Images by Jason Williams Photography
Anyone who has been following my Book Of Love directory will know that it's filling up with the UK's coolest wedding suppliers... no more run o'the mill, just a squad of awesome creatives, all doing their own thing.
The ' photographers ' category is particularly strong. It's such an important part of the day and it's not 'one size fits all' solution. Your personalities need to align in order to have that synergy that leads to incredible photos.
Someone who knows this all too well is Hampshire based Jason Williams - husband, dad and super-sharp-shooter.
As wedding photography evolves, we see more and more couples rebelling against the cheesy, staged poses that we see time and time again. These days, people want a photographer who keeps it real.
Looking through Jason's work, I was struck by his photographic eye and ability to capture the moments that others probably don't notice.
Start at the beginning... what made you want to be a wedding photographer?
I wouldn’t say I ever wanted to be a wedding photographer as such. I loved taking photos, I was kinda decent at it, I loved the idea of being a photographer, and I love photographing people. I think when you put all those elements together, a photographer of weddings seems to make sense.
I never really consider myself a “wedding photographer” as that can conjure up all sorts of ideas of stuffy, posed, awfulness in some people. I simply see myself as a photographer who happens to love shooting weddings.
You have a really distinct style, moody and atmospheric with a real eye for catching details. How did this evolve?
I think this a really interesting question.
I love cinema. When I say that I mean I love the cinematography of great cinema. Think films like The Revenant, True Grit, Hateful 8, films which look and feel a certain way.
I’m not a moody person, or into that deep and atmospheric stuff, I just like my images to have a certain feel to them. It’s hard to explain. I simply look for light and shadow and see how I can play with that to create the image and show the feeling of what’s going on and how I am seeing it.
What's your favourite part of the wedding day to capture? Why?
I love the morning preparations.... I love getting the couple on their own for portraits.... I love the dancing.
I never know what a wedding is going to throw at me - for instance, I recently shot a wedding where the guys in the morning wanted to go a fun-fair to pass some time and before I knew it we ended up on a roller coaster. For good measure, the guys decided to remove their tops because why not? How I didn’t drop my camera, I have no clue.
I guess I don't really have a “fave” part of the day. Whichever part of any particular wedding has the sweetest light, the most interesting interactions and moments, or most heartfelt stories, those are the best.
If you had to choose one 'money shot' from your portfolio, which one would it be?
There is one shot I keep going back to, probably my fave just because all the elements came together. It was just all about the light and this one image I think sums up how I want to work - spontaneous, accidental, unscripted.
The bride was just walking down from her room in the hotel she was getting ready in and this huge window just screamed “photograph me!”. I ran down the stairs and just managed to snag this beaut....
... All that being said, I think it’s kinda like a fave song - it changes from day to day depending on what mood I’m in.
Have you ever caught anything on camera that you weren't supposed to?!
Literally at every wedding.
Facial expressions are absolute gold. Even if the expression isn’t what the moment was about, an expression when caught on camera says so much.
Part of what I love about photography is the ability for the viewer to be able to make up their own story about what has gone on in the lead up to an image.
Beyond that, people falling over is pretty common - people mid-fall with that helpless “oh crap, I’m going” kinda look.
Photo-bombers are also a constant source of entertainment/annoyance.
Describe your dream wedding to shoot?
I’ve thought about this for a while, and I am hoping against hope someone reads this and thinks - 'THAT’S US'!!! Anywho, here it goes -
They both get ready together, just the two of them hanging out in their flat, listening to music on an old record player (I’m no hipster I promise).
They hop in an open top vintage car and drive to a nearby greasy spoon for food and then stroll down the street to the registry office for a quick “I do”.
We then wander around town shooting portraits all afternoon whilst frequenting one or two or three or four bars.
They then find a burger joint, neon lights flickering in the window, and get stuck in, just totally into each other.
Once they have had their fill they then head to a music venue to catch a gig and knock out their first dance - all the while in their wedding get up and with me capturing it all.
It’s not too much to ask, surely?
Why should couples choose you?
Everything I do in life is from the heart. I absolutely love people who create their own idea of what a wedding should be, rather than following the perceived norms. If a couple wants to do it their way and if they value their photography, I think we’d be a good fit and I’d love to come along for the ride.
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