“WEDDING photography is a dying art. It’s a shame, but that’s the way it’s going,” explains Gibraltar-based photographer Jon Segui.
“Weeks and weeks of preparation are needed and everything must be planned in advance to get the best photos from the time the sun rises to the time the sun sets.”
He adds: “A wedding may only last one day, but for the photographer it goes on much longer with weeks of editing needed after the big day.”
Jon’s refreshingly honest attitude towards shooting a wedding is no doubt why he has been so successful.
With a good reputation for shooting emblematic wedding albums in Gibraltar and Spain, it is no surprise Jon is highly sought after.
His commitment to taking the best possible photographs comes across in the pride he takes in each shoot.
And he is so dedicated to putting all his energy into each special day that he is incredibly picky and only takes on six wedding jobs a year.
“I limit myself to six clients a year so I have enough time to put everything into each shoot,” explains the former army medic, who moved from Hertfordshire to Gibraltar at the age of 16.
“Each wedding is unique and deserves the upmost in preparation from the photographer.”
He explains that there are two main things he considers before taking on commissions.
“Firstly, the client has to be familiar with my style of photography, it always helps if they have visited the website.
“If you like the way I shoot then hire me and I will give it everything. This avoids price hunters who are not really interested in the quality of work.
“Secondly, the relationship between the bride, groom and photographer is paramount.
“I need to get a good feeling from the couple…. the chemistry between bride, groom and photographer will show in the photos.”
And when it comes to weddings on his beloved Rock, he goes one step further.
Taking the bride and groom on a whistlestop tour to get the most iconic photos is a given and the light has to be perfect so timing is important.
Much like his photographs, Jon’s personal path to photography is unique.
After leaving the British Armed forces, where he worked as a medic, he worked in hospitality in Marbella, before turning his hand to photography.
“It was something I always wanted to do’, explains Jon, who has been working as a freelancer on numerous jobs around the world, particularly in motor racing, for the last six years.
Working for international publications from the Daily Mail to Sky Sports F1, Jon has quickly established himself as one of the region’s top snappers… so you better try and snap him up fast, if you want him for your big day!