Good morning OMG readers! I’m thrilled to introduce you to another new and fabulous OMG Sponsor, Matt Gillespie! Based in the UK, Matt initially discovered his passion for photography whilst travelling through Asia and is now a full fledged wedding, portrait and commercial photographer after completing a degree in photography and gaining years upon years of experience in the fashion and automotive industry. With a great eye for detail and a lovely way of framing shots with dramatic lighting, he’s definitely one to follow. So, without further adieu, take it away Matt!
1. OMG Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a photographer based in Leamington Spa, I cover weddings across the country and abroad. I like to blend in with the guests at a wedding and capture the moments that may not be seen or forgotten, in a documentary style. The only posed shots i normally take are of the Bride & Groom when we have a moment to go off somewhere, this gives the couple a chance to relax for a while away from their guests. In this short time together we can capture some beautiful relaxed images.
2. Describe yourself in 3 words
Creative/calm & friendly
3. What do you wish all couples knew about you?
That i hone my skills as a photographer in different genres as well as weddings. To maintain creativity i find it very important to pursue commercial work, including fashion/beauty/interiors! I also work on personal projects with other creatives like make-up artists/clothes designers & hairstylists, videographers too. Working with a creative team can produce not only stunning results but these shoots can be a lot of fun.
4. If you could give brides 1 tip, what would it be?
Cherish the day and relax, if their is a slight glitch with any part of the day it does not matter. You are about to marry the love of your life, with all your friends and family there! all the love and support you could ever hope for.
5. If you could give grooms 1 tip, what would it be?
Remember your wife to be has been dreaming of this day for a long time, along with possibly Her Mother/Sisters & Girlfriends.Nerves can kick in so just make sure you let her know that everything is under control.
6. Any wedding / wedding industry pet peeves?
I would say the relentless and slightly overwhelming tendency to follow trends within the industry. Each and every wedding should be unique, couples should design their wedding day around their personalities and not what the current trends within the industry are. Get creative and don’t be scared to be different!
7. Where do you see your business in –
1 month – Starting a fresh batch of interesting weddings to kick off 2012.
1 year – developing a wider network of contacts and friends, and hopefully some satisfied customers.
5 years – Setting up a team of creative professionals, from photographers and cinematographers, to MUA’s/hairstylists and musicians! working together to provide couples with an exclusive all in one creative package.
8. Anything else you want to share?
I specialise in post wedding fashion/fine art shoots! I find beautiful locations for shoots and take along my studio lighting equipment, and we spend either a day or half day on one or a few locations. This is commonly known as ‘Trash the dress’ amoungst other things. But trashing the dress is totally up to the bride, together we can come up with some fun ideas for a photoshoot. Am open to ideas, however wild or straightforward they may be. Also as an option, we can use a make up artist and/or hair stylist. Possibly a videographer to create a cinematic short film!