What is your most memorable wedding?
The one where the Best Man let slip a few curse words in the speech, then apologised to all the children present, and the children shouted back "We don't mind! We like it!"...
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Natural, intimate, personal, unobstrusive, stylish
What about your business are you most proud of?
How happy I can make people with something I made for them, from the photos themselves through to the albums that I know they'll treasure for decades to come. The smiles on their faces mean SO much.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Don't overthink it! And make choices that mean something to you, not anyone else in your family... ;)
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Photos of the couple throughout their relationship together as 'name plates' at table settings.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
First we'll have a wee chat on the phone to get a few basic details, then we'll all meet up for a coffee (or something stronger) and really get to know each other, talk through the whole day, look at some albums together and work out what you'll need to get the most from your wedding photographs. Then we'll book it in! I'll put together a schedule of photography so we all know what's happening when, and all through the run-up to the big day I'll be on hand to answer questions. Then on the day, ideally you'll pretty much forget I'm there! Afterwards I'll spend a few weeks editing and processing, and when all the photos are ready you'll receive your very own private gallery and we'll start working on the design of your wedding album. You'll be able to make some tweaks until it's just right, and then it's sent off to be made by hand for you in Yorkshire.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
I don't think there's any single photo every couple "should" take - as a documentary photographer I think the photos need to be about you and your party and the people around you, and those can be different every time!
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
An impromptu round of cricket right outside the church after the ceremony, with the bride bowling and the groom batting!
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Lots of white golf umbrellas, forgetting about the weather, and focussing on each other!
Describe how you got into photography.
I love photos of people carried away in a moment - whether they're working, or daydreaming, or laughing, or crying, or gazing at their lover with doe-eyes, those photos have so much in them to get lost in. I came to London to build a career in TV and became a camera operator on shows like Sunday Brunch and Mel & Sue, but I always enjoyed bringing a camera to take pictures behind the scenes of people at work and relaxing, unaware the camera was on them so they were being themselves. I love those candid style of photos so much that I started to turn my focus towards family celebrations and weddings. That gave me a way to spend my life creating something people love, AND make a living doing it. I couldn't ask for anything more!