BEHIND THE LENS

NAME: ANDY WHITEHEAD
JOB: WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER


HI ANDY. IN A FEW WORDS, CAN YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF?
My name is Andy Whitehead and I'm a freelance  photographer who prides himself on producing quality photography with a professional attitude and the ability to work well with people. 

SOUNDS VERY POLISHED AND 'CORPORATE'. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOB TO YOUR 3 YEAR OLD NEPHEW THEN?
Uncle Andy is a photographer. That means he gets paid to shoot people  ... sometimes on their wedding day.

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ANDY WHITEHEAD - WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO 'SHOOT' PEOPLE FOR A LIVING? 
I love travelling, and instead of applying myself fully to studying I spent all my student loans and many years just barrelling around the world. The trouble was, I didn't have the way with words to be able to describe to people back home what a great experience it was. I found that the camera helped with this. 

SO, HOW DID YOU END BECOMING A FULL-TIME PHOTOGRAPHER?
I got married to Mrs Whitehead in my mid-twenties and thought that I'd better get a 'proper' job. I'd trained as an Environmental Health Officer at university but the thought of working in local government never really appealed. The travel industry was therefore a natural move for me and, with my interest in photography known to those I worked with, I somehow ended up being paid to travel around the world taking photos of resorts for holiday brochures. After a few years and a lot of fun, a couple of redundancies led to me taking my own chances. I set up the business and over 10 years later here I am with experience of conducting assignments in travel, tourism, event, sport, corporate and wedding photography. 

YOU MENTION THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY, HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT? 
I was asked by my good friend Becki in 2007 if I could photograph her wedding. I must admit, having never covered a wedding before and not knowing what to expect, I was a little apprehensive and did my best to politely and respectfully decline. However Becki was having none of my reservations and was quite insistent that I was the photographer she wanted. To cut a long story short, I'm delighted that she was because I really enjoyed the day and everyone was delighted with the photos. I later joined up with a wedding photo agency to add variety to my portfolio, and over the past ten years it's been a privilege to cover literally hundreds of weddings.

WHAT WOULD YOUR DOG SAY ABOUT YOU IF WE ASKED FOR A REFERENCE? 
He'd say that great wedding photography tells stories, and that to tell yours I use unobtrusive 'documentary' photography to create natural, flowing images that reflect your unique personality and capture the mood of the day. He'd go on to say that formal shots are also conducted with the minimum of fuss allowing you and your guests to get on and enjoy your big day.

AND WHAT WOULD YOUR GOLDFISH SAY?
He'd echo what the dog said and invite you to contact me for a free no-obligation quote, or for a chat about your wedding photography. He'd then join me in congratulating you on your engagement before adding that I look forward to hearing from you and telling your special day that will be cherished by you and your family for years to come.

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WHAT'S ON YOUR 'RECENTLY PLAYED' LIST ON SPOTIFY?
Exodus, Robert Plant, Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, Dire Straits and Great American Ghost.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF? 
- I've run two marathons and my PB is 3hrs 17 mins
- I've self-built my last couple of houses
- I speak German
- I'm a writer for 'Football Weekends' magazine
- I'm the club photographer at Bury FC 
- I've been to 60 countries 
- I play the bass guitar 
- I'm Britain's biggest 'Würzburger Kickers' fan 

LAST QUESTION. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? 
I'm still looking for ideas but let's not rush things !

MANY THANKS ANDY, IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TALKING TO YOU!
You're very welcome.