In her 11th year behind the lens, Carly Williams from CJ Williams Photography captures those beautiful special moments with a hint of vintage flair. We caught up with Carly to find out a little more about what it is like to be behind the lens at a wedding.
What inspired you to become a photographer?
I worked as a photographer for quite a while before deciding to shoot weddings. It was something I felt a little bit nervous about because of the amount of responsibility involved in capturing such an important day. Once I started I was hooked because it surprised me how enjoyable and rewarding it is.
Describe your wedding photography style in 3 words
Spontaneous, natural and creative.
What is a typical day like for you?
One of the things I love about my job is the variety. Most of the time I don’t have a set routine, but during peak season things can be pretty hectic. A weekday would usually involve quite a bit of coffee, emails, placing album and print orders, digitally editing my recent work, then a client meeting or two.
What do you find most challenging about being a wedding photographer, and why?
I guess my biggest challenge is to keep up-to-date with wedding industry trends. There are always new ideas working their way through the online inspiration blogs and magazines, so it’s essential I research and stay aware of what’s going on. Bride’s can be very keen to embrace a new style and do something different so I need to be on the same page.
How do you like to spend your time when you aren’t taking photos?
I like to travel quite a bit, so Mr Williams and I head away as often as we can. When I’m home and the weather is nice I like to experiment with cooking and potter around in the garden.
Which location or destination would you most like to shoot a wedding?
If I could go anywhere I would love to shoot a wedding somewhere with a rich culture like New Orleans. I’m drawn to vibrant colours, great music and amazing food.
Which part of the wedding is your favourite part to photograph, and why?
I really like the end of the ceremony when the Bride and Groom walk back down the isle and their family comes over to congratulate them. There is such excitement and emotional energy which is so fun to capture, and it gives me a chance to get some great candid shots.
What advice would you give couples when they are choosing a photographer?
Choose somebody you can relate to, and that you don’t mind having around. Your photographer needs to understand you and your vision if they are to capture your wedding day perfectly. Also, look at their work. Lots of it. Chances are that if you don’t like their style then you probably wont like your photos.
Image credits: CJ Williams
CJ Williams’ style combines spontaneity and sophistication, with lots of creative flair and a hint of vintage. She adores the beauty of natural light and to capture those fleeting little romantic moments that happen between two people in love. She strives for the emotional element in her work, to create photographs that are not only beautiful, but in time give a sense of nostalgia.