James Broadbent and Cameron Thorp are the owners of Chasewild, a brand that promotes creative honesty, joy, and love. Together, they take incredible photos of couples and inspire others to find their most authentic selves. We were honoured to interview both of them for our blog. Please enjoy their inspiring answers!
What inspired you to start working together?
We met whilst studying at university (not photography) and have been friends for a long time. We have both always love photography but grew passionate about it as an art form around the same time. We spent hours talking about it, learning, and shooting together. After uni we lived in different cities and began separate wedding photography business. After a couple of years of growing these businesses and shooting together when we could, we decided that we could build a stronger brand and business together. We already had a similar style and ethos and so it made a lot of sense. So we started Chasewild. Working as friends in this kind of business partnership has not been without challenges, but we have worked out good systems to keep things clear, fair and moving forward. We are looking forward to big things in 2018.
Your wedding photographs are emotional, heartwarming, and very beautifully lit. What advice would you give to photographers who want to document the true beauty of busy events without feeling overwhelmed?
Thanks for such kind words! We work hard to connect with our couples and become like guests at the wedding, rather than a stranger or a professional there to do a job. This helps us get in close, to relax and capture natural moments throughout the day. We also work hard before the wedding to ensure the light will be as good as it can be, liasing around where the ceremony will be and at what time, and choosing locations for portraits that we know ahead of time will work. Putting in the work beforehand lets you relax on the day. When you know that your locations and light will be good, that frees you up to be present with your couples and their wedding days.
Is there anything you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?
Networking, networking, networking. It has been a big part of the growth of our business and we would have invested more time into this earlier on.
If you weren't wedding photographers, who would you be?
Cam - Coffee/Wine/Whisky Taster. Mostly Whisky. James - Janitor
What's something you wish every artist knew?
Developing your own style takes time. Don't try to reinvent the wheel before you learn how the wheel works.
You can find more of James and Cameron's work on their website.