By rekeeley, Mar 20 2015 11:00AM
Next up in our wonderful series of Wedding Expert guest blogs comes from Ben & Hannah of HBA Photography. Here they tell us about their passion for photography, pooches & saxaphones alongside some invaluable tips and advice!
1. Please tell us abit about how you got your business started
Myself and Ben were married in 2008 so we know how important a wedding truly is. We understand that while not everyone loves to have their photo taken, they still want beautiful images to share and remember their day. So our aim is to be unobtrusive where ever possible, to be friendly, helpful and provide as much guidance as you need so that we get the photos you’ve always wanted without having to worry about being stood in front of a camera. - See more at: http://hbaphotography.com/about-us-2/#sthash.IAbrgDNl.dpuf
We are based in a little South Derbyshire village, we live here with our two crazy dogs, Scampi the labradoodle and Bella the Newfiepoo.
Myself and Ben were married in 2008 so we know how important a wedding truly is. We understand that while not everyone loves to have their photo taken, they still want beautiful images to share and remember their day. So our aim is to be unobtrusive where ever possible, to be friendly, helpful and provide as much guidance as you need so that we get the photos you’ve always wanted without having to worry about being stood in front of a camera.
2. Please try and describe the style of your business in 3 words
Personal, creative, unobtrusive
3. What kind of services do you offer?
We offer wedding photography and Stop Motion videos. Also Ben is a professional saxophonist so we can offer that service during the Wedding Breakfast and light background music.
4. What has been your favourite event to work on and why?
I'm sure it's impossible to answer that question without writing an essay! We had one wedding that was held at the Old Royal Naval College in London, then the reception was held on a barge on the Thames. It was so beautiful sailing up the Thames at night! A real experience that stays with you for a long time.
5. Have you had any unusual photographic requests?
Not really.... at one wedding a few years ago we were asked to photograph a guest jumping naked into a lake. Drunken antics - it looked pretty cold!!!
6. Do you have any special business plans for 2015 you’d like to share?
Along with lots more beautiful weddings, we've got some amazing styles shoots lined up and a couple of Love the Dress shoots too. We're also in the middle of having a complete re-brand and new website, so make sure you come back and take a look and the fresh face of HBA Photography later in the year.
7. What advice would you give to couples when seeking a wedding photographer, what questions should they be asking?
Make sure you meet your photographer, it's so important to get on with them as people - you're going to spend a large portion of the day with them so it's important to get on! The more relaxed you feel, the better your photos will be!
Ask to see a few weddings in full, a lot of photographers will only show you their very best pictures, which is easy to do, but it's great to see a whole wedding from start to finish so you know that everything looks great, not just the best 10 images.
Make sure that you will have permission to use and print your photos included in the price. Some photographers charge extra for this.
Make sure that your photographer has insurance, has spare equipment, even a spare car - in other words make sure they have contingency plans in place. The very cheap photographers often don't have any of this and regularly only work with one camera - what if that one breaks?!
8. Do you have any advice to couples wanting to get friends and family to take their wedding photographs?
There's nothing necessarily wrong with having friends and family take your wedding photos, after all we photographed my best friends wedding last year! You just need to manage your expectations. If you have a family member that is a professional photographer and they're happy to photograph your wedding for you, and you love their style, then great - but just be aware that they won't have much time to relax and enjoy the day!! However for an amateur, weddings can be very challenging events and you need to manage your expectations - you can't expect the same stunning images from Uncle Bob as you will get from a professional.... things move very quickly and as an experienced wedding photographer you can often anticipate things happening and get yourself ready for an amazing shot - you only get one chance to photograph those awesome moments most of the time and if you're not expecting it, you'll probably miss it. You need to be able to deal with potentially difficult registrars or vicars, often very little light, a lack of space, bright days, rainy days and snowy days, sometimes all at the same wedding!
9. We hear you organise a wedding show, please can you tell us more?
We organise the Giant Wedding Show. The next date is on Sunday 26th April 2015 at Osmaston Park near Ashbourne, it's an excellent event with about 70-80 wonderful wedding exhibitors and the location is one of the best in the country! You can find out more about the event here: www.derbyshireweddingfayres.co.uk
Visit the HBA Photography website http://hbaphotography.com/