Fun, Creative UK Wedding Photography…
Today we give a huge welcome to Jason from Jason Williams Photography.
Based in Hampshire but covering the whole of the UK and overseas, Jason offers edgy, artistic, story telling wedding photography for couples with a sense of adventure.
Jason Williams Photography…
First Day of School introduction of yourself…
I’m not one for talking about myself too much. Put simply I gave it all the up – the rat race that is – to pursue this dream. The dream of documenting the happiest day of your life. All the soppy stuff. The tears, the laughs, the in-between times; all the while listening to great music, eating bad food and drinking far too much coffee.
I live on the South Coast in Hampshire with my wife Jen, our little boy Dexter and our dog Hendrix.
Tell us what you love?
Well, obviously photography goes without saying I guess. But more than that I love anything creative – anything which has a creative intent, a passion behind it, something which is unique. It can be anything but I find myself just amazed at what humans can create. We get a bad rap at times us humans, but we are capable of so many incredible things and I find it hard to take it all in. Music, Film, Art, Architecture, Design, you name it I like it.
Recently though my absolute favourite thing is just hanging out with Jen, Dex and Hendrix. Life is super busy, but getting to spend time with them doing not much is pretty great.
Tell us a bit about your HQ…
Well, my HQ was invaded by the little man and he is slowly taking over. I am surrounded though by photos which inspire me, a plant my wife bought me from IKEA (I haven’t killed it yet and it’s been 4 months which is a new PB), thank-you cards from past couples, my dusty guitar which I rarely play now and in general other camera related paraphernalia.
What made you start up the business?
I was originally an engineer. I was doing weddings just as a part time thing for friends and family, whilst just enjoying taking photos in general. I remember one day seeing a guy at work, in his 60’s, grumpy, down on his knees hammering at some piece of equipment. He looked knackered. I realised that that was me 30 years from now. Pretty much from that point I set my goal – doing something I LOVE for a living, not just doing ANYTHING to earn a living.
What do you love most about your job?
Probably two things equally – Firstly, the trust people put in me. I can’t lie, I love it when people tell me they love their wedding photos. I get an absolute buzz from knowing I have created something for them which they will have forever. Just being able to create is enough – but couple that with the feelings associated with the images and it’s hard to beat.
Secondly is the freedom this “job” gives me. I am able to spend so much time with Dex, I watch him develop, we have breakfast together every day. I am incredibly fortunate as I know not all dads can do this and it is not something I take for granted.
What makes you unique?
Oh man, who knows. I’m not sure I can answer that. We’re all unique, but then we’re all the same.
I love my couples and I love my work. Saying I am “passionate” is somewhat of a cliche, but I am very much so.
Who is your ideal customer?
I’ve thought about this a lot lately. My ideal couple are simply people who value their photography. People come in all shapes, sizes, personalities, demographics. If they are willing to collaborate – to walk 10 mins to the coolest backdrop ever maybe, or go and stand in the rain, walk through fields and dance like no-on his watching then count me in. If they have a sense of adventure and they’ve got love to burn then I’m sure we’ll be a good fit.
What advice do you give to make sure people book the right suppliers for their day?
I think it’s important to always look for people who treat you like a human, not like a customer.
What inspires you?
So much. Music and film are probably the main 2. I think deep down I’m a failed musician and always think I’d make a good actor (I wouldn’t at all, but I am great at self delusion) so I love trying to give what I do a feel of something “not weddingy” if that makes sense. Some of my favourite photos I have taken remind me of a scene from a film.
Projects you are most proud of or your proudest moment?
I’ll get the obvious out of the way – I am proud of my family. Proud every day of how amazing a mum Jen is, and also proud of Dexter for simply being him.
Beyond that, I would say I am proud of myself simply for making the jump into being self employed and “chasing the dream”. I used to be pretty cynical, but now I am definitely an optimist.
What’s your top on the day wedding advice?
I think the biggest piece of advice is to simply be present. A wedding day is an absolute whirlwind so I tell all my couples to slow down, breathe, and take a moment to take it all in. It’s so often said that the day goes so quickly so don’t sweat the small stuff, just look around and enjoy it.
What makes a great wedding?
People, people, people.
Obviously decorations matter, the dress matters, the venue matters. But for me, a great wedding is down to the people there. The couple, the family, the guests, they are what makes the wedding.
Any new services, ideas or future plans?
I am next year adding a photobook to each full day package. It breaks my heart a little when couples don’t have an album. Not from a selfish, money grabbing kinda way; but simply the printed image to me is so important. For most, money is tight when the wedding bills start rolling in and an album is something which is often on the “we’ll get round to it” list. By adding a photobook to each wedding collection I feel I am giving the couples what I would want to receive. I will still be offering an album upgrade option, but I feel everyone should have an album of some kind and this is a way of giving that.
Beyond that, travelling more, shooting a few more overseas weddings, refining my family photography brand, drinking less coffee (that last one might be a bridge too far).
To find out more you can visit Jason William’s website HERE
Or his directory listing HERE