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I am really excited today to be chatting to the rather talented Manchester and Cheshire based wedding photographer, ARJ Photography. Adam has a wealth of experience in wedding photography and creates natural and timeless images you will treasure forever. Adam also has some great top tips in helping you chose your wedding photographer… take it away Adam 🙂

{w} Hi Adam, could you firstly tell {www} readers a little bit about you?

Hello! I’m Adam, a wedding photographer based in Manchester. I mainly cover weddings for brides and grooms in Manchester and Cheshire but will travel around the UK and overseas if a couple want me as their photographer.

I’m also a very proud family man – I’ve been married myself for four years, have a three year old little boy and one on the way due later in 2011. Give me a wedding on a Saturday and a day playing with my family on a Sunday and you have my perfect weekend!

Oh, and 2011 is the year that I turn 30!

{w} What do you love/dislike about your job?

I love everything about my life as a wedding photographer! No two weddings are ever the same and anyone who says that they are is just plain wrong! It’s an absolute privilege to do this ‘job’ and I love being part of such a special time in people’s relationships and lives.

I love getting to know people in the build up, feeling like a friend or part of the family on a wedding day and then keeping in touch with my couples afterwards.

As much as I love handing over people’s beautiful albums and seeing their emotional reactions to their wedding photos, I always feel a little bit sad at this time because that means it’s the end of their wedding. I’m an old sentimental at heart!

{w} How did you get into photography and into the wedding industry?

I guess like most photographers there isn’t a time when I can’t remember having some interest in taking pictures. As I got older the interest got stronger, became a hobby, became an obsession then a passion and now a profession.

I never intended or expected to be a wedding photographer but I assisted a friend with a wedding and instantly fell in love with it. I always knew I wanted to take photos of people, and I knew I could bring my own style and approach to wedding photography. And like I’ve said, I love the whole process – not just the ‘on the day’ photography but the people side and getting to know my couples, I love making the pictures look their absolute best and I love making stunning wedding albums and seeing peoples faces when they look through them for the first time.

{w} What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

Perfection. I’ve been a perfectionist my whole life and while it can be a pain because I refuse to settle for second best, my clients know that I only want to produce the best for them. I’m obsessed with quality and only work with suppliers who make products of a quality I would be proud to own.

{w} What style is your work?

Very natural, quite relaxed, and fun. While I put a huge amount of effort into understanding peoples wedding day plans and planning their photography into that with them, I primarily capture their day as it happens without interfering or being a pest.

But I feel it’s so important to make time for some special photographs of the newlyweds together and I always plan a couple of sessions into the day to make sure these photos happen. Otherwise it can be amazing how little time brides and grooms actually spend together on their wedding day.

I create beautiful, natural images which will stand the test of time. No fiddling or effects in photoshop that’ll be naff in five years. And doing this results in a consistent look so that in my wedding albums one page flows nicely into the next to build up the visual story of a couple’s special day.

{w} Could you tell us some information about your packages/prices?

Well I only offer complete wedding day coverage. I can’t imagine only capturing a small portion of the story. I’m there from the morning preparations to the evening party which again allows me to stand back and capture events as they unfold, without the pressure of knowing I have to get shots A, B and C by a certain time.

I offer three main packages – an album including a disc of your album images, a disc of all the images from the day and a DVD slideshow, or a combination of both – my prices start at £1,750.

All my packages include this unlimited coverage, as well as a pre-wedding shoot to allow my clients to get used to having their photo taken by me before the big day. This shoot is such a vital part of the wedding photography process as it makes my couples realise that having their photo by me is easy and fun, and I get to understand how they react to me, the camera and each other. A great ‘warm up’ to achieve better wedding day photos.

{w} Do you have any tips for couples in selecting their wedding photographer?

Yes, simple – pick me!

But seriously, I know how difficult it can be to choose your wedding suppliers, including a photographer who you’re trusting to capture the only thing that will be left the day after so I do have advice:

– Look at the photos first, then the price. You get what you pay for. You don’t want to look back and wish you had better photos to remember the day by.

– Find a photographer you really like and feel you could get on with on a personal level. This is the most important thing. Do you feel comfortable in their company? Do you feel like they like you too?

– Make sure you see one or more complete weddings, not just a best-of gallery and most will have at least one sample album they’ve designed themselves.

– Make sure they offer a real world (not studio) pre-wedding shoot. It’s honestly such an important phase of the process.

– Make sure you ask the boring questions about insurance, backup equipment etc

{w} How can we get in touch with you?

Ooh yes, please do:

Email me [email protected]

My website is www.arj-photo.co.uk

My blog www.arj-photo.co.uk/blog

Facebook www.facebook.com/ARJPhoto

Twitter www.twitter.com/arjphotography

Thanks so much Adam!! Please do have a look at Adam’s amazing site for more fabulous images, if you do make an enquiry with Adam please do mention {www} 🙂 xoxo

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    Claire - English Wedding blog

    I love Adam’s photography and his passion and enthusiasm – and it’s great to see he’s becoming such a popular wedding photographer (and blogger hot property I see!)

    I love this quote from Adam’s interview: “No fiddling or effects in photoshop that’ll be naff in five years.” Adam’s forward thinking in this respect will set him apart from the crowd – a star in the making.

    Brilliant interview by Lou here, and the wedding blogger world will see loads from ARJ Photography over the next few years I’m sure. 🙂

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    party dresses

    What a great pictures! I like it very much .

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    Lou

    thanks so much Claire, isn’t he a talent 🙂 xx

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