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The Elite: Chris Hanley Interview

The Elite wedding blog logoThe second in my series introducing you to the Elite of the UK wedding industry: Chris Hanley is a top UK wedding photographer, always in demand for weddings at fabulous venues and a definite personal favourite of mine!

This year Chris’s work has been chosen by Queensberry to promote their luxury wedding albums, by Chanticleer Bride to promote their 2012 collection and by Hengrave Hall to promote one of the UK’s luxury wedding venues. Chris is an elite wedding photographer, a talent, a master of his craft, a gentleman and… quite cheeky. The Elite welcomes Chris Hanley Photography.

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Chris Hanley Photography: The Elite: an interview

Chris, you’ve photographed weddings at some of the UK’s most exclusive venues and run photography training workshops in Italy and Spain. Which is best?

“The best is simply the one I’m shooting at the time. Why? Because I am so focued on creating the most beautiful pictures for my clients. Observing light and understanding how to use it or replicate it is one of the principle foundations of great wedding photography.”

You’ve created some amazing brands: Cherish the Dress, Vintage Cherish and Beach Bride, for example. Where does your inspiration come from?

“A number of elements. Firstly we test and measure ideas at the National Wedding Show. By asking the right questions to future brides, our own clients and listening carefully to answers we can carefully construct desirable brands and products.

“The initial ideas come from cinema and television drama. We are regularly commissioned to shoot fashion collections, magazine work and model portfolios. Each one of these commissions is a fusion of creative minds which often is the genesis of a brand idea.”

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Photo credit: Chris Hanley Photography

I always say you have magic inside your camera. What’s really in there?!

“A camera is a piece of equipment that holds the images. The magic is the photographer’s mind, their eye and their heart.

“Create an assemblage of these elements together with personality and technical skill and the magic will happen.”

What does it take to be an top UK wedding photographer?

“Apart from the passion of wanting to create beautiful pictures every time I hold a camera to my eye, 90% is working incredibly hard at my business. Watching, listening, talking to clients and the industry. Working with the very best suppliers. Keeping a high business profile. Constantly striving to do bigger and better things.”

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Photo credit: Chris Hanley Photography

If you could live in anyone else’s shoes for a day, who would you choose to be? And can you do their accent?

I’d love to be a bride for a day, so I could really really understand the emotion. Not sure about the shoe bit of your question though, most brides can’t wait to stop wearing them 🙂 If my bride spoke like Jane Horrocks then yes, accent no problem 🙂

What’s next for Chris Hanley Photography?

“We are blessed with a healthy looking diary for 2012. We have very limited availability. We’d be delighted to offer English Wedding brides some fab incentives. Email or call the studio. 2013 weddings are already being booked, so far we have 4 🙂

“We are off to Sicily in October hosting some very special bridal fashion masterclasses, and will be having a high profile at the UK’s most illustrious wedding shows. We are also offering bespoke training at our Riverside Studio in the art and business of wedding photography.”

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Lose yourself in the magic on Chris Hanley’s wedding photography blog and visit the official Chris Hanley Photography website to find out more – including contact details for those tasty-sounding incentives for English Wedding brides!

 

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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