Old School Cool: Beyond The Frame Photography

30th April 2021 | Sarah Symonds

Today we’re in East Yorkshire, shining a light on the lovely Aaron, UNVEILED Network Member and the man behind Beyond The Frame Photography, to find out what keeps his passion for weddings ticking and how he ended up in the job he loves.

Aaron’s career began the day his sister got married. With only substandard photos taken by the professional she’d hired, she would’ve had nothing to show for her nuptials had it not been for her brother snapping away casually whilst still having fun and celebrating with friends and family. Luckily his shots were so good he saved the day, and this laid back, friendly attitude to enjoying himself as one of the guests, all the while being armed with his trusty camera, is still his approach today.

We’re hearing all about what else Aaron still loves best about capturing a couple’s special day, and he tells us about how, with Beyond The Frame Photography, he’s carved his own contemporary path in the industry, rather than be categorized into someone else’s box, to give his couples the best finished shots.

We find out how family now comes above his career in terms of travel, and how he reckons we should be spending more time with our own family and friends, looking at tangible photographs rather than digital ones on Facebook – in the post-Covid world obviously! Go on then Aaron, over to you…

Hey Aaron!

Hey! I’m Aaron, photographer, dad and Brooklyn Nine-Nine nerd. I have three beautiful little weasels (pet names for my mischievous children) and a loving partner, Ellie, and we all live in the beautiful East Yorkshire. I’m all about weddings, cameras and generally nerdy stuff.

Where did your passion for photography come from – and how did it turn into a career?

My sister had an awful wedding photography experience and ended up with cheesy, naff photos. Unfortunately, I was just starting out back then but I still took a few photos here and there, candid and in amongst the action. Turns out she absolutely LOVED them. She told me this is what I need to do and that people will love it too. She was right! Fast forward six years and I’m doing this full time and having a blast.

What do you love about capturing a couple’s big day?

The fun, laughter and little moments shared between grandparents and guests when they’re absolutely loving the day.

How would you describe your style of photography?

I’m not a documentary photographer, and I’m not a traditional photographer by any means. I struggle to categorise myself but if I had one word it would be contemporary. I steal the best bits of different styles to make my own path. I spend most of my day chatting, drinking and laughing with the guests, fitting in and photographing a wedding from the inside. But I also do a few small sections of creative portraiture with the couple too. I like my couples to have the best of all worlds and not to compromise on their wedding photos.

What’s your approach like on the wedding day?

It’s simple; I’m a guest, a friend and an expert with a camera. I’m super chilled out and often get mistaken for a distant cousin.

How do you build relationships with your couples?

I like to think it’s my sparkling personality… but I think the key is to not take yourself too seriously. It’s a wedding, not a stuffy boring boardroom event. Let’s have fun and enjoy ourselves!

What sets you apart from other photographers?

Beautiful pictures are beautiful pictures, and there are a lot of great photographers in the UK, but for me it’s about how you get to the end result. The journey is what is important, the memories behind the pictures. I remain friends and build lifelong relationships with my clients and their families. I think this shows that the process behind wedding photography is as important as the end result.

The other thing is that I’m super old school and print ALL my photos. So I give my clients a box of proper printed photos after their wedding, before they see anything online or any digital galleries. After Covid, I say let’s spend more time with our families, sharing photos together and making memories. Think about it – how many people come to your house and compliment you on your Facebook photos? They don’t! But having wedding photos in your house? Yeah, people are going to love them! So that’s me, I love printing photos and I love it when my clients spend time with their families enjoying them.

Where does your work take you?

I’ve been lucky enough to have traveled all over the world, having worked across three continents and in eight countries, however, since starting a family that has taken a back seat and I’m sticking to the UK exclusively for the next few years.

What would be your top tip for couples searching for a wedding photographer?

Please pick someone who you actually like and can see yourself having a drink with at the pub or going on a dog walk with. They’re going to be with you all day and you don’t want to find out that they’re super bossy or annoying!

What options do you offer when couples are booking you?

All day photography for one price, no complicated price lists, no time limits and all the digital photos. Easy, simple and fair pricing.

How can couples get in touch with you and see more of your work?

You can reach me on my website, www.BTFP.co.uk

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