The excitement is mounting here at TVHB headquarters as it’s now less than a week until our lovely big Brisbane wedding fair. Tickets are busy being purchased and vendors are madly getting all of their final touches together to create some killer exhibitor spaces for your enjoyment! We recently caught up with one of our fabulous photographer vendors, Miriam from Wildflower Images…
Can you tell us a bit about Wildflower Images?
I am Miriam and I am the primary photographer for Wildflower Images. I have been shooting weddings for over 10 years. I primarily shoot weddings and families. However, the most fulfilling work I do is volunteering my time & expertise for Heartfelt. I am part of a team of photographers who provide photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirths, premature births, or have children with serious and terminal illnesses. It is an amazing organisation and I am honoured to be a part of it. My life philosophy is that life is beautiful, no matter what cards people are dealt I have watched people focus on the beautiful things happening rather than the despair. This is what I aim to capture in my work.
Do you travel for weddings?
Yes I do! My passport is valid and ready to go! Over the years I have travelled both interstate and overseas to shoot weddings.
How would you describe your style?
I tell stories. I have a compulsion to tell people’s stories through photography. I am a chaser of truth and authenticity; therefore I document real life from a story-telling, creative and unique perception. I incorporate my love of light, nature and all things vintage to tell people’s stories. I always strive to tell the story of a person being themselves, because after all, there is nothing more beautiful or truthful than that. I get to know all my clients so their personalities are in their images. Every session I do obviously has the same flavour of my style, but the images are never exactly the same, as some couples are really outgoing and are up for anything, wanting quirky and fun; while others are quieter and want more candid & really personal images. That is one thing I love about my job, I love meeting different people and creating works of art specific to them.
How early should couples book with you?
Booking a photographer should be one of the first things couples do, as it is true, us photographers do book up quickly! I only take on a certain amount of weddings a year, therefore 6-12 months in advance is recommended. But do try your luck, I might just be available! This year some clients had a photographer that pulled out for specific reasons 4 weeks before their wedding day. They contacted me and I just happened to be free. That wedding will go down in history as one of my most favourite weddings. I say it was fate 🙂
Why do you think photography is such an important part of a couple’s big day?
Our memory fails us all the time, photographs prevent that from happening to a degree. Weddings are so emotional and beautiful things happen at weddings. It is awesome to catch just those precious little moments in life and have them on record forever (without sounding cheesy!).
What advice do you have for couples when they are thinking about their photography?
Go with your heart, not with your head, because you will regret it. I have spoken to so many people who booked someone because they were cheap, or had a friend take photos and have regretted their decision. I absolutely understand that weddings are expensive and money doesn’t grow on trees, but I can assure you that you will not regret it. Just work out how important it is to you, we are all very different people and what is important to one isn’t important to the next. Go with a photographer you connect with and whose creativity you trust. Then you can leave it in their hands to capture your wedding and concentrate on having the time of your life 🙂
What is your favourite thing about photography?
I love that a photograph remembers every intrinsic details long after the memory has forgotten them. But what I love even more in that it triggers feelings. My parents have passed away so photographs to me are so important. Sometimes I can look at a photograph and it triggers all my senses and I remember every detail about that moment in time.
Do you have a favourite wedding photograph? What is the story behind it?
That’s a tough one, I have so many favourites, all for different reasons. A famous photographer Imogen Cunningham once said “which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow”. Every photo I take I am striving to take my favourite. But if I had to choose it would be one that I took of a bride while she was getting ready. Every time I look at it it makes me feel something. I love the unknowing & vulnerable look on her face, I love the way she is holding her hands, I love the way it is cropped as it helps keeps the mystery about it.
What can couples expect when they visit your stand in August?
some cool albums to look at and lovely prints. Oh, and me waiting to say hi 🙂