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Interview With Sussex Wedding PhotographerDarius Sutherland created State Of Mind Photography in 2007 & Sussex Wedding Photography in 2010. He photographed a friend of the sites wedding which brought him to our attention and we just wanted to feature him.
Darius was a Software Engineer for 10yrs and photography was his form of escapism into the creative world before turning pro in 2010.
What made you turn professional?
Well. I was a software developer for 10 years, doing okay. Due to the recession the company I worked for at the time went bankrupt. 2 days before xmas and 2 days before pay day I might add. I had just come back from travelling for 9 months and I found it hard to get back into work. The motivation had gone, I think it was to do with role I was in at the time. I still enjoy programming but just not there. Anyway. It was my partner who encouraged me to give it a go. I didn't want to do wedding photography at the time, so I didn't. I didn't really know much about it, all I had seen was the standard IMO horrible posed pictures that just didn't inspire me. After discovering various styles, I thought this is what I like and realised you can be more creative in the wedding photography field.
How would you describe your style?
I'm not sure I have a style. I think I'm still trying to find it. I study various other wedding photographers portfolios to see what I like. I think I am still experimenting with every wedding I do, trying to create a number of styles and amalgamate them into my own, with my own touch. I am just trying to be a little creative and produce something that is different to the run of the mill. Every wedding is different & every picture I process is different.
What advice do you have for people wishing to become wedding photographers?
I think it's early days for me to be giving advice, but if I had to; I would say, try and find your style or a style that sets you apart from the rest in your area. There are so many wedding photographers out there, but there aren't that many that make me go WOW. It's a tough game. Even if you have a great portfolio, you still have to get that portfolio seen. There is the business side behind the photography that plays a huge part and I am still learning and pushing that.
What is your business / wedding approach.
First thing is actually getting the business. Once I take a booking, I try to get the couple to meet me. They have to get on with me as I'm going to be with them for 8hrs of the day. I book them in and they generally don't here from me until a few days before the wedding ceremony. I give them a quick call, confirm details and have a quick chat with them. Then on the day I turn up and just mingle and try and blend into the background capturing all the right moments. I prefer to just get on with it but most weddings I have photographed, I have always been made to feel welcome and part of the day....Which is nice. After that. I cull any images from the day, during the day or later in post, select the ones I am going to keep and start processing. Sometimes the processing is quick, other times I am trying to carve out another style from the images, so I can sometimes work on one image for up to an hour.
Any bad experiences at a wedding?
Not at a wedding, but one time I got the images home, placed them in my card reader and something went horrible wrong. The card wasn't recognised in either my camera or the card reader. It was a bit of a panic I can tell you. Luckily. I have all the necessary hardware and software for such situations and managed to recover them. I have backups in every possible place I can think of.
What are your goals?
I'm fairly new to the business. I hope to be recognised at some point, even one of the top 10. We all have to aim for something. I am always pushing my work and my business. I think it's a matter of being seen, whether through word of mouth, search engines e.t.c. I spend a lot of time on the business side of things too, always seeing where or what I can push next.
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
5 years. Well. I hope to have a very successful business on my hands, stand out in my area and nationwide and maybe booking some destination weddings too. I'd love to be handling more bookings than I can take. Then I know I've succeded and people want me to capture thier wedding. That's a nice feeling, knowing somebody chose you because they like what you do.
Well, that's it folks. We love many wedding photographers out there and Darius is another one that you should watch out for.
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