What is your most memorable wedding?
I pride myself on me being me, and I think its really important as a Wedding Photographer to retain your authenticity. I also give my clients 110% at every wedding!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
This is a hard question to answer. To be honest, my style is more candid and documentary (I don't stage any shots) and the couples that I work with come to me for this very reason. I've got plenty of original and wacky shots, but those are just ones that happen naturally and without any intervention!
What about your business are you most proud of?
Confetti shots are awesome! I also really love candid shots. Most of my favourite photos of myself with my wife are of us - not posing - and in the middle of some wacky or emotional exchange. I definitely always keep this in mind when I shoot weddings, as I think that the photos which people will treasure most are the ones which tell stories.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
I love all personal touches at weddings. They make an already memorable day all that much more special. If I had to choose one I think I would say that it was from a recent wedding. The bride (who used to be in a choir) organised a surprise song for her new husband just after their wedding ceremony. She gathered all of her girlfriends in the front of the church and they all belted out Sister Act's I Will Follow Him. It was pretty powerful!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
I have shot a few weddings in the past where one of the couple's parents has been terminally ill. For me it's a huge privilege to document that day and give the couple images they can treasure and look back on for the rest of their lives! I strongly believe that weddings aren't just about the couple, they are a celebration and joining of two families - and the way that I photograph is with this in mind.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Artistic, Fun, Elegant, Beautiful, Meaningful
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
Delegate! Set jobs for your ushers and bridesmaids to do. Of all of the couples that I have worked with, the ones who were least stressed out were the ones who were organised, and got organised early on in the planning process.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
I started like most people: I got bought a film camera when I was a youngster and I have been hooked ever since! When I decided that I wanted to get into weddings, I pestered my favourite photographer into assisting him and then just worked my way up the ladder. I now repay the favour and mentor other people who are looking to get into wedding photography.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
I document the day as it unfolds and tend not to interfere in anyway. I choose the right space and light for my couples, but other that that I just go with the flow. In regards to pre-wedding communication, I provide the couple with a questionnaire to fill out, ensuring that I understand what their priorities are. There are never any guarantees of course, but it's a great jumping off point and I always do my best to get the shots that the couple is after!
Describe how you got into photography.
Wellies, umbrellas and a great sense of humour!