Anna Wytrazek Photography: 10 Questions Asked And Answered
Anna Wytrazek Photography is currently making a name for itself, as one of Aberdeen’s top wedding photographers.
Anna’s relaxed and natural style has proven to be very popular, as have her flexible wedding photography packages.
If you are currently looking for a wedding photographer, you probably understand that this relationship tends to be a bit more personal than with other suppliers.
So with that very much in mind, let’s get to know Anna Wytrazek Photography a little better, with 10 questions asked and answered.
What was it that attracted you to photography in the first place?
I have always had a very creative nature.
Even from a young age I loved to draw and paint.
However it wasn’t until my boyfriend bought me a DSLR camera, that I begun exploring the photography world.
And as soon as the box was open, I fell in love.
Photography became a massive hobby for me, and I spent most of my free time playing and learning.
I also bought Photoshop and became obsessed with how you can manipulate images.
It was like painting all over again.
There was no question in my mind, I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.
Why should everyone invest in a good wedding photographer?
I always say to clients, once your wedding day is over, you will be left with two things.
Your memories and your pictures.
You might be surprised at how often the camera captures moments you didn’t even notice.
It’s like having a second set of eyes.
Also every picture that gets taken on your wedding day, can only ever be taken once.
So you want to employ someone experienced enough to get it right first time.
What makes Anna Wytrazek Photography unique?
Photography isn’t just a means of making money for me; it’s a passion.
In fact I spent a number of years developing my skills before ever charging a client.
This included completing a BA in commercial photography from Robert Gordons University.
And also training for two years under one of Aberdeen’s top photographers, Malcolm Glennie.
I wanted to be sure I was an accomplished photographer, before taking anyones money.
I also genuinely care about every project I do.
Some photographers will shoot over 30 weddings per year.
I would rather take on fewer clients, and give them each the care and attention they deserve.
From the equipment I use to the service I provide, I do everything to the highest possible standard.
Can you tell us a little about your photography style?
I like to use natural light as much as possible with my images.
Flashes and soft boxes have their place, and you can create some great effects with them.
But given the choice, I tend not to use artificial light.
I also like to shoot in a documentary style.
Blending into the background and capturing natural moments as they happen.
I will do some posing for the more formal shots, but most people don’t feel particularly comfortable playing the role of a model.
This is why I encourage all couples to take advantage of my complimentary pre wedding photoshoot.
A bit of practice in front of the camera, helps to put everyone at ease.
I also love to use picturesque backdrops as much as I can.
Beautiful Scotland is perfect for this, providing it doesn’t rain.
What is included in your basic wedding package?
One of my goals for Anna Wytrazek Photography, is to provide as much flexibility and customisation as possible.
After all, every wedding is unique, and so should be every wedding photography package.
But to give you an idea of what’s in my most popular package:
- Pre wedding consultation;
- Pre wedding photoshoot;
- 10 hours coverage, from bridal preparation to first dance;
- Minimum 300 edited, high quality images on custom USB stick;
- Personal online gallery, for sharing and ordering prints;
- Print release, so you can print and upload your images to social media.
You get all of this for £1,500.
I also provide a half day package for £750.
How long do couples have to wait for their images?
It really depends on how busy I am, and how big their wedding was.
Six weeks would be the absolute maximum.
Most people probably don’t realise this, but 80% of the work a photographer does, comes after the shoot.
I process every image in Photoshop one at a time, making adjustments until they are all perfect.
This can take up to 80 hours, but it’s a process I love and that I take a lot of pride in.
I want Anna Wytrazek Photography to be synonymous with quality.
How do you prepare for a wedding shoot?
Knowledge of the venue and itinerary for the day are the most important factors.
For a photographer weddings are quite fast paced, and you want to make as many decisions as you can before hand.
I recently shot a wedding at Ardoe House Hotel, and made three reconnaissance visits before the day.
Planning where the photos will be taken, what the lighting conditions will be like, and what to do if it rains is so important.
Getting to know the wedding coordinator helps a lot too.
A good dialogue with the couple means I know exactly what images they want.
Don’t want to miss that all important photo with Grandma.
And lastly a thorough equipment check and a good night sleep.
What photography equipment do you shoot with?
Sadly professional photography equipment costs a small fortune.
We’re talking new car kind of money here.
But if you want the last word in quality, then you have to buy the right tools.
My camera is the Canon 5D mark iii, which is a full frame monster.
My favourite lens is the Canon 70-200mm f2.8, which is just beautiful to work with.
I also have a number of other cameras, lenses, flashes, soft boxes, tripods, the list goes on and on.
Let’s just say I don’t travel light.
What are your favourite Photoshop techniques?
This is actually my favourite part of photography, as it allows me to satisfy the artist inside.
I started learning Photoshop over 5 years ago, and I’m still finding new techniques all the time.
Skin retouching is an area I focus on.
Massive spot on your nose?
Don’t worry I’ve got you covered.
Removing unwanted objects too, such as videographers.
I work a lot on colours, contrast and sharpness.
You see even the most expensive cameras in the world, cannot capture the same as the human eye.
So post processing is essential if you want to truly reflect what was there.
I like my images to look as natural as possible, but I also want them to look amazing.
Do you have any interests outside of photography?
I love to travel.
New places, new cultures, new cuisine, and of course I always have my camera with me.
I also love the outdoors.
Mountain biking and hill walking especially.
You can usually find me up Bennachie or Scolty Hill on the weekends, training for my Mount Everest attempt.
I like to cook too, and Master Chef is my favourite television program.
I’m also currently trying to convince my boyfriend we need a dog.
Anna Wytrazek Photography Conclusion
So there you have it, 10 questions asked and answered by Anna Wytrazek Photography.
Hopefully that has given you a better understanding of this wonderful photography business, and the person behind it.
Whilst you are here, you should take a look at some of the other supplier Q&A articles, featured on White Rose.
You can also find Anna Wytrazek Photography’s website here.
Good luck with your wedding planning.