Meet Kim Burrows
Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
My job before (and during) working in photography was in engineering. I made maps out of data (in so many words), like a Google Map. People are always shocked that someone does this, but it was my job for 12 years!
How long have you been a photographer?
Since my first paid job it has been about 6 years, it was a wedding in Italy for some friends of mine. However before that I was learning and building my skills whilst living and travelling in Australia. I mainly loved to photograph landscapes and animals back then, your usual traveller in her mid-20’s, but I loved to take my camera wherever I went. My old hard drives are full of me and my friends on road trips, beach days, nights out, nights in, everything I could photograph, I would.
Is there anyone you are inspired by?
I love Martin Parr and he definitely inspires my side hustle outside of weddings where I love to shoot street photography and documentary work, although I’m pretty sure his willingness to be in a scene that could be awkward and to go unknown long enough to capture his images, well, that undeniably comes in to play with my weddings.
In terms of wedding photographers who inspire me, I have a few. There is a Greek photographer in Athens called Elena Haralabaki, and her captures are very documentary style and so incredibly interesting. Each image tells you a story.
One of my early inspirations when I was wanting to get into weddings was a photographer called Sam Docker. He has less of a documentary approach, but his images are clean and beautiful. He is traditional without being traditional. I love his work.
I could go on but I won’t sell other artists any more haha.
How did you get into becoming a wedding photographer?
I bought my ex-boyfriend a camera and I practically never let him use it. At first the love was all about the editing, I adored bringing an image to life. But once we had broken up I quickly replaced the boyfriend with a camera and never really looked back (don’t let him take credit for that though please, haha).
Weddings started really with my love of photographing people without them knowing, and once I realised how transferable that skill was to a wedding and that people preferred those shots over the traditional posed shots, I genuinely found my calling.
A couple of friends asked me to do their wedding and I said no at first, I didn’t know how to do it and I’d never even second shot for a wedding photographer. But they said they didn’t care, they loved my photos and wanted me. So I googled the hell out of it, I borrowed some lenses from friends, I got a better camera and I went to Italy and shot their wedding. It was on a mountain with a vineyard and later in the streets of the local village and it was all done in 40 degree heat, on my birthday. It was hard, it was hectic, but more than anything, it made me realise what I wanted to do from then on in. I still look back at those shots and love them. After that it was all referrals from guests and friends of theirs and so on.
I’ve been lucky enough that nearly all of my work has been through referrals, it was only a couple of years ago when I was asked to do a big exhibition for Brides Magazine that I decided to give it a whirl. I wanted to see what else was out there and wow did it blow up after that. I don’t think I’ve looked up since.
I’ve worked very hard and I know how lucky I am to work every day in my passion (interview a photographer and see if they can talk about their work without saying passion haha, I tried really hard!) And I just can’t believe I still get to do it. It’s amazing, and I love every single wedding, I love meeting the couples and seeing what spice they add to their day. From the small, to the weird, to the traditional and to the ones that have just one big party – I love them ALL.
Past or present, who would be your dream celebrity to photograph?
Hmm hard one. You know what? I’d love to photograph The Queen. How crazy would that be? Give me 10 minutes with her and her doggos please.
How would you describe your style of photography?
Reportage and documentary is definitely my thing, however, everyone still loves a posed shot and I’m not against them these days. I have a good mixed bag of skills I guess.
But really it’s about the couple, if they pick me I know their style will be similar to mine but not everyone is the same. So I meet with them once or twice beforehand and show them a few albums to get an idea of what is really their vibe, and I work off of that.
What is your favourite part of photographing a wedding?
I think the prep is my favourite. There is so much madness going on. Usually every man, woman and dog are in and out the prep room. Plus there is more time than other parts of the day. Time means I get to have some fun and play with the scene. I get your standard shots, but I also look for more diverse shots. There’s always something mad going on. The nerves, excitement, Prosecco/beers + lots of people = a lot of good content and a lot of fun.
I do want to give a little shout out to the party though. I get my second wind and I love to get involved. I almost always end up staying later than I’m meant to.
If you could shoot a destination wedding anywhere in the world where would it be?
Iceland. Or Norway. Or Iceland. Or Norway. SOMEONE GET MARRIED THERE AND TAKE ME PLEASE.
Selfie or self-timer?
Selfie. I have that perfected!
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