Wedding Photographer In The Costa Del Sol
An In-Depth Interview With Wedding Photographer Pierre Richardson
1. What sparked your interest in photography?
My mother is a painter, keen photographer and videographer, so I guess I inherited my interest from her. The first present I remember asking for specifically was a camera.
2. Why did you decide to specialise in wedding photography?
Partly luck, I was involved in the wedding industry through my partner at the time, but also because it suits my style and character. It’s fast moving and exciting, and there is always an opportunity to be creative.
3. Describe your style and approach.
My style is to capture people as they are naturally. I want them to look at their photos and say: “Yes, that’s really me!” The best way to achieve this is to be relaxed yourself; people will pick up on your energy, so I always try to be the most chilled-out person in the room.
4. How do you remain unobtrusive during the wedding day?
I shoot from a distance with long telephoto lenses, and I don’t interfere with any of the proceedings unless I’m asked for help or guidance. I try to blend in with the crowd by moving at the same pace, without rushing if possible.
5. What do you love about your job?
It’s hard to find anything not to love about my job! I photograph happy people in beautiful places with gorgeous weather, on the happiest day of their lives. It’s the best job in the world.
6. How do you cope when the weather isn’t ideal?
We have almost guaranteed sunshine for our weddings here, but on the rare occasions that the weather is unpredictable, my first priority is to reassure the couple that their photos will still be amazing, and that we can use the changing conditions to our advantage and create unique and interesting images. For me, personally, it’s an opportunity to be creative.
7. Describe your wedding photography style in less than 6 adjectives.
Natural, spontaneous, discreet, evocative, artistic.
8. What keeps you inspired?
Various things, really. I stay on top of current photography trends and what my favourite photographers are up to, but there is also the photography club I founded for local amateur photographers, where I run free events, workshops and projects, which for me is the greatest source of inspiration outside of the wedding industry.
9. What do you enjoy about living and working on the coast?
I think everyone would like to live here. The hard part is finding a meaningful way of making a living, so for me, being able to have a career in photography here in this amazing part of the world is a dream come true!
10. A tip or two for couples who are looking for their perfect wedding photographer?
Be clear about your requirements, and be absolutely sure that your chosen photographer suits these perfectly, not just in terms of their style but also their personality and approach. Try to meet up at least once before the wedding, this helps create a rapport and will allow you to be more relaxed on the day, which in turn will translate into better photographs.
11. One thing you’d like every bride and groom to know before their wedding?
It’s over in a flash, so make sure you enjoy the day!
12. Favourite image you’ve taken lately?
It is one that I took in changeable weather conditions, like what we talked about earlier. There were menacing clouds over the castle where the wedding was taking place, but the moodiness of the sky made for a stunningly dramatic backdrop, and the couple were delighted with the outcome.
13. What’s the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
There have been many moments over the years, but one of my favourites was to photograph a father united with his four grown-up daughters (including the bride), together for the first time since they were children. It was all very emotional.
14. Tell us about one or two weddings that were truly special.
I introduced my cousin to my best friend when we were all teenagers – 25 years later they finally tied the knot in front of all our friends and family, and asked me to be their photographer and best man. It was an incredibly special occasion for me.
15. Has photographing weddings changed the way you see life? If so, how?
Yes, without a doubt. I am often reminded at weddings of the importance of human connections, whether with your partner, or family and friends, and that it’s those connections that will create a solid foundation for a happy life, so for me this is one of the most valuable messages of the whole wedding day.