I have been shooting weddings part time for two and a half years and went full time in March 2015, I’ve been really fortunate and shot between 35 and 45 weddings a year since my first part-time year! I got into it totally by accident, when a friend saw my hobbyist photography and asked me if I’d shoot her mum’s wedding- I’m now due to shoot her wedding next year!
I love that everyday at work is different, that everyone is always in an amazingly happy mood and that I get to give people something they’ll treasure for a long time!
I love the prep part of the day, I definitely get my most creative work here as there’s less time pressure and restrictions on where I can move compared to a ceremony. I also love the end of the day, when the guests are super relaxed (read boozed) so I can get in really close for the fun party shots. That’s why I don’t restrict my shooting hours and tend to cover a full day, the beginning and the end are the best!
I’m what I call a wedding funtojournalist, it’s sort of like traditional wedding photojournalism but with a big emphasis on funny, light hearted and kooky shots, not necessarily beautiful or elegant moments.
I love films and cinema: I shoot a lot of wider shots with rigid lines and central framing, almost like a Wes Anderson movie!
Always see a full wedding example, ideally one that covers your venue look and lighting! It’ll also show you a realistic representation of what you’ll see from your wedding day.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. If both of you turn up and get married then it’s success all round! The rest of the party is a brilliant bonus so enjoy it!
Oooh anywhere with a wicked natural backdrop, we don’t get those in London very often, maybe like a rainforest with some monkeys stealthily watching through the trees!
That’s a hard one, I can’t really pick one! My experiences as a wedding photographer are like a pot of lovely memories ranging from people asking their long time step father to adopt them during their speeches, to attempting and failing to ride a bucking bronco, to travelling round India on a charity with a past bride. I think I’m always trying to book weddings that will take me somewhere new or let me see something interesting, so I’m honestly just filled with great moments!