What is your most memorable wedding?
Living & photographing in Devon and Cornwall it is impossible to pick one. So many beautiful beach weddings, Dartmoor, Exmoor country house hotels. I love nature, and landscapes and the sea, so I love to incorporate these into my wedding photos. I loved a wedding we did on Dartmoor where the Bride & Groom were photo-bombed by their own goat!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Timeless, Quality, Professional, Emotive, Classy
What about your business are you most proud of?
That we have survived and flourished for 17 years in a very competitive market. I am also very proud of helping and mentoring a lot of new photographers and giving a leg up to many of the fantastic photographers I see in our area, they are direct competition but decent competition is healthy and beneficial to the couples.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Try and find a photographer with provenance a proven track record & traceable history. Awards and badges don't hold a lot of weight in the real world our best critics are our customers. Busy social media pages show a healthy business. Try and source local. There are some of the best photographers in the UK in the South West you don't need to bring a photographer from London down here!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
My wife is a florist & we had an intimate wedding with one long table the decoration was stunning. I am lucky to be married to a wedding professional, my wife is one of the worlds leading artificial bouquet makers and is always at the forefront of the wedding trends.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Normally we chat on email, then Skype. We then meet at their venue for a meeting with the option of an engagement shoot at that time we talk about how best to get a full narrative of their day from getting ready to first dance and beyond!
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
My favourite photo isn't one you can stage it is the bride walking down the aisle towards her fiance, always an emotional photo that first meeting of eyes!
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
I think the shoot on the couples farm including their prized sheep & goats. Luckily I love animals!
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Normally there is a break in the weather so we keep an eye on it for you. If not then get out with wellington boots and a brolly or just make creative use of the indoor space that is our jobs as professionals. Your job is to embrace it and enjoy your day regardless!
Describe how you got into photography.
Aged 18 (in 1990) as an apprentice photographer in a high street studio. I worked for other photographers learning my craft for 10 years before even considering setting up on my own. In those days we were shooting medium format film at weddings and had 12 shots on a roll before we had to change film. Things have changed a lot now as I have a 128GB memory card!