What is your most memorable wedding?
I believe that all weddings are memorable and as a photographer I can take something away from every single celebration. However, I think that I'll always remember the first wedding I shot as it's such a defining moment in a photographer's career.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Natural, Authentic, Relaxed, Honest & Fun
What about your business are you most proud of?
I love photography, so for me, it's being able to capture a special day and work with my couples to create the ultimate showcase. In that sense, I'm proud to take you through that journey and present you with a luxurious GraphiStudio album you can cherish for a lifetime and beyond.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Once you have a date in mind, don't hold back on booking the important things on your list. If you've already got a photographer, venue, band/DJ, dress etc. in mind, then start contacting the people involved as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the things you've dreamed about.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
I quite like the Polaroid camera for guests to snapshot themselves when arriving at the reception. This is a rather cool and retro way to create a memento for the couple. Plus it's great to just watch a washing line of Polaroid photos developing in front of guests eyes.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I'll confirm my availability and we'll start with a friendly, no pressure phone call. If you're happy to proceed we'll meet in person and discuss your desires in more detail. I'll show you some of my previous work (full weddings) and I'll show you a complete album. If you're happy to book, we'll work together to ensure we capture your wedding day in the most captivating way.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
There absolutely must be a full length photo capturing the couple together, alone, without distractions. Not staring into the camera, but looking towards one another because that's what matters most, the couple themselves.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
When a bride took her shoes off and accidentally stood in 'something' horrible. I was asked to take a picture for their memories. Not exactly what is intended, but sometimes funny, unintended things do happen and they're still part of the story - if you want it to be.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
While nobody ever hopes it will rain (I don't think), it's far from the end of the world. I've shot weddings where it did rain and we worked within the breaks. However, should it be unavoidable, we'll find the best possible indoor location or you'll be amazed how well umbrellas can work into your images.
Describe how you got into photography.
My interest in photography was around from being young. My dad was an avid photographer, so I always had access to SLR film cameras. I bought my own camera as soon as I started working in the IT industry. My professional interest really started when Nikon representatives would come into the office showcasing their latest (and expensive) cameras and lenses. I was determined to make photography my working life and I did a lot of research, spent a lot of time around other photographers and industry professionals. Ultimately though, I got into photography because I love it. I took my keen interest and the skills I've been developing over numerous years and sought out my first wedding.