What is your most memorable wedding?
Shoreditch in Central London. The bride and groom decided to walk between venues through Liverpool St to their reception at the Gherkin, St Marys Axe. They need a quick loo stop on the way so popped into a restaurant. I decided to scout the area for a good shot and was behind Heron Tower now the Salesforce Tower. I was quickly approached by security and had to explain what I was doing. Whilst getting collared the Bride and Groom returned and the security guard turned around and invited us up to a balcony floor in the building. The building was just a shell of pipes and concrete then with a huge door that you stepped out onto a balcony looking down on the Gherkin building and taking in a breathtaking scene of London at night. That was unforgettable.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Hard-working, fun, fast, respectful, unobtrusive
What about your business are you most proud of?
The fun I've had with some great people. Letting me be a part of their day, it's an amazing feeling.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
It's not so much a planning tip but the best bit of advice I could give is take your time and look around you.
Take in the day, breathe it in, it will go so fast.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Small Japanese toy favours at a Japanese wedding I photographed in Russell Square.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
When an enquiry comes in we have a chat on the phone to see what you require and when.
We'll then organise a time to meet that suits you best. Usually this can involve meeting after work in a bar or cafe, somewhere quiet that we can chat. If all's good we then arrange a time to visit the venue or venues with yourselves so that we can foresee any possible issues and look for the best angles and put together a rainy day plan. I'm then always available for advice or if there's an idea that you'd like to discuss up until the day.
On the day, I arrive an hour early to make sure everything is going to plan.
Then the fun starts and I accompany you through your day with as little intrusion as possible.
When I return I back up all the images that evening or early morning depending when I get home.
The next 2 days are spent editing the images and then they are uploaded onto my website on a secure page for you to view.
At this stage you can let me know if there are any images you don't wish anyone to see .
Once you're happy with the pictures then they are accessible to everyone you wish to view.
A set of 7x5 prints with a key line border are then produced and the images put onto a disk in colour and black and white for you to reprint.
This is all collated into a presentation box.
We then arrange a time suitable to yourselves to meet up and hand over the prints and images.
I then wish you the very best for your future together.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
I genuinely believe that every wedding is unique and don't agree with having one shot everyone should take. Be original and spontaneous.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
The most original photo I've taken would be a shot of Sri Lankan traditional dancers leaping and somersaulting down the aisle of the magnificent Painted Hall at the Old naval college Greenwich.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
A large white brolly and wellies if it's that bad!
Describe how you got into photography.
I originally trained as a Graphic Designer but found taking pictures a lot quicker than drawing them.
After a period travelling through India I returned to London and was fortunate to get work in a central London Darkroom working with professional photographers. It was a time before digital so I learnt a lot of my skills through traditional techniques in film and print. Working in this environment I felt I'd like to have a go at this, so I did. 10 years later and although photography has digitised, learning the traditional way of photography was in invaluable lesson and one I look back on with fondness.