We interviewed Christina Davies from Fish 2 Photography to find out more about her company.
Q – Tell us about your company.
Hi, I'm Christina, and my photography business is called Fish 2 Photography. I started it back in 2008, so almost 15 years ago now. I offer personality-driven wedding and family photography all over the North West and beyond. I get asked all the time about the name, and the short version is I didn't want to have a 'usual' business named after myself, I wanted something different and unusual, so I turned a name I used to get teased with as a teenager, Fish, and in the 2000's adding numbers was cool, so I added the 2, and turned a negative into a positive and Fish 2 Photography was born.
Q – What packages/services do you offer couples?
I offer packages from one hour up to a full day, which is usually 12 hours. Couples get a private online gallery, personalised USB with all their photos on, and there is also the option to add albums or prints.
Q – What should couples expect when booking your services?
I hope when couples come to me to capture their wedding, they get a friendly and relaxed service. I'm not pushy or in people's faces when I take photos, I can read people and hopefully get the best out of the pictures by picking my moments, quietly walking around to find the laughs and giggles or the silly things that people do at weddings like dance and shout lyrics to each other at the top of their voices. I like to have a bit of fun with my clients as well, and I want my couples to have the best day.
Q – What's your favourite wedding you've worked on and why?
Oh, that's a hard one! I can't say I have a favourite wedding, but I definitely had a favourite moment of 2021 so far. A few weeks ago at a small 30 person wedding, I was asked by the groom to take one last photo of the whole group together before I left, so I stood on a ladder and got everyone in the photo, took it, said thank you and told everyone I was leaving and to have a great time and everyone cheered, clapped, waved and ran towards me. It was a lovely moment where after such a hard year, I felt like weddings were finally back, and I wasn't just a photographer to them, I was part of the group now. That was so lovely, and I think I'll remember that forever.
Q – How long before the wedding should couples get in touch?
I usually recommend people book in one or two years in advance, this was before COVID-19, but it helps to know you have a date booked in with the photographer of your choice. It feels like a massive tick of the list, and you can also save money as most photographers up their prices every year or two with our costs going up.
Q – What's your favourite part of the job?
I think my favourite part of the job is looking for those small details or moments on a wedding day that most won't notice. It could be a family dog in a bow tie or a grandmother's hand on the bride's cheek as she says congratulations.
Q – Do you have any top tips for couples looking for a photographer?
I would say do your research and chat to photographers you are looking at using, see how you get on. This person will be with you all day, so you need to feel comfortable around them.
I know this might go against the grain of money-saving tips, but remember two things will last after your wedding day, your marriage and your photographs, so it's worth paying a little more money for a well-trained photographer and having those memories of the cake, flowers, dress, friends and family captured forever.
To find out more about Fish 2 Photography, visit www.fish2.co.uk
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