We’re thrilled to introduce Nigel Ware LRPS of Affinity Wedding Photography Bournemouth and Dorset. Today we meet and interview Nigel, here’s what he had to say…
Who or what inspires you the most?
The Bride & Groom to be inspire me during my free pre wedding meetings, where we discuss their big days finer details and likes and dislikes in wedding imagery. Besides these meetings I also get inspired by new wedding venues, a new location will always get my creative side in over drive! But my biggest inspiration is the gorgeous wedding venues in the South of England which inspire my Bournemouth and Dorset wedding photography.
Describe your dream wedding location to photograph…
Years ago when I first started wedding photography in Bournemouth and Dorset, there were big limitations of wedding venues, but now there is a huge growth in variety of wedding venues especially in Bournemouth and Dorset. My dream wedding venue would have a beach, big gardens with lots of nooks and crannies, and lots of water features along with many ornate buildings both grand and small full of character. I know many wedding venues in Dorset and a few have one or two of these aspects.
Which couple in this world would you most like to have photographed on their wedding day?
Any of those couples who have been really disappointed in the wedding images they received for their big day. I feel so much for those couples who made a wrong choice in their wedding photographer.
Can you share your most treasured photograph with us and tell us why?
My most treasured wedding image will always tend to be the most recent image that I was able to utilize all of my expertise on, with lighting, setting, location, and that bit of luck with the weather.
How would you define your style of wedding photography and what makes you stand out as a photographer?
As a Bournemouth Dorset wedding photographer I stand out from all the other wedding photographers as I can capture the fun aspects of the wedding day, a wedding is a celebration, and I feel it is my duty to capture all those fun aspects during the day. I also love to produce three versions of the same best images that tell the story of the day, colour, black & white and my favourite, high art edits. High art edit is to change the image either to a very modern look, or traditional feel or a combination of the two.
Tell us about how you got started in photography?
What was the defining moment(s) where you knew this was what you were meant to do? – I got started in photography when I was given my first SLR camera in my early 20s. My very first trip out with the camera to the Purbecks in Dorset, I captured a few landscape images, and when I showed them to the photographer who gave me the camera his life changing comment was “you have a natural eye of how to frame an image”, from there I never looked back and to this day, know that put me in a new wedding location I will instantly know where to place the subjects in the landscape with the correct light, it just comes naturally to me with my visual eye.
A few years after getting my first SLR camera I enrolled on various adult education courses and then finished up at the Bournemouth Arts Institute University where I achieved full city and guilds with distinctions and was awarded a licentiate with the Royal Photographic Society.
Briefly describe a typical day when you’re shooting a wedding…
The day starts with bride preparations photographing the shoes, dress hanging and then the bride having hair and makeup done and capture all the conversations between the bride and her bridesmaids and family members who are present, and obviously anything funny that happens is a bonus. Then sometimes I will then photograph the groom getting ready, maybe a pint in the pub or the last few holes of golf, or maybe just meeting and greeting the wedding guests arriving for the ceremony. I will also photograph the location, getting some creative images of the wedding venue, which can make great background images for the clients album/book designs. Then it is on to document the ceremony in the least unobtrusive way possible, the signing of the register and then the capture the congratulations from all the guests after ceremony. I like to leave the couple at most weddings to enjoy the first 15-20 minutes after the ceremony to chat to everyone and enjoy the high feelings that come with just becoming man and wife! and I also capture these events in reportage. Some times how ever this is not always possible due to time restraints, particularly when there is travel to the reception venue to consider. But if everything is happening at the one venue, then no problem!
Often there is time after the group shots to enjoy a bit of time photographing the guests chatting, but then I document the wedding breakfast room, photographing all the little details. Photographing the speeches is a big variation now, as speeches can come before, during or at the traditional time after the wedding breakfast. My favorite time after the wedding breakfast fast approaches is the gap between the wedding breakfast and the first dance where I can often get to know wedding guests more and capture those images of guests being really relaxed. The first dance is a great opportunity for me to produce my lighting creativity and produce some really stunning unique images of the evening celebrations. I love to stay well after the first dance at least an hour or two, and at some weddings provide a photo booth experience which really adds a punch to the evening and enables me to photograph everyone at the wedding at their most relaxed, and boy do we get some fun images!
Before I leave the couple to go home, I always ask if there is anything else they would like photographed that we have not done and also offer them a night time shoot, where I go outside and setup external lighting and then go back into get the bride and groom for one last romantic stunning shot of them at the end of the night. I am always conscious of not taking up any time during a couples day for photographs and this especially goes for the night time romantic shot, which literally takes 1-2 minutes, and they the couple go back into their wedding party celebrations!
Affinity Wedding Photography – http://www.weddingphotographer.nu/
Mobile: 07801 541058
Category: Real Weddings