Q&A With Patrick From Patrick Collins Photography

Patrick Collins Photography, a Northampton based wedding photographer covering the UK

We talk to Patrick from Patrick Collins Photography, a Northampton based wedding photographer covering the UK, about getting a kiss from an over joyed bride on her wedding day, moving away from Cornwall to Kettering, and being inspired to become a wedding photographer at his own wedding.

How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?

I set up my wedding photography business in 2015 and went full time in 2016. I am a full time wedding photographer and videographer based in Northampton, although I photograph weddings across the UK. I got into it because I love photography and knew on the day of my own wedding watching our own wedding photographer, that I wanted to do this full time. I have photographed over 85 weddings so far. 

How would you describe your style?

Documentary wedding photographer, using subtle direction to obtain the best image possible for the couple. 

Who or what inspires you?

Dedication and passion for whatever business people are in. I developed photographs years ago using film and have always had a strong interest in using lighting to its best advantage.

What do you find most challenging about wedding photography?

Price before quality is a factor which affects wedding photography. Wedding photography provides a wonderful story to cherish for a lifetime, so I think this is challenging to get this across. 

And what do you find the most rewarding?

I love seeing the couple faces when they see their wedding photographs for the first time. I love it when have brought so much joy and have exceeded their expectations. Having them write such wonderful reviews and providing recommendations is rewarding.

What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?

View the wedding photographer’s style to make sure you like how they capture the image and the emotion at weddings. Check reviews, recommendations and make sure you can work with the photographer as they’ll be with you throughout the day. 
 
It is the couples day, not the photographer’s. I would ensure they feel relaxed to be able to ask the photographer for what they require. I would suggest asking how many weddings they have photographed and if all their weddings are in different places: churches, hotel, beach weddings, etc. Are they insured? Do they have back up photography equipment? Do they have various cameras and lenses to capture your day?

What’s the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?

There are several, but when a Bride kissed me on the cheek at her wedding saying she knew her photos would be great as she was so happy with how I was with her and her husband, was very rewarding.

Are there some tips for choosing the right photographer? 

I would suggest researching the wedding photographer, look at their reviews, website, social media and see if the photographs and price packages are within the budget. I would suggest looking to see if the photographer can cater for their requirements whether it be formal, fun, romantic images to ensure the couple are totally happy and not base their choice purely on price. 

If you could photograph anyone, who would it be and why?

There are several people I would have loved to have photographed: Humphrey Bogart, is one of my favourite noir actors. I would love to take some portrait photographs of my Grandparents who passed away in 2006 & 2011 with the new technology available to cherish for ever.

When not working at weddings, what do you do to relax?

I am originally from Falmouth, Cornwall & have photographed several weddings in Cornwall and love to visit Cornwall several times a year to go sea kayaking and mountain biking.


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