What is your most memorable wedding?
Gosh, every wedding is so individual and so special I couldn't pick one! If I had to think of some specifics, Louise and Ted's tipi wedding was beautiful and so personal, from home-grown plants to Louise wearing her grandmothers wedding dress... definitely ask me about that one! Also, Tara and Simons was really special to me, as Tara was a really close friend of mine at school, so it was so special to me to be a part of her day.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
I would describe my style in five words as: modern, fine art, artistic, classic and timeless.
What about your business are you most proud of?
I am most proud that my couples comment on how relaxed and at ease I make them feel on the day. As a photographer, I feel that its really important that I blend in so I catch those gorgeous candid moments, and make you feel relaxed, not stress you out. So for my brides to recognise that and mention it in their reviews is something that I'm really proud of!
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Its your day. So choose the cake you like, choose the food you like, choose your favourite flowers. Its your wedding, and your memories. So do it your way!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
It has got to be Louise wearing her grandmothers wedding dress that I mentioned above. Her grandmother wore it first, and then her mother, and then Louise. It was such a privilege to photograph her in it, and the fact that the image won a Bronze award from the Guild of Photographers was the cherry on top!
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I always meet with couples before they book me, as I feel that its really important to have a rapport with your photographer in order to get the most relaxed, and subsequently most beautiful photographs. Then they go through the booking process, which I explain as we go along. Then I meet with them again around six weeks before the wedding to go over the finer details, as usually by then they have more precise timings and we can discuss things a bit more definitively. This helps the couple to feel prepared on the day. Then of course the wedding! Im there from preparations until around 30 minutes after first dance.
I quote a turnaround time to get your photos back to my couples of four to six weeks, depending how busy I am at the time. For albums I tend not to quote a time as it depends how long it takes couples to get their choice of photos back to me, and how many changes they make to the design. Usually somewhere around twelve weeks after the wedding, but it really does depend.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
Couple photos! Definitely always have portraits of the two of you. I know its daunting for a lot of people, but at the end of the day, whose day it it? Yours! So you definitely want to get some beautiful photos of the two of you to treasure forever.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Umbrellas! Get out in it, even just for a few minutes to get some lovely rainy day shots. At the end of the day, the rain is a part of your wedding and we should definitely capture that in your photos. And courtesy of the good old British weather, its not an unusual occurrence!
Describe how you got into photography.
I have always loved photography, my dad is a photographer and its just in my blood, I've always been around cameras. When I got married, the whole time I was planning my day I thought "gosh I'd love to work in the wedding industry". Then after I had my eldest boy I had a huge urge to be my own boss and make my dream of being a wedding photographer come true!