May 8th, 2018 | Julia Braime
If there’s one element of our job that we adore, it’s getting lost in the beauty of couples’ wedding images with some photographers able to make us feel that we were actually present at the celebrations for ourselves as we share in the emotions. One such professional who embodies this skill is our wonderful Sponsor, Kristian Leven.
With a true passion for documenting weddings, Kristian likes to blend into the background and capture the magic as it happens, framing not only the connection between the newlyweds but also the emotions and reactions of their guests resulting in a set of truly special images.
He promises that his photos have the power to transport his couples back to that treasured moment in time and looking at his work here, it’s clear to see that he is a man of his word.
So, let’s find out what makes this fine photographer tick while viewing some more of his fabulous imagery…
With images by Kristian Leven.
When did you first start photographing weddings and what was it that attracted you to the industry?
kristian says: Eight years ago now! For me it was an opportunity to do something I love, but also in a style I enjoyed. I was very fortunate to start at a time when documentary wedding photography was really taking off.
How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?
I’m all about creating very natural and emotive imagery. I just let everyone enjoy their day, but behind my calm exterior I’m constantly looking and observing for moments, and quirks, and things that a lot of people would not ordinarily notice.
What is it that you love most about your job?
Probably the email I receive after the couple have seen their wedding gallery for the first time. I put so much work and effort into this, so it’s incredibly special to then to hear how much the pictures mean to them.
In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?
Sounds a little obvious, but the photography! There are so many different styles of wedding photography now – some photographer’s concentrate on the details, or the bride and groom portraits – so they need to ask themselves, what do I really want? If it’s to spend as much time with their family and friends and to have the relationship between them captured, then I’m your guy!
What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?
Being able to see things differently to other photographers and capturing those moments in a unique way.
What is the feedback like from your couples?
I received this recently, and it blows me away every time I read it:
“I spent the day yesterday waiting eagerly for these and when they arrived I had to pause Eastenders and settle down with Corey and a glass of wine to look at them and we were still viewing them come midnight. We both felt so emotional; you managed to transport us straight back to the day with the power of your imagery. We never imagined our photos would be anything like that. They make us laugh, cry and smile, and we love EVERY single one of them. We cannot thank you enough, we wanted timeless photos to last us a lifetime and that is exactly what you provided. You listened to us and made us feel so relaxed on the day, we both agreed that we didn’t even know you’d taken the majority of these pictures and we love how natural they all are, and the emotion and personality each photograph conveys. We would recommend you a hundred times over and if we are ever in need of photography again, we know who to call.”
Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?
To be honest I love the reception, as that’s the part I can get stuck into, and capture the really original stuff. Plus, people are relaxed then, and can let their guard down, which results in some great moments.
What area do you cover and is there somewhere in particular that you would love to shoot a wedding that you’ve not yet had the opportunity to do?
Originally all my weddings were in London or the South East, but since my referral network has grown, I travel all over the UK, and internationally now. I had two places I really wanted to shoot, the Big Sur and the Amalfi Coast, and in 2016 my dream came true.
July 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime
The build up to a wedding, and the actual day itself, is one of the most important times of your life, which is why we’re so passionate about our readers hiring a talented wedding photographer to document the special day in all its detail.
To assist couples in their search we always recommend that they take a look at our ever-expanding ‘Suppliers We Love’ directory on the blog, which features some of the very best wedding photographers in the country. And this afternoon we’re delighted to be adding another pro to the list as we introduce our fabulous new Sponsor Kristian Leven Photography.
Self-confessed ‘softie’ Kristian prides himself on producing the story of the day in the form of natural and emotive pictures, including moments that the bride and groom might not have ever known about– meaning they don’t miss a thing.
We’ll now hand over the blog to the man man himself so that he can tell us more about the job he loves while showing off some of his seriously stunning photography…
Tell us a little about your background and how you got into wedding photography…
kristian says: Before getting into weddings I primarily shot travel and street photography, and then, one day six years ago, I took my camera to a friend’s wedding and the rest is history.
What was it that attracted you to wedding photography specifically?
The chance to document the day in a very natural way. Plus all the emotion – I’m a massive softie at heart!
And what is it about your job that you love?
Capturing those moments that might have been forgotten about or never known about in the first place. This is really what drives me on a wedding day, looking to fill in the blanks of the ‘story’, and the pay-off when couples get to see those moments they may have missed is tremendous.
How would you describe your style of wedding photography and what is it that makes you stand out from others?
Emotive and natural, and putting my heart and soul into capturing those unique moments in an artistic way.
What is the feedback like from your clients? What do they love about your approach, service and images?
Thankfully really good! It feels a bit weird bigging myself up, so I’ll quote a recent comment left by my recent clients Laura and Clive: “Everyone who has seen the photos so far have commented on how incredibly talented you are and have congratulated us on finding such an amazing photographer. Having seen your work before we booked you we had total faith, but you far surpassed anything we hoped for. We so miss the day but your photos are an incredible reminder of it. The greatest gift we could ever receive.”
What is the top piece of advice you would give to camera shy couples?
To know that it’s completely normal to initially feel a bit awkward – it’s not every day you have a guy you don’t really know taking pictures of you in your dressing gown! But after that first hour you’ll forget about me – you have much more important things to think about. And once the day begins proper, you’ll be so caught up in the emotion and joy of the day that I’ll completely drift into the background.
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