One of the 100 Best Wedding Photographers in the World 2015
‘Is photography art?
No it isn’t art.
Is painting art?
No it isn’t art.
It’s whether the people doing it are artists or not.’
When I grow up I will be…
At school what I wanted to be changed like the wind. One day it was a vet. The next an Opera singer. A Nurse. A Policewoman. A famous artist. A politician. A drummer in a punk band! It never once entered my head to become a photographer.
Half way through my A levels, fed up that my friends had jobs, were earning money and going out having fun, I wanted the same so I jacked in my studies. My dad wasn’t particularly pleased. ‘You’ll get a job or get back to school,’ I was told. Within a week I had a job as a trainee medial photographer. Dad must have been impressed…. he bought me a camera!
It took three years of training at college and on the job in a local hospital before I was fully qualified. I loved the photography side of things but the job was badly paid. You saw the worst of everything; it was gloomy at times. You developed a dark sense of humour, although the potential must always have been there as that side of things continues today! In the end Medical Photography wasn’t for me so, after a further three years, I left and worked as a geological photographer for a while but photographing rocks and printing maps all day soon became rather dull. My lovely husband let me return to my studies and I went to university. I became a primary school teacher and kept photography up as a hobby. It was through photographing weddings for family and friends I realized this was where I wanted to be, that I wanted to do it full time. So in 2006 I left my job as a teacher, set up Yvonne Lishman Photography and have loved every day since.
I love being a wedding photographer and every time I’m booked I feel humbled that I’m given the opportunity to photograph another wonderful wedding for another awesome couple. Medical photography might not have been my bag but wedding photography definitely is. Wedding photography is so much fun, there’s a lot less blood for a start! To wake up every day knowing I’m doing something I love is a fantastic feeling and I’m proud of the hard work I’ve put in to my business in order to make this possible. Thank you to everyone who has booked me over the years and for all those yet to come. I’m where I want to be because of you, you have made me happy.
As Photography is the thing I do here is a little of the thing I am!
- My husband, my two pugs and three cats.
- …and am in love with Mark Rylance & Rufus Sewell.
- ‘A day without laughter is a day wasted,’ (Charlie Chaplin) is the truest thing I’ve ever heard.
- The English Lake District. It feels like home.
- Photography – all kinds. Art – most kinds.
- Top Gear. The Superbike racing.
- The smell of – horses, freesias, Bergamot, coal fires.
- Books, especially anything to do with history, and stories by Victorian novelists.
- James Bowen & Street Cat Bob. I’ve met them. I stroked Bob’s tail.
- Crisps and olives…. although both are my waistlines downfall.
- Radio 3. Punk Rock. Queen. Jake Bugg. George Ezra.
- Peter Kay. Blackadder. Two and Half Men. Miranda. Lovejoy.
- …and admire Guy Martin & Richard Branson.
I don’t love…
- Social injustice.
- Animal cruelty.
- Baked beans. Lasagne. They are the work of Beelzebub.
- Maths. If we learn from our mistakes why am I still so bad at Maths?
Strange but true…
- I once photographed a wedding where a gust of wind took my dress up around my head and everyone saw my knickers. I fell about laughing. The guests fell about ill. I don’t wear dresses like that anymore.
- I’m a vegetarian! And I’m Scottish. Although I believe being vegetarian to be true of a lot of other nationalities.
- I had a perm when I got married. I looked like a Cocker Spaniel in a wedding dress.
- I’ve seen Die Hard six million times and Sense and Sensibility about the same.
- Random things strike me; I once saw a duck sleeping at the side of a pond, it was dreaming; I’ve wondered ever since what it was dreaming about!
- I often say the ridiculous. We got locked out of the house once. I said to my husband you better kick the door down now or we won’t be able to get in when we get back.
But what care you of me when there’s you to behold! If you’d like me to be your wedding photographer Ring! Ring! Let me know how you met; your lovely love story and fab wedding plans. Let’s meet, chat, share olives and crisps. In the words of Bruce Willis, kind of, ‘Come to Nottingham, we’ll get together, have a few laughs.’ It could be kismet.