Tiny Weddings Fair

Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Hazel Buckley Photographer

Tiny Weddings Fair - Hazel Buckley Photographer

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.

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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’.

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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.

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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’.

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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!

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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.

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Free Engagement Photo Sessions – Raffle Prizes with your Tiny Weddings Fair Ticket

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It might seem a little illogical to have photographs taken shortly before you spend a whole day being photographed but engagement session can serve a purpose and also be a fun way to take some time out of wedding planning to remember why you are getting married in the first place.

Two of the photographers exhibiting at the Tiny Weddings Fair at the Wycombe Swan on 30th September have kindly offered a free engagement shoot as a raffle prize.  RS Brown Photography and Ayelle Photography will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair waiting to meet you, but if you want to get to know them better then an engagement session is a great way to do that.  All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is buy your tickets in advance.  Here are our reasons why an engagement shoot is a great idea…

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  1. Engagement session give you time to celebrate your relationship and share some quality time together.

Wedding planning, even for a tiny wedding, can be stressful and pile the pressure on you as a couple. It can seem like every conversation revolves around outfit, meal and venue choices and sometimes it’s nice to remember what those choices are really all about.

Whether it’s a few hours spent in your favourite location or half day spent sharing your hobbies and interests, an engagement shoot gives you plenty of opportunity to reconnect during the planning and the chance to celebrate a milestone in your relationship. Your engagement is a special time when you chose to commit to each other and a time to celebrate love and marriage prior to your wedding day.

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  1. A chance to rehearse your wedding photos.

I am yet to find any couple where both parties enjoy having their photographs taken.  Even if you’re totally at ease in front of the lens the chances are your partner isn’t! If you’re struggling with the idea of being photographed on your wedding day or just feel like you never look good in photos it can be a great idea to get those nerves out of the way before the big day.

Getting used to posing in a way you are comfortable with, making sure you get over the giggles or find out what style you want your photos to be are important to getting great photos and, if you have no idea where to start, an engagement session can help you clarify what works for you. And the more you know the less anxious you will be about your wedding day photography.

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  1. Perfect images for your wedding website.

If you’re eloping in secret or need to keep your small party on track with changing plans you are probably looking at having a wedding website where you guests can follow your adventures. It will amaze you how many terrible photos you have as a couple when you come to make it! Seriously! Wonky selfies with heads slightly cut off, badly lit party pictures or images of yourselves at other peoples weddings just won’t cut the mustard to get your wedding website up to date.

So what better way to share your joy with the world than filling your wedding website with beautiful new, professional pictures of you as a couple. Whatever your style, funny, classy, smart or glamorous you engagement photos will show your friends and family what to expect from your wedding day.

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  1. Help you decide on a certain style of photography or photographer.

You may not have any idea as to what style of photography you would like on your wedding day or you may have a selection of photographers that you like and want to see how you’ll get on with them during your wedding day. This is especially important if they might be a large percentage of your wedding guests! If you have 10 people accompanying your big day and 10% of them is your photographer you definitely want to make sure you get along and both parties understand what you’re looking for.

Working closely with a photographer can also give you a chance to learn the lingo and work out what you do and don’t like in style. You can take a selection of more formal photos alongside carefree, actions shots and see what suits you best. Learning to communicate what you want can be an experience in itself and it well worth getting right prior to your wedding!

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  1. It’s a great chance to try out new looks.

If you’re not sure what looks good on you, you can use your engagement sessions to try out different styles of hair, makeup and clothing. You may find that your idea of the perfect hair and clothing combination looks terrible in photographs or that your chosen cut of suit just doesn’t suit you!

What looks good in the mirror doesn’t always looks great on film and vice-versa. Your engagement shoot can give you the opportunity to try out different styles, get your hair style sorted, and make decisions on what is going to look best in your wedding photos.

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Even for those who don’t necessarily feel “engaged” I would highly recommend having a small photo shoot before the day if your photos are important to you. It gives you more time during your wedding photos to get the images you want knowing you feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera.  RS Brown Photography and Ayelle Photography will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair at the Wycombe Swan on 30th September waiting to meet you.  They have both very kindly offered a free engagement shoot as a raffle prize.  If you’re looking to try some mini-sessions or book an engagement shoot before your big day then come along and speak with the photographers and videographers who specialise in intimate celebrations at the Tiny Weddings Fair.  All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is buy your tickets in advance.  And if you are one of the first 100 people to buy tickets then you’ll also get a goody bag on the day, but be quick because they are selling fast!

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All photos in this post by www.rsbrownphotography.com and www.ayellephoto.com

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