We're delighted to be welcoming exquisite photographer Mia to her first Bridal Bazaar this weekend. We caught up with her to find out more about how she started her business, her inspirations, and those all important words of wedded advice for brides to be.
I love all weddings, particularly colourful and creative ones, and have shot all kinds of styles over the years including vintage, rock n’roll, 50’s and festival…you name it! I’ve also been lucky enough to shoot at all kinds of beautiful and interesting venues over the years, from boutique hotels to beaches, in several treehouses, in lovely old barns and more than once in Nan's back garden.
Where is the last place you visited/travelled to and found really inspiring?
My husband and I recently got back from a trip to Gambia which was a pretty crazy experience. I found some of the things we saw there quite life changing, and although I took my camera I really wrestled with myself as a photographer whether to capture what I was seeing in front of me or not.
The last exciting purchase you made for your business?
Two lately! I've recently sold both of my cameras and replaced them with Nikon's new D750 which is the most amazing camera I've ever used. I traded in one of my old ones so used that money to buy the new 50mm Sigma Art lens which I'm extremely excited about using at my next wedding as it's such a beautiful lens.
Another business that really inspires you?
My logo (which I love!) was designed for me by the super talented Sera from papermagpie.co.uk. She does all of my art work and printing - her style is kitsch and quirky and always so colourful. I love working with her because she's always so quick to reply and professional - she does amazing wedding stationery too, check her out!
What would be your top 3 words of wisdom for brides-to-be?
My top 3 words of wisdom for any bride would be: Unique, Trust, Enjoy.
Unique: It's your day, do it your way! Don't get sucked into doing things for the sake of it or because you think you have to. Don't want to have a first dance? Don't! Don't want to spend money on favors? Don't! You only get to (hopefully) do it once so although it's important to try to keep family members happy, don't feel you have to compromise on everything if you feel strongly on something.
Trust: Trust that you've booked a good photographer to capture your day and let them do their thing! Although we love to hear ideas from our clients the best work I've produced is when I've been free to tell the story of your day as it unfolds around me, rather than trying to recreate other photographer's work you may have seen already done on Pinterest. Lets come up with new ideas together!
Enjoy: Just love the day and dance like nobodies watching. They will be...because you're the bride, but try to ignore that fact :)