Its Thursday and that means another one of our fantastic local suppliers will be showcased on the blog. Today, we have Blackpool based photographer Kev Malone.
Although quite new to wedding photography, Kev has been a photographer for a number of years. "Previously I have concentrated on portraiture and thought of photographing weddings as a natural progression. I first discovered an interest in photography as a teenager but in the days of film it was a very expensive and specialised hobby that a teenager had no means of supporting."
"I gained a renewed interest after the birth of my first child, Abby, and realised very quickly that I had a natural eye for capturing just the right moment. Within 6 months I was enrolled on my first photographic course, City and Guilds Level 3 in Image Capture from which I gained Distinctions and a number of Highly Commended awards. Since then I have spent countless hours reading, researching and studying other photographers in the hope of finding a style I had an interest in."
Kev soon found that inspiration from Jeff Ascough, who, now based in Lytham, is know worldwide for his documentary style of wedding photography. "I am a huge fan, not just of his photographic style but also of his approach to photographing a wedding and his whole photography ethos."
Bearing this in mind, Kev is able to offer couples something unique and different with his photography style rather than the staged photography that we have been accumstomed to. "I have found myself sadly disillusioned with wedding photography styles of late. There are a lot of web sites that all seem to look the same in terms of photographic style and whereas the images are all ‘nice’ and well exposed, I feel that the market is becoming saturated with ‘ok’ photography. I hope to be recognised for a different style of imagery that concentrates less on directing the day and more on capturing it as it happens. If a bride and groom have spent so much time on organising their day to be just as they want it that they don’t want somebody wading in at the last minute and taking over."
Kev's wedding packages offer full day coverage and engagement shoots can also be organised as an extra. "No wedding day starts with the bride arriving at the church, fully dressed and made up... My style of photography is all about telling a story and I’ve never read a book without an introduction or ending so why should wedding photography be any different?"
When it comes to forced group shots, Kev is happy to do as his clients wish but does prefer to photograph the natural and emotional shots. He tends to find that most people are happy to let him get on things rather than have a structured photography plan. "That said, I don’t turn people away just because they give me a list of shots they want. I fully appreciate the input of couples and actively encourage it. I will always meet up with couples a few weeks before the big day to make sure I have any information I need."
Although Kev Malone is based in Blackpool, distance is not a problem and he will travel further afield. Happy to cover any venue, Kev can also provide portraits of all kinds, from Bump Shoots, through newborn, kids right up to the grandparents....and he has even been known to photograph pets (except snakes or spiders...)!
Kev is offering all our readers 10% off if you quote 'Lancashire Bride' when arranging a meeting with him.