In Conversation crack
INCONSPICUOUS. This is the word I like to use when anyone asks me to describe my approach to photographing a wedding. The dictionary definition puts it best; Modest, Quiet, not attracting attention.
For me, a wedding should be approached in a sympathetic and truthful manner, providing an honest and beautiful record of the day.
• How long have you been photographing weddings?
I launched Matt Brodie Wedding Photography 7 years ago, having previously spent 3 years in the commercial and editorial sector.
• Where is the most interesting place you have photographed a wedding?
A lighthouse on the south coast of Wales, the only lighthouse that was licensed for weddings in the UK. I also had the privilege of shooting a beautiful wedding on the Almalfi coast in Italy, one of my favourite places.
• What is included in your wedding packages?
My packages are all inclusive from start to finish. There are no extra costs if you want to include the bride getting ready, the first dance or even fireworks at the end of the evening.
After the wedding I personally edit every image. My clients receive all images in colour and black and white, both as high resolution files and proof prints. Full copyright usage is granted, allowing the reproduction of images as required, without extra costs being incurred. I also provide a unique web gallery and a DVD slideshow. The only difference between my packages is whether to include an album or to supply your own.
• How long is your average day?
This depends on the days structure. I have shot a wedding that only took 6 hours in total and I have also covered a 13 hour day, not including travel. No wedding is the same.
• What makes your work different from other wedding photographers?
I would say the difference is in the way that I approach the day. I see it as my job to provide a record of the wedding, that not only tells a story but also conveys the emotion and feel of the day. I don’t base my work on the latest trends, but shoot in a documentary style that provides a timeless and lasting record.
• What is the most important aspect of photographing a wedding for you?
Honesty. I don’t believe in arranging the wedding, as this then becomes the photographers idea of what the wedding should look like, rather than how it really is.
• When your not photographing weddings, what keeps you occupied?
I shoot commercially for a number of clients, ranging from Center Parcs, Sky TV, the RSPCA and Celebrity Chef Aldo Zilli through to local companies such as The Hotel on the Park and Fellows Media.