Siobhan Stewart Photography
Romantic, natural and timeless. Just a few words to describe Siobhan Stewart Photography
What made you become a wedding photographer?
I wanted to take photographs which really meant something. I love how weddings enable me to do this as I create timeless images that can be cherished and enjoyed for years to come.
Is there anything you think you’ve learnt so far from being on the job?
I’ve learnt that you have to be adaptable and just go with the flow of the day. Everything doesn’t always go to plan but that’s totally okay.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from many different avenues including other photographers work, movies, artwork and by travelling to new places and experiencing different cultures.
What is the one thing you love most about wedding photography?
I love that every single wedding is totally different even if it’s at a venue where I’ve photographed before. It’s always a day of love and happiness and who doesn’t want to be a part of that?!
How would you describe your photography style?
My style is romantic, natural and timeless. I stay as unobtrusive as possible and don’t like to stage many photos as I believe that leaving the events of the day to unfold naturally is the best approach.
Can couples give you a list of specific shots they want to capture?
Of course, I’m always happy to recreate an image in my own style if there’s particular shots the couple specifically loves. However, I always let my couples know that an exact replication may not always be possible due to differences in the weather or location but I always try my best.
Is it okay if other people take photos while you’re taking photos?
During the reception, as long as they don’t obstruct my work I have no problem with it, I understand that everyone is excited to share the day. However, it can be a great idea to have unplugged ceremony with no cameras present during this time other than those of the professional photographer. I want to capture the best possible photographs I can of the bride and groom and if a guest is hanging out the aisle trying to take a photograph themselves, this will be a distraction in my images and it can really ruin the final shots for the couple.
Do couples need to have ideas of where they want their photos or do they just turn up?
Either. If they have a specific location in mind I’m more than happy to use it as a backdrop to their photographs but if they don’t have any ideas that’s completely okay as well. I make sure to scout the locations beforehand so I already have lots of great spots in mind.
Do you have a favourite, must-capture moment for every wedding?
That’s a hard one as there’s lots of different parts to the day I love. A couple of my favourites have to be when the bride and groom are walking back down the aisle together and the night time dancing when everyone is ready to party.
How about Peebles Hydro? Any photography hot-spots?
The balcony looking over the grounds is a gorgeous spot as is the putting green with the row of trees alongside it. The steps heading down to the green are also fab for large group shots.
Any tips to give to future couples on choosing a photographer for their wedding?
Have a look at several photographers to get a good idea of the photographic style you want to represent your day (e.g. dark and moody or airy and light). Also make sure you have a good look through both their portfolios and blogs to get a better idea of the photographs they capture throughout the whole day.
What piece of advice would you give brides and grooms to ensure that they get wedding photos they love forever?
Ensure you’ve picked a photographer you click well with and who’s style you really like. If there’s a particular part of the day or particular photograph you don’t want to be missed make sure you communicate this to your photographer.
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