About Adam S
“It is more important to click with people
than to click the shutter.”
My name is Adam, and I am the owner of Adams Wedding Photography. Why Adam S. ?
Well, my full name is Adam Szczepanski, and I thought it might be easier for all of us to call me just Adam S.
But if you still would like to be nice to me and learn how to pronounce my last name it’s Szczepanski, something like sh-che-pan-ski
sh for shake
che for che guevara
pan like for pancake
ski like for ski
Try it :) …and if you still can’t get it, give me a call on 079 4458 1986
When you invest in wedding photography, you also invest in the photographer, so I’d love for you to know a bit more about me.
I studied English Literature and Culture Studies in Krakow where I wrote my Masters thesis on Photography.
I then worked as an English teacher in Poland for three years before moving to London in 2002. When I came here I treated it as an adventure, and planned to go back to Poland after six months to set up my own English School. But life sometimes has different plans for us and I’ve now been here for 16 years! And I even became a British Citizen by Naturalization (what a strange word ! :)
I have had various jobs in the UK but one of note was as an International IT trainer for clinical trials software.
I lived a luxurious jet setter life for 5 years and travelled all over the world from Tokyo, to Miami, Istanbul, Buenos Aires and many many more. Although it was a great job it didn’t fulfill my creative and artistic side.
Photography has been my secret dream since I was eight years old when I was given my first camera as a present. However, I did not dare to think that it might be a career opportunity until I photographed my first wedding in 2007. Both the bride and the groom loved the pictures so much, it encouraged me to pursue this dream. So I eventually handed in my resignation and became a full-time wedding photographer. Why? Simply because I love photography and I love people. To date I have shot over 200 weddings!
Besides loving London, the English language and the UK, I also love the Latin/Spanish language, culture and cuisine (and that includes red wine – Argentinian Malbec is my favourite!).
I also love exploring our beautiful planet and meeting new people, so far I have been to around 40 countries. I am fluent in English, Spanish, Polish and am competent in Russian. I also run remotely a small motorhome rental business in Poland, so if you are ever in this part of the world and would like to hire a motorhome, let me know – camperemzahoryzont.pl . My last little secret to reveal here is my love for motorbikes, the old and slow ones as “the speed is the enemy of contemplation” if you know what I mean? Few years ago, I really wanted to feel like Che Guevara and committed this amazing trip in Argentina and Chile, please have a look if you like nature and landscapes.
An old Chinese proverb says ‘Find yourself a job that you love and you will never have to work again’…So, here I am. I love people, their stories and photography. This is why I am a Wedding Photographer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is your style of photography?
In short – FUN. The longer answer is that my photography is natural and documentary style. I follow the events of the day, photographing unobtrusively to capture real moments as they happen. I tend not to pose our shots unless you would like me to. The goal is to tell the story of your Wedding Day, capturing all the fun and emotions through beautiful images; that is my style.
Q: Do you photograph posed group shots?
Yes, I do take photographs of groups. People usually like to gather for their pre-planned group shots with close family and friends right after the ceremony. It is rare for a couple to have no group shots, with most couples getting towards a few portraits with family members.
Q: Do you direct and pose couples?
My style is reportage and I follow the day unobtrusively … but I also do pose couple at certain stages, although I do not like the word POSING, I prefer “action-reaction” IDEAS that evoke emotions and natural poses.
Q: Do you shoot the dress, shoes, flowers etc?
Yes, although I am primary a reportage photographer I always shoot all the details just like most other photographers as my ultimate goal is to provide you with breathtaking images of the entire day.
Q: Can you travel to Cambridge/Italy/Spain or The Bahamas?
I am London Based Wedding Photographer but I am able to photograph your wedding at any location. Expenses for travel and accommodation are recovered at cost.
Q: What equipment do you use? Digital? Colour or black and white?
I use two professional Canon 5d MK III digital camera and prime lens systems (24mm 1.4, 35mm 1.4, 50mm 1.2 and 85mm 1.8), these lenses are top quality and allow me to photograph most situations without the need of using the flash (but I obviously have them for special situations). Canon cameras sit very well my inconspicuous style and I love the colours the Canon cameras deliver. The nature of digital means that each image starts life as a colour photo and I shoot in RAW format. Any changes to black and white or sepia tones are conversions done in a later process.
Q: Do you carry spare equipment?
Yes, I always carry back up cameras, lenses, batteries etc… to make sure your wedding day goes smoothly from my end.
Q: Do you do your own printing?
Yes, each couple will get the access code for their private secure gallery from where (if you like) you can order very high quality printouts both on paper and canvas.
Q: Do you design and create Wedding Albums?
Yes, I design all the Albums myself, and they receive lots of attention and love as well as all my pictures. The printing is done by a professional Lab and they are available in different sizes and with various covers. I will bring with me and show you my sample wedding Albums when we meet.
Q: How do we hire you?
We sign a contract and I ask for a 20% booking fee to secure your date.