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Interview With George Weir

George Weir. Unbeknown to many of you, George is a Scottish photographer now living in the USA since 1982 with his Wife Carol, his dogs, cats and lets not forget his lovely children. He has had a massive photographic career, spanning 30 years and shooting weddings for 12 of these. So. It's no wonder he is a worldwide respected wedding photographer.

George Weir | wedding photography interview


How long have you been a wedding photographer?
I've been a photographer for 30 years now and a wedding photographer for 12.

Did you ever study photography?
Yes. I had a great three years studying photography at Napier in Edinburgh.

George Weir | wedding photography interview


How did you get in to the wedding photography business?
Well. I worked as a Certified Retinal Angiographer for a long time, I was doing quite well, I had a good income and there were lots of challenges involved in the job to keep me thinking. The medical industry was changing and I could see that the opportunities for advancement were diminishing. So at some point I decided to make a change. I think I was working in the Middle-East at the time. I took the time to look into several areas and it was a final decision between editorial photography and wedding photography. Wedding photography won.

How would you describe your style?
I think it's just capturing those moments that others don't see. It's the way I see things, the way I see life. Emotions, shapes light. These things I hope are all evident in my images.

How many weddings do you shoot every year?
My first year I shot 14 weddings. I have shot up to 60 in one year, now I am comfortably shooting around 35 each year.

Do you have an assistant with you during the wedding day?
I prefer to shoot on my own. I also enjoy it when Tom, my son shoots with me. I think he has a great 'eye'.

George Weir | wedding photography interview


How many images do you think you typically shoot over a day?
I'd say too many. Say around 1200-1500. I'll show around 400 of them to clients.

What cameras do you use?
I don't think that's of importance really. As long as it's full frame it's fine by me. I currently use Canon 5D's.

Are there any other wedding photographers that inspire you?
Matt Gillis, Paul Gero, Tim Zielenbach, Mike Leslie all inspire me in some way.

George Weir | wedding photography interview


How do you relax a couple when you're pointing the camera at them?
I think I learnt to do this when photographing ophthalmic patients. It's very similar. There is very little time available, you can't re-shoot the images. I think you have to be confident with the task at hand and with your equipment

How important is Photoshop in your final images?
Photoshop is like using trays in the darkroom. You can't produce prints without either of them so photoshop is just as important to me.

George Weir | wedding photography interview


How can someone be the next George Weir?
'Are you daft'. I think the thing I'd say is, learn how to get the best results from your equipment and tools and never stop seeing images that are right in front of you. Deliver what you promise.

www.georgeweirphotography.com


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