Thursday, 25 April 2013
Introducing...Angela Ward Brown Photography
We get to meet so many lovely suppliers while planning Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale, so thought we'd open up the blog to some of them, to hear about what they do best, and to give you some expert tips for your big day!
Our first guest post is from Angela Ward Brown, a Hampshire based photographer who we adore. Over to you Ange...!!
I fell in love with photography not by taking pictures at first, but by looking at them. There was an antiques market in my town and growing up I used to buy (along with collections of beads & old keys) vintage photographs from a rummage box. I loved looking at the clothes & the faces, imagining the stories. Wedding pictures were perhaps the most interesting - everyone in their finery, families together for the first time in forever, and often (especially in wartime pictures) for the last time. I realised then, photography is important. In all its forms.
I decided to make photography my business as well as my hobby after I had my second daughter, so I went back to University & retrained, and started Angela Ward Brown Photography (the clue is in the name...).
Now I get to take pictures of people during the most important events of their lives, and the simple privilege of being there is something I never take for granted. I am at heart a portrait photographer, so I love the snatched images of people unawares and the big movie star images when I get to take the bride & groom away for a short while to create the shot that may well live on the mantelpiece for the rest of their married lives - I find that overwhelming. I also love the time spent with the bride and her happy minions in the morning before the wedding - all human life is there; in the nerves, the laughter, and the emotion bubbling so close to the surface.
If I had define my style, I guess it would be contemporary. It is very much informed by the past, but pushed through the Ange-filter, and informed by films and songs and experiences. If I had an aim for each wedding, it would be to make it personally epic and epically personal. By that I mean it is as much about the quiet moments as the grand images, and above all I just want it to mean something to the people whom have trusted me to record it.
I offer a range of coverage and products for a range of budgets, and very strongly believe in a no-pressure approach. I want to find a perfect fit for my couples, and I want the same for me.