Ellie Gillard photography
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A photographer offering creative, modern photography throughout London, the UK and destination. An alternative to boring photos. Lover of offbeat, fun and natural weddings.
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Products and Services
Bridal Prep Shots
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Images on USB
Personal Online Gallery
Second Shooter Available
Stay Through Dancing
Stay Through Speeches
First Look Photographer
Reportage / Documentary
I launched Ellie Gillard photography in 2011, even in my first year, the weddings I shot were published on blogs and in magazines like Perfect Wedding and I went full time at the beginning of 2013. I love telling the story of a wedding day from my own artistic point of view, seeing it, feeling it, being part of it. Photographically I love golden hour, window light, dark rooms, unconventional brides and grooms and oodles of love. I love unexpected venues – warehouses, pubs, town halls, galleries and restaurants and outside of London I love outdoor ceremonies in the wilderness, by trees and lakes; in tipis and forests. I want this to be one of the easiest relationships you have with a ‘supplier’ in the run up to your wedding day, and to work with you to create awesome images that you’ll love forever. When I photograph the two of you I try to create a space where you can be authentic, where I capture the real you and not some photographers view of who you are. Aside from my work; I lived in both East London (Bethnal Green) and South East London (in between East Dulwich and Peckham) before settling into our ‘grown up house’ with my gorgeous husband Joss and our menagerie of pets - our cats Poppy, Pippin and Midnight, and our rescue dog Benson, the newest addition to the family. I still dabble with film photography, but digital is my workhorse. I’m an equal opportunities photographer and love the fact that, as of now, everyone can get married irrespective of race, gender or sexuality and that is a fantastic thing.
Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
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What is your most memorable wedding?
Picking a favourite wedding is like picking a favourite child (or pet, in my case!) - they are all special and I'm lucky to get to do what I do for a living. I love that there's always something new to experience, ven this far into shooting weddings.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Creative, modern, unconventional, natural, fun
What about your business are you most proud of?
All of it really - that I get to call this my job still 6 years after photographing my first ever wedding.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
When booking your photographer, make sure you find one you love, and who you connect with. It means you don't need to micromanage them, or send them Pinterest lists, but instead you can have lots of fun confident that they will capture your day the way you want.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
So, I like to meet everyone I work with, either in person or often via Skype, and we chat, not just about the technicalites of the wedding, but about the two of you, and how you see the day going down. I want to hear how much fun everyone's going to have, not about your colour schemes! I provide lots of help and guidance with planning your photography to take up minimal time, but deliver the images that are important to you, including an engagement shoot (if you want one) to get to know each other better, so that we are all ready to be awesome on the day.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
I don't think there is any #1 photo, in fact those kind of lists are the bane of my life a little but what I think should happen is that you find a photographer you trust enough to capture the important moments, but more than that, one who you know will make everything beautiful regardless of what happens rather than applying a cookie cutter approach.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Preparation and a willingness to embrace it! Buy some brollies, don your wellies and get out in it, or let your photographer suggest alternative dry locations.
Describe how you got into photography.
I started off learning film photography on my Art Foundation course before heading off to study Fashion at Kingston University, after that it was always a hobby but people kept saying 'why don't you try weddings' - so I did, and in my first year shot 7, 6 of which were featured in magazines and on blogs and it just grew from there until I was able to leave my job as a fashion buyer to focus exclusively on weddings!
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