Finding new Weddings, especially for Photographers, depends on word of mouth, advertising or the meat market that is the Wedding Fair. Competition has never been fiercer than it is at the moment. The belief that the more buttons a camera has the better the photographer. Now this isn’t a moan about Wedding numbers as I am fully booked for the whole of 2018. I could have taken more clients on but the couple is so important to me.
Last November Jenny and I went on holiday to Northern Cyprus. Neither of us are drinkers so we tend not to stay in the bar after our evening meal. Jenny tended to go off to our room and read and I looked at the images I had taken that day but I sat outside in the still warm air. Unusually for me I got into conversation with a guy called Paul. We were both on the same trip and the more we chatted the more we found we had in common, especially music including Dr Feelgood.
At the end of a holiday you may promise to keep in touch but never seem to get around to it. Paul’s wife Anne did ask me for my details as their daughter was getting married. I passed on my details not really expecting anything until I was contacted by their daughter Elizabeth about her Wedding in May. I visited Elizabeth who was on a rare day off and her Fiancé James was at work. I promised her mum that I would talk to Elizabeth about what she was looking for and give her some advice. Normally it takes about an hour but when I looked at my watch 4 hours had gone by.
At my next visit to talk through the day I met both Elizabeth and James. I liked James straight away. They are a well matched couple. Both hard working, family people and good looking, The fact that they had two dogs didn’t do any harm.
So last Wednesday I, aided very ably by eldest daughter Briony, spent the day in Coleshill firstly at the Coach and Horses and then at the beautiful Shustoke Barn.
It was a wonderful day for everyone including photographers. The staff at the Barn were so helpful and Ben the Master of Ceremony, DJ and Singer was awesome. The guests were so friendly and I met a young man called Felix who was all of 7 years old who was one of the most pleasant and polite people I have ever met of any age.
I suppose rather than looking for clients I look for families. The Wolley’s are a great family and I have a feeling we will be meeting again.