February 29, 2012

Introducing photographer, Jemma Watts…


I hope you enjoyed my blog post earlier today featuring Ben and Victoria’s wedding.

As promised, here’s a Q&A with the very talented wedding photographer, Jemma Watts of Pearl Pictures who captured their wedding.

What inspired you to become a photographer?

It seems so long ago now! I was always doing arty things as a child and really wanted to do art more seriously but was never encouraged to unfortunately.

I had a camera from a young age but it wasn’t until I went travelling after university that I was really serious about wanting to do photography.

I travelled round India for almost a year and was addicted to taking photos.  I really think that India was my inspiration.

To have such vivid colour and the diverse humanity surrounding me, it was a great experience to capture all of that through the lens of my camera.

When did you become a wedding photographer?

I started photographing weddings when all my friends started to get married! I challenge you to find any photographer who hasn’t done all of their friends’ weddings in the early stages of their career!

I was assisting photographers in the commercial world of food and lifestyle and I would photograph my friends’ weddings at the weekend.

It was many years later that I decided to actually set up a separate wedding photography company alongside my food and lifestyle photography career.

What is it about wedding photography that you love?

The best part of being a wedding photographer is that you are always guaranteed a job full of happiness and love! You couldn’t ask for a better day’s work than that I don’t think.

I love to photograph people and details, and all weddings have beautifully dressed people and wonderful details to capture throughout the day. I like style and elegance, and all the weddings I shoot have this in abundance.

Where are you based and what areas of the UK do you cover?

I’m based in London but shoot all over the UK, Europe and worldwide. Most of my clients have a connection to London through either living here or friends who recommend me.

The ones who live here nearly always will be getting married outside of London which is why I get to travel all over for the weddings.

In 2011, I went as far afield as Tunisia for one wedding and in April 2012 I’ll be shooting one in San Francisco!

How would you describe your style?

I would say my style is relaxed, subtle, feminine and contemporary.

What is your favourite wedding moment to capture on camera?

I love the getting ready photos, where there is so much excitement and anticipation in the room.

The emotions can be quite amazing to capture and to see the bride light up when she’s ready to go to the ceremony.

I like the party shots too, when you get to mingle with the guests and to really capture the atmosphere.

What advice would you give to couples to help them to get the best from their wedding photography?

The most important thing is to get on well with the photographer, and to trust them to do their job well.

The couple should feel totally comfortable with their photographer and be happy in the knowledge that every single aspect of their day will be captured and with them forever.

If you’d like to see more of Jemma’s work, do pop over to her website.  She has a blog and is also on Facebook and Twitter.

P.S.  You may also like to read another Q&A I did with Jemma about her food and lifestyle photography business earlier this year.

(Image : Jemma Watts/Pearl Pictures)

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