This morning we’re catching up with our wonderful Sponsor, North-West based photographer Nik Bryant, who had an epic 2017 and now is all set and raring to go on weddings for 2018.
Keen to ensure his couples have the very best day possible so their joy and emotions are reflected in the gorgeous images he takes, Nik is always willing to go the extra mile for brides and grooms and is often praised for his calm and helpful demeanour.
Furthermore, Nik is eager to offer his couples additional services to document the full picture of the day and so is busy making plans to partner with a videographer. Watch this space!
So, if you’re about to embark on the photography search note the name, as we hear more from Nik on his passion for weddings.
How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?
nik says: Describing my style is a little difficult – I am a little bit documentary and a little bit posed photography I would say. So, floating round and mingling with people and capturing natural moments mixed in with fun portraits.
It’s all about being involved and knowing what’s happening and when something will happen and then being in the right place to capture it. For couple portraits it’s about finding some nice places to shoot and then letting the couple have some time to themselves and interact whilst having fun and getting on their level.
What is it that you love most about your job?
That I get to go to weddings and call it a job! I love photography and have done since I started shooting about 12 years ago. To be able to do something I love and constantly be invited to capture parties and say that it’s my job is pretty cool.
In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?
I honestly think the most important thing for a couple when looking for a photographer comes in two parts. The first part being that you honestly love their work. Find a photographer whose work you love, even if you don’t know why you love it but it strikes something with you that’s the first part of the battle.
The second part comes with meeting or speaking to your photographer. Making sure you click with them and they are what you want for your wedding as we are there all day and spend so much time with you.
I love getting to know my couples so when it comes to the wedding day it doesn’t feel awkward having me around.
What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?
This is really difficult to answer but a lot of my couples and their families have said that I am really relaxed and easy going but with enthusiasm and excitement throughout the day. I genuinely love my work and get excited for every wedding I shoot.
I find that I have a way of getting on the same level as my couples and it becomes more like having a friend capture their day rather than just a photographer.
I also like to try and capture something of a statement image. Something different and cool!
Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?
I think my favourite part of the wedding day is probably bridal prep in the morning. That time meeting up with the bride and all her bridesmaids and mum. Its where it all starts and kind of sets the tone for the day.
The morning is so full of fun and emotion its really great to be around for and to have that insight into the dynamic of a group of bridesmaids and the bride.
Reflecting on 2017 what would you say was your biggest highlight?
Personally, the arrival of my baby boy has been my biggest highlight (my wife will probably read this so if I didn’t say that I would be in trouble).
However, the biggest highlight for 2017 on a professional level has to be the fact that I feel I have really defined my style and how I work and I am really happy with everything I have shot. It was one of the best years for my wedding photography and I have really built my confidence. I have made some amazing friends with my couples and other wedding suppliers too. I have learnt new skills and just learnt to take on whatever happens on a wedding day.
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?
I generally cover the North West of England being based in Manchester, but I will happily travel wherever for weddings.
One place I do love and haven’t yet managed to reach is Northumberland. It’s where my wife and I got engaged and it is an incredibly beautiful part of the country, so I would love to work there, especially around Alnwick as I hear the tree house is pretty special!
Other than photography, what are your other passions and what do you think you would be doing if you weren’t a wedding photographer?
I love live music and was a drummer in a band for several years, so I would like to think I would be touring the world playing gigs with a band.
If I wasn’t doing that, or weddings, it would still be photography but it would probably be out shooting live music and festivals or travel. I used to shoot lots of live music and festivals and loved it, but I also love traveling so traveling and photographing different places would be pretty cool.
What is the feedback like from your couples?
Feedback is always really positive, which is nice. It always seems to be about how easy going and relaxed I am. Apparently this puts people at ease and makes everyone more comfortable around the camera.
One of my recent couples said: “We can’t thank Nik enough for the way he captured our special day earlier this year. Such a cool guy, and really easy to get along with – from our first meeting onwards, we felt so comfortable, it’s like we’ve known him for years. The photos from our big day are absolutely amazing and we’ve had countless compliments on these. Can’t recommend Nik enough – thank you.”
What can couples who book you expect?
Firstly, a nice personal and tailored approach to their wedding. Each wedding is different and couples will want different things so all this is taken onboard. On the day I am with my couples from prep to first dance and if there is anything they need they can ask, even if it’s not photography related. Part of the process is helping keep them calm and enjoying themselves too. It means they get the best photos of the day if they are relaxed and having fun.
What is included in your photography package?
So, at the moment I offer one simple package with two photographers covering from prep through to first dance. We work in a documentary style capturing things as they happen and then do couples portraits in small short 20-minute blocks throughout the day.
After the wedding the couple will then receive all edited photos in an online gallery with full download and printing permissions.
Keep your eyes peeled though as I will also be offering a package with a videographer, which will include video and highlight video.
Can you give us an idea of price and can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?
At the moment I charge £1,200 for the above, however this may change during 2018. If you are a Brides Up North reader, just let me know and if my prices have changed I will happily honour the £1,200 price.
How can readers get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?