What is your most memorable wedding?
The most memorable so far has to be Hanako and Roger who had a two ceremony celebration held at Hengrave Hall. In the first ceremony, Hanako wore traditional Japanese dress as did her family and it was a huge privilege to witness Hanako preparing to wear the traditional Japanese wedding Kimono. It was an incredible day full of emotion with guests from across the globe and everyone crammed in to the tiny church for the church blessing. Everything about the day was so beautiful and the evening party was something else! I am still in touch with Hanako and Roger 5 years later and love to see their family growing and their marriage as strong as the day it was when they married.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Natural, Observational, Creative, Unscripted, Authentic
What about your business are you most proud of?
Being able to be part of a very special day for each couple and the work done to provide each couple with truly personal and gorgeous photography.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Focus (pardon the pun) on the stuff that's important to you both and don't feel the need to conform with parents and friends ideas of what your day should be like!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
It was a wedding in 2015 when the bride and groom held their wedding day on the bride's grandparents wedding anniversary. It made it so very special and incredibly beautiful for the grandparents to be part of.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I realise how busy it is planning a wedding and many of my couples are based some distance away from where they may be getting married. We'll normally speak either via e-mail or Skype during the booking process and then I always prefer to meet couples before the big day, usually about 6-8 weeks before to say hello and go through final details.
On the day I usually spend time with the bride first, and depending on what the couple want, also arrange to photograph the groom and best man, sometimes I have my second photographer photographing the groom. When it comes to the ceremony it can vary with what photographs I take, particularly in England where restrictions often apply on being able to photograph the couple taking their vows. I usually find a way to keep photographing and it always helps if I speak to the celebrant or vicar beforehand! After the ceremony I'll usually be photographing the interactions as the bride and groom take congratulations with everyone and I'll allow time to do some relaxed couple portraits if they want them. For the rest of the day, I'll be very much in the background as an observer capturing the action of the day!
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
There isn't one. It's all down to your personal preference.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
I did once have to climb a (very high) castle wall to get a ceremony shot from an elevated position. Whilst not necessarily original I was in a little bit of peril as the drop the other side was a sheer 100 metres!
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Don't worry! One thing you can't control is the weather and actually you can get some fabulously romantic photos in the rain. If it's raining heavily before the ceremony, large umbrella's are a necessity so plan ahead and have some ready!
Describe how you got into photography.
When I first looked at plans for college I wanted to do photography but took a route to engineering instead! That career took me round the world but ultimately one day I decided I wanted to return to photography. I went back to college to study photography and haven't looked back since....