Photography is not just the family business, it's a passion.
Cosmic Photography is based in Telford, Shropshire, just a short walk from Blists Hill, the Victorian town which is part of the Ironbridge World Heritage Site, and just a short drive from the Iron bridge itself. Owned and managed by Paul Spiers, Cosmic Photography is primarily a wedding photography studio which covers the counties of Shropshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Wales; although I have traveledmuch further afield in my work.
I am a qualified member of the NPS (National Photographic Society) and the FSB (federation of small businesses). I am very much a family man, living with my wife, our 8 year old Autistic Son, & teenage Daughter who sometimes assists me at local events.
When I got married a few years ago we booked the photographer who had recently photographed my Brother-in-laws wedding. Despite being a keen amateur photographer, I knew nothing about wedding photography. I loved taking pictures of my family and pets, as well as trying to capture beautiful sunsets and the occasional wildlife shot, just like many other amateurs I guess.
Well this guy charged us about 350 quid and gave us 15 or so pictures in a vinyl covered album. I'd not concerned myself with what he was doing at my brother-in-laws wedding, but at my own wedding it was quite clear that this guy was not very experienced at handling people. Another thing occurred to me too, he was missing the boat when it came to capturing the day. He spent an hour or so staging lots of different family group shots and missed all the magic moments that were taking place behind him. What seemed like a good deal initially turned out to be a bad choice, and this was confirmed when the album arrived.
I am not going to mention any names of course as I think he still photographs weddings. But this experience pushed me to study photography at Wolverhampton College, and attend some workshops and seminars with the SWPP (society of wedding and portrait photographers).
In 2007 I had the honour of winning an international award for my wedding photography, having fought off competition from the rest of Europe, Australia, Canada and USA. The competition was judged by fellow wedding photographers so it was a great feeling to be commended by my peers. I now also train other wedding photographers. Click the following link to read a selection of comments from past clients - testimonials
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