Photography by Michaelangelo
Folkestone, Kent(10 Reviews)
My Name is Michaelangelo and I am a wedding and portrait photographer living in Folkestone, in southeast Kent. I offer a friendly service, fantastic quality and great value for money. From the first email to your delivered photographs, you can rest assured you are in the safe hands of a passionate & professional photographer.
Photography by Michaelangelo
28 Cherry Garden Ln, Folkestone CT19 4AD, UK
What’s the secret to taking a great photograph?
A great photograph can be very subjective and does depend greatly on the subject. As the vast majority of my work revolves around photographs of people it's important to create some sort of emotional connection between the viewer and the subjects. This is especially important if it's a wedding photograph being looked at by the couple in question. Beyond this there are a few key technical aspects to make the photograph more aesthetically pleasing to the eye - such as the rule of thirds and leading lines, which draw the viewer into the photograph and help to place the intended subject in focus. Finally, using the light effectively will greatly enhance the drama of a photograph by using it to highlight certain parts while obscuring others, further defining the subject.
Most of what makes a photograph stand out is not even down to the equipment used, but it takes a long time, patience and practice to be able to appreciate and competently utilise all these aspects properly, and is one of the many reasons why a good camera does not always make a good photographer, and why you should always consider hiring a professional who does this day in and day out.
What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?
When meeting a couple to discuss their wedding photography I always love hearing about what they have planned so far for their day, as the photographer isn't always one of the first things they may consider! Finding out about their venue and colour schemes are always good places to start, and any little details they may have in mind. I always like to know important timings such as when the ceremony is, when the wedding breakfast and first dance are so that eventually I can plan a comprehensive schedule of the day for me to work from. If the couple are considering taking part in an engagement shoot I will try and emphasise it is nice to have this where they used to go on dates, and this brings back a lot of happy memories and makes them more comfortable and natural around me as well.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the independence being my own boss allows me. I can make my own decisions and go about things my own way but it's always the lovely clients that I work with that make the job exciting and interesting. The pace of wedding photography especially can be a bit frantic at times but I don't let this get to me and I enjoy being a 'go to' person for the couple during the planning process, as of course they have no idea what a wedding entails to begin with.
What inspired you to start your own business?
For many years photography used to be a hobby and nothing more, I never dreamed I would eventually turn it into a profession as well. Back in 2014 Some close friends of mine who were getting married suggested as I enjoyed photography that it would be nice for them to have some nice photos of the two of them taken that they could use on their wedding invites. I took it upon myself to research somewhere suitably romantic and scenic and we all went out together for the afternoon. I had never posed people for photos before but we all worked with the surroundings in the warm soft evening light and had a great time, When I showed them the finished photographs they (and I) were so impressed they suggested I could quite easily do it professionally. I thought about their advice and over time developed a brand and a website and Photography by Michaelangelo was born! Since then I have experimented with different types of portraiture photography and have settled on wedding photography as the mainstay of my business. I still offer other styles through the year when my schedule allows but weddings as you can imagine make up the bulk of my business in the milder months of the year.
Why should our clients choose you?
In a world of iphones and cheap technology its become easier for anyone to pick up a camera and call themselves a photographer. For those wanting someone to document an important event, especially their wedding, you should think long and hard about your choices. With me you have an extensive, consistent portfolio in a modern and vibrant style. Full of light and clean colours, I showcase your wedding as it was meant to be seen. I can utilise the environment and the lighting to bring the photographs to life. I may be younger that some more established photographers but this gives me a more up to date approach to both the lead up and the wedding itself. I spend a good deal of time after the event carefully selecting and perfecting the photographs to ensure you only receive the very best. There will be no blurry, badly lit, poorly composed, oddly coloured photographs in sight! Truly a service and end product to be proud of.
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