When it comes to photos, although I have no skill, I like to be the one taking the photos as I hate having my own taken! This was one of the original reasons for choosing Josh as a photographer, as I had known him a past life and felt that would be easier to deal with than a stranger. This previous connection also meant I quite often stalked the awe-inspiring photos he has taken across his career, and was confident that he would do our big day justice. However, I was not quite prepared for the unsurpassed hard work, energy, enjoyment, passion and skill Josh would bring to the day, not only for us the happy couple, but for everyone present.
Josh's talent and sheer passion is evident when you share your vision for the day with him - he is on board immediately with suggestions and brings your ideas to life. On a practical level which is so important when planning a wedding, he is eager to communicate and responded to my (many) queries and requests rapidly and honestly. Josh arranged a face to face meeting with us both before the wedding, where not only did he take us through the process, help us to map out our day in detail, provide us with suggestions for shots and timings, but he also got a sense of us as a couple that really shows in how he worked with us on the day and in the photos he has given us. His professionalism showed in the fact that he staked out the venue, finding the best locations for shots in general and to match our particular theme of wedding.
Josh came to my house on the morning of the wedding as I was getting ready with my bridesmaids. Straight away he settled my nerves and brought out the joy in the party. Josh had arranged for another exceptional photographer, Nicole, to be at my groom's house in the morning - where she was also capturing our memories and putting everyone at ease.
The hard work from both of this team continued at the venue. My husband and I had both agreed that although we would have some obligatory posing and photos with the family, that we wanted the images taken to be natural and capture the spirit of the day. This is exactly what Josh achieved. Every photo seems to speak for itself, highlighting the laughs, smiles and tears of happiness. Josh also paid attention to detail, knowledgeably photographing all the little things that I had taken the time to make and arrange and I am so glad that I will get to remember these details forever because of the photos. Looking through the photos I have, I also get to experience the day from my guest's perspective. It was almost as if Josh was all places at all times, as not a single detail has been missed. When discussing the wedding with guests, each one has commented on Josh's consistent hard work and energy - he didn't leave until the very end of the night but was motivated the entire time. Everyone also fed back about his easygoing and affable personality, which definitely allows him to bring out the best in people. I personally can vouch for this, as not only was I enjoying being photographed throughout the day, but my normally reserved groom was even requesting photos.
Thanks to his impressive photography and editing skills and knowledge, the photographs Josh has provided us have incomparable quality; they really are lovely to look at. But more than this, Josh has helped us treasure our wedding memories forever. I have yet to look through the photos without tearing up, and for this and the overall impact he had on our big day, I would recommend Josh to any couple looking for a photographer who will help to make their big day the best day of their lives.