Hailing from the prestigious Christian Oth Studio in New York is our latest partnering photographer, Alison Mayfield. Having trotted all over the globe (she’s now based in Phuket!) and met people from all walks of life, the Australian native has sharpened a candid, unobtrusive style that is very popular with our brides. Her vast range and skill in wedding photography promise that every poignant moment of the big day is ably captured, and every emotion beautifully preserved. See more of her work here or call The Wedding Company at +852 2869 4222 to view her portfolio. Take a look at our recent interview with Alison.
Your recently moved to Phuket, how do you like your new town? Why did you leave the Big Apple?
Phuket is so magical! I love this place! New York City is also a magical place in a different way, so much energy! But I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to relocate out here in Southeast Asia and I was so excited to see new things and be inspired by a new part of the world. There are many amazing countries to see and explore, so why not!
What are 3 words that describe your style?
Romantic, intimate and timeless!
What about your work as a wedding photographer do you love most?
That’s a tough one as there is so much that I love about shooting weddings! Being with people on such an important day of their lives, I get such a deep insight to who they are, as individuals and a couple, and I really enjoy expressing that through my photographs. Every wedding is so different as people are, and that is always exciting for me.
How do you parlay your extensive travel experience and expertise in sports and fashion photography into wedding photography?
The sports photography trained me to react to moments quickly, which is so important for weddings! The one-off moments happen constantly all day and I need to be fast to catch these moments. The experience that comes with working with one of the top fashion photographers in the world is endless, but in regards to weddings, it’s especially important to see how to make people look their best. Everybody has a good angle! I constantly gain inspiration from fashion magazines, as I strive to shoot my bridal portraits in this way.
How does the energy of destination weddings differ from those held closer to home?
The energy of destination weddings is a little different. I find it more relaxed as the guests are all on holiday and usually the couple has been on holiday already for a week or so! It feels a little more festive in that respect.
Both places, close to home or destination, always have the energy of celebration and happiness that comes from a group of people that maybe haven’t seen each other (and altogether!) in a long time. It really is special!
With such an international clientele, how do you know what each couple is looking for?
Every couple is different, especially coming from different countries. From the early stages of the wedding, I am in contact with the bride and groom about their specific needs and wants for the day, and how best we can achieve them. The one thing that remains the same with all of my clients is their love for “the new school” wedding photography. That means photography that mixes in the romance, beauty, photojournalism, documentary, landscapes, timeless images all into one, without the forced uncomfortable posing that comes with the old-style art of wedding photography.
We love your black-and-white wedding shots. When do you prefer black-and-white over colour?
I love the digital era! Thanks to the advent of amazing digital cameras, I can choose during post-production which images I would like to change to black-and-white. I feel that there is a certain timeless beauty to black-and-white photography. Images that might have a busy background or beautiful light streaming through a window are enhanced in black-and-white, but then there are some scenes which scream color, such as turquoise water against the beach, or the bright colors of city lights!
Do you have a favourite wedding photo that you had taken yourself?
Yes, my favorite shot so far is one of my brides walking her dog before heading off to the wedding. It actually won first place in a highly regarded photography industry competition in the U.S., and was chosen to appear on the cover of PDN magazine. The best part about the image is the moment was not set up or staged — it just happened and I captured it. I am forever looking around at weddings and I never stop shooting! I love challenging myself to capture every moment the best I can!
Interview by Roanne