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Recently, we caught up with Victoria Baker, a Bridgetown local, who spends most weekends capturing beautiful weddings throughout the Southwest. Victorias photography style can be described as candid, stylised documentary.
Keep reading on to find out more about Victoria’s career, as well as her tips and advice when planning your Southwest wedding.
Firstly, please tell me about your business and how long have you been capturing weddings in the South West?
I have been shooting weddings in the South West since I moved over from the UK 10 years ago, having previously been a portrait photographer for magazines in London. In this time I’ve got married and had my own family, so I took weddings on full time about two years ago.
Describe your photography style?
Stylised documentary. I aim for authenticity and presence in my work. I’m not the kind of photographer who’ll nag you with directions, nor am I ‘fly on the wall’. I want to influence the shots subtly whilst still preserving the natural moment.
What is the ultimate time to have wedding photos in between the ceremony and reception? What is your ideal timeline as a photographer?
The golden hour without a doubt. The last hour before sunset. It is super romantic. This is very important if you want those unbelievable killer wedding shots!
How did you become a photographer?
I studied photography at uni. I certainly don’t think it helped me get a job or learn any business skills, but it definitely taught me a style and brand awareness. Things have evolved a great deal since then but it was a good foundation. The business side of things I’ve learnt down the track. In fact, there is so much education out there for wedding photographers now, that once you tap into that – you can reach for the stars.
Whats your favourite location to shoot in the Southwest?
Oooh that’s a tough one! I’ve got a few. Dalmore Farm, Lewana Cottages, Donnelly Mill. They all have their own unique South West charm whether its farmland or forest.
What would be your advice for brides and grooms to pick the perfect place to get wedding photos?
Think about what your priorities are. And what you like as a couple. So that the location reflects you. Also, how long you want to spend doing photos and whether you are willing to spend time traveling from location to location. Personally I would choose a venue which has the perfect spots you want. This way you can nip away for a short while, get the photos of your dreams and then return to party on!
What are your top tips for future brides and grooms?
My top tip would be to write a run-sheet, so that the day runs super smoothly and everybody is on the same page. As part of my service I do work with my clients to curate one, making sure that they will have the best wedding day imaginable.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
I am all about my clients. I enjoy getting to know them and their relationship, building a trust so that they’re comfortable around me. Obviously, I love the snapping away part!!!! And finally being able to give them something so precious, which they absolutely adore and can cherish for the rest of their lives.
Best piece of advice for future brides and grooms.
Do it your way! Consciously make the decision for tradition.
Remember a good photographer is not all about the photos. We want you to have the best day possible because we know that this is what creates awesome pics.
Let your photographer help you. We are a genuine nice bunch of folk who want to support you every step of the way.
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