How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I have been photographing weddings for nearly 5yrs and its been an amazing journey that has brought me my own fiancé, some amazing clients and opened up whole new sides to me. It was purely by accident I found this line of work, I actually wanted to photograph extreme sports and somehow found myself at a wedding without a clue and thats where my journey started.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
For me its the people I work with and the process of producing amazing and emotional memories for them to remember such a special day. Its working with true love and the celebration of that which makes me love my job every single day.
What is your favourite part of the day?
I have two favourite parts of the day and I can’t choose between them tbh. The first is the bridal prep firstly because its such an exciting and nerve wracking part of the day for my client and the moment the father of the bride sees his daughter for the first literally gives me goosebumps everytime. Plus its a great time for me to be creative and get a feel for the bridal party. My other favourite part is the ceremony! Everything about that hour or so is so amazing, when the groom sees his bride for the first time, when they exchange vows, when they walk out together as husband and wife its such an amazing thing to capture.
How would you describe your style and approach?
I can’t really pinpoint my style. I am very journalistic in my approach tending to let things unfold and I prefer to create moments in couple shots rather than fixed posing, I will talk to you, make you laugh, get you to interact with one another and enjoy that time as husband and wife. I know the importance of group photos though especially families so I am not completely reportage. I love bold colours in my editing and strong black whites for more emotional moments.
Who, or what inspires you?
My couples. When I meet a new couple who want too book me I love to find out as much as possible. Its the stories of the people I meet that inspires my work, gets me excited and thats what I try to get across.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
There are endless blog posts, guides that you can refer to for the important information (insurance etc) I have written a blog on it myself and the most important tip I can give any couple is go with your gut. Pick a photographer who’s work makes your heart soar and who you instantly feel like is going to be your new friend. That will be the person who does the best job. Don’t rush it, do your research and go with your heart!
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Honestly be aware of your timings. You will not have as much time as you think you do. The wedding day goes so fast so make sure that you enjoy each and every moment. Don’t worry about the weather or anything you can’t fix on the day its not the end of the world AND YOUR GETTING MARRIED embrace it fully and just have the most amazing time!
If there was one place in the world you would love to capture a wedding where would it be and why?
Dartmoor or the scottish highlands! I know it doesn’t sound particularly adventurous and Barbados would do nicely too but both of those places fill me with awe and inspiration, pure natural beauty at its rawest form.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
Oh there has been so many!! There was a wedding back in 2014 that really effected me and filled me with huge amounts of emotion and it was such a privilege. The whole thing was planned in 3 weeks because the groom was terminally ill. It was the most incredible and joyous day where I witnessed so much love and laughter, just pure celebration.