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Ryan Polei Photography - Industry Expert Interview

We had the absolute pleasure of chatting with the super creative, talented and all round awesome dude Ryan Polei. Ryan is an international photographer and has been snapping couples, fashion, editorials and branding shoots for over 10 years. He has over the years had his work featured on some awesome online and printed platforms such as MOOD Mag, NZ Bride and Groom Blog, Ruffled, Green Wedding Shoes and The Brides Diary to name a few. We are excited to have Ryan on board as one of our expert contributors here at the Wedding Training Hub.

We chatted with Ryan and asked him some of our favourite questions and got an inside look into some of the behind the scenes you can expect from of a professional Photographer:

How do you prepare for a wedding day where you potentially can be working non-stop for over 10 hours?

I think it is important to realise that you will be on your feet non-stop with no chances for breaks, water, or food. Eat something in the morning that will keep you energized for the first 5 hours of the day. Pack high energy protein bars or a nut and raisin mix. Having non-crumbly snacks is crucial as you don't want crumbs falling in to your camera bag or onto your gear. Drink water when you see it available and most catering staff can sort you something if you are suffering. If you are working until dinner check ahead of time that the couple can sort a plate for you. Even if they give you a seat at one of the tables, politely excuse yourself and your plate and find somewhere quiet and private to eat - it can be hard to field non-stop questions from a table of guests while you are trying to shovel as much lamb and crayfish in to your mouth as possible before speeches start.


What are some of your biggest achievements since launching yourself as a professional photographer?

Shooting in different countries is the biggest achievement. Travelling to different parts of the world to shoot a wedding is an extremely rewarding experience and enjoyable time. Even travelling to a new location in your hometown can be a really good time and you will always stumble upon some new shooting locations for future use.


Do you have any awesome behind the scenes tips or tricks that you have learnt along your journey?

Make a list of locations in your area you would like to do a photo shoot, and then when you start booking engagements and family photos you will have an awesome list of spots to take photos.


What inspires you?

I think it's important to find people whose work you admire and follow it closely, ask yourself why you like it and how you can replicate aspects of it in your own way. I surround myself with constant inspiration that makes me question the level of my own work and encourages me to raise the bar.


Do you have a favourite quote or moto?

"My lifestyle determines my death style"


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Battling super friendly and pleasant Siri activated photography drones for clients.


Instagram ryanpoleiphotos


Wedding Venue: Snug Lounge

Wedding Dress: Churchwood Bridal

Celebrant: Full Circle

Photographer: Ryan Polei


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