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Finding the right wedding photographer in my opinion is one of, if not the, most important parts of your wedding planning. Once the wedding is over, all you will have is your memories and your wedding photos to look back on. That’s why finding a photographer who understands you, your vision for the day and that you get on with is such an important factor. Today I have Aaron Morris, owner and photographer at Beyond the Frame Photography to share with you some of his favourite photos and tell you more about what he does and his work. Aaron is such a lovely guy. I have got to know him via email over the past few weeks and it has been a pleasure working with him. He is so enthusiastic about his work with an infectious love of what he does. He brings with him a fun, yet professional outlook and is ready to hear all about your wedding plans. One of the things I love about the way he works is that Aaron will send you a box of prints before you get to view your online gallery, what a lovely idea! Don’t take my word for it though, read on to find out all about Aaron and his work.
When did you start your photography business and what made you start
I started my wedding photography business after my sister’s wedding. She was so disappointed with her photographs and she felt that she had spent so much of her day not being with her guests. I was quietly on the sidelines documenting and snapping away as all my family were laughing and having fun – some of the moments that my sister and parents missed whilst doing boring posed photos. After the wedding I made her a little scrapbook of my photos and she was blown away by it! so much so that she asked me to make her a full blown wedding album, and she still digs it out to show people nearly 7 years later!
My sister’s experience was my wake up call and opened my eyes to a better way of approaching wedding photography. This has influenced my style and I’ve made a career out of it which I’m so lucky and feel blessed to be able to do.
I now pride myself on being asked how i’m related to the bridal party, as guests just assume i’m a distant relative who brought a camera to their wedding. Its great! Especially because I dress like a guest, bring a couple of small cameras and generally mingle and blend in which means I can get right in amongst the action and not be intrusive.
Where are you based?
I live in the sunny outskirts of Hull in Yorkshire and love documenting weddings all over the region from Manchester and Leeds to my home city of Hull. Having said that, I’m not adverse to jetting off to somewhere exotic or catching a train to London and joining in on someone’s amazing celebration. I’m lucky to have photographed weddings in Cuba, France, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands.
How far will you travel for a wedding?
Anywhere in the world, as long as there’s good food, friends and family
How would you describe your style?
I want my clients to feel like it’s having a friend there on their day that just so happens to take kick ass photos! I keep posed photos down to a minimum (20 minutes at sunset where we escape the chaos just the three of us and make something special). There’s no cheesy posing or awkward smiles, I replace traditional portraits with more of a tell a dirty joke and photograph the natural laughs kinda thing!
What makes you different to your competitors?
I like to think my energy and approach to a wedding day makes me stand out. I’m not a documentary wedding photographer, or a traditional one. I’m unique and offer the best bits of both, if I’m photographing your wedding then you’re going to get a gorgeous album full of genuine moments to look back on, finished off with a beautiful set of creative photos of you and your partner. that you won’t have seen anywhere else.
What is your biggest achievement so far?
Lat year I was a finalist and runner up in the Guides for Brides customer service awards, I was so humbled to be inundated with reviews and kind words from my previous clients.
What sort of couple do you think you attract?
One word… my clients are simply AWESOME! They are the best of the best, the cream of the crop. The couples I work with are focused on having a big party with their friends and family, to them family is key and they want to spend their day having the time of their lives, not worrying about posing and cheesy smiles.
What in your opinion makes the perfect photo?
To me a perfect photo is one that is taken, printed and enjoyed by friends and family. This is the approach I take to photography. I print every photo I take and encourage everyone to have a look and enjoy them. I think we’re all guilty of having thousands of photos on our phones that never get looked at. Wouldn’t you rather have just a hundred that were printed and you were proud to display around your home?
So how do I incorporate this into my business I hear you ask? Well, I print every photo from every wedding and send them in a gift box wrapped in ribbons to my clients to enjoy before they get to see their online galleries. I believe that passing round a stack of gorgeous archival museum quality prints is better than everyone leaning over a laptop together.
What advice would you give couples when choosing their wedding photographer?
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE choose someone who you could see yourself having a drink with or taking a walk in the countryside with just chatting and having a fun time. Your photographer is an extra guest on the day, they’ll be there the whole time so it’s important that you both gel together.
Can you give me some information on your pricing structure?
I keep my pricing super simple and offer a few collections for different weddings of different sizes. My pricing starts at £1200 for smaller weddings but most of my couples want all day coverage and an album and usually spend £2400.
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