Catherine Spiller Photography – Devon Based Documentary Wedding Photographer

by Michelle

Catherine Spiller Photography, specialising in weddings, events and portraiture. They have a documentary style of wedding photography capturing key moments in your big day in a uber relaxed way.

Commercial photography also forms part of Catherine’s work, with product launches and Europe wide events featuring in her portfolio.

Catherine’s wedding photography style is unobtrusive, resulting, as you can see, in delightful, natural images. I love this style of photography as I feel it allows the bride and groom to relax into having their photos taken rather than feeling pressured into more formal poses.

Here’s how Catherine describes the many and varied aspects of her work:

Tell us a little about yourself and your business

My name is Catherine and I run Catherine Spiller Photography which is focused on wedding photography.

I live in Honiton in East Devon which is a great base for some amazing wedding venues across the South West. My style is very natural, candid photography and I aim to be as unobtrusive as possible letting the bride and groom focus on enjoying their big day. I have always loved all things wedding and I love to have such a enjoyable role in everyone’s big day.

What motivated you to start your business?

I love working with people so the decision to go into wedding photography was an easy one. There’s no better feeling than handing back a couples wedding photos knowing they will treasure them forever.

Every day when you are a wedding photographer is different and there are always fresh  challenges which really keep you on your toes – but in such a good way!

I always knew that I wanted to work in a creative industry and weddings are a brilliant way of doing so as well as working with like-minded people.

Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business

On a daily basis I am mainly focused on writing blog posts from previous weddings, posting on social media and generally keeping the website looking fresh and updated. Once wedding season kicks off I am then busy meeting clients, showing at wedding fayres, and of course shooting weddings! As previously said, everyday is different which is why it’s the perfect job for me.

If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?

I very quickly learnt that each wedding is completely different so should be treated as such. All couples will have slightly different requirements so I think it’s important to listen to them and try and meet these requirements if the conditions and the day allow it.

I will always meet prospective clients prior to booking to discuss initial plans, then again prior to the wedding to all about the finer details. This is usually done at the venue so we can all have a proper look around and find the great backdrops for the bride and groom’s shots.

I pride myself in delivering beautiful images that tell the story of the day in a natural and unobtrusive way.

How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?

I think it’s really important to meet any suppliers you are thinking of booking prior to doing so. It’s a great way to have a good chat through what you can expect from them and if they can offer what you are looking for.

Wedding fayres can also be a great way of doing this and ideal for chatting to lots of suppliers in one day.

Otherwise having a good look at that company’s website and portfolio will give you a good initial idea if you like their work and if you think they are a good fit to what you are after.

What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?

I love that every wedding is different so there have been so many it’s difficult to pick! The best moment is usually for me handing back the final images and getting such lovely feedback. Especially when you know they are sharing with friends and family all those happy moments, and giving the bride and groom a chance to see parts of the day they might otherwise have missed.

Otherwise highlights always include amazing first dances, hilarious speeches and even a pig given as a wedding present!

The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more.

My background is in commercial photography and after graduating I was lucky to start a job photographing for an international sports retailer.

The most exciting part of that job for me was taking part in the sports fashion shoots particularly out on location. I love to use natural light and I think the skills I learnt in this job carried through to the weddings. I will always go back to shooting this kind of work as it’s a great way of keeping up to date with current trends, both in the photography and fashion world.

What have you got planned for 2017?

2017 is set to be a busy one for me. I have just welcomed my first child into the world so she is bound to keep me busy! Otherwise I am back to the weddings in May just in time for the summer season. I have some lovely venues to visit so I am very excited to get going for some amazing weddings!

And finally, what or who inspires you and why?

I think living in such a beautiful part of the world is very inspiring. You never have to travel far to get an amazing backdrop which is ideal when shooting those all important couple shots at a wedding.

Otherwise, I love to see what other photographers are shooting and what new venues or fashions are appearing.

I think it’s really important to keep an eye on trends and fashions to keep your work fresh and exciting and this is easily done here in the South West.

All Images Courtsey of: Catherine Spiller Photography

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