Today we are bringing you some gorgeous photos from the talented Ann at Ann Aveyard Photography. Ann’s reportage style photography creates relaxed, natural photographs. Plus she is also a family photographer so can follow you on your next steps in your journey! We also had the pleasure of featuring one of Ann’s wedding’s on our blog – have a look here at Becky and Jamie’s big day. We spoke to Ann to find out more about her style and photography…
Tell us a bit more about Ann Aveyard Photography…
I am a professional photographer specialising in wedding and family portraiture.I would describe my style of wedding photography as contemporary: natural reportage wedding photography and creative bride and groom portraits that capture the love of the wedding day.
I aim to to provide couples with the complete story of how their wedding day unfolded, capturing the special moments between them as a couple, as well as creating images to help them remember the intricate details of their day.
What inspired you to start wedding photography?
I began my career as a photographer in 2010 after a very successful career as a registered nurse in the NHS. As a nurse I had the skills to calm, reassure and put people at their ease – skills which are transferable and essential in my role as a photographer. I have always loved taking photographs and when I left nursing it was an opportunity to train as a photographer and to devote my time to developing my skills. I undertook formal training in photography at the Bournemouth Arts University and Poole College. Initially photography was a hobby for me and it wasn’t until 2012 when a friend of a friend asked me to photograph their wedding that I ventured into the wedding photography business. I loved the buzz, excitement and emotion of the wedding day and found that I had a flair for capturing the special moments and the story of the day. Following on from this first wedding in 2012 I was getting recommendations for further weddings so I set up my photography business, Ann Aveyard Photography, specialising in wedding and family portraiture.
How are you different from any other similar suppliers?
Attention to detail and planning is essential. It is so important that a couple feel comfortable and confident with their wedding photographer. I like to get to know a couple well before the wedding day as I feel this leads to more relaxed wedding images. After the initial wedding consultation and venue visits I meet with couples again about 4 weeks before the wedding to chat about the plans for the wedding day, learn the names of family members and the bridal party and also get to know if there are any family dynamics I should be aware of. At this time I also do a pre-wedding photo shoot – this I find to be invaluable in helping the couple feel more relaxed in front of a camera. If it’s a church wedding I will also attend the rehearsal or if a civil ceremony I liaise with the wedding planner. After the wedding I take great care in the editing of the images – my style of editing is described as crisp and clean; I never use pre-sets, preferring instead to edit each image individually. All my wedding collections include an album as well as all the images on a USB. An album is an heirloom to be shared with family and future generations; in years to come USB’s may be lost or even obsolete but an album will last the test of time.
What do you love most about working in the wedding industry?
I love people and photography and weddings combine the two. I view it as a great privilege to be part of a couple’s special day and to capture their special memories in photographs that will last a lifetime.
What would be your number one piece of advice for a bride to be?
My advice would be that it is the couple’s day and that they should plan the day how they want it and not be dictated to by others. The day goes so fast that I also suggest to couples that every so often during the day they take time to just absorb the moment.
Tell us about the best thing you have seen at a wedding you have been to
The best thing I have seen at a wedding is the bride and groom’s 7 year old son standing up on a chair at the reception and make the most amazing speech, which he composed entirely himself – he was fantastic and brought the house down!
Finally, in one sentence tell us why someone should choose you to photograph their day?
I provide quality photography in a relaxed, professional style with great attention to detail, ensuring that the story of the wedding day is captured perfectly.
Ann’s quick fire questions!
Platinum or gold…platinum
Hotel or campervan…hotel
Up or down…up
Dinner party or party party…dinner party
Band or DJ…band
Coffee or tea…coffee (iced in the summer and latte in the winter)
Smart or casual…casual
Sunrise or sunset…sunset