Under this spotlight today is the fabulous Nottingham wedding photographer, Martin Cheung. Martin is based in the East Midlands but within easy reaching distance of Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield. I’m delighted that he has taken the time to answer some of our questions. Read his full interview below:
Sprinkle: Why did you become a wedding photographer?
Martin: I’d been working in IT for over twenty years and frankly it was time for a change. I’d always been a keen amateur photographer but hadn’t really considered turning professional until after a friend’s wedding where they’d paid a lot of money for photographs that were a lot worse than I’d taken as a guest.
After that I did a lot of research, invested in training & professional equipment and the rest as they say is history.
Sprinkle: Why do you like to photograph weddings?
Martin: Because I love making a real difference. Being able to capture those moments gives me great pleasure. It’s a real dream come true for me to be able to enjoy my job.
Sprinkle: How would you describe your style of photography?
Martin: It’s a mix. Intentionally so. I know many couples nowadays want to have the documentary/reportage style of photography, you know the fly on the wall type and that’s fine. But weddings aren’t just about telling the story of your day. It’s also about your guests who want to have great photographs of themselves too. I’ve also found that if you ask couples to show you the photos they love the most, 9 times out of 10 they’re posed photos.
So my aim really is to give a good mix of documentary/candids along with stunning portraits that you will proud to hang on your wall. Basically the best of both worlds.
Sprinkle: Which is your favourite photograph?
Martin: Oooh that’s a tough one. Can I pick two?
Martin: Well the first one that springs to mind is the one I took at Goosedale last year. We’d had a great day and I was getting ready to go home when I saw the sky. It was one of those which would have been criminal to ignore. So I went to grab the bride & groom. At first they were reluctant to take more photographs since they wanted to just party but I persuaded to give me two minutes. So we literally took that photo in under two minutes! A lot of people see that and assume there’s a lot of Photoshop gone into it. In actual fact very little of the photo was photo-shopped.
The second has to be the one I took earlier this year. The bride was just walking into the room with her dad, the groom was wiping a tear from his eyes just as their son was looking quizzically up at his dad wondering why he was crying. It was one of those fleeting moments that lasted a second. It’s those photos I love to take.
Sprinkle: Do you have a tip for couples looking for the right wedding photographer?
Martin: Yes, whatever your budget, always insist on looking at 2-3 full weddings they’ve photographed. Quality varies so much that you need to be sure you love their photographs. Because at the end of the day those photos have to last a lifetime.
If you really don’t know where to start then you could always contract the services of a wedding planner. They usually have good industry contacts, know how the reputable ones are that have the right experience, temperament and equipment. They may even be able to get you a better deal since they will typically be referring a lot of business to the photographer.
Sprinkle: Finally, what’s the best piece of advice you can give couples to help their day run smoothly?
Martin: Try not to worry about things going wrong and just enjoy your day because it will FLY by. Trust your suppliers do their job. If you’ve chosen professionals then this is something we do day in, day out. We’ll have seen most situations and will know exactly what to do.