This afternoon I’m thrilled to give a warm welcome to Brides Up North Sponsor (and soon to be bride!) Georgina of Georgina Brewster Photography. Georgina’s spent two years in a soon-to-be-wed’s shoes, so knows exactly what you’re all about – and cares about her own wedding almost as much as she does about yours!
Her work speaks for itself.
Let’s say hello!
georgina says: My love of photography started whilst travelling Europe as an 18-year-old, I returned to the UK at the age of 21 and enrolled on a two year HND Photography and Design course with Bradford College, it was pre-digital then (now I feel old and I’m only 35) and many days were spent developing 35mm in a darkroom and magically developing my own prints, alongside this I worked for a Kodak processing lab and gained work experience with a great photographer, Stephen Garnett, on my local newspaper.
After graduating I applied for a position as a Trainee Photographer with East Lancashire Newspapers and in 2003 was thrilled to be offered the job. After three years training, I was promoted to a member of the senior staff and ended my career with the Lancashire Evening Telegraph. The experience I have gained in a press environment has been invaluable, day-to-day situations change rapidly and meeting so many different people in any one day has taught me to be confident, creative and adaptable. I have been privileged to capture a wide range of subjects, ranging from, Her Majesty the Queen, HRH Prince of Wales and several other members of the Royal family many times, to Prime Ministers, MP’s, pop stars, soap stars, sports stars at major sporting events and the all important local heroes of our communities.
Wedding photography is something I have done regularly across the North of England over the last decade on weekends off from the newspaper. The time came last year to give the press pass a rest and commit full-time to something that truly made me happy.
My favourite thing about my profession is that I am constantly surrounded by happy people. Experiencing the love, compassion and emotion between families is such an endearing gift we can often take for granted. I have been known to wipe away a few tears during the exchange of vows!
As part of my photography package I include an informal pre-wedding shoot, a chance for me to spend some time in the company of the Bride and Groom, have a wander around a place special to them as a couple and achieve some really natural images. I find this really helps a couple to relax on the day of their wedding. Meeting and working with new people is what I have done for a very long time and to quote a Bride’s grandfather at her wedding: “You have the knack of making a whole room full of people feel at ease. You really are quite wonderful”.
Possibly the sweetest thing anybody has ever said to me, other than “Will you marry me?”
I don’t think I’ve ever come across anyone that likes the thought of having their photograph taken, unless we’re paid models its unnatural to us all, right?! I do find though, that once a shoot has started, casually chatting and having a giggle throughout puts people at ease.
Bridal make-up is a personal choice and I would always advise not to venture too far away from your normal look. Take advice from an expert and if your budget allows, book a make-up artist. The most important thing is to feel comfortable on the day.
I would love to photograph Jennifer Aniston’s wedding! I have loved her from the first episode of Friends, Phoebe’s my favourite but Jennifer’s love life has been highly documented through the papers and to have her heart broken by Brad in such a public way, she deserves her happy ever after.
Every wedding is beautiful in its own way and every day is memorable to me. There is a very special venue close by to me though that never fails to evoke a timeless romance and intimacy with every wedding I cover there. An ancient Priest’s House in the stunning Yorkshire Dales called Barden Tower.
I’m not married at this moment but my chap popped the question two years ago and our big day is May 3rd 2015. This year! I simply cannot wait. Every bride I have worked with says it comes around quickly and it absolutely does. I had a pre Christmas panic, as I am sure most brides do, where the reality dawned on me that we only had four months remaining with still so much to do. It is a wonderful time planning the day with my fiancé and all very exciting.
It will be a complete role reversal for me to be on the other side of the camera and I’m certain the experience will add another dimension to my work for future weddings. I am constantly asked who my photographer will be, there has only ever been one choice for me and that is a friend from my newspaper days, purely because I know I will feel completely at ease. There could be the odd selfie in there too!
Our day will be a ceremony in our local church followed by a reception in a traditional, Victorian, glass-roofed theatre. A very informal and fun-filled affair. A min-moon in the Lake District for two nights and then straight back to work for me as I have four other wedding days to share in May.
I do have one funny story that will never be forgotten. On one of the hottest days of the year, I had asked all the guests to follow me outside for the big group photo. The hotel co-ordinator ushered me to an upstairs window, a sash window I could lean out of to get the best vantage point, only the window wouldn’t open! She assured me it had been open the previous day so we persevered, nudging and bumping the window up. After much effort I could just about poke my lens through the gap and shouted down to the guests below (who were almost on their knees laughing at this point) that I would silently count to three with my fingers. As I raised my fingers they all chanted “one, two, THREE” and a big cheer was let out. The shutter was pressed and possibly the best group shot ever was taken.
With so many photographers condensed in any one area, especially wedding photographers, it is becoming increasingly difficult to stand out among my competitors, many I am great friends with. Its important to me that I keep advancing on my skills through annual training courses with other professionals and attending networking events in my area to meet other suppliers. I am extremely hard working and have such passion and commitment for what I do, constantly on the look out for new trends emerging, updating my equipment and keeping up to date with new editing software on the market. I often find that the power of a personal recommendation for a job well done is the best way to keep ahead of the pack.
On the Wedding Day a couple can expect 100% reliability and professionalism from me. I plan every detail meticulously, meeting with them before hand to discuss every detail of their day. Together we build a mutual understanding of the photos they hope for and love. I will be there to capture the pure emotion of the day, whilst being as natural and unobtrusive as possible.
I only offer one package. Through searching for a photographer for my own wedding (in case mine had to work at an away football game) I became increasingly confused by the different packages, prices structures, time limits and optional add-ons. I have designed my package to make the process simple. For more details click here.
My package is currently available for £950.
A great way to keep up to date with my work is to LIKE my facebook page. Links to my blogs are posted on here along with details of wedding fairs I will be attending. I update my website galleries on a regular basis too so keep a close eye on that.
I am always available to chat over the phone on 07896365977 or throw an email my way with any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit my website at www.georginabrewster.com