Photos by Belle Art Photography
What if someone told you there is a wedding photographer who can capture moments so beautifully, its like she took them straight from your dreams?
Well there is... her name is Becy Farr, the girl behind the lens at Belle Art Photography.
I spoke to Becy about how she makes people's dreams come true.
Your photographs give me goosebumps!.. tell us about your dream-like style and how you achieve it?
Ah thank you so much!
I always used to work with film photography, particularly medium-format film which I felt gives that kind of dreaminess in an image. When I started with digital (for ease and cost-effectiveness) I wanted to replicate this! I think the dreaminess comes from a concoction of warm tones and the right lighting.
I also used to write stories and make films during my Fine Art degree, so my style of wedding photography is all about building a story! I like to see my photographs as film stills.
You have a real gift when it comes to evoking true emotions with your pictures. What's the secret to this?
Weddings are naturally full of emotion and so for most of the day, I'm a fly on the wall.
I love watching beautiful moments unfold through my lens, it's about stepping back a little and waiting for the moments.
Kids are hilarious at weddings and always up to mischief so you can always count on them.
When it comes to couple portraits, I also try to keep these as candid as possible. I tell my couples to think of it as a bit of time away to be together as husband and wife, you would be surprised how little time couples actually spend together during their wedding day amidst all the celebrations.
We usually take a little walk and find the most beautiful places, I give a bit of direction for position and then again, I step back. That's when you see the most beautiful, true emotions. I also allow for some creativity within my portrait sessions....that's where things like smoke bombs, prisms and double exposure comes out.
I try to work with the landscape and the couple, creating something that reflects their personalities in the place they chose.
I love a good double exposure and you have created some corkers! Is this something couples request or do you always carry a film camera with you?
Canon have made double exposures easy now!
It's always been one of my favourite creative things to do with images. Some couples do request them when they have seen my other images, however, I can't say that I have always planned them.
One of the best things I hear my clients say is, We trust you - go wild! I'm always inspired by the surroundings and also the energy from the couple - These images are created together!
How do you work around things like bad weather and bad lighting to use them to your advantage?
Like most photographers, I love that beautiful golden light just before sunset. In the UK, that's not always an option and so I've learned to love cloud cover (whilst constantly searching for little pockets of light). It can be very flattering and also easy to work with as you don't have to worry about harsh sunlight! On the days that we do get gleaming sunshine, you can usually find me hunting down the shade and places with unusual shadows!
This is a tough one but if you had to pick one image that is your proudest moment, what would it be and what's the story behind it?
I think I would have to say that my signature image for Belle Art Photography so far is Katie & Sam sat on the fence in Alnwick. I adored this wedding and all the bonkers, quirky details and I developed such a great relationship with them both!
We went on a mini adventure around the village hall where their reception took place. Behind it was a beautiful horse in a field. You can just imagine what happened next, after taking some gorgeous shots of the two of them with this majestic horse in the background, the horse decided he didn't like us and chased us off the field resulting in us climbing over scaffolding into a neighbours garden. I'm not joking when I say I genuinely feared for our lives. After we bonded through our near-death experience, we came to the infamous gate. All 3 of us knew what this picture should look like. It's now become the iconic image for Belle Art Photography, its the one that people recognise me for and its one that led Whimsical Wonderland Weddings to name that wedding one of their top 10 favourites of 2017! So it's definitely my proudest moment!
What advice do you have for couples choosing their wedding photographer?
I would say spend some time looking at past weddings of different photographers. We all put our best photographs on Instagram, but if you look on the blog page of a photographer you will see how a real wedding unfolds from start to finish.
Try to pin point what it is you love about a photographers style and want for your own. It's a tough decision because there are so many incredible photographers out there!
You can see more of Becy's dream-like wedding pictures in my Book Of Love directory here!
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