Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to the very talented and extremely lovely Rob Grimes of Rob Grimes Photography. I ‘met’ Rob through Twitter and he has fast become one of our biggest supporters for which we are very grateful! So let me hand you over to the man himself to tell you a bit more about himself …
1. When did you begin your business and what do you specialise in?
Photography is something that has slowly begun to take shape over the past 2 years when I learnt by what others were saying, that I had a talent. I had been taking images well before that I must admit, but have to admit that I never saw myself as a photographer, its only recently if I talk to people I say I’m a photographer rather than a soldier (thats my full time job, British Army). I have been over the past 2 years slowly gaining more experience by assisting other wedding photographers, surrounding myself with other photographers and attending workshops. With the aim of establishing a blueprint, footprint on the UK market and a background on the internet/website and breaking into the Wedding Photography market. I do have a liking to documentary style work and people keep saying I should become a photojournalist and cover areas of trouble, so for now its full steam ahead with the Wedding Mark.
2. What is your favourite aspect of your business?
Satisfaction on seeing the final images and wedding album you designed, once you have handed them over to the Bride, its that expression of joy on their face thats means you did a good job. But I have to admit, the being a part of someones wedding, capturing the moments they wont get to see and producing a day of memories for someone to cherish for life, makes the job of covering someones wedding worth while!
3. Tell us about the history of Rob Grimes Photography
The history of the business basically started back in 2009, I served in Afghanistan and started to put pen to paper on the idea back then, on return and after a backpacking tour of Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Hong Kong, I decided it was the right time to start to move things forward. I started the building of my current website, with which im happy with so far today, I then started the network of people who are apart of my current business, from printers, to album makers to everything I need to sustain myself in the wedding market. Networking with other and surrounding yourself with inspiring photographers are what makes you in this business at times, so I have a great group of people to offer me advice and to ask for advice, sometimes its not what you know, but who you know! So I’ve managed to build the business to what it is today, with plans to make it bigger, better and an all round package that people will use and recommend over and over again!
4. Talk us through a ‘typical’ day at work for you!
A typical day for me is to turn up for work in my Army uniform, work till whatever time I finish and then turn my attention to my business, that doesn’t mean I neglect it throughout the day as I always have my iphone/ipad with me to answer any calls/emails and so on. A lot of my time is spent in the evenings, again emails, editing, networking via facebook/twitter/linkedin and so on, so the business is 24/7 to be honest and I prefer it that way. If you take your eye of it for one day, you could have missed that golden opportunity and I’m not going to let that happen!
5. What inspires you most and where do your ideas come from?
Having the opportunity to still be alive after a few close calls in Iraq and Afghanistan, its a constant inspiration to still be where I am today and to have the opportunity’s I have today, so I make the most of that, inspiration comes from everyone, if I plan to go somewhere or shoot somewhere or someone, I use google images to see where and what others have done, angles/light/everything to give me the idea of what I need to do and what could be best for me!! So thanks to you all for all your ideas.
6. Where is the most popular setting you photograph at?
It all depends on the time of day and what I’m planning on shooting, if it’s a wedding, then the main camera is on manual mode and the backup is on A mode, just so I can pick her up and shoot quickly (i’m a Nikon user). If i’m out and about in an urban enviroment then its M mode and sometimes A mode again. If im away with the forces and out and about on an exercise covering what the guys are doing, the action can be fast paced, so I always use A mode, so i can just control the depth of field and get the images I require.
7. Which is more popular, big traditional church weddings or civil weddings just about anywhere?
Each wedding you cover has its own special circumstances, so it’s hard to say one is better than the other, so in my view, as long as you enjoy your job, do a good job and capture what the bride and groom want you to capture, then anywhere is a good place to shoot in.
8. What plans do you have for the future?
To be bigger, better and more successful than I am now, to have a brand that people know, trust and love over and over again. To one day help someone else to step into the wedding photography world and to help others in this business and to finally keep on traveling the world for more images and experiences. Im also currently in the process of building another new website, bigger and better to showcase the wedding images off to the world wide web. Oh and win the lottery and to be able to go back in time and invent Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook to name a few.
9. Where can we find you and book you in??
I can be found anywhere on the internet, either through my website; www.robgrimesphotography.co.uk , by email on email@example.com, by calling 07833 296598 or on Facebook; as Rob Grimes Photography, Twitter; @rsg72photograph.
I’m sure you can all see why we love Rob here at Military Wedding Discounts and it doesn’t stop there either – Rob is offering all UK and American serving Armed Forces members a 25% discount towards the booking of either you wedding package or family photo shoot when you quote RSG25%
Next week we will be sharing some of Rob’s work with you so be sure to come back and see for yourselves how talented this man is.
Emma @ Military Wedding Discounts xXx