Supplier Love – UpArt Photography
UpArt Photography is run by the lovely Agata, who started the business three years ago. We have had the pleasure of working with Agata on several occasions, including the Mini Wedding Collection back in October 2017, where she not only photographed the event itself, but also captured a styled shoot in our stunning Hayward Room.
Below photos: October Mini Wedding Collection
Here are just some of the photos from this wonderful shoot, with the picturesque sunset in the background. The shoot brought together the wonderful suppliers, exhibiting at the mini collection and really showcased the hotel as a dream wedding venue. We think you’ll agree that the result is really quite special.
Below photos: October styled shoot at the hotel
Inspired by her time spent at the hotel, Agata arranged her own stylised shoot in January, and we are really looking forward to sharing the images with you soon! Agata also attended our March Mini Wedding Collection, again capturing the event itself as well as working with two lovely models to showcase the hotel, along with the talented suppliers in attendance. We have seen a sneak peak and cannot wait to share the images in our upcoming blog post! We caught up with Agata to find out all about her business and her plans for the future.
Have you always wanted to run your own business?
I have always loved photography and have been fascinated by it from a young age. As a child, I remember looking through family photo albums from before I was born, it was lovely to be able to get a glimpse into the past. I thought it was fantastic to have a medium that allowed me to see what my parents and grandparents looked like and how they lived back then. Fast forward to 2009 and I came across one of the most fantastic wedding photography studios here in Plymouth, Younger Photography. I started working with Agnieszka and Andrew Younger, initially as a Photographer’s Assistant. I was very fortunate to be able to observe the wedding industry and learn from one of the top photographers in the country (and indeed worldwide). I was inspired by my time spent at Younger Photography and a few years later made the decision to start my own photography business.
When did you realise that you were passionate about photography?
As mentioned previously, my passion started from a young age. I think the value of a photograph is something that increases over time. In today’s world, most things are valued in terms of money. For me, a photograph of a loved one or a special day holds a sentimental value which can’t be compared to anything else.
What is your favourite part of the job?
My favourite part changes frequently, although I would have to say that getting out and taking photos is number one, it allows me to capture so many wonderful sights and events. I love the creative part of the process, discovering different angles and stumbling upon a beautiful, natural spell of light. I love that my job gives me an opportunity to work with so many different people. When I first meet my clients, we talk about their big day and packages I can offer. That’s naturally part of the business side of things, but very often, by the time we are done working together, we have become friends. I feel very fortunate to be able to listen to so many beautiful and inspiring stories from my couples. There are more heroes around us than we might think.
What has been your favourite event/occasion to photograph?
I am fortunate to be able to photograph everything from large events, to public functions, family portraits and styled shoots. I would have to say that my favourite thing to capture without a doubt are weddings. It is super exciting to be part of the wedding planning process, to see how it all comes together for the happy couple and eventually to deliver the photographs and see the joy this brings them. It’s so rewarding knowing they are able to re-live these moments once again through images I create for them.
You recently captured a first for the hotel – a bump shoot in the Tower! Tell us a little about it…
I absolutely loved it and I’m happy to report that since then, beautiful baby Sofia has arrived safely into the world and is an absolute darling and bundle of joy. The Tower is a really great space for natural photos, with large windows all around letting soft daylight in. It also provided a fantastic opportunity for us to admire the city’s panorama from such a unique spot. After an hour at the hotel, we also went to the nearby Royal William Yard and managed to photograph there before rain put a natural end to the photo shoot.
We know that you are super excited to be planning your forthcoming wedding this year.
Thank you very much, I am indeed a 2018 bride! As I am going through my own wedding planning, I would say it is important to take the time to meet with the photographers you want to explore. Meet them, have a chat with them, see if you “click”. The chemistry between the bride and groom is of course one thing, but that connection between the couple and their photographer is also so very important. So ensure you take your time to find out who you feel the most comfortable with and then make your decision.
In fact, meet as many of your wedding suppliers as you can. Whether it’s a florist, hair and makeup artist, cake company, venue representatives etc, take the time to meet and see if you have that connection. I think being on both sides of the fence has helped me see how running your own business within a wedding industry can be a struggle. At the end of the day, it is a service that I charge for; but as a bride-to-be I am convinced I only want to work with suppliers who are passionate about what they’re doing and are excited to be a part of my day.
Do you have any exciting plans for the future?
I do have a couple of projects in mind with. I would like to promote the local wedding community and get to know some of the other amazing and very talented wedding suppliers through my own work. I am also involved in a local charity group, Plymouth Superheroes who are raising awareness and funds in aid of the Street Factory this year. I continue to work with great people from One Plymouth which is always exciting and leads to interesting projects. It looks like 2018 is going to be quite a busy year.
Thank you so much to Agata for taking the time to talk to us. We look forward to working with UpArt Photography in the near future and cannot wait to share the new images!
All suppliers featured in the October 2017 Mini Wedding Collection were:
Photographer – UpArt Photography
Stylist – Come2Gether Weddings
Stationery – Dearly Beloved
Cake and Favours – Cut me off a Slice
Lighting – Imattination
Entertainment – Kingsmen Barbershop
Entertainment – Good Fourtune
Magician – LB Magic
Hair Stylist – Foxhouse Retreat
Make Up Artist – Maisie Brooks
Toastmaster – Majestic Toastmaster
Dress and Headpiece – Rock The Frock @ The Wedding Hub
Videographer – Soundview Media