A FEW THINGS
I saw one of those ‘about me’ videos on another photographer’s website once; Lovely husband and wife team with their kids, somewhere in the States. It was kinda like a day in the life of us but in the style of a John Lewis Christmas advert. The imperfections were perfect: a bit of toothpaste on the corner of the little boy lovingly dabbed away by mum; coffee that was too hot to drink but allowed for a sensual close-up of the rising steam. Mmmm fragrant! Having dropped the kids off at the their grandparents, the final frames of the film were of the couple packing the camera gear to spend the day being wedding photography rock stars. So cool!
Their typical day is so far removed from ours. Toast for brekkie if I can find some kitchen surface, arguments about whose turn it is to take the dog out, a toddler’s bum needs wiping if we can catch him. If we’re using John Lewis as a lifestyle frame of reference then ours is probably closer to Iceland.
I’ve never actually given these ‘about me’ pages much thought as I’m of the mind that my work should speak for itself. Although mostly true, I can see why it’s beneficial to know a little about a stranger who will be taking pictures of you on your wedding day.
The most important part of me, you already know – I’m married to Debbie and we have three children. What else, what else:
- We got married in Las Vegas in 2003 and I dearly wish we had a photographer.
- Debbie taught me to ski by pushing me down a red run. I now snowboard.
- My heritage is Vietnamese and that makes me a foodie by default. I can cook a mean anything.
- I’m a movie buff and can binge watch Netflix until the proverbial cows come home.
- I wish my pictures could tell stories like Hemingway. Simple, deceptively simple but rich in description.
- I wish I could convey my thoughts like Alain de Botton.
- I have the opening lines from Springsteen’s ‘Thunder Road’ playing in my head several times a day.
Not very exciting I’m afraid but like my photography, it’s real and honest. There’s plenty more depth in there and if you get the chance to meet me for a coffee, you’re absolutely welcome to dig away.
“Hi Wayne, THANK YOU!!! The photos absolutely represent the spirit of the day and are exactly what we were hoping for! We feel so lucky that we found you and that your whole approach was the perfect match for us. Your ability to frame documentary-style photos on the fly so perfectly has blown our minds!” – Fay and Andy
“Oh Wayne…We truly love them. They completely reflect our day…a beautiful, hilarious celebration of love laughter and friendship.” -Nancy and Sean
“The photos have arrived! And of course, we absolutely love them!!! You’ve really captured the spirit of the day and all the moments that made it special. We can’t stop looking at them – there’s just so much to see in every photo, and the longer we look at them, the more there is to see! The compositions are just genius. We had such a fun day, and I’m just delighted that we’ve got these photos to remember it by – we’re so lucky we found you.” – Cat and Haak
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A London-based documentary wedding photographer for creative and care-free couples. Natural, unposed and driven by moments. UK and Europe.