HOW I SHOOT YOUR WEDDING DAY
My images are natural, beautiful and capture the moment as it happens. The love and emotion you can see in my photos isn’t fake and nor are the couples – all the photos you can see here are from real weddings I’ve captured.
I like to photograph weddings as they happen and fit around the schedule of the day in an unobtrusive way. There will be guidance along the way and a few moments away from the guests to capture the couple together in a candid and non-contrived way. My main aim is to capture the complete story, the fun and warmth between the couple, their friends and families.
With over 10 years experience, I have a relaxed friendly approach in the way I work. I know exactly when and what to capture and importantly how to handle key elements of the day such as the formal group photos. I always recommend no more than 10 family group photos initially with more informal ones later in the day as needed.
“OH MY. THE PHOTOS ARE STUNNING!”
“We’re speechless. We really are. It’s wonderful to see the wedding from your perspective too. So many wonderful photos. You have a real talent and we are incredibly happy.”EMMA & ANTHONY
natural and relaxed
Getting the balance right
I would like to think that what I have to offer is pretty unique. I love to create almost fine art looking images that would look good in a magazine, or more importantly on your wall at home. I like to fuse this with a cinematic feel capturing the energy and emotion of your day naturally.
GREAT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY NEEDS EMOTION
There’s a well know phrase coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson of capturing “the decisive moment”. As an experienced wedding photographer, I have developed a natural instinct for predicting when that next magic moment is going to happen. There are obvious key trigger points such as the father of the bride seeing her in the dress for the first time or that amazing shot of grandparents together on the dance floor. I am always looking and waiting for the “decisive moment” to happen…
Posing vrs “Scene Setting”
“WE HATE BEING IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA”
Yep! Me too.. I know that when many couples get in touch with me they want me to know that they don’t like posing and prefer the natural “stuff”. Who can blame them, I don’t think I would like to be posed either – there are of course some who love posing – and for those that don’t you need someone who you feel comfortable with. Time and time again, the feedback I get consistently mentions how easy people felt whilst being photographed by me.
“WOWZERS. THESE ARE FANTASTIC!”
“There are some amazing photos in there and you’ve captured every one of our guests and every single special moment.”HELENE & SIMON
CAPTURING THE REAL MAGIC
My portraits always look natural, it’s a simple case of creating a situation and environment for the magic and natural connection between two awesome people to shine through. I will always hunt out that perfect backdrop ready for the the two stars to take centre stage and and let their real emotions flow before the lens. Funnily enough, couples always say how much they enjoyed the portrait sessions and how comfortable they felt with me afterwards.
Rated as “Excellent”
“WE ARE OVER THE MOON”
Thank you. We are over the moon. Thank you again for capturing some amazing memories for us. You exceeded all our expectations.”KERRY & GARETH
SKILL & PASSION
Creative use of natural & artificIal light
With unpredictable weather in the UK and year round bookings, a successful photographer has to be the master of both natural light and their own source of artificial lighting. Harsh shadows in low sun can either make or break an image and knowing when to shoot and when to hold off can be a difficult decision. Sometimes a venue may pose a number of interesting challenges, in which case understanding off camera flash techniques for example to add spectacular lighting to a first dance can really pay off. I shoot both natural light photography using professional “fast lenses” and use effective bounce flash or off camera lighting when necessary.
Blending in – Staying calm
It’s been said to me so many times (the last time was by a member of staff at Dumbleton Hall) that people have never seen a wedding photographer work so hard. I would hate to produce mediocre work by turning up and not really engaging with the day.
“THE PICTURES ARE AMAZING”
“Thank you so much!!! The pictures are amazing – we couldn’t be more pleased! Thank you for capturing the special moments from our wedding day – we will cherish these photos. Thank you for all of your hard work that day – we really appreciated it.”FAYE & RICHARD
The Guest Experience
It’S really important to me
It’s so important to have a good rapport with the wedding guests. These are your chosen friends and family and I want them to have a fantastic day as well. I always perfectly blend in to the wedding unobtrusively and respectfully. I hear stories all the time of wedding photographers that are too pushy and those that are too flaky unable to control and work within the wedding schedule. I strike a great balance between friendly and efficient whilst ensuring everyone has a fun time. Read my reviews and you’ll get a great idea of how I work and act on the day. There are of course elements of the day that can test the nerves of even the most experienced photographer (the Group Photos!), but with careful planning, good humour and patience the day can go by without too much fuss, leaving you to enjoy your wedding.