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05.06.2015

Q&A with Emma Pilkington

"My approach to photographing a wedding is inspired by fashion editorials and reportage photography"

I hear you share your time between Manchester and London?
As I mainly work as a fashion photographer, a lot of my editorial work is in London. However, I have a lot of clients in Manchester too so I’ve had to find the right balance between working in both locations. 

Does this restrain you from taking on wedding in other areas of the country?
No not at all, it probably helps! I’m always travelling around for work and this keeps me inspired and focused. 

How would you describe your style of photography?
With a background in fashion, my wedding work is hugely influenced by fashion photography. I like to keep the images minimal, clean and contemporary. I shoot weddings for couples who prefer a relaxed yet beautiful style of imagery.

I know that you work in Fashion Editorial also, how different is working in the wedding industry?
So different! The world of fashion is so competitive and fast moving, so it’s really nice to spend some time shooting weddings. 

If you had to pick 1 wedding image you've shot, which one do you love the most and why?
I love this image from a wedding I shot at Rivington Barn last year. Capturing real emotion is the most beautiful part of my job, and these kind of images of an intimate moment never fail to make me smile.

So why did you choose to become a photographer?
I’ve always been creative, and originally set out to be a graphic designer. However, after working at both a design agency and model agency I started doing more photography, and realised this is what I wanted to do.

How did you make a name for yourself?
Hard work and perserverance! I’m still learning and developing, and I don’t think I will ever be exactly where I want to be, as I’m always striving to do better. However, I think that is so important as a creative!

Who inspires you in the photography world?
Tim Walker has always continued to amaze me, his work is out of this world. Contemporary photographers who inspire me include Jamie Hawkesworth, Matteo Montanari and Lena Emery. 

If you had to shoot 1 wedding location, where would it be?
I had the opportunity to shoot in the South of France for a bridal lingerie designer earlier this year, and I fell in love with the location. A beautiful chateau in the middle of nowhere, with the most surreal countryside as a backdrop. It’d be amazing to go back and shoot a wedding there.

If any aspiring photographers are reading this, what 3 tips would you give them?
1. Don’t spend time comparing yourself to other photographers, just spend that time working on your own personal style.
2. Practice all the time!
3. Accept that you’ll get constructive criticism when you’re starting out, but don’t see this as a negative - see it as motivation to improve as a photographer.

And what should they always remember when shooting weddings?
Make sure to have a big supply of batteries, shoot on 2 memory cards at a time (if your camera has this feature) and also take snacks with you like nuts and fruit to keep you going, as it can be a really long day!

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