What is your most memorable wedding?
One of my earliest weddings was out in Italy, which was pretty memorable in itself. But I was very lucky to have gotten this gig. The couple were so lovely and made me part of their family. The entire day was set in a vineyard in the mountains, the views were exceptional. The brides preparation was in the castle, and later we all went for a walk around the local villages for the bridal shoot. An old local man stopped the bride, grasped both of her hands and sang in Italian to her, when I looked around her Dad was leaning against the wall with tears streaming down his face. It was beautiful.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
relaxed, candid, unique, natural, special
What about your business are you most proud of?
How far I have come. Something that started as a hobby has turned into a business and that's the type of dream I never thought I would reach. I think though, that my greatest achievement was when I got the call from Vogue to be featured.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Timelines! Make sure you get one off the venue and give it to your photographer, then let them do the work so you can relax.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
I loved one wedding where instead of name cards for each person at the reception tables, they had a Polaroid photo of the guest. The head table all had their baby photos on theres.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
First up is a phone call or email chat to give the initial details, then a meetup so I can explain what I can do for you on the day, this gives you a chance to ask me anything you need to know. Later is a pre-consultation, this is a chance for us to go through the details of the day and for me to create a pencil timeline, I also give the couple a lot of advice here on anything they are unsure of (time of their first dance, cake cutting, speeches etc). Up to one month before the wedding another consultation, this can be at the venue if required, it's really to tie everything up we've spoken about before, also by this point we've got to know each other and you'll be a little more calm with me taking photos on your day so I'm not too much of a stranger. Following this is the big day, then within 6-8 weeks you will be sent a link to your online wedding album. From there we don't have to meet again, you can choose all your photos via the online album and I can post you prints/USB etc.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
Confetti/sparklers! At no other point of the day do you get a better, happier and natural shot.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
Most people don't usually ask for a specific photo, but the craziest one was having to climb a 60 foot ladder to get the shot that they wanted.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Pretty umbrellas, and don't be afraid, we can work around it.
Describe how you got into photography.
I lived in Australia and traveled a lot for 5 years, which was when the travel photos started, but I found the photos I took of the people were better than my landscapes. One couple I met just loved my photos and asked me to photograph their wedding. I never looked back.