What is your most memorable wedding?
2015, St Mary's Church in Bury St Edmunds (same place Michelle Keagan and Mark Wright got married) followed by a reception at Alpheaton Barns near Sudbury. It was just one of those perfect Weddings. The Bride and Grooms only request for the day photography wise was capture the day. They wanted limited posed images and everything caught as it happened. They loved their pictures and albums. I think what really pleased them was looking through and seeing all the moments they had no idea had been captured or even moments they had no idea happened.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Creative. Fun. Friendly. Unique. Discrete.
What about your business are you most proud of?
The honour and responsibility of being chosen to capture a couples special day. You only have one chance to capture a Wedding. And if someone trusts me to do this, that is something I am very proud of.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Plan ahead. Book early and do not leave anything to the last minute. Firstly you risk not being able to book the service/supplier you want. Also it's is better to use those last 2 weeks to double check your bookings, guests etc and make sure everything runs smoothly on the day.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
A Bride once getting up in front of all her guests during her ceremony to sing Amazing Grace. And she did sound amazing.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
We meet for a consultation either at the couples home or at their venue. At the end of the consultation I pencil their date in my diary and leave them to discus and decide. If someone else contacts me with the same date before I hear back I will go back to the original couple to give them the option to book before going to see the new contacts.
Once booked and £200 non-refundable deposit secures your date and the rest of the balance not due until your actual Wedding Day.
Your USB full of images is ready 3 weeks after your dig day. If a printed album is also ordered a digital proof of this will be ready with your USB. You then have the chance to look through your album proof and all the images on the USB and make any changes you require to your album. Nothing goes to print till you are 100% happy.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
There are too many to mention but one of the most important had to be the Bride and Groom sharing a romantic moment.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
The Bride and Bridesmaids all wanted to life their dresses to show off their bums. Unfortunately I turned to see a bunch of lads from the Wedding had decided to do the same!
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
The main thing, is to not let it spoil your day. Everyone wants good weather on their special day but it is worth remembering a very large part on most weddings takes place inside. Hopefully the weather on your day will be perfect, but if it is not there are always options when it comes to photography. I have worked in many venues that are beautifully decorated and have suitable areas for group and Bride and Groom images. An experienced photographer will keep a good eye on the weather for you and be ready to go should the rain stop or slow down enough for some photographs outside. Use umbrellas whilst arranging everyone. Its the organising that takes the most time, not actually taking the shot. Or simply embrace it. I once had a Bride who's attitude was brilliant. It was her wedding day and nothing was going to spoil it. The Groom holding the umbrella during an embrace. So romantic.
Describe how you got into photography.
In 1999 whilst working in marketing for a large power tool company, I applied for a vacant job in their photography studio. My application was successful and I took on the role of providing all the photography for their catalogues, promotions and website.
Within 2 years I was studying other areas of photography and in 2005 photographed my first wedding for a friend. I loved it and everything grew from there.