Ready for the next in our series of Meet the experts? Today we are going behind the lens with photographer Rebecca Douglas.
Rebecca’s long history in photography started in her first job developing 35mm film, where the joy of watching images develop before her eyes had here hooked.
I am delighted to hand over the blog to Rebecca Douglas Photography and be sure to check the blog for more of her work: “ I started photographing friends and family and a colleague at the time asked me to capture her daughter’s wedding. I totally loved every minute of the day and worked as a second shooter with more established photographer, did some super courses and grew my own bookings from there.
First and foremost for me is listening to what couples want from their wedding photography and building a relationship from there, so they feel relaxed with you and can focus on the excitement of the day and being completely smitten with each other.
I consider it to be such a privilege to be invited to capture such an important day and no wedding is the same. So, striking up a great relationship from the start, learning about the couple’s dreams and ideas of their day and then understanding how photography can fit with that is most important for me.
For example, some couples I’ve worked with don’t want any formal portrait or group shots and have great ideas on how they’d like their day to be captured. Being able to do things like slide in veils and sewing also comes in useful too!
I have been lucky enough to shoot some wonderful weddings in very varied locations. From luxury hotels to very cool relaxed countryside picnics, I think it reflects the wonderful diversity of weddings.
The most important underpinning to any working relationship is communication. Tools like Skype and FaceTime make this world a very small place so that we easily meet up on a video call and crack on with talking about all of their plans and ideas without being hindered by location.
Being based in Ramsgate means I can access mainland Europe within two hours (via EuroTunnel) which gives domestic couples the peace of mind of taking a ‘home’ photographer with them, or destination couples more diversity in terms of the style of photography on offer across country boarders.
For me the best part of being a wedding photographer is sharing a couple’s wedding images with them, knowing that they are reliving all of the amazing emotions they experienced on the day and that they have this feeling to treasure forever. It is very hard work but it is a privilege to do a job that you genuinely love.
My approach to wedding photography is to tell the story of a couple’s wedding day in a relaxed, soft and natural way. My packages all include coverage from morning preparation through to the first dance. I have two beautiful album options available. The Luxe Album, is a stunning sustainably sourced leather bound timeless piece, with images printed directly onto matt art white paper. It comes in a cotton back and a bespoke kraft box.
The Standard Album is a lovely hardback photo book with images printed onto brilliant satin photo paper. Both have parent album options. I do offer a DVD only package and all DVDs come beautifully packed in a shabby-chic presentation box which I hand make.
Engagement shoots are a great way to capture some beautiful images that might completely contrast to your wedding day. I am always happy to travel to exciting destinations to create some images that you’ll love forever.
Travel costs for weddings and engagement shoots are discussed individually with each couple. Some couples may want coverage of a family meal the night before or if the party continues over several days. It is much easier to provide a bespoke quote for this part.”
If you would like to find out more about Rebecca’s photography services for your wedding in France, please visit her website www.rebeccadouglas.co.uk