Now whatever you’re doing and however busy your day is – STOP right now! Today, we’re celebrating the 10th business birthday of one of our much loved preferred suppliers – and there’s a huge treat in this for one of you.
Olliver Photography are members of our beloved Little Book For Brides wedding directory and today we’re delighted to be sharing an interview with the talented creative duo behind the brand name, the lovely Annie and Christian.
Not only that, and most excitingly, we’re also giving you a chance to win your wedding photography with the Olliver’s! We’re talking an all day service, valued at £1,600 – a prize many of you I know would be thrilled to receive. There are a number of runner-up prizes included too, so, let’s find out a little more shall we?
Tell us who you are and what you do?
“We are Annie and Christian Olliver, also known as Olliver Photography. We’ve been shooting reportage, documentary style weddings in London and the rest of the UK for nine years, and are long-time sponsors and friends of Love My Dress.”
How did you get started in the wedding photography world?
“Sharing a love for photography, we wanted to start a business that allowed us to work together creatively and follow our passion. We nervously shot our first wedding for a family member, loved it and the following year lots of their friends had booked us! 9 years, (and 5 children) later we’re still going strong!”
Please describe your photography style?
“Our style is very relaxed, informal and friendly. We will capture the narrative of your day, at a distance – no pushy, cheesy, posey shots. This allows us to achieve natural images, inspired by light and true moments.”
What is your favourite part of the wedding day to shoot?
“Absolutely, definitely the bridal preparations. The atmosphere in the room swings between intense emotion and nerves to fun and laughter. It’s such an intimate time. Watching the bride surrounded by her closest friends and family provides some really poignant images.”
What do you love most about shooting weddings?
“Without a doubt, our couples. We have been soooooo lucky to work with so many lovely, clever people over the years. It’s such a joy to meet the couple at the very beginning of their planning and be with them on that journey through to the day, where we get to meet all their friends and family too. Sharing that time in a couples’ life is really special. Often they keep in touch and send images of their new additions too which is so lovely!”
What advice would you give to brides and grooms hesitating to allocate budget for wedding photography?
“Of course we believe that your weddings images are hugely important! After the day they are a record of all the wonderful details from the day. We are hugely into detail, which means that all the little intricacies that you’ve put so much thought and effort into will all be captured for you to remember. But, even more crucially, the way a wedding gets everyone together can be pretty rare, and those special moments with the different characters from your family or group of friends should be treasured. Wedding images tell the story of people.”
Having worked with so many couples, what one piece of advice would you give to couples ahead of their nuptials?
“Relax!!! Enjoy it, treasure it, revel in it. We have been at weddings when things have gone ‘wrong’, like the flowers were dead, or the cake was late or the power cut out during dancing, but it didn’t matter. The bride and groom still declared their love and were married. Family and friends still had an awesome time together. Enjoy it!”
Who or what inspires you?
“We draw on many influences but we are mostly inspired by the couple themselves and what is important to them, as well as setting. For example, at an urban location in London, we are inspired by the local architecture, vibrancy of the people around, and those details that make a place special. The brickwork, street art or a canal, perhaps. Further afield, at a chateaux wedding, we’re inspired by the rolling landscape, fields of sunflowers as far as the eye can see, the stone of the chateaux, sunlit lemon trees, and shafts of light hitting tile flooring. A sense of place helps to frame the whole experience of the day.”
What is your favourite ‘wedding moment’ so far?
“Too hard! There’s been sooo many incredible moments! Annie loves a bride and father moment but sunset on the Dordogne River in France was pretty amazing! We had a bride a few years back who had her reception at The Gherkin in London, which was incredible anyway because of the views, but after the speeches her 4 sisters stood up on stage and sang a song they had written for her. It was such a tearjerker, so beautiful and fun and special. We will never forget that.”
Ooooh, such great answers guys! Now, let me tell you a little bit more about the competition to celebrate the Olliver’s 10th year of wedding photography. The first prize is a full wedding day photography package worth £1600 and this includes:
- Pre-wedding consultation to plan the day
- London engagement shoot
- Full day coverage (from preparations to party time)
- Sneak peek on-line gallery 10 days after wedding (also useful for thank you cards perhaps)
- Fully edited images on a USB with full printing rights
- Online gallery for friends and family
- All expenses included
How amazing is that? And the celebrations don’t end there because there’s also a second prize of 50% off full wedding package detailed above (with an e-shoot!) and five runner-up prizes with 25% off full wedding package detailed above (with an e-shoot!). What’s not to love?
To enter and to be in with a chance to win, all you need to do is follow the Olliver’s on Instagram and, in the box below, tell them a little bit about your plans, wedding theme and hopes for the day. Do also include your wedding day so that they can confirm their availability for your date.
Good luck everyone and happy business birthday to the Olliver’s!
Terms and Conditions for giveaway
- To enter we would like brides to: follow @olliverphotography on instagram AND write a short summary of their plans, style and detail, including their date so we can confirm we are available.
- Weddings must be 2018/2019 UK or Europe
- The values of the prizes are 1st place: £1600 (UK), 2nd place: £800 and Runners up x 5: £400
- This competition will run for 3 weeks and end at midnight on Wednesday 3rd October 2017. Winners will be notified accordingly the week commencing 9th October 2017.