I’m super excited to indtroduce a new series on the blog – supplier spotlight, where members of our Supplier Directory will tell you more about themselves and their work. Opening the series today is the wonderful photography duo Phil and Toby of The Dignums.
PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
Hi There! We are Phil (he/him) and Toby (he/him). We are a husband/husband team of two fun and friendly wedding photographers, based in Wolverhampton, not too far from Birmingham. We met in 2010 and got married in 2015.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?
Like many wedding photographers it was a case of photographing fiends’ weddings for them. Other couples saw the photos and liked them, asked us to photograph their weddings too, and the rest as they say is history.
HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
It all depends on the day. When we’re not wearing our big fancy wedding photographer hats, Phil also does some graphic design work on the side, whilst Toby is also a registrar. So some days Phil will be working at his desk editing photos, and creating designs, whilst Toby is performing wedding ceremonies.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
Clients’ reactions to their photos gives a lot of job satisfaction. We specialise with couples who want a relaxed day, and probably aren’t big fans of being in front of a camera. When we pass on photos where we’ve captured a special moment AND they like how they look in the photos too, well that’s quite a gift to pass them.
Also we get to work together, which means that we are able to spend more time in each others company than if we were working the regular nine to five jobs.
AND WHAT IS THE WORST PART?
It takes a lot of energy to do our job on a wedding day. A good wedding photographer is permanently switched on, constantly vigilant on the look out for special moments so as not to miss anything. A wedding day also means a long day on your feet, so our legs are often ready to drop off at the end of the day. It’s all worth it though.
Being wedding photographers does mean it’s important to stay fit and healthy. So maybe the worst part of our job (depending on whether you ask Phil or Toby – Phil moans all the way through the exercise, whilst Toby loves it) is attending a boot camp three times a week to ensure we’re always up to the physical tasks of a wedding day.
WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
Probably don’t sweat the small stuff and stay focused on what’s really important in life. The same goes for wedding days. Maybe plans don’t go exactly as you expected on the day, maybe it rains, or nothing happens on schedule. So what? If you’re with the person you love most in the world, and surrounded by people you care about, then that’s all the matters. The fun and love is still there not matter what, and you’ll also be heading home married to the person you love to bits.
WHAT WOULD YOU WANT COUPLES TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
First and foremost we want you to enjoy your wedding day. Above all, it’s the most important thing. Secondly we are big believers in doing it your way, whatever that is. Just like we did for our wedding, we recommend ripping up the rule book and just do what you’d like, not what you feel you should do. Lastly, if you’re nervous about being in front of a camera, we’ve got your back. We’re there to help make it as fun and authentic as possible.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR COUPLES PLANNING A WEDDING?
Prioritise! We personally don’t believe in spending silly amounts of money on a wedding. A memorable wedding is made of wonderful people, not things. So look at your budget, and pick the things that mean the most to you, and spend on those. The rest you can either do without, or go DIY. We had daffodils from the supermarket as flowers. We had a simple but delicious cake. We arrived in a taxi together with friends and family. And we made all our own bunting and decorations.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU DIDN’T WORK IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY?
Phil really like family photography so he’d probably be concentrating on that. He’ll also soon be going back into part-time education to train in psychotherapy, so there’s a chance that may need to something in the future.
Toby loves his job as a registrar, so he’d be content remaining in that role. Although technically he’d still be in the wedding industry, but marrying couples, rather than also photographing them getting married.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR TIME OFF?
Toby loves music, puzzles, gadgets, cats, and gin.
Phil spends his time playing video games, eating pizza, enjoying the odd lie in, dogs, and cake.
Now here’s a dilemma. Toby loves the snow and the cold, so somewhere north like Norway. Somewhere he can see the northern lights would be a big bonus. (We went to the Outer Hebrides for our honeymoon, and actually saw the lights there!). Where as Phil likes the sun and some warmth, reading a book in a hammock with a drink in his hand.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?
That’s a tricky one, as life often doesn’t seem to take you down the path you expect. As long as we’re together, content in our day to day lives, I think we’ll be just fine whatever we’re up to.