Good morning everyone! I’m super duper pleased to introduce a new and fabulous OMG sponsor, the lovely Fiona Campbell! Based in London, but equally well versed in destination weddings, Fiona is definitely my cup of tea. Nominated last year LoveOlio.com as one of the world’s most creative wedding photographer, Fiona has has an amazing eye for detail and a passion for expressive photography. Take it away Fiona!
1. OMG Tell us a bit about yourself?
I specialise in telling your wedding story through stunning books. I believe that the role of a great wedding photographer is both to help you have fun on the day and to capture your memories forever. I believe that one of the best ways to do that is through an album,
which becomes a wonderful place where you can relive your big day. So I work with fantastic printers to tell your story through my beautiful images and words in a choice of the most sumptuous albums.
I first started wedding photography in 1990, and I have captured many different kinds of wedding, from a boutique civil ceremony at the Gherkin to a sumptuous wedding in a villa near Rome. I trained at Edinburgh University and with St Martin’s College of Art and I have assisted top photographers John Glover and Martin Usborne. Prior to becoming a wedding photographer full time I was a freelance feature writer with Time Magazine in Paris and the Telegraph, and my writing and photography has been featured all over the world. I am also accredited with the international Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalists (AGWPJA) and I speak fluent French, Italian and Spanish.
Great wedding photography is a journey that has to be good at every stage from the equipment I choose to the way I edit the image. It is an artform; portraying the spirit of your day, the people and the details in consistently beautiful images. It has to be natural and authentic, innovative yet classic. I work in a mixture of colour and black and white to give different nuances. I believe that the way the work is displayed is key, and I specialise in creating books. At the moment I’m working on an exciting new mixed media album innovation.
I cover London and the home counties, and I also do some destination weddings, particularly to countries where my fluent French, Italian and Spanish can be used. I also offer the option to order digital copies of your pictures and framed prints.
2. Describe yourself in 3 words;
eyes, natural, colourful
3. What do you wish all couples knew about you?
Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl, and they met and fell in love. And they were both special and unique and their love story was unique! Luckily they asked a girl called Fiona Campbell to photograph their story and she made them a brilliant record of their story that was a bit like a fairy tale only it was real and it was natural and it was THEIRS (and there was no weird prince rescues princess thing going on.) On quiet days they would get their album down from the shelf and look through it and feel happy just thinking about all the beauty of their story, reflected in that album. It brought back all those happy memories and sometimes when they forgot it even helped them remember just why they got married. And they were inspired by it and of course, they lived HAPPILY EVER AFTER.
4. If you could give brides 1 tip, what would it be?
Wedding photography is a very personal thing, so meet your wedding photographer beforehand to make sure you ‘click’. Don’t necessarily go for the cheapest – this is the only part of your big day that will last forever, so this is one area of your wedding where it’s worth investing in photography that you really like by someone you really get on with.
5. If you could give grooms 1 tip, what would it be?
It’s easy to think of a wedding as some kind of girlie princess fantasy, (and of course there’s nothing wrong with that!) but actually it’s your day too so aim to get involved both with the planning and put aside some of your inhibitions on the day. You’ll regret it later if you don’t.
6. Any wedding / wedding industry pet peeves?
I actually think it’s a fantastically creative and very positive industry, but unfortunately as in any industry there are some cowboys. Recently a very shady character in the US actually stole copyright images from my website to advertise their own dodgy photography! (anyone thinking of doing the same should know that I do have an international copyright lawyer! ) I think it’s really important that couples meet with their photographer before the wedding to see examples of their work and preferably look for a photographer with accreditation.
7. Where do you see your business in –
1 month – I shall be gearing up for the summer wedding season; honing my creative photographic skills with a special shoot, and having meetings with clients to prepare for their weddings this year and making bookings for the next 18 months or so. Check out my website too as I’m shortly going to be creating some funky downloads about special aspects of the wedding industry that I have come across on my explorations. Watch this space!
1 year – My mission is to revitalise the wedding album as a must have contemporary item of desire! I truly believe that really beautiful albums are the best way to display wedding photography and that in the digital age this is even more true. Turning the pages of my albums is a magical, sensuous experience and it is made even more powerful because it is rarer in this age of digital books. I think good wedding albums will be making a big comeback as people realise the joy of sharing an album in book form.
I hope to have even more wonderful clients telling me about their wonderful wedding plans for 2014, and to foster lots of new collaborations with other industry professionals. I also intend to have created a series of training courses aimed at photographers on improving their storybook style photography and album creation skills, and another series on how to make your own magical albums, for those who love to get creative.
5 years – In 2017 I hope to be seeing many of my 2012 brides again with their families for family shoots, and hearing about the wonderful plans of new brides.
8. Anything else you want to share?
New for 2012 I have a fantastic service whereby my clients can have their own personalised website in which to share all the photographs of their wedding – both my gorgeous images and the precious (if sometimes ropey!) snaps that friends upload. This means that clients can enjoy all their photographs in one place without all the work of collating guests’ pictures. It also means that guests can order any photographs they like and I will edit the amateur ones to a professional standard before they go to my professional quality printer.
I love this service because it takes a boring task off the shoulders of the couple and means that you can easily share and order all the images. Lots of guests love to take pictures at weddings and I like to encourage that.
The website is private and can be updated for the honeymoon, Christmas, pregnancy shoots – forever. And whenever you want an album, or framed print, you have but to ask and I will sort it out for you. So if you love taking pictures but never get round to printing them out, you never have to worry again. Hooray!
Have a look at my website and drop me a line – I can’t wait to hear about your plans. And whatever you decide to do, have a wonderful wedding day!