Hey Alex here, how are you?
There is no doubt I am an absolute sucker for a beautiful picture. I can sit there and marvel for hours at a brilliant bright image. I love bright light and bright colours and the way they contrast. So, it was with great anticipation that I went along to spend some time with Michelle Wiggett of Michelle Wiggett Photography in the beautiful suburbs of Hertfordshire, just North of London.
She makes a wonderful coffee and we sit down to chat.
I’d looked in some detail at Michelle’s work before I went along and I genuinely love her pictures. I first met her when she was the photographer at my friend Derek Armson’s wedding. Derek is an SEO in the same Town and was marrying long term partner Alison so I was in a psoition to see Michelle at work – close hand.
So, I ask her about her style.
“Well you saw me in action at Derek and Alison’s wedding”, she laughs, “what did you think?”
“Impressive”, I retort.
“That was a fabulous day”, she says, “the light was amazing and they were a great couple to photograph. They were so relaxed and obviously in love, they made it easy for me to look good to be fair”.
But your style was impressive nonetheless?
“Thank you,” she giggles an infectious little laugh, “you simply have to control what is going on otherwise it’s complete mayhem and you just don’t get the pictures you want or that the bride and groom want. I always have a second photograopher with me as well. I was very fortunate to have met a number of seriously good professionals over the years and we help each other out by being second lens. Paul, my hubby, was with me that day. But, my style, yes, I guess fun but firm”, she smiles again.
I can obviously see you love doing wedding photography, but what are your other favourite areas?
“I’ve got to small children of my own and they provide so much joy in our lives, so I’d have to say children’s photography. Weddings are fun and I love to see the joy in people’s faces, but when you work with children, that joy and laughter is just so amazingly special. It’s a joy borne out of a carefree world, the emotions are so string in children and when they laugh you simply have to laugh along. And, it’s incredible what they find funny. It must be wonderful to be able to find such joy in life. Shame the system sort of drums it out of us as we get older isn’t it?”
I can’t disagree there Michelle.
“Just look at this happy little fellow, not a care in the world. It makes for such a truly fabulous picture. I defy anyone to look at that particular picture and not at least raise an eyebrow. It’s just wonderful and so full of happy emotions”.
Would say that emotion is the key to a great picture?
“Oh, absolutely,” she says admanatly, “there’s no doubt that capturing the emotion in the split second is the essence of what makes a good picture truly great. There was one picture I got at Alison and Derek’s, the one during the speeches. And something quite controversial was said, and the look between the two of them was pure gold. They now have that picture on their wall because as far as they’re concenred it sums up the real essence of what their relationship is all about. Being able to capture that and save it for all time is truly priceless”.
You can actually see that picture in Michelle’s promo video below!
Thanks Michelle it was brilliant chatting and looking at some of your amazing pictures.