So, who are you and what's different about your photography?

Well, I'm Jamie Emerson, a reportage wedding photographer based in the North East and covering Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland and the whole of Tyne and Wear. I am also happy to travel. With over a decade of experience photographing weddings, you might not see very much of me on the day - in fact the less you see of me, the better a job I'm doing! I will be there though, anticipating and capturing all the little stories which fit together to tell the big story of your day. This almost photo-journalistic approach is blended with some very dramatically lit, exceptionally beautiful wedding day portraiture. All of this means my clients can expect the best of both worlds! Afterwards, every single photograph you receive gets individual attention - I genuinely do lavish tender care on each photo to make sure it's as good as it possibly can be. This sometimes means a little extra waiting time but it's always worth it.

Have you got any qualifications?

Yes - I do have a B.A.(Hons) in Photography and a few ‘A’ Levels in studio management and photography. Over and beyond qualifications, I am always learning. I make a point of networking with as many top quality wedding suppliers as I can, sometimes at semi-formal industry 'tweet-ups' such as those organised by Brides up North, top NE wedding Blog, sometimes working with other leading North East wedding photographers near and far, and sometimes just by getting together with other wedding professionals for an informal shoot and skill-swap.

I also believe very strongly that wedding photographers have a duty to themselves and their clients to invest time and money into their businesses. To this end, I have attended workshops with some of the world's best photographers. These events are never cheap, but always worth the investment.

So why should I choose Emerson Photography?

Good question - there's so much choice these days!

The pictures. No matter who you choose to shoot your wedding, just make sure that you LOVE the photographs - after all the fancy marketing talk, flashy websites and sales pitches, the images are what count. You can see some of mine HERE. I've also put together a quick guide on choosing your wedding photographer which you can read HERE. Please also take a second to see if I've shot at your North East wedding venue before - I almost certainly have! The venue photography section is very new and is being constantly updated - let me know if there's a venue you'd particularly like to see and I'll send you a link.

Experience is well worth looking for too. Over a decade of photographing glorious North East weddings in all kinds of weird and wonderful weather, in all sorts of venues means I can adapt to pretty much anything that's thrown at me.

Consistency; being able to get beautiful photographs every single time, not just on a 'good day'. Having the technical know-how and a practiced eye for stories and detail are crucial too.

There are a few terms you'll hear a lot when looking for a wedding photographer; 'reportage', 'unobtrusive', 'photojounalist', 'candid' etc. No-one describes themselves as 'traditional' any more - it's just not fashionable. There really aren't that many true photojournalist wedding photographers around - I know of perhaps two! What I can do for clients though, is take that behind-the-scenes, story-telling quality and blend it with some very dramatic wedding day portraiture with the absolute minimum of fuss and without mountains of photographic gear getting in everyone's way - again, the very best of both worlds!

Witnessing the buzz of excitement in a bride's house on the morning of her wedding; capturing the emotion on the faces of two people in love, standing at the altar; photographing families at a reception on the proudest day of their lives: all these are moments which make my job a genuine pleasure.

And what makes you tick?

Click HERE to read a full length feature interview on the Brides up North blog with Emerson Photography - if that doesn't answer all your questions, please do just GET IN TOUCH or call me on 07866127732 or 01915845442, thanks!