Hello OMG readers and happy Sunday! Hope you all are having a lovely weekend. I’m so utterly thrilled to introduce you to new OMG sponsor, Lee Garland, a fantastic photographer with some killer skills in both weddings and architecture and interiors – perfect for capturing those beautiful venue shots and understanding the atmosphere of your big day as whole, not just the little details. I asked Lee to answer a few questions about himself – have a read, scroll down to see some of his fabulous work and then head on over to his website for more details.
1. OMG Tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m Lee and I live in a small village with the vaguely comical name of Thrumpton in Notts. I spent the vast majority of my three years at university working away in the student magazine offices, as the photographer on our little magazine. Photographing those people who ended up on the university circuit in the late nineties/early Naughties; mainly Chesney Hawkes and actors from Lock Stock. The Independent nominated me ‘Student Photographer of the Year’ in 2002. After uni I managed to get a job as the photographer for a magazine publisher – and spent the next 4 years photographing interiors and architecture. Everyone seemed to be buying and doing up houses, so I was part of that huge industry that supplied them with pretty pictures of luxury interiors. A lot of the early Naughties were spent having tea and biscuits in the homes of footballers and soap actors. Generally in kitchens the size of tennis courts. Also, the publisher had a music magazine, which meant I got to photograph the White Stripes, Motley Crue and Oasis live. I got to meet Slash and thereby became hero to my own 11yr old self for the day. When house prices started to go the other way, and I decided to branch out a little from photographing interiors and architecture and went fully freelance. Corporate work with Very, Five, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, Crabbies followed, and people like The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The BBC, Radio Times, Living etc and Homes & Gardens. It was also around this time that I realised that shooting weddings was actually a hugely fun and enjoyable day out. Everyone’s happy, no one is stressed, there’s no art director peering over your shoulder, just an outpouring of genuine love and celebration… So I started to shoot weddings too, and I must say it’s just about the most fun I’ve had in my career of taking pictures. I love it.
2. Describe yourself in 3 words
Love sharing weddings.
3. What do you wish all couples knew about you?
Well, on one hand there’s all that dry, self-promotional stuff like ‘I’m a Qualified Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and the British Institute of Professional Photography’, but really you can see all of that on my FAQs page. What I really want to say is: come to my studio!
It’s beautiful. It’s in an old school with a big high ceiling of oak beams and a stained glass window, and an old sofa that the cats finally clawed past the point of no return, and some beautiful wedding albums and tea and generally some sort of baked goods courtesy of my lovely partner.
4. If you could give brides 1 tip, what would it be?
Get on Pinterest. I don’t know how people planned weddings before it.
5. If you could give grooms 1 tip, what would it be?
Take a look at Lord Lichfield’s shot of Mick Jagger in the back of the car after he and Bianca married. Buy a fitted suit and generally be awesome, this is your day too.
6. Any wedding / wedding industry pet peeves?
Not at all. It’s a day in which two people publicly profess their love for one another and the people they share it with cry with happiness. Difficult to get jaded by that.
7. Where do you see your business in –
This year is looking pretty busy wedding-wise, with some lovely overseas ones in France and Spain too. 2013 is busier still. In 5 years? I’ll be living in New York. Though I believe I did say that 5 years ago.
8. Anything else you want to share?
You get all the high res images on a cute little engraved flashdrive. Plus you can come back afterwards for an album if it’s all getting a bit pricey. (Your first anniversary is going to be Paper, so it makes a great anniversary present to one another).