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Ellis-Gibson Photography

Say ‘hi’ to Beverley, a creative soul often found behind the camera

Say ‘hi’ to Ellis-Gibson Photography

What made you become a wedding photographer?

It started off as just a passion for photography, I was always a creative sort, mainly singing and being artistic. I started picking up the camera and taking photos of friends and family in my teens and from there it progressed. I did, however always know that in order for me to live a happy, fulfilled life I would have to do something within the arts. I was living in London and knew I needed a change of direction and luckily had my husband to support me financially when I left my job and started my business.

My first couple was Sophie & Sujit, on a barge at Tower Bridge and to this day I am so thankful to them for taking a chance and asking me to capture their most special day. After that very first wedding I was hooked!

Is there anything you think you’ve learnt so far from being a photographer?

To be ready. It’s an incredibly practical mindset to have, because if there’s one thing that a photographer needs to always bear in mind it’s making sure they’re ready for anything that could potentially happen on a wedding day.

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing instead?

A singer, a dancer, interior designer, flower arranger… I sang Opera for years and even sang with English National Opera in Darlington when I was a lot younger and I was also in a band for a while. I love anything that is creative and it’s where I’m happiest.

Where do you get your inspiration from?    

The chance to really photograph a couple in a special way, to capture their love story and make something extraordinary for each couple. Fashion magazines, paintings and art blogs are always giving me inspiration on how to pose people. A wedding gives me a chance to be a storyteller – and I just happen to use photographs to do that.

What do you love most about wedding photography?

The most rewarding thing about photographing a wedding is when a couple tells you they can relive the day through the images. If my photographs re-enforce what they felt and mirror everything they experienced on the day, then I know I have done my job.

How would you describe your photography style?

I would describe my photography style as fresh, contemporary, natural and bright. Capturing everything as it happens naturally. I have been told on many occasions that I put people at ease, it’s your wedding day and you should choose exactly how you want it to run, I am there simply to record the day as it unfolds.

On average, how many weddings do you roughly do in a year? Have a guess!

I take great pride in my business and therefore only take on a maximum of 30 weddings per year to ensure that each couple gets the best experience. I photograph quite a few lifestyle/family shoots and events also during the year.

Can couples give you a list of specific shots they would like?

Yes of course, I always ask my couples for a specific list of bridal group/family shots for the day as the wedding day goes by so fast and I wouldn’t want my bride and groom to miss anyone out. I also regularly get couples asking if I can re-create an image from Pinterest etc which I am more than happy to do.

Is it okay if other people take photos while you’re taking photos?

Personally, I have no problem with friends and family bringing their cameras to the weddings I photograph. It’s important to always be kind and respectful. I will work around everyone to make sure I get the best possible photos. Sometimes if a guest with a camera looks very ambitious I will kindly ask them to respect my space, especially during the ceremony but it’s my job to be flexible and anticipate when a particular guest may be an issue.

Do you have a favourite, must-capture moment for every wedding?

I love when the ceremony is over and my couple take a little time out from the drink reception for a few moments alone. It’s a perfect opportunity to capture some natural, relaxed portraits and for the couple to have a breather and take it all in. It’s often the first time they have had the chance to be alone together.

Are there any photography hot-spots at Crieff Hydro?

Crieff Hydro is one of my favourite wedding venues and I always love coming here to photograph a wedding. From the dramatic drawing room which has beautiful light and chandeliers to the incredible views of The Knock where I can get some alone time with my couple as they get to look out at the wonderful views of Strathearn. The Victorian gardens are perfect for group and family shots also.

What would be your best tip to give to future couples on choosing a wedding photographer?

Find someone who’s photography you love, but also someone you like and get on with. I’m around my couples for a big part of the day, so it’s really important we get on and my couples are comfortable with me. This way they relax, we can have fun and the photos reflect this.

What advice would you give couples to ensure that they get wedding photos they love forever?

I always tell my couples that their wedding day will be one of the most important days in their life, so all they have to do is be themselves and enjoy it. Most importantly, be natural and bring your smile!

How far in advance do I need to book my wedding photographer?

Most people book a venue first and then other suppliers. I have been booked as far in advance as two years and at the other extreme with a few weeks notice. It’s normally around the year mark though and this gives my couples time for a ‘LOVE’ Shoot so we can get to know each other better before the big day.

 

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