Presumably you are newly engaged and have visited my website to potentially enquire about hiring me as your wedding photographer.
A little about photography and me...
I have been taking photos for as long as I can remember. I have worked all around the world, across a broad spectrum of disciplines and within a variety of contrasting environments.
Whether in the depths of the ocean to photograph apex predators or on a mountain's summit to capture the sun as it breaches through alpine cloud, it is the challenge of photography which draws me.
And it's not just the environment or light conditions which can present a challenge - the subject often does too! People and animals are always stimulating to photograph: they are never still for long and each shoot is as different as the personalities I aim to capture.
I am privileged to have significant experience in such a vast array of photographic areas and over a number of years I have accumulated and refined many diverse skills and techniques. I am now able to apply this skillset to a broad range of services and with this more expansive approach I can offer you flexibility, adaptability and a plethora of options to suit a variety of needs and budgets.
Unposed, true photography
I like to photograph weddings for the most part from the perspective of a guest. I take photographs from the inside of the wedding, and try to keep out of the way of the day.
So am I a documentary, reportage, editorial or traditional wedding photographer?
I am not purely a documentary photographer, I am certainly not a traditional wedding photographer. I think its very difficult to put a label on my certain genre of wedding photography, I am, just, me.
I'm there to take photographs on your special day, to tell a story with these pictures. The whole experience should be fun and full of emotion. For the most part I stay in the back ground. I work with small, powerful Fujifilm cameras that allow me to blend with the crowd and create candid photographs that traditional wedding photographers just wouldn't be able to capture.
Now having said all of this I do speak to you on your day! I will engage with you, laugh, cry and dance with you (dancing is definitely complimentary, my fiancé tells me I can not charge for that).
I ask for some time to be set aside for us to go for a walk together, to create a few photographs with just the two of you. I won't pose you or ask you stand in a certain way, I only ask that you be yourselves and enjoy each others company. I want to capture a true reflection of your wedding day!
My couples mean the world to me. We spend a considerable amount of time together on your special day, and its so important to me that we get on, before, during and after the wedding. Finding the right photographer for you may be a challenge, working with me is not. I will work with you and your budget to meet your requirements – so you can focus on your day while I focus on you.
With you every step
I love the atmosphere and joy of a wedding. Capturing pictures of you, your family and friends is a privilege and one of the most rewarding experiences a photographer can have.
There’s an art to recording the flow of emotions as the day progresses, from dressing the bride, to the ceremony, to the wedding breakfast and long into the night. Capturing the emotions as you experience them, together with all those priceless moments that go on around you, is what I enjoy the most.
The day and experiences are yours rather than mine. I am unobtrusive and plan around your day. My photography revolves around you and your day, not the other way around.
What makes me different?
Quite simply, passion, technique and preparation. When you meet me for the first time you’ll feel the enthusiasm I have for my work. I am not a formulaic photographer who turns up with a set routine and one eye on the clock. My wide portfolio of different photographic disciplines gives me an edge, and the experience to capture the photos that traditional wedding photographers would miss or not be capable of.
I provide fantastic wedding albums with every collection, using one of the worlds finest Italian printers that are the only company in the world to utilise HD printing, leaving you stunned at the quality.
Black & White?
Once all the cake has been eaten and wine has been drunk, the next part of your wedding starts for me.
All of your photographs are backed up and then I begin processing all of the moments captured on your special day. I process all images with the timeless look of Fujifilm Classic Chrome.
This brings me neatly on to why I choose to process some photographs in black and white. I actually shoot all photographs in black and white on camera, whilst the Fuji cameras I use process colour perfectly I prefer to see them first in black and white. This may seem ridiculous to some but colours can act as a filter for emotion.
Colours can distract you from the emotion in a photograph, they can stop you seeing what is really there. Whilst black and white has it's place colours are very important at weddings and I also capture your wedding in beautiful vibrant colours.
This picture I believe illustrates what I'm saying, Asian weddings are full of colour, they are simply breathtaking. However if you saw this picture in colour; the reds and purples of the saris would take the focus away from the true content of this photograph - The emotion shown by the bride as she says goodbye to her family. Photographs are there to capture a moment, this moment would have been lost in colour.