We are so lucky at Brides Up North to have the very best sponsors. When I started shouting about all the brilliant talent in the Northern wedding industry (think local girls, think local!) back in 2010, even I had no idea about the breath and depth of skills and services available to us regional gals.
Today I am proud to introduce one of my brilliant Featured Suppliers, the talented Clive Doyle. Yes his style is relaxed and unobtrusive, but its also so damn beautiful. Cool and unique, but very high quality – for me, that’s a wining combo. Get him signed up to record your big day, pronto.
Oh, and did we mention he’s offering a 10% discount and some other treats exclusively to Brides Up North readers? Read on to find out more and remember to quote Brides Up North when booking.
All images by Clive Doyle Photography.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I’ve always loved the idea of having a career that is creative. Whilst studying Media as a teen in Dublin, I first got hooked on all things photography. The idea of getting a roll of film (yeah, film, I’m 37 and sound ancient!), getting out, taking pictures and then spending the day in the darkroom developing the images. The whole process felt so arty to the teen me who’d only just left school and was like a rabbit in the head-lights at this whole new world opening up.
Once college was completed I followed a great Irish tradition… leave Ireland! Along with the masses, I headed swiftly for Sydney, Australia. It was here I first got introduced to wedding photography. I was working in a professional lab at the time (where billboards and such are made) and one of the photographers I worked with asked me if I’d like to come along to a wedding and “capture some ‘snaps’ of the guests mingling and enjoying themselves”, while he captured the more traditional family shots. Reluctant at first, I actually thought it was great, I loved the idea of capturing a wedding in a natural unobtrusive style… this lesson has always stayed with me.
I’ve now been photographing my own weddings for over 10 years, but it was that first introduction to a reportage style that shaped my own work which has been fine-tuned and refined over the years, so that my clients receive the best in reportage, un-obtrusive, natural photography.
Why wedding photography specifically?
I love to document people and real moments in unforgettable situations; trust me, there’s no better place for this than a wedding! It’s all going on…the beauty of the bride, the pristine guests, the tension before the ceremony, tears of joy and the laughter of family and friends gathered together for this very special day.
What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?
That’s an easy one. The best thing is that I’m honoured the opportunity to create images with real meanings. These photos will be able to stir up emotions for the couple and their loved ones in years to come. Who hasn’t looked at their parents wedding photos? Who hasn’t coo’ed over their friend’s first dance picture? Who hasn’t shed a tear at a photo that’s power goes far beyond the paper it’s printed on? The fact that I’m a crucial part of these emotion-evoking images is truly amazing to me and I take the responsibility seriously as well as relishing it.
How do you get couples to relax on the day?
Firstly I let them know that I’m not the director of their day; I won’t tell them to smile, kiss or hug… after all it’s their day, I’m there to capture and nothing else. By working quietly and unobtrusively in the background the bride & groom, along with their guests, very quickly forget that I’m there. However at some stage of the day, usually sometime during the drinks reception I like to spend a few minutes with the bride & groom to capture some relaxed natural portraits. Usually by this stage, the couple are relaxed, happy and actually grateful to steal a few quiet moments away from their guests.
Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?
People look their best when they are relaxed. So when it comes to choosing a photographer choose one that’s right for you. Start by looking through a photographers work and if you can envision yourself in the images then that’s a good sign. For example if you are someone who would rather spend as much time as possible with your guests on the day, it is best by far to choose a photographer who can truly capture you and your guests looking natural and relaxed style when, for most of the time, you are not conscious of photographed.
What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?
This is one of those tricky female questions isn’t it?! I’m probably not the go-to person for make-up advice! However I think keep it real to who you are as a person, this will not only look more natural, but you will feel more relaxed on the day which, in turns makes for great pictures!
Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?
No matter how extravagant or low-key a wedding is, I sincerely believe that if a couple plan their wedding based around who they are as a couple, nothing will look bad in the pictures, everything will look great, as it will be a true reflection of who they are.
Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?
It sounds cheesy but every single one has been unique and special – it’s a wedding, if it ever became ‘just work’ I’d have to stop as the passion would have gone, and this would come through into the images.
There’s been so many different factors that have made some of them memorable; from shooting at a spectacular venue such as Castle Howard to capturing guests dodging the rain in a busy Sheffield City centre, or photographing the bride & groom at sunset in the snowy Peaks of Derbyshire, or simply listening to a moving emotional speech from the father of the bride – who could choose?!
Any funny stories to share?
Plenty. At one wedding the bride & groom had hired an old vintage car to take them from the church to the reception. However as they were set to leave the church the car wouldn’t start no matter how many times the driver tried in vain. So instead of getting all stressed and not wanting to causing a fuss, guests stepped in and pushed the car all the way to the reception… which was luckily only about half a mile down the road! The guests thought it was great, the bride & groom loved it and I got some great images. The driver’s embarrassment waned when he saw how delighted everyone was about it!
What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?
I’m genuine when I say my style is unobtrusive. But these aren’t snapshots that your mate could pull off. My years of experience in wedding photojournalism gives me the ability to seek out the images, anticipating them before they occur. I can promise you images that are artistic, beautifully crafted and ones that will hold the power to stir up emotions around your day for years to come.
It’s my passion for what I do that I hope is evident in the images couples see. To me photos are a valuable art-form, the most personal and precious possible. This day happens once, so I take my responsibility to capture it perfectly and naturally extremely seriously.
What can a couple who book you expect on the day?
My clients want the best in photography, but they also want the day to unfold in a relaxed and enjoyable way for all. My job isn’t to interfere (after all it’s their day not mine), but to capture the story as it happens. I’ll get these images in a relaxed and natural way. I’m passionate about getting the most emotion-provoking work possible, but this is my responsibility, all the bride & grooms job is just to kick back and enjoy.
What is included in your "package"?
Couples can choose have me there from when the bride is getting ready to either the start of the wedding breakfast or first few dances in the evening. Included is the digital files that are fully edited and ready to print and share on the internet. This gives couples the option to create their own album and unlimited printing.
I also have a selection of albums to choose from if couples would prefer for me to design and put together their album.
Can you give us an idea on price?
Current prices start at £950.
Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?
Yes, happy to… all Brides Up North readers that visit and like my Facebook page will receive a 10% discount and not only that if they book me for their photography before 30th November 2013 they will also receive a set of 20 10×8 prints of their choice from their wedding day which would normally be worth £300! Please quote Brides Up North when booking.
How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or see more examples of your work?
The best place to keep up to date on what I’m up to and for all the latest offers is my Facebook page.
To see more examples of my work visit my website www.clivedoylephotography.com
To get in touch email me at email@example.com or call me on 07771 566 854.