Today we meet Adam West, owner of West 70 Photography.
Introduce yourself and your company!
I’m Adam from West 70 Photography. We’re a photography studio based in Downend, Bristol who specialise in weddings, studio portraiture and event photography.
What made you start your company?
I’ve worked in the wedding industry since I was 19 (ten years now!), West 70 Photography came about from the idea that not everyone wants the same thing when it comes to photography. So we stripped out all of the extra services and we’re left with a simple and affordable package, which has proven to be very popular!
Can you give us a typical ‘day in the life of’ – we’d love to know what you do day by day, even the what-might-seem-like-boring bits!
I think anyone who is or ever has ran their own business knows that you spend a great deal of time on things like e-mails, phone calls and general admin. We always starts our day by going through all the correspondence we’ve received overnight (typically a few wedding and studio enquiries) and then we get to work on editing. We edit some sort of content most days of the week, be it a wedding, something from our studio photo-shoots or something else. We also squeeze in things like meetings with our customers and local businesses. We like being busy!
What do you enjoy most or what is your favourite part of your job?
The wide variety of people we get to meet. It’s really lovely to meet so many different people, especially people from the local area, and get to know them. This helps with the photography side of things as well – building a relationship with your subject is very important. We’re lucky that we get to work with lots of people.
How do you manage to mix your busy schedule with home and family life? Some secrets to your success please!
I co-own the business with my other half, Marcus. We work together every day and spend pretty much all of our time together. People often comment on how we manage to do this and not go insane! It’s really lovely actually because we can still be getting work done but spend time with one another. That being said, we’re also very strict about when is work time and when isn’t – it just so happens that most of the time IS work time!
What top tip would you give couples that are getting married?
Think about what you want. I know that sounds simple but it’s often greatly overlooked. Don’t let other people (be it friends, families, suppliers) tell you what you should like. If you like something, then go with it. Having a clear idea of your expectations will help in all areas of your wedding planning.
If you’re already married, what one thing do you wish you’d done differently?
We had a civil partnership a few years ago, however Marcus and I are getting married properly in 2015. Not many people get to have a second go, so this will be our chance to get things done just-so!
What has been your most unusual request and did you manage to fulfil it?
It depends on what you would classify as unusual! I always tell our customers that nothing they tell me will shock or surprise me any more! My personal favourite was when a couple had their dogs at the wedding (including dressing them in some very fetching bow-ties). That still makes me smile.
How long do you usually take from start to finish with a couple? Please explain the process that you run through with clients so our readers can schedule it all in…
Typically a customer will get in touch about their wedding date. We then check our availability and hopefully we’re free. Then we go ahead and get them booked in (due to our pricing we tend to get booked up very quickly, so we recommend our customers book as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment). We then tend to correspond by either e-mail or phone for a while, answering any questions etc. We always schedule a meeting about one month before the wedding so that we can meet up and talk over all the plans for the day – not just the photographs. I like to know all the details! Once the meeting is done then it’s time for the wedding, that always flies by. After the wedding itself is over it’s time for us to edit the images. Depending on the time of year this can take us up to 8-12 weeks (summer being our busiest time). We always keep our couples up to date and they’re welcome to check the status with us at any time. Once we’ve edited all the images we put them on a disc and get it sent over to our customers. They get all the images plus copyright permission. Because we also do studio photography a lot of our wedding customers come back to us – so it’s never really goodbye!
When do you recommend booking in, please tell us how much notice do you need and how far should couples book in in advance of the wedding?
We recommend booking us as soon as possible. Our price for our standard wedding photography package is only £295 – so you can image this is quite popular. In short, the sooner the better. It’s just turned 2015, we’ve already had enquiries for 2018!
And finally… which is your favourite Cards by Sophie design?
The platinum pocket fold has everything you’d need from a wedding invite, plus it looks great!
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