Colin I've been visiting your website regularly and I am really enjoying your site. It's obvious you really enjoy photography as it shows in your images. So tell me, how did you get started in photography?
I bought a Nikon D60 as my first camera with a 18-105 lens, then booked a trip to iceland and shot in manual the whole time, this then lead onto more landscape and some work shooting bands to shooting a wedding for a friend and so on.
I see that you do weddings, would you say that is what you specialize in?
Documentary Wedding photography mostly, I also do landscape and a bit of everything else but weddings are the main subject.
Tell me a little bit about your style and how you came about it?
After reading many books and magazines about wedding photography a Stumbled upon the idea of shooting a wedding using only a documentary approach, reading and seeing Kevin Mullins talk about this was what really made this my style as it gave me the confidence to know that people do want it and you can make a business out of it.
Given all the fantastic photographers out there who were/are you most inspired by?
Kevin Mullins, Zack Arias, Benj Haishe, all awesome photographers in their own right.
Ok, on to a tougher question. What is your most memorable photography related experience?
Thats a hard one, I think its always changing but my favourite feeling comes from at the end of a wedding where you have people saying what a wonderful job you did before they have even seen any photos, that always tells me I have done a good job.
Of course we all like to talk about gear. What is your favorite piece of gear and why?
Fuji X100, Its simple, light and takes great photos.
I'm also really enjoying my Fuji gear, but tell me a little about why you chose Fuji.
Fuji being my main cameras was a gradual change for me, I started with the x100 then quickly moved to the XE1 and 35mm lens, I used this along side my Canon 5Dii but always found the photos from the fuji to have that little something extra, the fuji cameras are also very light and inconspicuous which helps a great deal given the style of photography I do. What sealed the deal for me was the option to second shoot a wedding [which i like to do as much as possible] where I chose to only shoot with the Fuji XE1 and 35mm, I was so happy with the results that the progression into using only fuji cameras naturally followed.
The wedding industry continues to change with new gear, new styles etc. How do you see the future of wedding photography?
Again a head question, more photographers are about thats for sure but I don't see this was a problem just a challenge, people will always get married and camera phones aren't that good just yet, plus people know the value of having a wedding photographer so I don't think the industry is going anywhere yet, it may get harder but at the same time the harder it gets the less people will do it. Kind of a cycle sort of thing.
In regards to the future, where would you like to be career-wise in 5 yrs?
Haha another hard question, my main plan is to get to about 30 weddings per year, then see where I want to go from here, I've given myself about 4 years to get to this stage, after that I'd love to mix in some travel photography. My main goal is to make it as stress free and easy to shoot weddings as possible, which involves a lot of preplanning but also making sure I'm not wasting time with certain tasks. Simple things such as having a stack of pre-printed contracts mean I'm not printing one each time i go to a meeting, small changes to make a big difference sort of thing.
I'm based in the US, but am always interested in knowing more about the various photography industries around the world. I also follow Kevin Mullins and a handful of other UK based photographers. What can you tell me about the wedding industry in the UK presently.
In the UK is see a mix of different levels of photographer, but I believe that over the next 5 years a big change will come in, technology is king and the older generation who have not adapted to this will soon fade away, as far as other photographer go that I've met they have all been incredibly friendly and easy going people, it's not a ruthless industry if you ask me.
Colin I want to thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. Of course, we'll have to stay in touch as I'm very interested to see how you continue to progress with your photography business. To end what message do you have for young photographers?
Practice, learn new techniques, read endless blogs but never compare yourself to another photographer, be inspired for sure but don't ever try to be someone else, oh and don't focus on the gear, better cameras don't make you a better photographer.
You can find Colin via his website: www.colinnichollsphotography.com