What is your most memorable wedding?
Difficult question, there's so many yet every wedding is unique. I would say one last December when we had torrential rain (I mean horizontal and gale force winds) all day!! When I arrived for the bridal preps the bride was a little downbeat about the weather, but I ensured everything would be great and we got some amazing creative photos (with brolleys) and in the Church arches, although I got very wet!!! :) The photos turned out great and they were over the moon.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Roughly about 70-80% documentary (candids) capturing the day unfold and 20% creative off-camera portraits for added punch and magazine worthy photos!! The perfect balance. I also do a few formals/groups if requested but try and keep these to a minimum if possible.
What about your business are you most proud of?
Setting up whilst working full day, renovating a house, doing all my own design work, having a child and losing my dad - its been an emotionally rollercoaster but I'm very proud to have established a successful photography business.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Allow enough time to break away from the pack and try and enjoy the moment as its over in a flash. Getting your times right is key but this is where I also help (I'm a wedding planner too don't you know!!).
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
I did a big gospel wedding and the groom and his groomsmen had perfected one of the best dance routines I have ever seen - the whole room was dancing away and they nailed it. The groom pretended he knew nothing about it at first before bursting into an amazing body popping move that had everyone in stitches!! It took them a full year of practice to get it right!! Now thats effort!!
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I'm very understanding, patient and organised. I'm not bossy but assertive. I like to get to know the couple and become friends - after all I'm with them all day. I like telling a bad joke or two!! :D
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
I don't think there is one...photos are memories captured in time and you have to see what unfolds. Often the favourite photos are ones that are unexpected and show raw emotion. That said I think every couple should take the time to have creative staged portraits and I love doing these in front of old doors, trees, and anything that adds interest to the final photo.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
Well formals are pretty original photos but I think the three generations (hands) photo has been one that I've had a lot of requests for recently.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
I always bring some white brollys and off-camera flash so we can get creative if the rain gods are against us. My advice is simply not to worry about the weather rain or shine, and in fact rainy days can make for better photos that glorious sunshine. Let me worry about the weather.
Describe how you got into photography.
My sister. She was a travel photographer and I inherited all her old polaroid cameras when I was in my teens. I've been hooked ever since!!