Centaine, welcome to the 2018 Midlands Bridal Fair. We are so excited to introduce you and your business to our Brides- and Grooms-to-be!
We’d love to know more about you and how you got into the industry…
I started my photography career as an assistant to Stephen Railton about six years ago and received on-the-job training at weddings which was fantastic for me and my journey as a photographer has grown every day since then. In 2014, I decided to spread my wings and create my own brand and have not looked back since. I LOVE capturing and telling the story of my client’s special occasions.
What services and expertise does your business offer to clients?
I am an ‘All rounder’ when it comes to photography. I love to shoot all the special chapters that people get to experience and explore in life. I offer the following lifestyle shoots:
- Wedding / Engagements
- Maternity / New Born
- Couple / Family portraits
- Special Occasions (Baby showers, etc)
How long have you been doing this for?
What do you love most about the work you do?
I love sharing my client’s wedding day with them. I feel it is such a treat to be able to capture such wonderful memories for them that they are able to look back on in years to come.
However, my FAVOURITE part of a wedding is the blog post I do afterwards. I love telling the story of their happy day and how it unfolded. At the end of a wedding I never leave as JUST the photographer, I always feel that I leave as a friend, or even a family member, as my couples are always so hospitable and game for getting amazing photos on their special day while having LOADS of fun.
What differentiates your business and makes you stand out? What are you known for?
I’m more than just the person holding the camera – I am always checking throughout any shoot, whether it be a wedding or simple family portrait session, that you, the client, are ok and comfortable. I am always paying personal attention to your needs, ensuring that you are happy, hydrated and having tons of fun throughout to make your time with me an experience you will look back on with a smile.
What can visitors to the Midlands Bridal Fair expect to see from you at the fair?
This year I will be setting up a bit differently to the norm so that my brand and I stand out in the crowd. Until then, my lips are sealed!
Any client testimonial/s you’d like to share?
“Professional, passionate, kind and considerate … these are all words to describe Centaine. We got married this past Saturday, 11 November at Sweethome Farm. The weather was not ideal, it was cold and raining. Centaine went out of her way to make us feel comfortable and kept us laughing throughout. No matter the situation, Centaine put her heart and soul into her pictures. I am blown away at the breathtaking moments she captured. We will treasure them forever. xxxxxx” – Claire & Charl
“Beautiful photos of intimate moments. Capturing moments with loved ones and friends. Invisible majority of the evening yet still captures the moments that count! Can’t wait to see the rest! Would definitely recommend to family and friends.” – Michelle Davidson (Bridesmaid)
“To an exceptional photographer – one whose love, sincerity and zest for life radiates from behind the lens … because every picture tells a story. We are so grateful that, because of you, ours was captured so beautifully. The wedding creative shoot is a memory that will live with Ry and I forever. On a very chilly afternoon, your bubbly personality, witty comments and inspired angles kept us warm with crackles of laughter and bursts of sunshine. You sold us an experience not just a service, and it was an experience that we will remember forever. Years from now as the memories fade with age, we will look at these photographs and be transported back to that day. This is something we cannot thank you enough for.‘Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage’ – thank you Centaine for a spectacular show.” – Avril & Ryanald
“Centaine (Photo Centz) is probably one of the best decisions we made for our wedding … from the moment we met her at the Burnedale wedding fair we were smitten, not only with her talent but also with her as a person. Centaine is down to earth, funny and bold, who always made us feel comfortable and relaxed. We have been absolutely blown away by the quality and beauty of her images and if I had to do it all over again, she would be my first choice over and over again. Centaine, thank you so much for all your hard work, for your patience with us – especially me – and thank you for our beautiful photos.” – Andrea & Deon
“The hugest THANK YOU to Centi! We haven’t even seen our photos yet … BUT your energy, love, passion, pure laughter and joy was amazing. You totally made our day! Thank you for everything – we cannot wait to see our photos.” – Cara Lowenstein & family
“Thank you for your amazing time a commitment at the wedding on Saturday. Your love and dedication really showed in an amazing way.” – Lisa & Wes-lee
“Dear Centaine, Hi – hope you are well. Thank you so much for being such a sweetie on Saturday. It’s not often I am bothered to write to suppliers after a wedding, but I am so impressed with you that I just had to tell you that I think you are really good at your job, clearly passionate about photography and your manner with the client was exceptional. Well done!” – Alexis (Wedding Coordinator)
“Wow, To those who are looking for a dedicated, charming, friendly and accommodating, among other wonderful traits, for photography, I have no reservation or hesitation to recommend Photo Centz Photography. We are so grateful for Centaine’s way of capturing our event and interaction with our guests. She built a relationship with our children who were comfortable and enjoyed their day with her. Thank you so much for being responsible, timeous and extending yourself far and beyond our requests. Thank you.” – Rev. Stan and Mary-Ann Simon (Parents)
Tell us what inspires you. Any websites, people or companies that you follow?
I am currently inspired by a few members on Instagram. Some are not wedding photographers but I simply love their work and style. I feel that inspiration and ideas can come from anywhere and be applied to my required need.
Some individuals are:
I am also part of a Facebook page specifically for Women Business Owners where I am able to gain loads of inspiration from fellow ‘Boss Ladies’ and grow my business with the help and guidance of local business owners.
What advice would you give to Brides- and/or Grooms-to-be?
When visiting the Midlands Bridal Fair, have a budget in mind for each specific vendor you need so that you know whose information / pamphlet to take and whose not to. Also this will allow your post bridal fair processing time to not feel so overwhelming. Most of all ENJOY this planning time and have fun!
Do you have a favourite quote?
“Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” – Bruno Barbey