HANNAH LOVEMORE PHOTOGRAPHY
Get to know a bit about me and how I roll.
My clients are very much in love, but still like to take the mick out of each other on a regular basis. They pay close attention to the aesthetics when planning, but the most important thing to them is having fun with their guests and letting their hair down. They want to utilise the amount of available partying time, so don't wanna be standing around for hours taking formal, family photos. They want their couples portraits to be relaxed, natural and fun and for their photographer to feel more like a friend, than just another wedding vendor. Along with beautiful portraits of themselves, they value a gallery full of candid shots capturing all the emotions of them and their guests, combined with pictures of the personal touches and detail that made their day special.
THE REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF
I have 2 gorgeous little boys and I'm one of those mums who will bang on about them at any given opportunity, so apologies in advance.
I can recite practically every word of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
Autumn makes me happy.
I'm a true crime junkie.
I love cooking, while sippin' white wine and listening to a podcast.
I'll cry during your speeches.
MY INTERVIEW WITH 'FASHION WEDDINGS'
Your couples are always laughing and look so natural in your images. How do you do that?!
It starts with building a relationship with my couples and really getting to know them. I then give them things to do, rather than poses to hold. It's so much more enjoyable and natural, rather than awkwardly staring in to my camera with a forced, cheesy grin. I also know how to read the room! For example, if a couple hates PDA and their relationship is very playful, I'm probably not gonna give them a prompt that will involve them staring deep into each others eyes and having a big old smooch. Instead, I'll use prompts to bring out their playful and silly side.
How did you get into photography?
My little sister was struggling with her self-esteem and couldn't see just how beautiful she was. I decided to do her make-up, style her in a cute outfit and take some photos of her in the garden. She ended up loving the pictures and posted them on Facebook, which lead to her friends asking me to take their photos too.
I loved making girls feel pretty and confident and noticed I was good at making them laugh and feel relaxed. With that, I decided to set up my first photography business aged just 16 and the rest, as they say, is history!
What's the best and worst part of the job for you?
Being surrounded by happy, fun people all day when I'm shooting. I love getting to know people and hearing their stories; which is probably why I enjoy the speeches and vows so much. I just love the buzz of it all. Oh and I also love the compliments I get from my couples after I've delivered their gallery, cause as it turns out, I'm needy AF.
The tough thing about the job is the insane amount of pressure I put on myself! There's obviously a huge amount of responsibility and I'm definitely my own worst critic, which can be both a blessing and a curse.
What inspires you when it comes to your work?
I'm a huge fan of fashion and beauty photography. I think that's what inspired the editorial look and feel that I go for. I'm also obsessed with interior design, so as soon as I go to a wedding venue I'm always looking around for the most beautiful backdrops and seeing where the best pockets of light are in a room.
What's the best wedding you've photographed?
The one with the best couple! They were SO lovely and we remain friends years later. They were so friendly, thoughtful and loving and I find photographing weddings like that an absolute joy. Ever since then, I really prioritised having a good relationship with my clients, as I feel like that's when my work is at its best and it improves the overall experience for everyone. It also started my love of intimate weddings - it somehow just feels a bit more special for me as it's more up close and personal. I'm a real people person, so I love weddings where I feel a bit more in amongst it!
Did you study photography?
I attempted night school at a university and I lasted 2 lessons. I found it mind-numbing! Put simply, I just started playing with my camera and figuring out cause and effect - I'm a very hands on learner and have to just work things out by myself. I also found being part of communities of photographers on Facebook really helpful. I would read every single post and comment and just soak up all the knowledge I could.
How did you learn how to edit?
I started using Photoshop when I was about 12. My uncle had just got the software - I watched him use it and was just mind blown! I was amazed at all the things you could do to change how a photo looked. He bought it for me for my birthday and I spent hours upon hours playing around with it, for years. When I started wedding photography I realised how important it was to learn Lightroom too. I'm pretty tech savvy, but anything I couldn't figure out I'd just type it into YouTube. There seems to be a tutorial for everything you need to know in life!
What gear do you use?
I shoot on Fuji cameras, usually with a small prime lens. I was drawn to how small and light they are, which is great for travelling as all my gear can fit into hand luggage. It also helps me be quite inconspicuous, which helps me get those candid shots of guests without them knowing I'm there! It's very hard to be a sneaky little ninja with huge cameras and long lenses. Fuji cameras are not only great for the high quality and colours they produce, but they're also super cute and look like little film cameras!
What does a typical weekend look like for you when you're not working?
I usually have a bit of a sleep in on one of the days, which is bliss! Saturdays are often spent swimming with the kids in the morning, followed by a slice of a cake at the cafe. Or if it's sunny, we go to the beach, or for a walk and a pub lunch. We'll then usually see friends in the afternoon and have them over for dinner.
Sundays are typically spent at my parents' house with my sister, which is always nice and relaxing and gives Gavin and I a nice little break from parenting duties!
" We decided to book in a couples shoot before the wedding because we were both a little bit anxious about having our photos taken. I'm so glad we did it - the prompts Hannah used to get us to relax and just be ourselves were SO good and we actually found ourselves cracking up at some of the stuff she had us doing! Going for a wine with her beforehand definitely helped too! I'm even more excited about our wedding photos now. "
Erin & Matt
" I cannot recommend Hannah enough. Brilliant photos aside, she was just great to have around and such a calming influence. As we were having a small wedding with only close family members, it was really important that we had a wedding photographer that we actually liked spending time with and we definitely found that with Hannah! She was so lovely and friendly, whilst still being a total professional. She made us all feel completely at ease and I am over the moon with our photos. "
Claudia & Phil
" Hannah! OMG! We just love them. Seeing them has made me cry again and brings back all the amazing memories from the day. You are just great at your job and have captured the day perfectly. Thank you so much Hannah and I can't wait to order some prints! "
Emma & Brett
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