Enfys Photography » Wedding Photography for Fabulous People

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We all start somewhere, be it the day you woke up and knew right away what you were going to do for the rest of your life or that moment while you were in work and you just realised you wanted do something more with your life.

For me, I was twenty something on my way back from Pembrokeshire, after I had spent the weekend assisting a wedding photographer. I knew as I looked out the car window and breathed in the fresh sea air that I needed it, I wanted it, I had to become a wedding photographer one way or another.

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Detail shot from first wedding, under old brand name. 2012.

I was scared, full of the unknowing, I had no idea where I was going to start or even if I would make it. That was in 2010 and it took another two years for me to actually shoot my first wedding. It was for another photographer; I was one of three photographers she had hired for the day. I was paid £250 and it was the most amazing, exhausted experience I had ever had.

Soon after, I shot three more weddings in 2012, creating a small portfolio I started to learn more as I went along. After that day I had caught the bug and I wasn’t about ready to stop.

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Shot by Second Shooter – William Jones 2015

Four years on I am still aiming for that success, feeling incredible and exhausted all at the same time. I am still getting excited when I receive an email from a potential client or when I receive emails and feedback from previous clients who still come back for future sessions. 2015 was a year of growth and finding a style I feel comfortable with. I began working with another photographer January 2015 (William, my partner) and things just went from there. This year we are on a slow year as something amazing happened in October 2015 and we are expecting our daughter in June 2016, so taking a break is very much needed.

My life the past five years has changed dramatically. I have met countless people madly in love and had the pleasure of photographing their day. In-between all my months of quietness I fill those days with practicing, learning, marketing and growing. You can never learn to much as my mother has always said.

2017, is the year where I am truly going to shine and that’s thanks to each and every one of you. On April 7th 2016, I will be attending The Regional Awards, Cardiff where I am nominated for Freelancer of the Year and honestly? I could not have even got that far if it wasn’t for the constant motivation and love I have from you. All of you who have given me the trust to document your day, thank you. It’s so special and unreal that I get to do this. I still feel as if I am sometimes in a dream but then I remember this amazing thing can’t just be a dream. It’s become a reality.

Mel xoxo

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A few weeks ago I was having a chat with William (second) about the weddings we would love to photograph and if there was a way of getting you lovely couples to book us when you decide to have one of these amazing weddings!

So with that being said! We would like to offer you 20% off our top wedding package for your wedding if its on our wishlist! The only rule is the wedding date must be in 2017 and on wards! Please contract me when you’re looking to book.

The Wedding Wishlist

  • Italy, this destination wedding would be amazing.
  • An Elopement, somewhere beautiful and quiet.
  • A Great Gatsby/1920’s wedding, from the dress, decor and venue. April 2016!
  • A wedding on a cliff, think about those amazing views!
  • Wedding in the woods!
  • Paris!
  • A bride in a glittery, shiny dress.
  • A wedding by a lake.
  • A bride and groom, getting ready together.
  • A Barn Wedding.
  • A Vineyard Wedding.
  • An underwater Wedding.
  • A Rock and Roll Wedding.
  • A Wedding on the beach.
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Like most of my clients, I get them through word of mouth and thats how Aimee, Alex and I met. We had arrange to do a quick hour engagement session mainly for Alex to prepare to have his photographs taken all day at their wedding. With a nice cloudy afternoon and the sun only slightly peeking through the clouds we had a lovely location of Castell Coch grounds to play with.

Thank you both for letting me photograph your love.

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This past month I have been watching a 30 day wedding workshop online on a site I’m sure many creative people know called ‘Creative Live‘ and its made me think about my business as a whole. The presenter is the lovely Jasmine Star who ironically was the first wedding photographer I ever found when I started photography at age sixteen, who knew she’d soon become someone I am now learning from.

One section she talks about finding your strengths and weaknesses and honestly? It was hard for me to even find them, I made lists upon lists, asks previous clients and even family what they thought they were. It took my second photographer and business partner to actually help me come up with three strengths and three weaknesses.

Strengths 

  • I’m great with opening conversation with strangers and easing clients into a session.
    This enables me a key component to how I work through my customer service be that email, telephone or facebook message. Its also a fantastic strength to have during sessions, I like to open a conversation with my clients straight away, its normally about food/films/tv shows, this is a great starting point! As you will always find you have something in common with your client this way, lately its been about Game of Thrones and there terrible need to leave cliffhangers and awful character endings.
  • I can work calmly in a pressured situation and timescale.
    I have had a few sessions in my career which were either full of stress, weather changes or children who just didn’t want to have their photograph taken, but I’ve never allowed that to stop me or the session. Weather sometimes you need a back up plan, always prepare yourself and be resourceful. All children tend to get bored after so many minutes of having a camera put in their face, so make sure you make the session fun! I am forever grateful to the parents and family members who have allowed me to learn during their sessions. No child is to hard for me to handle 🙂
  • I make my sessions fun, full of life and I give great direction.
    This also ties in with my customer service, I feel a great session should be full of laughter, enjoyment and also I should be able to direct you. There’s nothing worse then standing there with a camera in your face and you have no idea what to do, trust me I’ve been there so I try to avoid this situation as much as possible.

Weaknesses 

  • I allow myself to be dissatisfied with my work, which means I don’t value it as much as I should.
    When most of us photographers started it was all about the learning and the growing our audience. We all did the ‘time for print/cd’ sessions where it was just about the experience and portfolio building but sooner or later we grew up out of the beginner stage and we wanted to begin charging for our services, Yes I know its a big step and it took me nearly a year to get to that point. My first wedding I charged £250 for the whole day, I know now that was cheap but I was still learning. I had only ever been to another wedding with a photographer and I didn’t even touch my camera during that point so I was grateful to the bride & groom who allowed me to photograph there wedding with another two other photographers. The point I’m trying to make is, I still think of myself sometimes as that beginner who had just started and had only a few sessions under her belt… I am no longer that person, I am more experienced, more trained and I need to remind myself to value my work as it is also a way to value myself. 
  • Sometimes to fill up empty dates, I offer low prices or discounts.
    Like above, this in fact undervalues my work and as much as I would like every single weekend booked with beautiful out of this world weddings, I feel that wouldn’t be great for my brand. Still please don’t let this discourage you, I have collection packages for most budgets.
  • I question my style.
    Its just what it says, I question my style and wonder if its really what people want. Then I remind myself that my style is my brand, my brand is what draws the right clients in. Not everyone is going to like my style and even if only 50% out of 100 like my style, they are still coming to me and if the other 50% go off to find what they like then I’ll send a internet high five out to that photographer and hope they book them!

I know this blog turned out a lot more text then I intended so I’ll leave this on a high note… You are Wonderful! Your brand is You! And what YOU make it! So don’t be discouraged that you didn’t get that booking you were hoping for or you had a bad day or an image didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to. Just breathe, put it all in the learning pile and carry on! You’re awesome!

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– Yours Warmly,
Mel xx

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When a bride and groom decide on their photographer it can be an exciting but also nervous time. Often or not this person you haven’t never met you have decided to trust to photograph one of the most important days of your life. As part of my full day wedding package I offer a free pre-wedding shoot and 99% of the time after the couple leaves once their session is over their nerves disappear and they are more relaxed and ready for the big day.

A pre-wedding session enables me to get to know you as a couple personally, there’s no distractions, no time limit, its just you, me and my camera. And then come your wedding day you are ready for your photographs!

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We bound to grow a friendship as the weeks/months go by until the wedding. I like to keep in touch with my couples, this gives me the customer service I strive for. I would rather have a wedding photographer who kept in touch every so often then someone who I meet once, do a pre-wedding session and then they show up on the wedding day.

I like to meet my couples at least three times before the wedding, if the time is available. This gives you plenty of time to discuss with me what you would like, if you have any questions, ideas etc.

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As the planning stages begin for your pre-wedding shoot, you are sure to ask a couple of questions, so here are the answers to the most asked.

Where would we shoot?
No matter the weather, rain or shine I’ll make it work. I can either come to you and we can shoot somewhere that’s special to you or you can come to me and I’ll take us to some of the lovely locations Cardiff has to offer.

What do I wear?
The simpler the better. Wear colours that work well together and don’t clash. I want to photograph you both relaxed and natural, so wear what you would wear out normally. Try not to wear the same clothes as you’ll just merge together.

I have a pet/child, can I bring them along?
If you want to bring along your pet then please do as they can bring something special to your session. If you have a child and you’d like to include them again, please bring them along! And while they are napping away we can get some shots of just the two of you then.

I’ve created a Pinterest board that can help you with ideas.

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I like the pre-wedding shoots to be personal to you, be it photographs of you and your partner walking your dog, going to the place where he/she proposed, your first date, anything! I want this session to make you feel extra special.

I hope this little blog post has given you an idea of what happens on you pre-wedding shoot and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

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