What is your most memorable wedding?
Most memorable wedding? This is a hard question, in fact it's impossible to answer. I love every wedding I shoot and each for its own unique reasons, be it some of the interesting things we learn about people in the speeches, the stories behind the gifts our brides and grooms give each other, the emotion in the exchange of vows or the personality of the bride and groom shining through in the little decorative touches on the day.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
classic, relaxed, happy, personal, elegant
What about your business are you most proud of?
I am most proud that of making people happy. I love when my bride sheds a tear as she views her slideshow of images for the first time, or when we say goodbye at the end of the wedding day and the groom gives me a big bear hug, or when the parents of the bride/groom shake my hand. These are the moments when I know I have done a good job and can feel proud of myself.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Book me! :-)
Make your day special to you, do what you want to do and let your personalities shine through.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
One of our grooms made a little bride and groom pair of mice from modelling clay for the top of the cake (which was a cheese tower cake).
Describe your typical process with a couple.
We usually start with a cup of tea. I visit the couple at their home after work to have a chat through their wedding plans and show them my sample albums. Once the booking is confirmed, we arrange a date for the pre-wedding shoot - this is a chance to get to know each other better, have some fun and help the bride and groom feel relaxed in front of the camera. After the pre-wedding shoot, the couple views the photos and we finalise the details of the plan for the big day. On the wedding day, Andrew will head to the boys while I meet the girls for getting ready photos, then we come together for the ceremony and the rest of the day. A few weeks after the wedding, we will arrange a viewing meeting with the bride and groom to see the final images and review their album design. The images will then be uploaded to a dedicated page on our website for guests to see and the album will be uploaded to a private space for the bride and groom. Once the album design is finalised, it is sent to print, which takes about 6 weeks. Then I deliver the final products to the bride and groom and we have another cup of tea!
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
It might seem a little boring, but I think there should always be a photo with all of your guests - this is the one that you will look back at in years to come and remember who was there.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
A super hero smash image - where the groom posed like he was punching the ground and all the groomsmen jumped back like they were rebounding from the impact. It actually worked out brilliantly and it was a great excuse to play around in Photoshop to produce a fab Marvel comic style image - not my usual style but loads of fun!
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Keep smiling and get the brollies out!
Describe how you got into photography.
I've always been artistic and love sketching and painting. One day my husband bought me a much longed-for SLR camera and I've never looked back. After the arrival of our daughter, the opportunity for a career change arrived and turning my hobby into a profession was one of the best decisions I've ever made.