What is your most memorable wedding?
I would have to say that the first wedding I covered was the most memorable. It happened to be my birthday on the day, and by the end, I had been shooting for 14-hours, but I loved every minute of it! I couldn't have handpicked a more lovely couple to start my wedding photography journey with. Their day was beautiful, their guests were great, and the couple themselves were so sweet and made sure I was looked after at every opportunity they could.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Relaxed, Storytelling, Artistic, Modern, Unobtrusive
What about your business are you most proud of?
I take great pride in my work and art form, but I would probably have to say that I take the most pride in how I serve my couples. From the first point of contact up to delivered images/albums, and in some cases, beyond.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Right, so this tip may not be a wedding planning life-hack, nor will it save you any time or money, but I almost guarantee that it will enhance your day - if not on the day, but in your memories. Are you ready for it? Invest in a new perfume/cologne, especially for the wedding day. Something completely new that you both pick out and like.
Obviously, you want to smell great on your big day, but the reasoning goes beyond this. Smell is closely linked with memory, so it SHOULD forever lock that fragrance in your mind with memories of happiness and love, which makes it perfect for pulling out again on anniversaries or special date nights!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Again, I think it is from the first wedding I covered. Not only did the groom make his now wife's engagement ring himself, but he also crafted a metal rose, similar to the rose from "Beauty & the Beast", which was displayed with the wedding cake.
I believe that the metal rose was originally created for the engagement ring to be displayed on when he proposed, so even though it wasn't specifically for the wedding day, it was still a great touch.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
After the initial contact, I ask my couples to fill in a very brief questionnaire to get the necessary details and to gauge where they are at with planning. Once I've received that back, we would ideally arrange a consultation soon after so we can get to know each other a bit and discuss everything in a little more detail.
From there I will draw up a contract outlining the package, our discussed plans, and a few other bits, before sending it over for signing.
That more or less wraps up the booking and initial planning stage.
I like to sit down with my couples again around 6-4 weeks before the wedding day, to confirm all previous plans and make any changes or additions as needed (group portrait groupings, portrait locations and rough timings etc).
If an engagement shoot is included with your package or booked separately, we can book this in for a time/date of your choice.
Also, if at any point in the process there is anything I can do to help, I'm just at the other end of a phone or email.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
I don't believe there is one 'single' photo that every couple should have taken.
Every couple is different, every wedding is different, and every story is different.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
As a person who likes to have a plan in place so that there's nothing to stress about on the day, I guess I would have to say I recommend having a contingency plan!
What that is exactly will depend on the couple's personalities and vibe for the day.
Whether it's umbrellas, wellies, dancing in the rain, or keeping things inside, we can 100% work something out that works for you and tells your story.
Describe how you got into photography.
Short answer, my Dad. He was a professional photographer for pretty much my entire life. I grew up in a house full of cameras, lenses, and flashlights. We even had a portrait studio and darkroom at the bottom of the garden.
That being said, guitar and music actually ended being my first love. I always had cameras, but I think having Dad as the go-to photographer made it easy for me to be lazy and let him take all the photos.
As he began to slow down, I began to need photography more and more in my personal and professional life, so I started to pick up my camera more often. It was 'only' a Sony point and shoot. It did 'a' job, but wasn't getting anything close to Dad's shots - so with a little of his advice I decided to invest in my first DSLR - and that's when my life changed forever!