Enthusiasm and passion are key when it comes to capturing a wedding, as is the ability to connect with the couple, but also shoot discreetly and mingle well with guests – and these are attributes all held by North-West-based photographer and Brides Up North Sponsor, the lovely Sarah Glynn, who we are chatting to on the blog today.
Within her first couple of years of shooting weddings she is already proving hugely popular with brides and grooms who adore her infectious personality, excellent organisational skills, high-energy and cool yet relaxed documentary style images.
Priding herself on the ability to build lasting relationships and read situations, Sarah makes all feel at ease in front of the camera enabling her to tap into and expose the raw emotions of the day, but most importantly, making it a totally fun and fabulous experience along the way.
But enough from us, let’s hand over to the bright and bubbly Sarah to tell us more about her work and approach…
With images by Sarah Glynn Photography.
When did you first start photographing weddings and what was it that attracted you to the industry?
Sarah says: My love of photography started in 2012, and in May 2017 I shot my first wedding. By this point I’d been shooting professionally for over a year. The couple were amazing, and the wedding was so much fun…they’d put loads of thought and effort into everything. My background is in events so I was super excited to approach a wedding in such an intimate way and couldn’t wait to shoot more weddings. I can’t explain how happy and grateful I am to be here doing this. I’m very girly and my head is definitely in the clouds so telling the story of someone’s wedding is absolutely perfection. In 2018 I began a 12-month mentorship with one of the best wedding photographers around, and this has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
The wedding industry is such an amazing community and I remember thinking how cool it would be to exhibit at a wedding fair or to be published in a wedding magazine…and now I see the Brides Up North girls as my friends, and I was lucky enough to shoot for UNVEILED magazine last January! It’s insane!
How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?
Natural, unposed (for the most part) fun and caring. I tell my couples to enjoy their day and don’t stress about me. We always have a super big chat before the wedding so I can find out what’s going on and then they can just leave me to it. I love real moments, emotion and well thought out images that tell the story of the day. We can do some lovely relaxed couple photos too and it’s always fun going for a little shoot after the wedding breakfast when people are a bit tipsy. I’m polite and friendly to guests and want everyone to feel at ease.
What is it that you love most about your job?
I love it when you see people being loved by their family, friends and each other. Life isn’t always smooth and I’m getting a front row seat of a story celebrating the journey of a couple who against all odds have managed to stay together and want to be with each other forever and I think that’s super romantic. On a wedding day people are super vulnerable and all these emotions people bury away are right at the surface and I love that I get to capture this. It makes me so happy.
In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?
Make sure you like your photographer… it sounds silly but it’s important because they are with you most of the day and you don’t want someone you can’t stand.
Make sure you understand their style (natural, purely documentary, posed, moody) and have looked through a few weddings because there are a lot of different styles out there.
Make sure you trust them.
What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?
I’m a very sensitive person so I think I have a much-heightened awareness of emotions. This means I can look after people and manage situations without creating any fuss (my background in events helps with this too) and from a photography point of view I can see everything unfolding and get really deep into the story of your day. Also, I do hundreds and hundreds of documentary style location shoots each year which means I’m confident tackling unpredictable situations, tricky light and absolutely any weather condition (in winter I’m out for up to seven hours straight a few days a week shooting families in wind, hail, snow and rain).
What is the feedback like from your couples?
Oh my word I’ve had so many lovely couples and the feedback has been amazing. It’s really important to me I click with my couples and one bride and groom came for my birthday meal the other week. They all seem super happy and I love it when people make their Facebook profile or banner one of the images I shot – that’s really great!
Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?
I love all parts of the day… the nerves and excitement getting ready, the actual ceremony and the happiness…confetti just fills me with joy…speeches, especially when people cry, but also the banter too…couples photos and when they forget I’m there because they are just so happy to be together…I do love weddings!
What area do you cover and is there somewhere in particular that you would love to shoot a wedding?
Mostly the North West of the UK but I’ve got weddings booked in Cheshire, the Lake District, York, Wales, Ireland and Spain, so I’m happy to travel!
My bucket list of locations includes Disney World, Bellagio, Malta, Ibiza, Paris, Barcelona and Austria.
I’m really lucky that I’ve got to shot at a lot of my dream wedding venues (Holmes Mill, Owen House Wedding Barn, Colshaw Hall, Peckforton Castle, Broadoaks Country House, Delamere Manor) or I’ve got weddings booked there over the next two years (Ashfield House, Merrydale Manor, Rivington Barn, The Titanic, West Tower, Thornton Manor, Stanley House, Sefton Palm House, Stock Farm, Brockholes).
Other than photography, what are your other passions and what do you think you would be doing if you weren’t a wedding photographer?
Spending time with family and friends and afternoons with my daughter Maddy (who starts school in September and asks me to call her ‘Unicorn Pinky Glitter Sparkle’). I love laughing so hard my stomach hurts. I literally cannot imagine me doing anything else other than wedding photography, I absolutely love, live, breathe it and I just can’t get enough.
What is the stand out moment of your career so far? And what are you most looking forward to about the year ahead?
Firstly, that I’ve reached my wedding-booking target for the next two years already. There’s a little more room for bookings but I’m where I wanted to be, and they are all just amazing lovely couples.
Shooting for UNVEILED magazine was just insane and I’m so, so proud to have been part of an incredible shoot for Issue 11 of the publications, it was out of this world!
I just want to keep pushing myself to improve and grow and learn as much as I can and hopefully more amazing magazine shoots with UNVEILED too!
What would be your top piece of advice for couples when planning their wedding and on the day itself?
Visit your venue as much as you can and go to loads of wedding fairs. Start planning straight away because the engagement period goes so quick and just enjoy every minute of it.
Well you’ve worked super hard to organise your wedding so on the day just bloody enjoy it. Let yourself feel all the emotions and don’t worry if things go wrong because you’ve just married the love of your life and that’s all that matters.
What can couples who book you expect?
We are going to have so much fun and I want you to love every minute. You can trust me, and I want you to have the best day ever and to be able to show you afterwards how incredible it was and hopefully make you cry tears of joy.
What is included in your photography package?
I’m with couples from prep right up to the first dance (roughly ten hours) so you get a really good coverage of your day. I’ll choose the best images and edit them and put your photos on a gorgeous online gallery. Its super easy to use and you can download the images, get prints, create favourites and share them really easily with guests.
Obviously, couples can keep in touch as much as they want as I really want people to feel comfortable with me as friends.
Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?
I always give Brides Up North couples a little discount, so just email me to find out more.
How can readers get in touch with you or see more examples of your work?
There’s so much on my Facebook page and you can find snippets on Instagram (I do love a good insta story) and there’s loads on my website too. You can email me through social media or via my email account firstname.lastname@example.org and ask anything you want.