Life as a Wedding Photographer

Bristol photographer Becky MaleEver wondered what life as a Photographer is really like? What exactly does a Photographer do aside from take photographs and what does it take to become one? Whilst every photographer is different, let me share with you my thoughts on life as a Wedding Photographer:

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The Shooting Sisters | Blackwood Forest Photography Retreat

Taking a step away from the everyday routine is always something I’ve tried to do at least once a year. My husband and I have always valued our own space, our own hobbies and every year we like to have a weekend away with our friends, him mountain biking in remote parts of Scotland or Wales and me with my photography tribe, the Shooting Sisters. Valuing each other as individuals as well as a couple is what I think has helped our marriage feel so fresh and exciting.

The Shooting Sisters group was formed via a Facebook group over five years ago and has been going strong ever since, we’ve tried to meet up once a year at least and this weekend we gathered together at Blackdown Forest near Micheldever. It’s always been tricky finding a location that suits people as the Shooting Sisters are scattered across the country from Norwich to Bristol, Stone to Herne Bay but when we do meet up it’s always such an uplifting experience.

This weekend we spent enjoying the calm of the forest, photographed the stars in the middle of the night, shared notes from all the epic workshops that between us we’ve attended, all the time catching up whilst enjoying the hot tub and later venturing out to enter the campsite quiz evening.  We came 2nd – out of only two teams!. With the chance to read magazines (something that is an alien luxury to me since having my twins) and industry books on marketing, blogging and photographic inspiration I find these retreats such a rewarding and business refocusing experience.  We each came away with a commitment to our business and clarity of our individual focus for the next six months so it was a beneficial experience in many ways.

With talk of Cyprus for our next retreat I’m genuinely thankful to have this tribe of girls as my friends. What started out as photography chat five years ago has now developed into something far greater. Until next time.

Shooting Sisters Female Photographer network

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Advice on the First Year of Married Life

It’s been a year since your wedding, one of the happiest days of your life. Your big day is beginning to become a distant yet wonderful memory and married life has now begun. They say the first year of marriage can be tough but also completely affirming.  I’ve been really happily married for over eight years however I was married to someone else for a very short time, many years ago (I call it my starter marriage!).  That marriage lasted little over a year and that experience at the time was one of the toughest, most challenging and painful moments of my life.

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Confetti Wedding Pictures

wedding photography in BristolThe confetti throw is my absolute favourite shot to take on a wedding day.  All your guests get to be involved, it’s a really funny thing to experience (when else in life will lots of people throw things at you?) and your reactions look totally natural in your photos.  Confetti is all just a bit silly but hilarious fun and one shot I’d encourage you to definitely aim to include on your wedding day – if your venue allows.   And if your venue doesn’t allow confetti then there are plenty of alternatives.

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Forde Abbey Dorset Wedding – Suzanne and David

Kissing under the archway at Forde Abbey

Suzanne and David’s Forde Abbey wedding was one I’d been looking forward to ever since I googled their venue at the time they booked me.   A stunning 900 year old privately owned house and gardens it really is something special.

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