What is your most memorable wedding?
I am very lucky with my couples and each wedding I have photographed by now was truly unique. A festival wedding that was totally DIY-d by the couple and their friends has a special place in my heart - we have been so impressed by the level of planning, organisation and love shared on the day. Being included in the thank you speech made us feel very special too!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
artistic, creative, modern, daring, relaxed
What about your business are you most proud of?
I have created and keep developing my business while bringing my daughter up. Everything I have achieved so far is a fruit of hard work and I am eternally grateful I can do a job that I truly love, that brings my 100% job satisfaction, that makes so many people happy. I would not swap my life for anything else! If I had to choose one thing I am really proud that would be my website - I have built it myself and everything you see there is a result of my vision and work.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
You are getting married to each other, not to your families or friends. Plan the wedding like you want it! Think what you love, what are your passions and what is most important to you on your wedding day, and plan it accordingly. Delegate and let go - remember that there may be a couple of things that do not go according to the plan BUT no one will notice! I promise! And have fun! (That is so much more than 1 tip!)
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
There are so many! I loved totally personal place cards that featured a polaroid photo of either the bride or groom and a guest. These were funny pics too!
Describe your typical process with a couple.
My business operates on building a connection with a couple from the very first enquiry. I find out a little bit more about their wedding and if I am available on their date I suggest a non obligation meeting/consultation in London. If it is not feasible, we arrange a phone call to chat about their wedding day and how I can help. This stage is very important to me. I take a limited number of bookings each year so it is essential that we are a good fit for each other - ultimately we will spend 10 or more hours together! Booking process is very simple. Short booking form to fill, followed by 30% deposit payment and we are ready to sign an online contract (super easy!).
I offer affordable engagement sessions to all my couples - it is yet another opportunity to meet and chat about the day in more detail. Plus they get a set of creative photos to keep or use for their wedding if they want to (stationery/welcome signs/guest book, slideshows etc). Throughout the time leading to the wedding I am in touch with my couples and available to offer advice, supplier recommendations and generally getting all excited about their plans. Proud to say we often become friends by the time of their wedding day!
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
I always ask the couples to sneak out after the dinner to take a natural portrait at the golden hour (just before sunset). It also gives the couple a minute to contemplate on their wedding day and have some brief intimacy before returning to their party.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
T-Rex chasing the wedding party! It was dinosaur and lego theme wedding so this was not completely out of the blue.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Good humour and on a practical note - wellies and umbrellas for fun shots! There is usually a break in the rain too so simply do not worry about it!
Describe how you got into photography.
I learnt photography with a film (now pretty vintage) Nikon camera 14 years ago. I loved street photography and I wandered the streets of London, partly sightseeing, partly looking for hidden beauty in shabby nooks and crannies. I shot my first wedding in 2009 and I fell in love with this genre. Since then I photographed weddings and children on a part time basis while having a different career in market research. The birth of my daughter in 2012 has been a life changer - I wanted to spend more time with her and I finally felt ready to follow my dreams! Here I am now - still living the dream.