Wight Wedding Blog


Isle of Wight Wedding Photographer

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You will both be planning your wedding for anything from a month (yes some people even do it in 2 weeks) to 2 years or more!! I know, that’s longer than some of us stay in jobs for before moving on. A lot of time, effort and money is going to go into this wedding, and as it's taking place on the Isle of Wight it could bring friends and family from across the country or even the world together. That is pretty amazing, well we think so and you probably will when it gets to the day of your wedding and you take a minute to stop and watch everyone together – catching up or meeting for the first time, singing and dancing, drinking and eating together. Everyone brought together to celebrate you and your partner starting the next chapter in your life together. The power this day can have is pretty amazing.


So after months of planning (or maybe only weeks, but they will feel long and very stressful) you get to the day of your wedding and the sun is shining on the Isle of Wight, as it always does! You wake up refreshed despite the cheeky drink(s) you had last night, just to calm the nerves of course, and realise there is a long jam-packed day ahead of you. It isn’t until later in your wedding day when most of the day has happened that the reality of just how quickly it has all gone and just how much you’ve had to do sets in. Of course getting married itself was the highlight but posing for pictures, a receiving line to say thank you to everyone, reception drinks and mingling whilst having pictures taken, the dinner you planned with more catching up with guests, those heart warming speeches and the one the best man gave, cutting of the cake then first dance before thanking more people for coming and then you realise there is an evening of dancing ahead of you. Basically you won’t be free to be everywhere at once, seeing every moment happen amongst your guests on the day you have planned.

Unfortunately, although you already know this, you can’t be in more than one place at once and you only have one pair of hands. Don’t miss a trick (or treat) by ensuring that you have chosen the right wedding photographer for you. Apart from the stories told by your guests for years to come, which if told by the male guests might have a few embellishments added for dramatic story telling effect, your photographer will be essential in capturing all the moments you don’t get to see.

The Mobile Portrait Studio run by Duncan Knifton on the Isle of Wight offers relaxed formal photography which often has him mistaken as a guest. He blends in with the atmosphere of the day and captures it. A full-time photographer who aims to offer a dedicated service for all his couples to ensure they receive a high standard of service and final results.

We asked Duncan a little more about how long he has been photographing weddings, why and what he has to offer as a result of that. Over to Duncan….


When did The Mobile Portrait Studio start and why?

1996!, wow, time goes by very quick. I started doing photography as my hobby when I was still at school, using a small compact 127 film camera. Then when I moved to the island I worked for a conservation group called the BTCV, doing their photography, and that turned into my job in 1995 when I started work with a now defunct studio in Shanklin. In 1996 I started on my own and set up The Mobile Portrait Studio.


Why did you decide to base your business on the Isle of Wight?

Logistics….I moved to the island and loved it so much, it was the perfect match for when I set up my new business. The light the island has is great for all photography.


How has The Mobile Portrait Studio grown since you started?

From using 35mm SLR’s, the technology people are used to now with digital cameras, the change is huge. I do all my own editing and printing, using the highest spec printers. I used to have to wait for the results.

Who are the team behind The Mobile Portrait Studio?

Just me….I can get the right shots in with the knowledge that they’re exactly what the couple want. As a full time photographer, I live and breath my work 24/7


What are the main wedding services you offer couples?

Main services…Digital Packs are the standard in my range. Whether the couple want me there all day or just the service etc, they get everything on TWO disc’s; A DVD slide show of their entire wedding to watch on the TV, and a FULL RESOLUTION High Quality copyright free CD so they can print any of the portraits they want, even up to A3+ size and beyond.

The albums I can supply are of a very high standard. From the Italian made Traditional Album to the beautiful Contemporary Albums. Both types of albums are proofed to the couple before printing, so any changes can me made. 


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

My Portrait Corner. There has been a new interest in the Photo Booths that can be set up at receptions. I go one step further and set up a proper mini studio area, with professional lighting and backdrop. I have been doing this for as long as I have been a Pro Photographer, even back in the film days. This can be used as a fun evening event, or for formal portraits, that are all included in the finished CD or Album.


What is the future for The Mobile Portrait Studio, any new developments for the future?

New idea is my Green Screen tech. My Portrait Corner can be set up using a green screen, so I can then place ANYTHING as a background. The couple could be set in Paris, London, a beautiful forest….all in the comfort of my portrait area. The technology is the same as they use on TV and Movies…let your imagination go wild. This can also be used if the weather beats us, and we cant do portraits outside. This set up can make it look like you ARE outside!

I’m also looking at high spec albums from America that have taken the USA by storm…watch this space!

As for the future…more weddings, more happy couples.

What do you think differentiates you from other wedding photographers?

I am lucky in the way I do my work. My tag line is “Relaxed/Formal” I often get mistaken for a guest or a family friend, which is a great honour. I help with relaxing the couple on their big day; they have so much to think about so anything I can do to help take the pressure off, I am more than willing to do. I even help out with the guest’s photography. I am being paid by the Bride and Groom to get the shots in, but as soon as I have the right ones, I move to one side to let their guests take their own. They’re there to enjoy themselves and help the couple celebrate the day, they don’t need a Photographer getting in the way. It all makes the day one big special event.


Wow, a green screen at your wedding. Your bridesmaids and best men will be able to make requests to be placed next to a Hollywood star they quite fancy on a red carpet, or your nan could get that chance to meet Elvis. Duncan does sound like a very passionate photographer who’s aim is to ensure you and your guests enjoy your day without worrying about getting the pictures you would like to see afterwards. We’d like to get at that portrait corner too, always a great way of having a bit of fun at each other after a couple of drinks.

If you would like more information from Duncan or to see some more from his Facebook page then head to his profile in the directory here and use the contact tile to get in touch.


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