These essentially fall into two types, a traditional style enclosed booth or an open studio, often referred to as a ‘faux booth’.
Even within these two types there are a number of styles and options, which could affect the output, and or cost of hire. So lets look at them in a bit more detail:
Photo booths – by definition is a cubicle or small room in which a person sits to have their photo taken. Essentially it’s an enclosed space and usually containing an automated photo kiosk. Where once inside the guests press a button to start a sequence of photos, which are merged by software to become the ‘photo booth print’. The activation process could be via a button, touch screen or in some cases a foot pedal on the floor. Modern software today allows users to select a variety of options from pictures styles, backdrops and even layouts. With green screen now also a fairly standard offering.
Photo details: Emily and Ryan were married at Edinburgh Zoo earlier this year. They wanted to capture the falvour of the venue in some of the images so I suggested a shot acoess the meerkat enclosure where we might just get lucky. When this chap popped up I quickly refocused and got this shot...simples!
About the photographer: Mike Cook Photography provides stylish and creative wedding photography across all of Central Scotland and beyond.