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Neil Hunt Photography

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We figured there are two general types of people out there – those who love photography and really value it, and those who appreciate a great photo but it isn’t that important to them. But when you are both the subjects of the pictures and you know lots of people are going to want to see them/you, does it become a little more important to you?

It is inevitable you will be looking for a photographer when planning your wedding and finding one on the Isle of Wight isn’t hard (especially now you have us), but finding the right photographer for you could be. I haven’t heard of a wedding without one and would be surprised if a couple only relied on friends and family to take pictures on their cameras and phones. We have loads of really talented photographers here on the Island and you’ll probably find yourself tearing your hair out looking at all the different websites choosing one to suit you and what you want.

What we love is when we speak to a photographer who has found their calling. Stuck in their 9-5 dreaming about their passion for photography. There are plenty of people out there who might wish they could put little ships in little bottles for a living because it makes them feel alive. Or those who wish they could give up their office job and train to be a pilot. Well one such man who gave up his job and took on his photography full-time was Neil Hunt.

   

Now we’ve had the pleasure of working with Neil Hunt when Katie was given the bridal make up consultation treatment by Jo Lofthouse. Neil was on hand to capture the experience and try to photograph Katie on her goodish side. There were some great photos and he even managed to catch the crazy hair pictures at the end there. A very relaxed day whereby Neil was happy to stand back and take images whilst having to listen to all sorts of make up and girl chat, similar to a wedding day experience I expect.

When I asked Neil about his ‘morning of a wedding’ experiences, he answered that they can be varied. Some are quite busy with lots of people young and older buzzing about getting the bride and themselves ready, and others can be a lot quieter with fewer people and a more prepared and relaxed feel.  Neil is happy to work in any environment, finding a place out of the way that will offer great shots of everyone getting ready while with his assistant they ensure all bits and getting ready bobs are out of shot but not out of arms reach. The least disruption and most blending in is the name of Neil’s game. We enjoyed working with Neil and it was about time we heard a little more about where Neil started and what he does, so you can all put Neil on the list of photographers to meet. Even more reason to get him on that list….he has an assistant on the day!!

 

When did you start Neil Hunt Photography and why?

I started out part-time doing landscape photography alongside a full-time job, then I moved into portraits which naturally led to weddings and I decided to go full time. I’ve been a photographer for about 7 years, with the last 3 being full time.

 

Why did you decide to base your business on the Isle of Wight and what are the benefits?

I moved here in 1990 when my parents moved to the Isle of Wight and I have never left. After working here for years and being able to use the Isle of Wight to start my photography career, I’ve naturally stayed here.

 

How has Neil Hunt Photography grown since you started?

Having started out part-time and moved into portraits and wedding photography, it has grown enough to be a full-time job I really enjoy. I now have an assistant on my shoots, which is a big help.  

 

Who are the team behind Neil Hunt Photography?

It is myself most of the time and I am the person who will take your enquiry and meet with you to discuss what you would like for your engagement shoot and wedding day. I then have an assistant / second photographer on the day to help with equipment and ensuring we move around quickly getting the shots you want so you can carry on and enjoy your day.

 

What are the main wedding products and services you create for couples?

I have 3 packages couples can choose from and they are based on the amount of time I will spend photographing your wedding. They work in packages of 3 hours, 6 or 10 and normally the shorter package just covers before and during the ceremony with some guest pictures afterwards, anything up to 10 hours covering the whole day – wedding reception and all. A private online gallery with a password is also included in all of the packages. Couples get their images enhanced by digital artists on cd with a dvd version set to music and some prints of their images. Although I don't offer traditional albums as there are so many different styles available, I do offer a wide range of photobooks which can be customised to suit your needs.

   

Above are the images of Katie from shoot featuring a Dornellie Headpiece too

Do you offer anything that a wedding client might not know about and may be of interest?

I do offer an engagement photo shoot and at the moment they are free with all packages.

 

What is the future for Neil Hunt Photography, any new developments?

Not at the moment, I plan to build on the photography I am doing now and to ensure the best service possible for couples.

 

What do you think differentiates you from other wedding photographers?

I always have an assistant/second photographer to ensure we can capture every moment on your special day and to help the day run as smoothly as possible.

 

We love that Neil has an assistant photographer on the day with him, making sure that everything runs smoothly and that there are an extra pair of hands available to make sure all the shots you want are done in time to let you get on with eating dinner, making speeches and dancing the night away.

If you would like to get in touch with Neil for more information or to look at his website, then go to the Neil Hunt Photography profile in the directory and use the enquiry form to get straight in touch.

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