What is your most memorable wedding?
My number one tip to couples planning a wedding is remember that you're the boss! The day needs to reflect you, not the needs of the suppliers.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
I got in to photography from a very young age having been given a camera as a child after seeing my dad and granddad's photos from their youthful adventures, and after that it became more and more of an obsession until I stepped up and did a friend a favour by photographing his wedding nearly 10 years ago. From there it's been my passion, hobby and profession.
What about your business are you most proud of?
My favourite personal touch I've seen at a wedding is when a couple had a pub quiz during the reception. It was great fun, itreally engaged the whole room and something I've not seen done before.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
To get the best shots of the couples that I am photographing I like to go for a walk away from the main wedding party and let their personality come to the forefront, letting the couple relax and shooting around them. I keep my direction to a minimum and from observing their natural body language work out what would work best from them.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
My most memorable wedding was one I photographed this past summer at Roughmoor Farm in Somerset. It was a beautiful, intimate, rural wedding that really did feel like I was at a Summer Fate, with lawn games, stalls etc. But not only that, the couple were mad on Jurassic Park so in the middle of this Summer Fate were dinosaurs, various props from the film and an exact replica of the JP Jeep.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Relaxed, Informal, Contemporary, Elegant, Fun
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
I'm not sure there is a #1 photo every couple should have as no two weddings, and certainly no couple, is are ever the same. I don't like to force a photo onto a couple as what's right for the character and relationship of one couple will not be right for another. I like to reflect and capture a couple and wedding a it is, not how I think it should be.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
If it's a rainy day then my advice is not to worry as great wedding photography, and great weddings, are not dependant on the weather. If it does rain there are always alternatives, and you can always embrace the rain! I would never ask couples and guests to stand out in the rain, but that doesn't mean it can't be used to make dramatic, beautiful photos. It'll only be me getting wet, which I don't mind at all!
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
The thing I'm most proud about with my business is that it is a reflection of who I am, my personality and my enthusiasm. I take pride in my work and how its a part of me.