What is your most memorable wedding?
My most memorable wedding was the very first wedding I photographed in 2016. The bride & groom were relaxed outdoor loving couple. They planned a relaxed wedding at Orange Tree House & the bride was very keen to have her dog & horse involved in her day. Her parents didn't seem keen & had told her it would be too stressful & complicated. I attended the practice rehearsal a couple of evenings before the wedding & the bride's mum pulled me to one side & let me in on a very special secret. They'd it all planned that as the couple left the church & turned the corner that the bride would be surprised by her horse & dog. I'll never forget the smile on the brides face or the tears of happiness rolling down her cheeks. Safe to say the groom got a bit of banter as the bride was more emotional seeing her horse than him!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Relaxed, natural, honest, warm, documentary
What about your business are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of the relationships & friendships that I've built with my couples. I genuinely care about each & every couple I photograph & I love learning about them & their story.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Do your day your way.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
I love when couples keep it really relaxed. One of my couples last summer walked into their ceremony together, it wasn't planned, it wasn't a first look, the bride just ran across to her groom & they had the most perfect little moment together before surprising all of their guests walking into the room as if they were strolling into their favourite pub.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I like to keep my process simple. After the couple reach out to me, generally via my website. I like to get on the phone for a relaxed chat. Once we know if we're a good fit & our personalities match we then meet up for a coffee. When the couple are ready to book they pay a small booking fee, sign their contract and then we get to planning their pre wedding adventure shoot. By the time I arrive at their wedding they'll have a good feel for me as a person & know how I work as a photographer.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
For me, a wedding is all about marrying your best friend & the most important photo for me is a quiet, natural, intimate moment between the couple. I want you to look back at that photo on your 50th anniversary and feel all the emotions that you left on your wedding day.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
I guess documenting the brides reaction as she was surprised by her horse & dog.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
We live in Northern Ireland & it rains a lot regardless of the time of year so I say embrace it. Grab an umbrella & a blanket and have fun in the rain. Rain makes for beautiful photos so don't be shy.
Describe how you got into photography.
I got into photographer as a kid learning to process black & white film photography at home. I've loved it since as long as I can remember & have had so many cameras over the years & taken millions of photos. I've always loved telling stories of the world how I see it through my camera.