#everoursafterhours serves as a learn the “why” behind their work, to get to know photographers and videographers that are the game changers or ones that in their tiny little corner of the earth are just getting it done.  i have always, ALWAYS, prided myself on the that community that i have the fortunate experience of knowing and featuring.  for the past five years, i have surrounded myself with such a beautifully talented community of wedding photographers and videographers.  so i’m just going to build on that this year and give them the spotlight they deserve.  i’ll be highlighting photographers almost every week.  but obviously if i have the time, i’ll be featuring more but it’s all dependent on the photographers who have the time to answer too.  it’ll be up on Sundays and it’ll just be a chance for photographers to kick back after shooting a wedding, grab a coffee, and have a lazy Sunday read.

life is much better with this one around and i’m so grateful to have met

Laura of BABB PHOTO

she’s just one of those that you know is good to have around in business, in friendship, in life.  finally got the chance to meet her face to face this year and she’s been the bull in the china shop across the pond heading up a photography conference called SNAP Photography Festival.  proud of this one and excited for you all to get the opportunity to learn more about this Brit.

How did you get your start in wedding photography?

I took the rather taboo and frowned upon route of being “a friend with a camera” and I rocked up at my friend’s wedding with no experience and photographed it for him. I’d been getting into photography for a couple of years before but was mainly interested in shooting urban landscapes, architecture and bits of the street scene.

I didn’t really photograph people much so when my friend asked me I was a bit hesitant. They weren’t planning on having a photographer at all though so I thought I’d give it a go.

 Rather than show up and wing it, I researched, read a load of books and also hired in professional equipment and planned to the best of my ability. It went pretty well given my complete lack of experience and I fell in love with shooting weddings that day.

From there I took the other route that everyone frowns upon and advertised myself at rock bottom prices on the UK’s equivalent of Craig’s List and cut my teeth on weddings with low photography budgets.

After that I focussed on moving more towards my ideal client and pricing. I’ve been full time for almost three years.

What is unique about your style of shooting?

What’s unique about any of us is, I guess, our own stories. Everything you experience in life impacts on how you see the world and I think my shooting style is very me. Colourful, a little chaotic, loose and with a focus on story telling.

Story telling is everything for me. I am not especially interested in presenting things in a very editorial style. I like real and raw. I always tell my couples that I am just as likely to photograph what they had for breakfast as I am their first kiss, as it’s not just the epic moments that make the story. Those quiet, in between moments that weave through everything are just as important.

Include one of your images that is your most recent favorite and explain why you love it.

 I hope you don’t mind the fact that there’s a bottom in this image. This picture is a favourite because it represents growth and change and constantly trying to be more.

I recently spent a week in the Smokey Mountains with a bunch of photographer friends, on a retreat and I not only shot boudoir for the first time but I shot naked boudoir.

For me photography is about taking risks, trying different things and pushing yourself constantly to grow. Being uncomfortable. Everything about your journey as a photographer should be about feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Of course that’s not always the case and we can’t always reinvent the wheel every time we shoot but overall the aim should always be to push yourself and to grow and that’s something that’s a really, really important part of my approach and my business.

What do you struggle with the most? Business wise or shooting wise

Balance. I feel compelled to constantly be working and hustling and promoting myself (she says writing the answers to these questions at 3am…. although I am jet lagged so perhaps it doesn’t count).

In my first full time year I worked 7 days a week over the summer. I am much better at scheduling time off and making sure I have time to spend with my husband these days. I am still not great at switching off though.

Where do you see wedding photography heading next? Where would like to see it go?

Who can say. I love that the industry has grown and changed so much, even in the short time that I’ve been a part of it. It feels like there are people who are truly carving their own unique paths and that’s inspiring to see. There are so many talented people in the wedding photography community.

 I hope that we’ll find a way to be less insular. I think the wedding photography world feels quite separate from the wider photography industry. I guess wedding photography is a really democratic way into photography but I think that often means we have credibility issues with other sections of the industry.

If you could send one message to the wedding photography world, what would it be? (Basically, your life motto)

Keep pushing forward. Keep learning. Keep growing and trying new things. Build communities and find like minded people who inspire you. Let’s keep raising the bar.

What drives you as a person and as a wedding photographer?

Doing a good job. Doing a good job for my clients and for myself. The legacy that you leave someone with when you hand over their wedding pictures and the fact that you were able to be there with them, for one day in their life, to tell their story.

What makes you confetti throw at the end of the day?

Beer + a good rock anthem = lunging. Lunging is my confetti throwing.

love you, Babb.  happy belated!  *throws confetti*

thank you for taking the time to answer these and for sharing your thoughts and words.  Laura is based in London, England, but obviously has traveled the world as I met her in Santa Barbara, CA.  this one is one you need to check out more of and you can see the talent for yourself on BABB PHOTO’S WEBSITE or BABB PHOTO’S BLOG.