Continuing our series on chats with our favourite wedding suppliers, today we’re discussing wedding photography with Aidan Beatty! Aidan gave us some insight into his life and his career as a wedding photographer based in Kildare.
Tell us a little about yourself and what made you decide to become a photographer and set up your own business?
My name is Aidan and I am a wedding photographer. I am from Dublin but now live in Kildare with my wife and two kids. I love family life and spending time with the kids and I’m also a big fan of craft beer and bingeing on Netflix. Photography is as addictive as caffeine. Once I picked up a camera and start shooting I couldn’t stop. I just wanted to know more and more. I watched tons of YouTube videos and read a truck load of books and magazines. Then as you start to notice an improvement you’re hooked. Photography is my passion. I wanted to become a photographer so going to work would not feel like going to work anymore. My main passion is wedding photography. I just love working with new people all the time. I enjoy the whole wedding day experience and trying to create something really beautiful for my couples. Every couple is different and no two weddings are the same.That is what makes it interesting for me.
How would you describe your wedding photography style?
I like to think of myself as a story-teller of weddings. I always try to be as artistic and creative as possible. I like to keep things looking natural and try not to make people feel uncomfortable by forcing them into silly poses. I want people to be themselves; that’s when they’re at their best.
How would you describe your working style? Do you prefer to blend into the background and shoot what unfolds naturally, or does you create a more visible presence by taking charge and choreographing shots?
I feel you must do both. During the ceremony I like to blend in as much as possible. This is an emotional part of the day. I don’t want to be the main attraction. On the other hand during the family photos I must take charge of the situation in the nicest way possible. I feel it’s my job to arrange the family group shots and make people look their best and feel comfortable in front of the camera. As for the rest of the day, I don’t really like sneaking around, hiding in dark corners. I like to interact with the guests. I feel this makes people more relaxed.
Do you have any advice or tips for couples when booking or working with their photographer?
Everyone has a budget, but don’t just make your decision purely on price. Try and meet with your photographer before you book him or her to make sure you’re the right fit for each other. Your photographer will be with you for most of the day. I like to get to know my couples as much as possible before the wedding. For me it just makes the day run smoother. We both have a good idea of what to expect from the day.
Where do you offer your services ? How far in advance would you recommend couples make a booking with you?
I offer my services nation-wide and internationally. I would recommend booking my services a year to six months in advance. If you ring me a week in advance for a wedding in Barbados I’m sure I can somehow fit you in! 😉
Any final advice for couples who are planning their wedding?
If you’re reading this, you’re probably getting married so best of luck and have a blast. If you’re still looking for a photographer you can email or call me any time for a chat and a coffee. I would love to hear from you.