What is your most memorable wedding?
So many but this year it definitely had to be one at Chateau de la Bourlie in Dordogne in south west France, 37 degree all day but such an incredible experience and couple knew how to throw a party! was pretty epic...
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Unobtrusive, Dynamic, Warmth, Energentic, Romantic
What about your business are you most proud of?
I'm proud of winning be named the South west photographer of the year twice, once in 2014 and once this year. Will find out in January who wins the national awards. It's one of the better awards as the first stage is voted by the couples you have photographed in the year, if you don't get a high enough score you can't get through to be judged by your peers.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Make a photographer high on your priority's, good photographers will get booked up early so don't leave it too late.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Hard to come up with one, I love it when couples do something completely different weather that be a ceremony on top of a cliff or even missing out wedding traditions for something unique.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
My first point of call for my clients is my website, I have worked hard to give all the relevant information that they might need. I put the prices on the website because I want to be honest straight away.
After the website I always like to chat to couples before booking and they can ask any questions and I can go into more detail about my approach and pricing.
I try and make booking very simple, a bank transfer and online wedding contract are all that’s needed, this can be done in a matter of minutes.
I’ll let them know to get in touch at any point over the months leading up to their wedding but tell them I’ll be in touch 2 months before the date to arrange either a meeting or telephone conversation depending on distances.
On the wedding day itself I try to arrive early on the day, I hate to be late so I'll usually leave with too much time to spare but you never know. starting with the preparations I’ll just be in the background and won’t direct anyone. I simply observe and capture what I see, that’s not saying I just stand behind a curtain or sometimes similar. I’ll chat and laugh to make people at ease. It doesn’t usually take long before you can really take more pictures of people without them caring.
I’m main aim is to look for emotion and storytelling in my images. To capture the emotion in people is my most important aim, all while trying to get good composition, lighting and to fit it into the whole narrative of the day.