In conversation with... Andy Kerr Photography
"Extraordinary photos with a first class experience"
What would you say is your style Andy?
On the day, I have a calm, reassuring personality and like to put people at ease. I like to capture a series of images that tell the story and emotions of your day. I love flattering skin tones, and a warm, welcoming look to my images, and capturing emotional moments whether it be tears of joy, or laughter.
What can you bring to the planning of a wedding?
Most couples don’t realise how important it is to get me involved in planning the timeline of their wedding, and if they have a wedding planner, to get me to liaise with them too. Things will always take longer than you think so allow cushioning time throughout the day! It isn’t the most exciting aspect of a couples wedding day, but the timeline can make or break your wedding photography.
Take your guests into consideration when planning your timeline. If you have a lot of elderly guests that will not be staying until the very end, make sure to schedule the cake cutting at a relatively early time so that they can be a part of it.
What would be the most important piece of advice you would give a couple?
Choose someone you like! Your photographer is going to be with you all day long (more than almost anyone else) on one of the most important days of your lives, so it’s vital that you feel comfortable with them. The more comfortable you feel with your photographer, the more relaxed and happy you will be at your wedding, and the better you’ll look in your photos!
What is your personal favourite touch you have seen at a wedding?
It’s the small things that are personal to the couple that I like the most.
The gift of the grandfather’s watch to the groom on the morning of the wedding was very touching.
Do you have popular requests / current trends for next year?
Whilst all couples love to have candid moments and memories captured during their wedding day, I’m seeing a trend towards making sure that the formal group photos are included too. It’s common these days for family and friends to be living all over the country, or even in different countries, and it’s a rare opportunity to get photos that include all of the couples families and favourite people together.
What do you love about the wedding business Andy?
I love the relationship and friendship that develops between me and my couples. It’s also such an honour to be part of an amazing celebration and to have the opportunity to capture images for the couple. A hidden pleasure is the editing of photos following the wedding as I get to sit in front of my computer and relive the day with a big smile on my face!
Memories of a favourite wedding?
A relaxed wedding on a balmy day last summer. A beautiful ceremony in Arundel followed by the reception at a lovely venue near Goodwood. Amazing heartfelt speeches and lots of emotional tears from the bride and groom.
What is your favourite celebrity wedding and why?
The wedding of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. Such a stunning location (Venice) with beautiful light and a mix of candid and formal photos. I also like the way that they kept the press guessing as to their exact plans to ensure that their wedding was as private as possible with their family and closest friends present.
Wedding traditions - Tell me about your favourite wedding traditions you’ve come across.
One of my favourite traditions is the shouting of “Mazel tov!” at Jewish weddings once the ceremony is over. It is roughly translated as “good luck” or “congratulations”.
As a wedding photographer, I’m also a big fan of a ‘first look’ between the couple.
It’s a tradition that is becoming more popular in the UK. It’s packed full of emotion for the couple, gives them some quiet time together before the ceremony and, of course, results in beautiful photos - usually some of the couple’s favourites.
We loved hearing more about your work Andy - thanks so much!
Andy was chatting to Chirpee flowers.
It's been our great pleasure to work with Andy on many occasions, he is totally professional at all times, very calm and highly creative.
Andy is based just outside Brighton, East Sussex.