I’m really just a family man with a passion for photography and, in particular, for capturing honest, heartfelt pictures of people being people.
I served in the RAF for many, many years but decided to follow my heart in 2012 and set about trying to convert my passion into a small business.
At the outset, I tried all forms of photography but quickly I very realised that the images that I love most have people, emotions and relationships within them.
Wedding photography swiftly became the obvious choice for me and my strengths and I was hugely fortunate to quickly find couples who liked my work enough to trust me with their wedding days.
I photograph 25 to 30 weddings per year and I absolutely love what I do. I personally cannot think of anything more rewarding than pursuing a hobby and passion professionally and wedding days provide me with a wonderful opportunity to creatively capture a unique human story.
I firmly believe that the best photographs are achieved when there is trust and rapport between subject and photographer and I’ve found over time that I’m fortunate to be able to quickly establish both as I work. Without a doubt, when photographing people, that ability to ‘click’ with people is fundamental to consistently successful images and it’s central to how I work.
When not photographing weddings, I undertake some family shoots and personal projects and try to spend as much time with my family as I possibly can. I love family and friend time above all else, I have a very eclectic taste in music (BBC 6 Music is my editing soundtrack), I love surfing (raised in Devon and lived in Australia and still very poor!), most sports, all travel, good food (particularly anything with the essential ingredients of chilli and garlic) and warm, flat beer.
Relaxed, informal, candid and honest. I like to try to let wedding days flow naturally and capture people being themselves. I prefer not to shoot lots of formal photographs or to pose people, I strongly believe that the best images are not those when people are asked to look at the camera and I therefore try to tell wedding day stories in a documentary style. That's not to say that I don't love the chance to create and one of my favourite parts of each wedding day is spent with the couple seeking some good light and a stunning backdrop for some frame-worthy portraits.
People, people, people. Everyone is unique and so is their story and their relationships. Weddings serve up such an incredibly dynamic and varied range of emotions across the day, it's a massive privilege to be invited into couples' lives for the day and be charged with capturing that intimacy for them. It's a responsibility that I relish.
Look closely at a photographer's portfolio, specifically looking for depth of experience of real weddings. Many photographers will share work from styled shoots where the couple were models and everything was controlled and perfectly styled. Evidence of consistently good work at real weddings in all light and weather should be high on your list. If it's not in the portfolio or on the photographers blog, ask to see some full wedding galleries delivered to previous couples. Look for recommendations from people you trust, in my experience, referrals are a great way to find a good match. Don't necessarily consider budget as your priority. In general, you'll get what you pay for and with photography being such an important part of your wedding day, it can sometimes be worth stretching the budget in this area, possibly at the expense of something else, if it means you're confident of receiving at stunning photographic record of your one-off day. Finally, meeting or at least chatting on Skype/FaceTime etc can really help seal the deal either way. Connecting with your photographer is essential as they will be a large part of your day and you will spend quite a lot of time with them. If they make you feel at ease and come across as someone you can trust and would fit in well with your guests, you're already a huge step towards getting great photographs - if you're responding well to your photographer on the day, you're going to look great in the images and so will your guests.
I shoot weddings all over the UK and abroad and am very happy to travel. By negotiation, I will usually charge a little extra for significant additional time, travel and accommodation costs.
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