Are you looking for someone to capture all your big day moments in a vibrant and fun way with a relaxed approach? Great, then we would like to introduce you to Photography by Abi Moore.
Abi is a wedding and family portrait photographer working across Berkshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and beyond! Her style is vibrant, creative and bold.
Abi promises to: “Capture the details, the fun, the joy and the love as the day unfolds; as well as spending a little time together to create some very special portraits. I will give you memories that you’ll look back on for years to come and recall how amazing it all felt!” Well that sounds like a brilliant plan to us, so we’ll pass you over to Abi now to tell us more.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
Hi! I’m Abi and I run Photography by Abi Moore a wedding, family portrait and commercial photography business, based out of Windsor, Berkshire, but working across the home counties and beyond. I’m also a mum of two boys, a chocoholic and a trampoline gymnast.
What motivated you to start your business?
Eight and a half years ago when I was expecting my first son, I took a huge leap of faith leaving my PR job with a major airline. I had spent my twenties travelling the world, working long hours managing press campaigns, and I loved it, but it was time to settle down and become a responsible parent.
Having a baby reignited my passion for photography that I’d studied at college and university, and I decided it was something I wanted to turn into a career. However, everything I’d learnt had been on film and in the dark room, so I went back to college to relearn photography in the digital world.
I started my business and nearly seven years later it’s going from strength to strength
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
During the week, I’ll usually have a couple of photoshoots booked in with young families or commercial clients, as well as consultations with brides- and grooms-to-be.
The rest of the time, you’ll find me at my desk in my home office editing photos, designing albums or managing all the admin, marketing and accounts that come with being a self-employed business-person.
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
They say that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ and as a wedding photographer I see my role as that of story-teller – capturing memories that tell the story of your special day. For most weddings, I’m booked for approximately 10 hours, following the bride as she gets ready right through to the dancing in the evening.
My style is very relaxed and natural. For the majority of the day, I’m following the action as it unfolds capturing emotions and little moments. I’ll also spend a little time capturing portraits of the couple and their guests, but I like to keep it fun.
All my packages are all-inclusive, including the wedding images both digitally and in a printed photo book, so there’s no big surprise purchases after the big day. I also include a consultation and practice shoot before the wedding day to ensure we’re fully prepared and at ease with each other.
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
If you’re spending one of the biggest days of your life in the company of someone as well as your fiancé, it’s pretty important that you get on, so I recommend that all couples meet with their photographer before the wedding.
Ours is a visual service with lots of varying styles between photographers, so it’s also important that you like the photographer’s work. Look through their website, their blog and ask to see an album of a full wedding day so you get a feel for what your images are going to look like.
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
One of the best moments for me is the reactions when a couple see their photos for the first time – from tears to laughter. For specific moments, there are too many to list.
Every couple is different and that’s one of the best bits of the job – but I’d count a fancy dress wedding, an impromptu football game in full morning suits, and various members of the wedding party rolling down a hill as some of my favourite moments.
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
As well as photographing weddings, I’m also a family portrait photographer, which fits quite nicely as often brides and grooms go on to have babies and it’s so lovely to watch a family grow and develop.
I also do some commercial work, linked to weddings, portraits and families – including work with florists, cake-makers, and photography for school prospectuses and children’s wear manufacturers.
What have you got planned for 2017?
I’ve got lots of weddings coming up and looking forward to all the newlyweds and families I’ll get to meet and photograph. Three years ago, I joined the Guild of Photographers and was pleased to gain ‘Qualified’ level with them two years ago; I’ve also won awards with them for their monthly image competition.
My goal for 2017 is to win awards each month (achieved so far!) and to work towards my ‘Craftsman’ level, which includes a panel of 36 images and I hope to achieve in 2018.
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
I take inspiration from so many places – other photographers, from big names to colleagues and friends; nature, such as the colours you find in different seasons or patterns in plants and stones; to illustrators and film – my husband sometimes hates watching films with me as I’ll suddenly start raving about the amazing use of lighting in a scene and ignore the plot!
All images courtesy of Photography by Abi Moore