Today we make another addition to our interview series with exhibitors who will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan. We’re very excited to have the hugely experienced and talented photographer Hazel Buckley at our fair. She began her career in journalism, and she feels that affects her style as a wedding photographer. So, she is queen of capturing the candid moments that show the emotion of your wedding.
Please introduce yourself.
I am a wedding photographer based in Berkshire and I have photographed a lot of weddings over fourteen years – I’ve lost count, to be honest. I was a newspaper shooter for some time but switching to weddings was one of the best things I ever did. My photo-journalistic background means I document the story of your day – your love story
I adore meeting new people, I get to travel (how lucky am I?) but mostly I am passionate about making pictures for people! I’m lost without my camera and I love it almost as much as I love my two sons. I never get bored of photographing weddings – each being individual and exclusive to the next – I have the best job in the world.
How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?
I have noticed that fewer people at a wedding means less stress. It’s all about them and the celebration. Nobody is worried about the flowers that aren’t quite the ‘right shade of pink’ or if they can get the older relatives up the stairs – of course these things are important for bigger weddings – but it just doesn’t happen at smaller weddings. People are more relaxed – traditions are thrown out of the window and replaced by a unique and creative way of saying ‘I do’.
What do you love about tiny weddings?
I have photographed lots of big, beautiful weddings throughout my career but it’s the smaller ones that I remember the most. It simple really – tiny weddings are about the people. The couples choose exactly who they want there with them – I have never seen one smart phone recording or taking pictures at a tiny wedding but I have seen true emotion from the guests which I can capture and share with them later.
Can you give an example of a tiny wedding you have worked on?
The tiniest wedding I photographed was a couple in Perth, Australia. It was just the two of them plus the celebrant in their garage! They asked me to be their witness too – which was my privilege.
Do you feel there has been an increase in tiny weddings in the past few years or have you always worked with a lot of small wedding parties?
I have worked mostly with big weddings but I’ve had more enquiries for smaller wedding of late and I have seen a lot on social media. I think some couples are loving the locations open to them for tiny wedding which means their wedding pictures can have some of the most amazing back drops. I also believe couples who chose to have a tiny wedding spend the day embracing each other, the love and emotion which sometimes at a big wedding can get lost in a crowd when I see couples going their separate ways to chat to friends and family.
What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a tiny wedding?
I don’t do business any differently, really. I like working with people and I feel I give my best to whoever contacts me. However, saying that, I guess one difference would be that I can give the couple more of my attention with a smaller wedding. Sometimes at a larger weddings I have felt as though I’m trying to please lots of people – even when the bride or groom have specifically asked for something and another relative doesn’t agree! At tiny weddings I have only a few people to please and we can spend lots of time chatting, or emailing about the day. And usually if there are guests they have surrounded themselves with ‘like-minds’.
If you could create something for a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be?
Wow what a question! I’m not sure if it would be New York, Iceland, Scotland, then again maybe on the beach in Greece. Lets go with New York – a snowy, stylish affair in Central Park… no I’ve changed my mind lets go to Iceland. I visited Iceland recently and fell in love with the place – such beautiful passionate people and the land just takes your breath away. I don’t know enough about it to organise a wedding there but I would happily follow any couple and their planner to any part of it! I mention Scotland because that is another place I love and I was married there a long time ago now – just me, my husband our two best friends. It was the perfect marriage for us – we laughed and cried all weekend – and drank too much whiskey – which you can get away with at a tiny wedding!
Check out Hazel’s website in advance of meeting her at the wedding fair. Follow her Facebook page, or the fair Facebook page for helpful and inspiring pictures and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Follow Hazel on Pinterest or the Tiny Weddings Fair on Pinterest. Follow Hazel on Instagram, for examples of her work, or the Tiny Wedding Fair on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, chat with us on Twitter or with Hazel on Twitter. Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.