The lovely Shaneen of Rosewarne Cox Photography first introduced me to Binky Nixon's beautiful photography and I'm so glad she did!
Binky had taken the photos at Shaneen's wedding (that must be so nerve wracking for photographers mustn't it?!) and Shaneen was absolutely thrilled with them!
Binky's photos are beautiful, touching and timeless. I also love her charming, heart felt answers to my questions!
Read on and I'm sure you'll fall a little bit in love with Binky's photography and with Binky herself.
As your name is so unique, I have to start by asking is there a story behind it?
Binky rhymes with lots of things, some good, some bad but believe me I have heard it all. My mum called me it as soon as I was born (not sure if it was too much gas n air) and it just stuck. I am not christened it however never use my last name, so it works for me.
When did your love affair with photography begin?
When I was younger my mum and her partner took me to Africa on a holiday. I am from a needle phobic family, so getting my jabs was a big deal. My mum bought me a little canon 35mm camera to say well done for having my injections. Whilst away we met a family that was doing charity work and I tagged along with them visiting schools and orphanages. I loved every minute of it and since that day a camera has been a permanent fixture in my hand. My late father also was into photography and encouraged me to eventually persue a career in it.
What inspires you?
Love & feelings. Laughter, happiness, something that you can feel just by looking at it. The sun, warmth, emotions, tasty things, colours, smells……….I could go on!
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Pale, freakly and a Taurus. He he, I take it you mean
Emotional, Passionate and a good friend.
Describe your photography style in 3 words:
Honest, beautiful and timeless
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Working with people, being a part of some of the biggest days in their lives. I have photographed over 100 weddings, the birth of my god son, a funeral, babies in the first few weeks of their lives and grandparents with all their wisdom. Being a part of such wonderful happy and sad times is such an honour! I wouldn’t change what I did for the world.
What is your favourite wedding moment to capture on camera?
My favorite moment is when the father of the bride gives his daughter away. Having lost my Dad and always considered myself as a Daddies girl it makes me cry every time. Did I mention I am a “heart on my sleeve” kind of girl.
What advice would you give to couples to help them to get the best from their wedding photography?
Trust in your photographer. This is what they do day in day out and they want to create amazing images as much as you do, so the more you believe in them the more you will get out of it.
Also have some fun with it, try and relax and enjoy being photographed. If you embrace it it will show in the pictures. Be honest, if you are nervous or feel like you pull funny faces tell your photographer. It is us to them to put you at ease, I have some awful jokes but at least it gets my couples laughing.
What is your current wedding-related obsession?
Amanda Wakely dresses, Peep toe shoes, favours that are food, wild country bouquets, vintage engagement rings, dogs with little bow ties on (at the wedding), tea lights hanging from trees, tipis, lace umbrella’s, mini meals for canapés, fur coats, Grecian headbands, dappled light, trilby hats ahhhhhhh can I keep going?
Out of all the weddings you have photographed, which photo makes you go ‘Wow!’ every time you see it?
I still love this shot. It was taken a few years ago and the couple were great. The light was gorgeous and I still remember the crunching sound of the corn when you walked on it. And I’m a sucker for Morris Minor’s, jimmy choo’s and handmade dresses.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who found themselves laughing one minute and with tears in my eyes the next while reading this. I love that Binky is a ‘heart on her sleeve' kind of girl. You want a photographer to be able to capture all those beautiful emotions and special, fleeting moments and you also what them to appreciate your love, your family and your day. You can tell that Binky is that very photographer.
I feel honoured to share Binky's inspirational words and evocative photos with you today. Thank you so much, Binky.
So, ‘fess up…who got a little bit teary?