This afternoon we’re really excited to introduce another of our very talented Brides Up North Sponsors, Neil of Eternal Images Photography.
After showcasing his photography skills in a number of different areas, Neil decided to dedicate his time weddings and portrait photography, becoming hooked on telling couple’s individual wedding stories through his images.
As well as documenting the big day as it naturally evolves, Neil is also keen to snap some ‘wow’ bride and groom photographs that have contributed to his glowing reputation in the industry.
So let’s hand over to Neil to tell us more…
Tell us about your photography background?
neil says: I have experienced many genres within photography throughout the last ten years; wildlife, aircraft, commercial, weddings and portraits, and can honestly say I have welcomed the opportunities presented to me since choosing to set up Eternal Images Photography Ltd in October 2012, to dedicate my time to weddings and portraits.
I firmly believe in the professional standards because of this I am a member of the Professional Guild of photographers receiving several awards for my ‘high professional standard.’
In June 2015 Wedding Industry Experts awarded me the most popular new photographer for Sheffield and South Yorkshire, I also came third within the UK and third most popular new photographer worldwide.
More recently, Eternal Images was also 2015 finalist in the I Do Wedding Awards Yorkshire, and a 2014 Photography Finalist in the North of England Wedding Awards – both of these awards recognise outstanding customer service and professional standards within the wedding industry, as voted by my clients, it is such an amazing privilege to have received this recognition.
Why wedding photography specifically?
I have been privileged to be a part of many wonderful wedding stories, each one entirely unique. Weddings are incredible and deserve to be captured creatively providing a beautiful story that illustrates your most precious moments.
I am passionate about the fact that a wedding is not an isolated set of photographs. It’s a unique story of two people in love, shared with family and friends. A couple’s story will remain with them for the rest of their lives which is why I am committed to preserving those memories.
What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?
Meeting amazing couples – each with an entirely unique wedding – this usually means you have to adapt to different situations extremely quickly. Weddings also allow me the opportunity to be creative with the bride and groom ‘wow’ images that I am recommended for.
How do you get couples to relax on the day?
Before their wedding day, I offer my time (no obligation) to closely consult and advise the couples who book so they are confident with the professional service I can provide. I also offer a pre wedding shoot to every client, this is a great get-to-know-each-other session, ensuring my assistant and I are no strangers to the couple on their wedding day. This also provides me with the means to recognise what each couple is comfortable with.
Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?
If the bride feels completely comfortable around the photographer she has booked then this will calm her nerves. Any bride that feels this way should always let her photographer know. I usually get to know this during a pre shoot, so I take a step back, use a zoom lens and let the couple interact without my close presence. I love capturing natural moments as they happen.
What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?
Always use a professional makeup artist. The chosen style of bridal make up is a personal decision, but I have noticed natural and bohemian looks are currently very popular.
Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?
I always check the groom and groomsmen for mobile phones in suit pockets, and check they are wearing button holes before taking photos. Guests chewing gum and holding handbags during group shots! Also, I always avoid distracting backgrounds and placing a person in harsh sunlight as squinting is not a good look either.
Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?
It would have to be Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter’s private wedding Valentine’s Day on the Isle of White. They are such a distinctive celebrity couple, I imagine their ceremony to have been very intimate and personal and let’s not forget Sophie’s silver lace Valentino couture wedding dress.
Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?
Call me an old romantic, but I distinctly remember the first time I returned to mine and my wife’s chosen wedding venue to cover a client’s wedding. As the beautiful bride walked down the aisle to meet her husband-to-be, just for a split second I thought of my wife, it was an emotional moment.
Any funny stories to share?
Weddings are full of laughter but here are three of my favourite examples:
We arrived for bridal preparation at the couple’s home and the bride’s dad is outside taking a moment in the front garden as we walk down the path towards the house he says: “Now then lads, today’s not a good day to knock on this door trying to sell, haven’t you noticed there’s a wedding going on?”
After a first dance we were congratulating the bride and groom as we were leaving and the groom shook my hand and said “Thank you for coming!”
The best man who decided to mention every one of the groom’s previous girlfriends in his speech. I captured a lot of great reactions that day.
What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?
Choosing the right photographer is extremely important because so much of what you’re investing in is about image creativity, quality of service and suppliers and how important your photography is to you both also is a defining factor.
I am often asked how I would define my role and my reply would be that of a distinctive storyteller. My main purpose is to document events naturally, providing striking and emotive images that capture the essence and sentiment unique to every wedding. I will also work with the couple to integrate a selection of bride and groom ‘wow’ images too.
I limit the number weddings I cover in the year to ensure that every client receives the dedication required to capture your unique wedding day. This does mean dates book quickly so please do get in touch if you like my work and want to know more. Hopefully, your date is still available.
What can a couple who book you expect on the day?
During the big day my assistant and I work tirelessly capturing the wedding as it unfolds. We will have already discussed and taken direction from the bride and groom regarding the more formal and informal portraits that they may or may not require, and we will arrange to have some time alone with the couple for those intimate shots that celebrate them as husband and wife.
Afterwards, whilst the couple are on honeymoon I post produce each individual image that evokes its own memory in the story of the wedding day. These images are then uploaded to a client’s gallery for viewing – every image in their online wedding gallery is supplied to the couple on a heart shaped USB with a license to copyright for printing etc.
What is included in your ‘package’?
I provide my clients with one fully inclusive ‘digital only’ service for £1,000, there are no hidden charges to this service which includes:
– A professional consultation, an informal discussion no obligation.
– My full dedication and time, before, during and after your wedding day.
– A pre wedding shoot
– A framed signing board.
– A choice on when coverage starts.
– Coverage until 10pm with me and my assistant.
– All edited wedding and pre-shoot images, copyright free on a heart shaped USB.
– Post production.
– A personalised wedding blog and private viewing gallery.
I realise how couples choose to present their wedding images is a very personal decision which is why I offer wedding albums, bespoke frames and fine art prints as optional extras, available to order before or after the wedding day.
Personally and professionally I believe that a couple’s wedding memories deserve to be timelessly bound by an exceptional album craftsman. This is why I only offer award winning Folio and Queensbury albums, after all wedding images are a family treasure.
How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or see more examples of your work?
My wedding albums can be viewed at various wedding fairs throughout the season and during home consultations, which couples can contact me directly to arrange on 01709 554728 or 07944474092.