What is your most memorable wedding?
I have so many! , Living in Dorset there are so many stunning venue's for couples to choose from, but possibly my most memorable was a tiny church with just 10 people making up the guests and wedding party. Storm Dorothy (Dec 18) was doing it's best to break into the chapel where the ceremony was taking place. Had to end up doing the group shots inside the church, but the couple decided to brave the wind and rain to get some stunning outdoor shots under umbrella's.
What about your business are you most proud of?
Being able to capture that perfect moment that will last for ever.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Get to know your suppliers, certainly for photographers or videographer you need to be comfortable with them as they will be spending a long time with you, particularly for the bride when bridal prep can sometimes get emotional.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
I was working on some detail shots in the reception room, and I was taking shots of the name holders on the tables, they were rocks with the guests name on them, turns out they were rocks from the brides home village which the groom had gone to collect in secret, they were very appreciative that I'd captured them, those shots ended up in their album.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Sometimes, not always, I have a pre sales meeting with the couple, just to say hello really and get the idea of what they are looking for, also for them to meet me, anyone can look at photo's online, but I think you need to meet your photographer to make sure you like them!
Then a few weeks before the wedding I'll meet up with the couple to go through their day in more detail, looking at timings, group shots and those "must have" shots. On the day nothing is set in stone, however it's always good to note down those crucial shots.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
Just them being themselves.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Umbrella's! sometimes rainy days actually make for good photo's, particularly moody black and white shots, but that's not for everyone, so regardless of the weather I always make sure at the end of the day the couple have bright colourful shots to keep.
Describe how you got into photography.
I used to do a lot of landscape photography where you would normally find me perched precariously on a rock somewhere on the coast. I was a guest at a wedding and took a few photo's which I gave to the couple, they were so thrilled with them that I thought about starting as a wedding photographer. However I didn't want to dive right in so I spent a year getting my LRPS with the Royal Photographic Society, then spent another 6 months as a 2nd shooter at weddings to gain more experience before venturing out on my own.