I turned full time pro in 2007 and since then I’ve gained the experience of photographing couples from all over the world - from every continent and various different cultures.
I produce beautiful vivid colour images complimented with high contrast black and white images. True colour and B&W will always stand the test of time and that is what I have produced since 2007.
I love photographing people and I specialise in natural, un-posed wedding photography so I’m not posing you or ordering you what to do. In fact, I thrive in documentary or photojournalistic mode. Some people call it reportage but it really doesn’t matter what it’s called. It’s about being there.
I love blending in with my surroundings and creating an image at just the right moment. It’s about experience and anticipation - knowing what’s going to happen next so I can be ready to capture the moment. And that’s just it, weddings are about moments and should not be about photoshoots.
Now of course some people do want a little direction and if so, that’s ok. I’ll provide it where needs be, but I prefer to give as little direction as possible as that way your photographs are more natural to YOU.
So in reality, how does it work on the day? Typically I will always start at the bridal preparations. When I arrive, the first thing that I say to everybody that is present is to ignore me. I want to just blend into the background and document what is happening naturally and creatively. I generally start with some details shots - dress, shoes etc and then concentrate on the people. If I can spend a short time covering the grooms preparations also (if he is close by), then great. But that’s up to you.
At the ceremony, I’m remaining as discrete as possible working largely with a long lens which enables me to hang back but get in close. Ceremonies can be the emotional highpoint of the day so it’s about watching for those moments and being prepared to capture them. It’s about watching your guests (especially bored kids...!) and about moving around where possible looking for interesting angles.
Your guests are central to your celebration and I will aim to get as many quality images of your friends and family as I can and in a way that is natural. Most of the time, they will not even notice that they are being photographed resulting in really natural images.
During your couple session, I just take you for a walk. It doesn’t have to be for long. In fact, we will have discussed and agreed the timescale before the wedding so we will decide together how long to spend together on this part of the day. After all, it is important that you balance the time having photographs done and spending time with your guests. 20 to 40 minutes is the norm depending on your wishes and the location for the photos - for example some locations require a bit of a longer walk than others to reach some great spots for photos. I’m keeping these shots totally natural - no cheesy cliched wedding shots..!
Instead, I want to capture photographs of the two of you acting naturally and enjoying this short intimate time together away from your guests. That means you being together and concentrating on each other whilst I concentrate on getting the shots from different angles often from a distance away, layering my shots and creating dimension by shooting through bushes, leaves, from behind walls or trees. Look at my gallery and you will see what I mean. In fact, if you look closely at my gallery you will rarely see brides and grooms looking at the camera. If they are, it’s usually because they are happy to and of course that is totally fine.
Some loosely posed group or family shots during the day are of course possible but my advice here is to keep these photographs to a minimum as otherwise you will find yourself standing around waiting for some people to turn up. No matter how well this is organised there will always be some people who will just keep everybody waiting and waiting. And waiting..... I know that there is generally family pressure to get a large combination of different family photos but this is where you need to be selfish and decide what YOU really want. Remember, it is YOUR day to enjoy not auntie Molly's and her demands for every combination of family photo possible.
For most weddings, I'm there to capture the speeches and the cake cutting (if there is a cake - it’s a tradition that is disappearing) and the dancing. Dancing is really where the fun starts and some of these shots can be very funny which limbs going in all directions and mad facial expressions.
After the wedding I will edit all your images. I do not just edit 100 of them for example as some others do. Each photograph will receive individual toning and whatever other adjustments I think necessary to enhance it in my personal style. Once I have all your images edited, they will be uploaded to your private gallery where you can view them, share them (only if you want to of course…) and download the high resolution jpgs. They are not watermarked and they are print ready. You can print the files wherever you want to although if you are printing images for framing or if you want canvases, I do advise you to go through me rather than the various cheap poor quality happy snappy printing outlets on the high street. But that’s your choice.
After that, we work on what is the true end result of your wedding photographs - a high quality, professionally printed and produced album.
Oh..., and as you can see from this page - I do love black & white photography. However, don't worry, I capture everything in glorious colour and the majority of your photographs are delivered in colour. :-)
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