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For those who want that documentary style wedding photography, you might want to check out these wedding photographers, Liam and Stam of Liam Collard Photography. Working as a couple, the two highly experienced photographers work side by side on each wedding, allowing couples to take home more photos, more angles, and more perspectives - they’ve documented over 100 weddings in the past 5 years! Having been chosen as the on-the-day photographers for weddings in Thailand, Hong Kong, London, Greece, Italy, New York City, Bali, Singapore, Burma and Dubai, you can surely tell that this couple sleeps, lives, and breathes photography. Take a look at their work below and read our full interview with them: 

On what it’s like working with Liam and Stam 

Asia Wedding Network (AWN): So let’s start off by talking about what it’s like working with you two?

Liam: Although we take stunning portraits of our couples (both together and on their own) as the day unfolds, Stam and I are documentary style photographers so its really relaxed having us there on the wedding day, as we are, for the most part, working in the background anticipating the wonderful moments that happen as the day unfolds. We don’t need to set up lots of staged photos to get the results our clients want, and thats part of the skill our clients are investing in, our ability to capture even the most creative photos in a candid and discreet way, that captures the true feeling of the day, with authentic emotions. Working all over the world means we have many different clients, from different cultures backgrounds and with different needs, so we always suggest couples that like our work get in touch with us so we can hear all about their wedding day. Its a great chance for them to ask any questions, hear how Stam and I work to get them the beautiful pictures they are hoping for and get to know us a little. We find this helps a lot for couples trying to make their choice about wedding photography, which is such an important decisions, as its how they remember the day for the rest of their lives. Due to us travelling a lot, we always start be chatting on Skype, but clients that want to book us we always arrange a face to face meeting with before the wedding day, even if its just a day or so before, so we can go through all the finer details of the day with them, and they can then relax knowing we have everything covered for them.

Hong Kong, Liam Collard Photography

Hong Kong, Liam Collard Photography

Hong Kong, Liam Collard Photography

Hong Kong, Liam Collard Photography

Hong Kong, Liam Collard Photography

Hong Kong, Liam Collard Photography

Hong Kong, Liam Collard Photography

Hong Kong, Liam Collard Photography

Hong Kong, Liam Collard Photography

Hong Kong, Liam Collard Photography

Hong Kong, Liam Collard Photography

Hong Kong, Liam Collard Photography

Hong Kong, Liam Collard Photography

Hong Kong, Liam Collard Photography

AWN: What types of weddings would you say you are best at photographing? 

Liam: None of our weddings are the same as the couples energy and personalities are always unique, but we have photographed weddings in Thailand, Hong Kong, London, Greece, Italy, New York City, Bali, Singapore, Burma and Dubai. With that experience we have really enjoyed photographing weddings in Large International Cities, where the cities character and backdrop can be breathtaking. We also love doing classic destination weddings in Southern Europe and Thailand, as they bring their own ingredients that are very different but equally stunning to photograph, so we don’t feel we are better in any given location. Having a great relationship with the couples we work with, understanding whats important to them at their wedding, and then delivering them a creative and authentic set of images that reflects their relationship and friendships is always how we approach all of the amazing weddings we get invited to.

 

AWN: How do you make sure each set of wedding photos for each couple is different from other couples?  

Liam: Every couple has a unique connection, and that is the focus of our work. That can never be the same in any wedding, so we always end up with a set of images that is totally different to what we have done before. For the more creative couples portraits, we are lucky to work in many different locations, and draw inspiration from each place to keep things new and different, and we bring a mix of ideas from our love of Landscape and Cityscape photography, fashion, travel and documentary / photojournalism to our wedding work, that produces quite different images to more traditional styles of wedding photography. 

 

AWN: What happens when something goes wrong at a wedding - do you always have a Plan B, if so what is it?

Liam: Most weddings are organised beautifully by our clients so rarely have we needed to help out with an emergency, but the most common thing we have to navigate is a sudden downpour or rain, especially in the more tropical destinations. Actually we love the creative possibilities of shooting photographs when this happens, and whilst we would never wish it to rain for our clients sake, we have captured some of our favourite images because of it. We won a an international award from Fearless Photographers last year for this photo, taken as main course was served in Koh Samui, Thailand. It was too late to move people inside, so everyone just stayed where they were with umbrellas and enjoyed the food anyway. The resulting image was really cool.

liam collard photography winning asia wedding photo

AWN: That is really cool! What’s the best things couples have said about working with you? Do you keep in touch with them after the wedding?

Liam: Absolutely! We stay in touch with most of our clients and frequently end up working with their friends or bridesmaids etc. photographing a couples wedding is a really personal experience, where you get to meet and observe them with all their best friends and family, on the most important day of their lives, so you feel you get to to know them quite well by photographing all the emotions of the day for them. There are many amazing words we have received from our clients but for real word for word examples our Facebook page is a great place to look, as many clients leave us fabulous reviews there.

 

How They Differ From Other Wedding Photographers

AWN: Obviously there are many wedding photographers out there - how does your creative photographic style differ from other wedding photographers?

Liam: We have a non-traditional style and don’t draw our influences from wedding photography, our inspiration comes from our travel photography experiences, and also from other genres like landscape and fashion, which we try to incorporate into our work, to create beautiful and unique compositions and stories of our clients wedding day. We have a creative documentary style which is what most clients are looking for when they contact us. For Stam and an important element that makes us different is having both of us work together at every wedding. We are a couple ourselves which really helps, it allows us to bring both a male and female eye to the day, and being similar in experience and style and having both won awards for our work, it means no part of the day gets compromised or missed.

 

AWN: As every wedding is captured by both yourself and Stam, can you explain all the advantages for this type of set-up?

Liam: Definitely! working as a team gives us different perspectives and it allows us to focus on separate moments to capture all the wonderful interactions that are going on at the wedding. Sometimes Stam will focus on the beautiful details when the light is perfect for those type of photos, whilst i take some creative portraits, or one of us will focus on the brides emotions during the vows, whilst the other looks for more creative storytelling opportunities. It really does work perfectly having the two of us there to compliment each other strengths.

 

AWN: Specifically, working as a team how do you and Stam cover each part of the day for your clients?

Liam: The early part of the day is a key time where we separate, one of us will be focussed on the groom and his friends, whilst the other focuses on the brides side. This is really one of the best things about us working together for our clients, as they get beautiful photos from both parts of the day without having to share the main photographer. 

Thailand, Liam Collard Photography

Thailand, Liam Collard Photography

Thailand, Liam Collard Photography

Thailand, Liam Collard Photography

Thailand, Liam Collard Photography

Thailand, Liam Collard Photography

Thailand, Liam Collard Photography

Thailand, Liam Collard Photography

Thailand, Liam Collard Photography

Thailand, Liam Collard Photography

Thailand, Liam Collard Photography

Thailand, Liam Collard Photography

Thailand, Liam Collard Photography

Thailand, Liam Collard Photography

AWN: How about when the wedding is more than one day. For example, what is it like shooting 3-day long wedding celebrations?

Liam: We love the multi-day events, it gives us more time to get to know our clients and their friends and family., There is always a little bit more time to take our clients off for a few minutes here and there to capture some special photos of the two of them together, and it ends up being a proper holiday for the guests when its in a destination, as they all get to stay together for more than just the wedding day.

 

AWN: Do many brides book pre-wedding or trash the dress shoots with you two?

Liam: Sure! we do a select number each year especially in Thailand and Santorini in Greece, which are both stunning locations for those kind of photo shoots. We always try to do these shots at sunrise, as we prefer the slightly softer quality of light at that times of day, but it also means you can get access to lots of different locations without any tourists or other people being in the same place. This is a big advantage when shooting in Iconic locations.

 

Their Backgrounds as Wedding Photographers

AWN: Let’s talk about what inspired you to become a destination wedding photographer?

Liam: On a personal level its incredible to get to travel to all these amazing destinations and experience so many different traditions and cultures, and that was the motivation at the start of the journey. We still enjoy being asked to do that but it’s such a privilege to create a collection of work for clients. The photos act as the memories of their special day for the rest of their lives, so thats quite an amazing job to be asked to do. We feel honoured to be given that responsibility, and it creates a huge amount of satisfaction speaking to all our clients after they have seen the final set of images.

We also love the creative possibilities of shooting weddings. Our clients are looking for artistic photos that tell the beautiful story of their wedding and relationship. Its a challenge we really enjoy to combine stunning documentary photography, glamorous bridal portraits and creative and artistic couples portraits around a one day event. We also capture all the details of the day including the venue, rings and the food during the reception as its being prepared, so it really does have everything to keep us creatively inspired.

 

AWN: Can you tell us your past experiences? 

Liam: Stam and I have shot over 100 weddings together over the last 5 years, we are not a high volume business so only take a limited number of bookings in the locations we regularly work in. We have been lucky to feature in many international publications including The Huffington Post who recently featured one of Stam's photos in a feature on the worlds best wedding photography (picture Below), and have both been awarded by our peers in the industry numerous times by winning 10 coveted fearless awards between us. We were also awarded in Junebug's 50 best wedding photos of the the year, and feature regularly in print and in online blogs all across the world, from Europe to Australia to the USA.

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AWN: You photograph weddings in both Asia and Europe, does this mean you need to change your photographic styles at all?

Liam: From a photography perspective the main difference is the light that we will encounter, Cities come alive at dusk or at night, and destination weddings tend to have beautiful golden hours. Both are beautiful to work with, but we definitely use slightly different ideas and lighting depending on the location. Europe has less dramatic sunsets but stunning golden light. The sun takes a long time to set there in summer, giving you plenty of time to use it to its full potential. Asia in the locations we work the sun sets really fast, but the sunsets and dusk light are spectacular, so we need to work faster, but often get some magical results, and because of the humidity most weddings happen at sunset, and then everything is at night for the reception, which is quite different from photographing with more available light that we may have in Italy or Greece. 

 

AWN: Wow, so you must work with many different cultures and traditions, how do you approach these different styles of weddings?

Liam: Thats the best part of the job, shooting a five day Indian wedding in Thailand and then a Chinese Tea Ceremony in HK, followed by a traditional white wedding in London. we are blessed to be given the opportunity to experience al these different cultures and photograph all that wonderful diversity and tradition. 

 

AWN: Does working in so many different environments worldwide help your creative thinking?

Liam: Definitely, every place we work the light has different characteristics, so always looking for different ways to play with the light to produce different types of photos always keeps us thinking creatively. Also the types of backdrops we work with are always different, which means we are constantly looking at different ways to convey the essence of the locations we working in.

Actually working in the same place multiple times also helps creativity, as we want to always produce unique images for our clients, so looking for different opportunities is something we really enjoy looking for on return visits to popular venues we work at.

From Around the World, Liam Collard Photography

From Around the World, Liam Collard Photography

From Around the World, Liam Collard Photography

From Around the World, Liam Collard Photography

From Around the World, Liam Collard Photography

From Around the World, Liam Collard Photography

From Around the World, Liam Collard Photography

From Around the World, Liam Collard Photography

From Around the World, Liam Collard Photography

From Around the World, Liam Collard Photography

From Around the World, Liam Collard Photography

From Around the World, Liam Collard Photography

From Around the World, Liam Collard Photography

From Around the World, Liam Collard Photography

Getting to Know Liam & Stam

AWN: So where are you both from?

Liam: I am from London and Stam is Thai!

 

AWN: Where and how did you two meet?

Liam: Another photographer we are friends with introduced us and we quickly became a couple and started to work together at weddings, its been an amazing journey ever since.

 

AWN: Best thing about working together? 

Liam: It’s fantastic having the special person in your life with you when you travel a lot for work, spending a month in Greece, followed by Thailand and then over to Hong Kong and Bali sounds glamorous, but it would not be the same doing that alone, so we are both really grateful how its worked out for us

 

AWN: What is your favourite city to shoot a wedding in?

Liam: Hong Kong, New York and London are all amazing cities with endless opportunities to capture incredible images.

liam collard photography winning asia wedding photo stam

AWN: What about destinations? Do you have a favourite?

Liam: Santorini in Greece is a special place but we honestly love them all.

 

AWN: Where do you guys actually live? 

Liam: We have a place in Phuket, Thailand and spend around 8 months there working across Thailand, Hong kong Bali and Singapore. The rest of the year we live in our flat in London, but are probably on the road in Greece and Italy for around 2 months of that working.

 

AWN: What do you do in your free time?

Liam: Spend a lot of time with our French bulldog Bob, he’s an energetic little guy so plenty of walks down the beach and hiking through the jungle. We love to photograph interesting groups of people from around the world so are always looking for the next place to visit. We spent a week with a remote and totally cut off hill tribe in northern Thailand recently photographing their way of life, it was amazing to learn about their culture and lives and we try do this kind of thing a couple of times each year when our schedule allows it. We also are quite big on yoga, and have a regular studio we visit in Thailand, Greece and London - its a big help when you work as a photographer to keep our backs from giving up on us :)

 

AWN: Go-to place for holiday?

Liam: The Greek islands - definitely our favourite place in the world, so unspoilt outside a few hotspots, and amazingly beautiful country with hospitable people and great food!

 

AWN: Best advice for brides and grooms hiring a photographer? 

Liam: Choosing a photographer you like is as important as their work, as you will have them around you for most of the day, so set up a Skype chat with them or meet for a coffee to help you make your decision. Once you have found the right person, you will be able to relax knowing they have everything covered for you on the day.