What is your most memorable wedding?
I remember my parents giving me a little 110 flip camera at about 8 or 9 years old and I have always shot images since then, it took me a while to go digital as I loved the alchemy of the image appearing in my darkroom but digital cameras are sooooo good these days. I have a love of the outdoors and nature and I always feel 'in balance' when clicking that shutter! For some people it's yoga, for me it's photography.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
In Cornwall seriously? The sun always shines here!! Ok - Wellies and brollies can make for good images......
What about your business are you most proud of?
Documentary, observational, relaxed, natural, smiley!
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
I loved the idea of the couple holding their parents wedding picture whilst having their image shot, family is the most important thing to me, period.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
I always like it when there is a guest at the wedding with a musical talent who takes part - for some reason they always float my boat!
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Generally an email exchange is where things start, maybe a call too. We swap dates, venues and availability info and then clarify anything that a couple might want to ask or know (getting married isn't something we do everyday right?) and then confirm a booking if the couple are comfortable with me and my style of shooting. A deposit saves the date and then things can go quiet for a little while if the booking is well in advance. Nearer the day, I try to meet my couples to say Hi, chat about details and visit venues if at all possible. The remaining balance is paid 30 days before the wedding. On the day itself, I'll like to get to the bride early and spend time at the bridal prep so the bride can relax knowing I have arrived and then I do what I do. No pushyness, it's not about me. I'll stay till after the first dance normally (hugs and cuddles and goodbyes) and then I aim to get photos to the couple within 4 weeks.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
To walk through their day in their head with their photographer to take the unknowns and pressure out of the day itself. Relax and take time to make some mental memories of your own on the day.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
I'm not sure there is any such thing, every wedding and every couple are unique and so a formula doesn't really work for me!
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Probably the one where Granma was a bit tipsy by 10am but I can't say too much more than that!!!
Describe how you got into photography.
That the majority of my bookings come to me via recommendations and / or work of mouth