Good afternoon! I hope you had a lovely bank holiday? The sun shone for most of it here in Yorkshire which was a superb treat. A lot of my friends got engaged over the weekend which was unexpected (purely just for the time of year) but so happy for them all. They have all the fun of wedding planning to come. First stop? I think a date but then definitely the photographer! Today we have a fun interview with wedding photographer James Malkin we ask who his photographic influencers are, and what his favourite food is. All the essentials.
photography | James Malkin
What was your first ever camera?
My very first camera was a Nikon F2, 35mm SLR which originally belonged to my grandad. It was handed over to me when I was still way too young to understand anything about photography and it ended up being sat on the shelf in my bedroom collecting dust! It wasn’t until digital cameras started to become popular in the 90’s that I really started to play around with photography and decided to dust off the F2 and take some pictures. In 1999 I enrolled onto a college course in photography and purchased my very first DSLR, a Nikon D1.
When did you first find your passion for photography?
Although I’ve had a keen interest in photography for as long as I can remember, the passion really started to set in after photographing my first wedding as an assistant photographer back in 2001. There was something about capturing authentic moments that really got me hooked.
What is your favourite part of the wedding day?
My favourite part of the wedding day would have to be the evening party! I absolutely love photographing people having fun on the dancefloor! This is a time when I can get all creative using slow shutter speeds and flash to create light trails and a sense of motion in my images.
Who are your inspirations?
I have always been fascinated with the documentary work of Ryan Brenizer. He’s a great storytelling wedding photographer that captures amazingly natural wedding photos.
Is there a famous person dead or alive that you would like to photograph? And why.
I would have loved to have been able to photograph Bruce Lee. I have always been a fan of martial arts and as I was growing up, attending kickboxing classes this guy was my idol. Capturing some of his lightning fast kicks and punches on camera would be amazing.
What do you order at a bar?
Actually, I am a huge coffee and tea drinker! When I’m photographing a wedding I usually order a draught Pepsi, but on any other occasion I would avoid the bar all together and head to the nearest coffee shop for a caffeine fix. If I’m out with friends I may order a pint of Guiness, but to be honest I’m not really much of a drinker.
If you could choose a super power for the day, which would it be and why?
If I could choose to have any super power for the I would probably go with the ability to teleport! I would absolutely love to be able to quickly teleport to and photograph all of my favourite landmarks around the world all within the space of 24 hours.
What is your favourite food of all time?
This is going to sound very strange but out in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida there is a small kiosk that sells something called ‘Poutine’. It is basically chunky potato cut chips with melted cheese and gravy and it is delicious! I can’t wait to go back out there for more!
What do you like to do when I am not working?
I enjoy aviation and currently not far off earning my Private Pilot’s Licence. I love spending family time with my wife and son, having days out together and exploring the rural Norfolk coasts and countryside.
Planning a wedding can be hard, but once you’ve got a good photographer under your belt everything else will fall in to place. Taste in photography is definitely subjective so find a style you like and contact them, but more important than that I feel you have to click with them, so that on your day you don’t feel awkward and they can get the best out of you. James has been lovely to work with and I have no doubt he will be an amazing addition to your wedding!