I loved this wedding photography duo as soon as I heard their distinctive name, not to mention their creative eye and ability to capture the essence of a couple’s personality. We’re super lucky here in the UK to welcome Through The Woods We Ran, as they recently moved over from Perth to Bristol and are about take the wedding industry by storm. You’ll see why as soon as you clap eyes on their awesome shots.
Real, honest and personality packed photography, filled with colour and emotion. There isn’t really much more you want than to be able to be yourself totally and utterly in front of the lens and trust that you’ll look amazing once you have those prints in your hands.
Hi, Lauren and Glenn could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?
We’re Lauren & Glenn and we’re photographers of awesome weddings. We just moved over to Bristol a couple of months ago from Australia (Perth) and are super stoked about cold weather (no we’re not joking) and exploring new places. We love shooting weddings where couples do what they want instead of following traditions that don’t mean anything to them, we have three cats, and we’re generally obsessed with animals.
What do you love and dislike about your job?
Glenn: Actually shooting weddings is the best bit. Probably mostly because we get awesome couples (let’s hope that trend continues in the UK!) that just trust us to do our thing rather than giving us lists of things to shoot. Dislikes… being away from the cats when we do destination weddings is definitely my biggest dislike.
Lauren: The actual shooting on a wedding day is the funnest part, so much happens in such a short space of time, with such a rollercoaster of emotions… it’s pretty great to be a part of it. We also get to meet the best people, both couples and the vendors we get to work with, some of whom have become my best friends.
What I dislike… well I think sometimes we see people who think they know better than the bride and groom, and that is a real pet peeve of mine. Like mums who try to make the groom shave the beard they have had for years, or bridesmaids who tell the bride to put on fancy underwear instead of the comfortable underwear the bride chose to wear.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
Glenn: I bought a crappy bridge camera to take photos at Perth Zoo on weekends and that inevitably turned into trying my hand at people photography, then a styled shoot (loved it), and that opened my eyes to wedding photography – which I would’ve probably listed as my nightmare job until I found some awesome photographers online who were rocking super candid photos that were a bit darker – rather than the super staged light and airy stuff I associated with weddings.
Lauren: I shot pretty much every wedding with Glenn but it was just a weekend thing while I followed by own aspirations of being an esteemed university professor … until I started to love wedding photography more, and then I jumped in full time as well.
What are you looking forward to most about moving to the UK?
Glenn: The weather! And how green everything is. I was always hell-bent on staying in Perth forever because it’s a bit smaller so it can be pretty easy once you’re established, but one visit to Richmond Park a couple of winters ago on holiday… being surrounded by deer and walking on frozen mud had me looking at moving here as soon as we got off the bus.
Lauren: Well I have a lot of family here, so I can’t wait to see them more (especially my 2 year old niece!!), but also I’m looking forward to colder days, exploring little villages and vast parks and seeing deer and squirrels and HOPEFULLY a badger.
If you could choose another role in the wedding industry what would it be?
Glenn: I can’t imagine doing anything other than photography… umm so probably a limo driver. I’d probably be great at it too because I know how to use Google Maps which gives me a leg-up on 95% of the ones we work with.
Lauren: I would want to be a florist, for sure. I am completely obsessed with flowers (hence a couple of floral themed tattoos!)
What style is your work? How would you describe your style in three words?
Couples being themselves.
We try to capture couples as they really are, which means we’ll only give them a little bit of direction during the day (but we don’t just leave them hanging there hoping they’ll be awesome… hardly anyone loves having their photo taken). Generally, we want them to just interact with each other as they normally do, that’s what we love to document – we’ll make it look good!
As well, our style isn’t just about the couple – we think it’s just as important to document those interactions with their friends and family, where capturing the hugs and the emotions is infinitely more important than group shots of people at their tables.
Could you tell us some information about your packages/prices?
Both of us shoot every wedding together, and we document all the moments between the bride’s make up through to capturing a good amount of moves on the d-floor – with prices starting at £1850.
Do you have any tips for couples in selecting their photographer?
Lauren: make sure you like everything about what your photographer does – the way they shoot each part of the day, their editing style, and their personality. People underestimate how important personality is – but you’re spending eight or so hours with a person on one of the biggest days of your life, so you want to make sure you like them! I think reading the ‘about me’ section is a great way to get a feel for what kind of person your photographer is – if you get to the end of it and think you could be friends with that person, that’s a pretty good sign!
Are you seeing any trends for the year ahead?
Lauren: I guess more relaxed weddings, cocktail style and couches and picnic rugs. Generally I just think people are bucking traditions more and more, if it’s not something that’s meaningful to them – my favourite non-traditional thing is mixed bridal parties, I can’t imagine not having my brother as my best man, and I love seeing other people value their siblings/opposite gender friends in the same way!
Can you give us a teaser about what you are working on now?
Glenn: We’re actually enjoying shooting less weddings at the moment. In Perth we were shooting 50+ a year and moving here we’ll be shooting way less which gives us time to do stuff we’ve wanted to do for ages – learn another language, travel (but not too much), do something else creative as a hobby – all the good stuff that working for yourself should let you do.
How can we get in touch with you?
Because we just moved here we still have a ton of free dates – so we’d love to hear from couples about their weddings! We have a contact form on our website http://throughthewoodsweran.co.uk/ or they can send us an email direct to [email protected] . We are always open to skyping if anyone wants to chat about anything wedding related – and you might even get the chance to see one of our cats!
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What did I tell you? Simply breathtaking images and a super lovely couple to boot. Welcome to the UK Lauren and Glen, I am super excited to see the weddings you capture over the coming months. I’d get in touch super fast to secure your date WWWers xo Lou
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