What is your most memorable wedding?
My own wedding of course! We were together for 25 years before getting married, Mrs Beanphoto wore raspberry red! We hired a holiday cottage for the reception, and guests camped in a nearby field looking out to the magnificent sunsets of Morecambe Bay. Amazing!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Relaxed, creative, candid, natural, stylish
What about your business are you most proud of?
I'm really proud of the positive feedback I get from my clients. It is so rewarding.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Look at each other, not at the camera!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
All the kids being given a personalised, labelled balloon to release and see whose went the furthest.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
We arrange to meet, usually at the couples house, the wedding venue or maybe a cafe. We talk for an hour or so about them, their plans for the day, about me, and how I work, we look at some wedding albums and I answer any questions they have. Couples decide if they want to book me after the meeting, and when they do decide to proceed, I send over booking forms and arrange a payments plan to spread the cost. We'll often friend each other on facebook, maybe share some ideas on Pinterest, and generally keep in touch. A second meeting is often useful to go over timings and other details. After the day itself, the editing process normally takes 4-6 weeks, albums if required can be discussed at any point.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
You can have a lot of demands on your time on your wedding day, but always, always plan some time out for a couple shoot, and get at least one cracking photo of the two of you together alone. A shot that sums up your connection is what I'm always looking for.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
I was once asked to take a shot of the two best men in the style of The Kray Twins! I was happy to oblige, and it's one of my favourites!
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
A smile, and a so-what-if-it's-raining positive attitude.
Describe how you got into photography.
My dad was an amateur photographer soI was introduced to photography very early on. I learnt on film cameras, did my degree in photography and just haven't ever stopped taking pictures really - it's a great job!