James Fear | Wedding Photographer
James Fear puts down his camera to answer our version of the Proust questionnaire. Read on to find out who he most admires and what he would do without a camera.
What is your idea of the perfect wedding?
When getting married is because you can't live apart. It's that simple for me.
What is your greatest fear when you are working on a wedding?
Letting people down.
What is your best trait that helps you be so great at your job?
Dyslexia - I see the world in pictures
Which living person do you most admire?
Grayson Perry CBE RA is an English contemporary artist, writer and broadcaster.
What is your greatest extravagance that helps you get through the day?
Don't have one
What is your current state of mind?
Good - I believe my work is making people happy. That's all I ask really.
What do you think is the most overrated thing that couples try to squeeze into their wedding day?
Too many family photographs - after about eight it's a total buzzkill for all involved.
On what occasion is lying to the happy couple a good idea?
Can't really think of one to be honest
What is the worst outfit you have ever seen at a wedding?
It's not for me to judge or care. My job is to bring out the best in people and that comes from inside
What is the best theme you have seen at a wedding?
Again, themes don't really matter to me it's people, people, people all the way.
What is the hardest thing a couple has ever asked you to do for their day?
Couples don't tend to be too bad, but if I had a pound for every time someone said you won't make me look fat will you (or something similar) I'd be a very rich man.
What quality in a groom do you like the most?
What quality in a bride do you like most?
What is the most overused word at a wedding – or in a wedding speech?
Bangor (going to Bangor for the weekend)
When was the last time you laughed out loud at a wedding? What happened?
Almost every one - too many moments to remember really!
What makes an ideal wedding?
When the getting married part is what it's all about. Everything else is icing sugar. Good light
What is the most unusual entertainment you have ever seen at a wedding?
Frank Abrams he's a crazy saxophonist/MC from Swindon winds up the best man and flirts outrageously with the girls - a legend.
If you could change one thing about a wedding, what would it be?
Timings - the best light is always when people are eating - such a shame. If timings were different the photography I produced could be much better.
What moment are you most proud of in your profession?
Too many to mention. I've been so lucky in my career from photographing celebrities, sports personalities and everything in between. The proudest moments really are when people book me. From all the other millions of wedding photographers out there I'm still in demand. That's what makes me the most proud.
If you were to die and come back as person or thing, what would it be?
I'd still be a wedding photographer
Where is your favourite setting for a wedding?
Light and vibe is far more important than setting for me, but I'm more than happy to take a good backdrop if it's on offer!
What is the one thing you can’t live without in your job?
Passion to produce the very best work - always.
What is the most embarrassing thing you have seen at a wedding?
Golly, normally happens to me! I was at a wedding where I ripped my trousers from knee to bum and I was wearing my Mr Tickle pants! Luckily the venue had an apron I could borrow.
What is your favourite occupation, apart from your own?
I'd like to be a conceptual artist
What question do you wish every couple would ask you when you are meeting with them for the first time?
Why they chose me to shoot their wedding - I'm always intrigued as a bit of a self doubter in many ways.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your work?
Life, painting psychology.
What mistake do you see couples make over and over again on their day?
Overthinking it. The only thing which is important is you're getting married to the person you love.
What is your biggest regret at a wedding you have worked on?
There are a couple of clients I shouldn't have taken on. Chemistry between the photographer and client are very important and if we're not jelling then another photographer would have produced better work for them. It's very important for me that clients choose me for no other reason than they love what I do.
What is your motto?
Give more value than I receive.
What would people be surprised to learn about you and/or your work?
Being so massively dyslexic is the key to my work. As I said before I see the world in pictures. This job is very easy for me as my dyslexia gives me a huge head start.
Is there something you would like to add?
Just enjoy your day, forget blogs, don't worry too much on themes/details and just concentrate on having the best day of your lives. The photographs will reflect this.