Under the Spotlight – Shan’s Photography

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Credit: Rosie Parsons

I’ve got yet another amazing new photographer to share with you today. Shan from Shan’s Photography is making some serious waves throughout the UK’s wedding market. Based in the Isle of Man, Shan likes nothing better than shooting beautiful but off-the-wall weddings all over the country (and beyond) so she’s certainly one to watch for 2010. Alrighty then – over to the good stuff…

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Who are you and what do you do?
I am Shan Fisher, a photographer. I specialise in wedding photography – I’m really passionate about photography and I absolutely love my job! I founded Shan’s Photography  in June 2007.

Where are you based and what cities/countries are you available to work in?
The beautiful Isle of Man is my base, central to the UK. Although I am a pretty new photographer, I have already had great experiences shooting a wedding in Germany and various parts of the UK. I’m happy to travel all over the country and abroad for photography work.

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Who/what are your biggest influences? Who do you really admire?
Every day I am inspired and influenced by life, sometimes just simple things around me. I like to use my imagination and be creative while keeping images in my style. Photography is like love – you’ve got to see it and feel it, it’s unbelievable! During my career so far I have been inspired by many things such as films, music, painting and dancing. I use to do a lot of painting and I believe this gave me fundamental knowledge about light, colour and composing an image.
I’m a huge fan of
Jerry Ghionis, based in Australia. He’s my favourite photographer – his photos are just so romantic and beautiful!

What or who made you get into photography?
I’ve been interested in photography as a hobby and art form ever since I can remember! My journey towards making photography my career began at a local photography society in 2005. I joined up to hopefully learn some new skills from other photographers, and everyone was so helpful and friendly! They held regular competitions, and I was so surprised when I was awarded first place in the first competition I entered, and it was announced in the local newspaper! It was really encouraging – after that, I started taking photography really seriously, learning as many new skills as I could, and by the end of the year I won “Best Photographer” along with a host of trophies!
After that I continued working really hard on improving my photography and decided to make it my career. I always feel so lucky to have become a photographer and doing something which I love every day!

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What do you love about weddings?
I love weddings! Weddings are so beautiful, happy and emotional. Photography is a magical thing which allows me to capture the couple’s best moments and emotion; through photos I can make their memorable day last a life time! I am a very outgoing person and I enjoy making friends. Being a wedding photographer allows me to meet lots of interesting people and I really like getting to know them, their friends and their family. I am so glad that I’ve become good friends with lots of clients through being their wedding photographer.

What do you hate about weddings?
Sometimes the great British weather can lead to some problems – you can end up with most of the shots being indoors, but even then it can lend a ‘cosy’ feel to the photographs. And I always enjoy shooting weddings where there’s not too much rush and I can get enough time with the couple to create some amazing and romantic photos to show them at their very best on their wedding day.
But I can’t think of anything I hate about weddings – I love them all the way through from meeting the bride and hearing all the plans to being there on the day!

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 Tell me a little about your favourite wedding ever and why?
It’s so difficult to name a favourite wedding as every wedding was so special and unique to me. There’s been so many memorable moments!

What advice would you have for couple’s on the wedding photographer hunt? What is a sign of a good/bad wedding photographer?
Firstly, they should decide on the style of photography they’d like for their wedding, and then find a photographer that they really like in that style. Remember there’s lots of different types of photographers out there, so have a good look round – some photographers can take really good photos, but their style might not be your cup of tea. Once you’ve found a photographer you like, try and book an engagement session with them – this will give you a good idea of what they’re like to work with. They’re going to be with you for virtually your entire wedding day, so you should get on with them really well and feel comfortable in front of the camera. Also, try and see a full wedding album to see if you like how they’ll tell the ‘story’ of your wedding day.

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What has been the highlight of your career as a wedding photographer so far?
The highlight of my career so far is receiving a Gold Award from the prestigious Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographer, SWPP (http://www.swpp.co.uk/). So my photo is now amongst the winners on the competition page and is due to be published in the next edition of Professional Imagemaker. Amazingly, my favourite photographer Jerry Ghionis is also featured in these awards – it’s so cool to see my photos alongside his! It’s great just having the opportunity to compete with the top photographers in the world.

What role (if at all) have wedding blogs played in promoting you and your work so far?
This is a new idea for me, I haven’t promoted my work in any other blog before. It’s really good to be featured in Rock ‘n Roll Bride! I hope my clients and your readers can get to know me better through this interview. Also it’s a great way to introduce myself and promote my work as a new photographer.
I have
my own blog.  I would love to mention my wonderful husband David who built my website for me. I appreciate all the hard work and effort he puts into it which enables me to have such a beautiful website to represent my work to all of you.

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Do you have any advice for budding photographers out there who want to get into weddings?
You have to have passion to be a wedding photographer! You have to love weddings! There are lots of challenges to being a wedding photographer – besides being able to take good photos you will also need to have good skills of communication, organisation, time management and customer relationship management. You have to always learn to expect the unexpected in a wedding. Wedding photography is hard work but also a very happy job!

What are your plans for 2010? What can we expect from you in the next 12 months?
2009 has been a busy and good year for me. I have been working hard to promote my new company which has had a very good response. In 2010 there are many exciting plans for me to look forward to – firstly, I will be finishing my business degree. I’m a final year student of Management with Marketing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Yes, I am a mutitasker 🙂 I’m hoping that by gaining world-class business knowledge I can provide all my clients better service to compliment my photography skills. Secondly, I am looking forward to all the weddings in 2010 and there will be lots of amazing love stories and photos to share with you all. Thirdly, I am planning to publish the first Bridal Magazine in the Isle of Man called ‘Isle of Man Bride’. As you can see it’s another busy year ahead. How exciting!!

Thanks to Shan for taking the time to tell us all about her work! for more infomation or for her price list, go check out her website. You can contact Shan by phone on +44 (0)7874 874928 (UK) or +44 (0)7624 418031 (IOM) or by email to photo@shansphoto.com

If you are a photographer or wedding vendor and are interested in being featured in a future ‘Under the Spotlight’ post then drop me an email for all the info.

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22 comments

  1. Adam

    Shan is a fantastic photographer and we have the honour of having her as our photographer at out wedding. We feel privalidged to have such a talented lady on our special day. Thank you!

  2. Anna

    Great photos and interview.Amazing how many prizes Shan has been awarded for her 3-year career. Wishing you many more of those!
    Thank you for the advice on the wedding photographer’s work.
    All the best!

  3. Jenna

    I cannot stress enough how much of an amazingly talented photographer Shan is; her passion for photography and love combine together to create astounding photographs that couples will be able to treasure for the rest of their lives.

    I truly recommend Shan to any couples out there looking for a photographer who will make you feel comfortable, beautiful and will capture the romance of your relationship. I’ve nothing but praise for her, her photographs are truly stunning.

  4. Yvonne

    We love Shan’s work very much. Shan is a very talented and creative photographer, she is always full of passion and energy. We can’t thank her enough for capturing our engagement and wedding. We strongly recommend her to anyone with a love for photography and beautiful memories forever.

  5. Debbie

    We met Shan for our engagement photos and as soon as we met her we knew we would have fun with her.
    Shan knew how to make us feel comfortable (as we were both nervous)and get the best from us in a very relaxed way, we had a great afternoon taking photos.
    When we recieved the pictures, i was amazed at how good she made us both look that we even decided to use one as a wedding invite, which everyone has commented on saying it is lovely,
    And now i can’t wait for the wedding photo’s, role on may 29th, i know we will have some wonderful photos to look back on in years to come

  6. Marina

    Shan is a great photographer and produces fantastic, stylish work. She is also a lovely, cheerful person who would make any photo shoot lots of fun. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her for someone’s wedding.

  7. Lucy

    Richard and I are really looking forward to having Shan at our wedding in July and we know she will produce an amazing photographic record of the day. We’re excited about our ‘engagement session’ too – such a good idea! Her reputation goes before her – we’ve only heard great things about Shan and her work.

  8. Michelle

    Shan has amazing creative ability. She brings out the best in people and really puts them at ease, which shows in the beautiful photo’s she takes.

  9. Sam and Josh

    Shan is such a dedicated and enthusiastic woman in all aspects of life, expecially when it comes to photography. She will always go the extra mile to ensure the best is achieved and never fails to put a smile on your face, since she has such a loving yet bubbly personality.
    I would recommend her without hesitation – her photos speak for themselves.

  10. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments! They are a geat encouragement! Thanks Kat – R&R Bride for the interview. Lots of love to you all! Shan xxx

  11. Wendy

    Shan was a dream to work with on my wedding day. She was so patient and understanding of our needs and she’s always smiling, even when the day started very grey and very wet! Her enthusiasm for her art is infectious! She is calm and always positive, giving us advice and guidance on the day and making every shot count. I love her romantic style with an artistic edge. I have so many favourite photos from the day and to everyone I’ve shown, they agreed it was some of the best wedding photographs they’ve seen and I agree too!

  12. Eleni

    Congratulations on your fantastic work Shan!
    Your work is very artistic, dynamic and beautiful!
    Your passion is reflected in all your work. All the best with your career
    xxxxx

  13. Eliza

    Shan, thank you for taking the time and the trouble to get to know us and put us at our ease before our wedding – it made such a difference, and we felt far more relaxed in front of the camera because you had become our friend, not just a photographer.

    We were really touched by your genuine happiness at OUR happiness, and still are!

    Not only are you very talented, you are also a lovely person – happy, sunny, a pleasure to be around. We know you will go far. Sending you a big hug, Shan! xx

  14. Helen Collins

    We have booked Shan for our wedding in June and instead of having an engagement shoot she was more than happy to do a family shoot so our daughter could be included. Shan made us all feel at ease and the pictures are wonderful. I am really looking forward to the wedding photos as Shan has such a good artistic edge. Shan is also a very cheerful person and will be lots of fun on the big day…..which should help calm a few nerves!

  15. Jenni and George

    Shan is our photographer for our wedding in June and we can’t wait for her to capture those special moments in her very magical style. I am a keen amateur photographer and just knew that we needed someone with that certain perzazz and a bit out of the ordinary. We’ve found it! Shan did an engagement session for us in the Autumn and the results were amazing. Even on a grey Manx day, Shan managed to produce photographs with stunning colour and captured the tiny bit of sunshine we were blessed with.

    I have to agree with all of the other comments; Shan is such a fun, enthusiastic, bubbly and sych joy to be around. She made us feel relaxed and she can’t do enough for us – such a pleasure to deal with.

    This (R&R Bride) is a great opportunity for everyone to see just how talented Shan is – we wish you all the very best and can’t wait until June!

    Jenni & George xxx

  16. Pauline

    Shan has the rare talent of being able to capture not only the photos of the day but the story and emotion behind it. You can only appreciate how important this is after your wedding when you only have your memories and photos left.

    Shan is so patient and excellent with clients of all ages – I am very lucky to have my two young children growing up chronicled in photos by Shan and if she can get a surly 3 year old to co-operate she can achieve anything!

  17. jay

    Shan is a truly exceptional photographer, anyone can take a photo some can even take good photos but Shan captures the true essence of a moment within every shot. A Shan photo is never just a photo each shot tells a story, relives a memory and allows those memories to live on for years.

    On top of being such a great photographer Shan is a lovely person to work with and be around, her passion for her work is infectious and she brings a smile to my face whenever I see her. Shan truly deserves all the praise she has received well done Shan

  18. Siobhan

    Shan is an amazing, talented photographer!
    I was soo lucky to have her do a photoshoot for my 18th birthday and will cherish them forever!
    Well done Shan! 🙂

  19. suro

    If you want a photographer who is fresh, progressive and professional as well as being exceptionally caring towards her clients, Shan is the one. Shan is building a tremendous reputation, richly deserved. Good luck for the future, Shan.

  20. Jo

    Shan’s pictures from my friends wedding were a detailed, accurate, personal and artistic reflection of a great day. As a bridesmaid and, at the time of posing for the photo’s, I felt a bit self conscious however the end result now seen captured an amazingly natural image of everyone who attended. As good as any video – well done and Thank you Shan

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