Calling all budding photographers out there!! This article is for you…

It is rare to have an artist to be willing to open up herself in an interview, after all, they are known widely through the camera lens than their speech, allowing their photos to do the talking for them. Today, I have invited Annabel Law from Annabel Law Productions to a little chat to understand more about her job. If you are ever keen to convert your hobby into something more than passing time, you should read the article below.

So tell me, Annabel, what exactly do you do? I know there should be more than just taking photographs of happy couples.

I founded Annabel Law Productions and am the key photographer as well. At Annabel Law Productions, taking photographs is not the only thing that we do. We partner with the happy couples and are intimately involved in the process of preparing for their special day.

How did you get into this passion of yours? And what makes you want to start it professionally as a business?

I started photography as an intern six years ago. I found that I have a keen eye to details and able to portray the emotions through photos. Photography has always been my passion, as I love meeting new people and creating happiness wherever I go. I started my business four years ago after trying to join venture with a few partners, which did not work out.

Share with us the pros and cons in this line. Despite the downside, why do you still persist in this industry?

Having taken photos at more than 150 weddings, the pros of being a vendor in this industry is that I can be specialized in my work and give proper guidance to my clients. All unforeseen circumstances have been foreseen. However, this is a very saturated industry as everyone thinks that having the best equipment makes you a good photographer, that is not true. It is so much more than relying on equipment to take a picture that says a thousand words. I continue to thrive in this business because I’m different from other photographers. I have the ability to make people comfortable and relaxed. When the couple is relaxed, naturally it shows in the pictures.

Why come out as an individual photographer instead of joining a bridal house? Isn’t it more lucrative and stable?

I have tried initially to venture with a few partners. However, I feel that being an individual, I can create my brand and style that I want to portray. I am a perfectionist as well, demanding quality on top priority rather than quantity. I rather take a perfect photo than to take 50 photos of the same pose and taking them to upsell to you.

Talking about stability, as a wedding photographer, you rely very much on auspicious dates. When is low season and how do you handle those days? Do you prep in advance?

During low seasons, I will plan overseas pre-wedding shoots or create a marketing strategy for the year ahead. I always meet up with fellow industry players and learn more about the upcoming trends, and taking the time to upgrade my skills so that my performance will be in tiptop conditions.

This is the end of part 1 of the interview. Do stay tuned for the second piece of the interview, coming right up!

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38 replies on “A Luncheon Date With A Wedding Photographer

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  2. I enjoyed this posting of years ago that I just read minutes ago. It reminds me of my work for a studio that specialized in portraiture (individual and group), and weddings and other celebrations. My work was photography in the latter functions and the equipment was manual medium format film cameras and flash and involved constant attention their working. I was on adrenaline for days before the wedding just as Annabel Law, and getting to the actual work was like jumping into cold water. Freeze or swim. I enjoyed the swimming. Additional tension came from our not knowing how the pictures would come out until processed days later. Enough complaining about my stresses. I turned the film over to the studio, and my most talented professionals took it from there. Annabel has to turn her work over to herself for processing, then to her patrons. We did not consider our subjects as customers; rather, as patrons.
    By telling way, photography of people can be a vanity business, and some people are never happy with how they look. No, don’t photoshop other faces and bodies onto your patrons, I don’t believe it will work. Annabel, you have a great profession of which to be proud.
    Finally, I loved the picture at the beginning of the posting, a manual 35 mm film camera! You tell that camera exactly what it has to do!

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    1. Wow! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. An old post is never old if it is relevant. 🙂 Annabel is still very much a successful wedding photographer today and many have praised her work. I believe she will be delighted to read your comment.


  3. My next to the last sentence referred to the posting of April 20, 2018, “Talking Passion With A Photojounalist,” with a picture of a camera on a table, rather than the posting of February 26, 2016, “A Luncheon With A Wedding Photographer,” with the photograph, “Attractive Smiling Subject on the Other Side of the Camera.”

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