08 Jun Bears & Butterflies meets… Freckle Photography
Choosing your wedding photographer is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make for your wedding. Most of us will spend a lot of time, money and effort planning a wedding so you want some amazing photos to help you remember it for years to come afterwards. Missing the main events, bad photos or even rude photographers are not what you want. So how do you choose the right one? If you can meet them beforehand, do. When you meet people in person it’s much easier to get a feel if they’re what you’re looking for. A lot of photographers nowadays also offer engagement shoots. This is great as it’s another opportunity for you all to get to know each other a bit before the big day. Finally, word of mouth. Obviously if other people like them they must be doing something right. Which brings me onto Emma.
Emma, aka Freckle Photography, was our wedding photographer and I cannot recommend her enough. Not only is she an amazing photographer but she’s such a nice person. For our group shots she managed to round up all the right people at the right time without shouting and making a massive fuss and the rest of the day she just mingled in with the guests getting natural, beautiful shots. She really captures the joy of the day, which means every time I see one of our wedding photos it brings a huge smile to my face.
Tell us a bit about you…
I’m just regular kinda girl, with some irregular tastes. I’ve always been described as a free spirit and a bit kooky by others – I’m cool with that. I’m a people person but also a cat person. My husband Chris is my favourite human, my cat Yeti is my favourite creature. I love to grow flowers, go barefoot, take long walks in woods and along the coast line, feel the wind in my hair, laze out on sunny days with a good cheesy chick lit read and of course take photographs!
When did you decide to start your own company?
After completing my degree in Photography and having worked for a local wedding photographer for 4 years I decided to go it alone in 2007.
What made you decide to start your business?
The company I worked for did things differently to how I would have liked to see them done. I wanted to offer not just beautiful photography but also a wonderful and personalised experience that enhances how my couples feel about being photographed. Like your fave snuggly jumper. A space to be just be you and get some lovely images too.
What’s the best bit of your job?
It’s the most scary bit too but sending out the finished images and getting the “YAY, we love them AND they are totally us’ email. Making people feel good about themselves and giving them cherished memories.
What can people expect if they hire you?
A really mega relaxed photographer who will make you feel as comfortable as possible about the terrifying experience that is having your photo taken.
What makes you different to your competitors?
I’m not really sure about this one but I guess I’m just me. No airs and graces but quiet and professional when necessary, then fun and spontaneous and creative when the time calls for it. Present but not present, not in the way but in the right places. My work is about capturing the spirit of the day and the people there. I never shoot in the same way for every wedding – I work responsively and reactively to tell the story of the day.
What piece of advice would you give to couples planning a wedding?
Just do whatever the hell you want to do. It’s the one day where you really can have it your way. But don’t run out of Prosecco!!
What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Our wedding was our perfect day. Blue skies (so lucky) flying festival flags, an outdoor ceremony overlooking the sea and Porthtowan in an amphitheatre make from recycled tyres, paddling in the sea in my wedding dress, a cream tea, hog roast, a wedding bake off and dancing, dancing, dancing.
What would be your dream honeymoon?
Again – our honeymoon was just that. We did a Californian road trip, the highlight was Yosemite. It was pure bliss.
What three things can’t you live without?
My husband, my cat and my camera(s).
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Pretty much where I am now. Maybe with a few more laughter lines and maybe a mini me.
Want to see more of Emma’s work? Have a look at her website for more gorgeous images www.frecklephotography.co.uk
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