HOW I BECAME A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IN LIVERPOOL

RELAXED AND FUN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

As you probably already know I grew up in Liverpool. My parents were both part-time wedding photographers during my childhood. It wasn’t a strange sight to see my father and mother getting excited about a wedding day exactly the same as how I do now.

You’d probably assume I’ve been nurtured from a young age to be the wedding photographer I am today but you’d be mistaken. I was never really interested in it at was just a job my parents did and it’s only on reflection I see the signs of it being a great career. We now share a really great mutual interest and it’s only made my relationship with my parents even stronger. Something which I am forever grateful for.

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MY LOVE OF BEING A DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

I SPEND SUCH LITTLE TIME IN MY HOME CITY OF LIVERPOOL AS I’M OBSESSED WITH TRAVELLING.

It was through my travel obsession I first became involved with wedding photography. The reason I love to travel is that I love experiencing a new culture and seeing the world through different eyes.

It was only when I was approached way back when by one of my Instagram followers who asked to shoot their wedding that I realised the similarities between travel and weddings.

For me, wedding photography is so exciting because it too like travelling is about experiencing new cultures and getting to live one of the best days of someone’s life through their perspective.

It then wasn’t long before I married my love of wedding photography and my love of travel up even more to do my first destination wedding which is where I found my sweet spot. Since then this amazing combining of my interests has seen my work spread across the globe in publications and media belonging to Visit Britain, The Australia Tourism Board, Bride Magazine, Rock My Wedding and my most loved Liverpool Football Club.

MY HEART IS RED

IT’S NO SECRET; I’M A HUGE LIVERPOOL FAN. GROWING UP IN SUCH A FOOTBALL HUNGRY CITY IT WAS HARD NOT TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THE REDS INCLUDING MY BOYHOOD HEROES STEVEN GERRARD & JAMIE CARRAGHER!

The heightened atmosphere of emotional ups and downs are not too dissimilar to those of a wedding day. Football is one of the only places where you’ll see the biggest and boldest men cry tears of happiness and joy. The only other time I’ve seen this is on their daughter’s wedding day. For many and also for me, football is not just about a bag of air being kicked around a field by some overpaid prima donnas. It’s about reliving/making history through storytelling. It’s a common ground between people of all genders, races and sexual orientations to come together and talk about a common love. For a lot of people, it also sparks sentimentality. One of my first introductions to Liverpool was through my grandfather. He used to take me to the games and I was able to share some amazing moments with him. He’s sadly now not with me but every time I’m sat in the Kop, I remember him.

My travel photography

Travel photography is my passion.

I have visited 14 countries in the past 2 years taking thousands of photographs during this time. It stretches my mind and perspective in new and extraordinary ways. I never feel more alive than when I do travelling, getting to experience all the different sights, sounds, smells and cultures. And the best part? I can save all these impressions on the memory card of my camera to share them with the whole world. That’s the reason why I love Travel Photography. I have a selection of my favourite photos on my photography instagram page which I keep separate from my weddings.

After studying it at university, my love of Architecture I now study through a camera lens. Capturing the man-made beauty of our world such as monumental buildings & modern design is complete contrast to the typical landscape photography which I also love to photograph. Most recently the awe inspiring Matterhorn blew me away with its natural beauty with the backdrop of Zermatt in the valley below.

At some point it’s even the combination of these two contrasts. On the one hand I can picture the purity of nature, and on the other hand the influence of human creation.

Peter Hughes Photography