What is your most memorable wedding?
All my weddings have been memorable for different reasons, but my first is my most memorable. Not only was I nervous, but the weather changed every 5 minutes and included rain, hail, high winds and thankfully a little sun just in time to allow us to get some fab shots with lots of fun and drama.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Candid, relaxed, fun, dramatic, traditional
What about your business are you most proud of?
My attention to detail and always putting the client first.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Don't panic and never spend more than you can afford.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
The happy couple taking time to get individual photos with any of their guests that requested a picture.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I like to meet with the couple over a coffee to determine exactly what they are looking for rom their photographer. After this I'll discuss package options and if booked I always request that the couple send me examples of images they've seen that they like so we can do something similar, but suited to them as a couple and the location. I always contact the couple about a month before and arrange another meeting to confirm details and where possible will attend the wedding and reception venue the day before to get detail photos and have a final chat before the big day.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
The classic shot with both sets of parents. This is the one that will give most people a sense of the happiness at the joining of 2 families, can be showed to children in the future and will be a memory of the day for many years to come.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
I was asked to take 1 photo of the entire bridal party at the edge of a cliff in a wind that must have been close to gail force as it was a family tradition. I wasn't totally sure it was a good idea at the time, but I did get one of my favourite wedding shots on the way back to the cars from the cliff edge:)
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Umbrella's, as colourful as possible and a well organised bridal party so the couple can still get all the shots they want outside.
It's also important to be flexible and I will always try to find a way to get all the shots the couple have requested.
Describe how you got into photography.
I have always loved looking at photographs and when I got the chance to try taking photos myself I started by taking landscapes as a way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I soon found that I enjoyed taking pictures of people more and capturing those fun, unexpected and tender moments at a wedding and then seeing the couple faces when they see the pictures and remember their day is the best feeling any job could ever leave you with.