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.
Not very exciting I’m afraid but like my photography, it’s real and authentic. 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.
“everything has it’s beauty but not everyone sees it” – Andy Warhol
Words that I’ll always live by, with or without camera. I’ve already mentioned that we didn’t have a photographer when we got married and it’s a huge regret. Of course, I’ll always remember the big stuff: The limosine ride down the Vegas Strip, watching her walk down the (very small) aisle, the soothing voice of the Southern storytelling officiant. Yeah, I’ll never forget those bits. It’s the small things. I’ve since come to realise that it’s the normal stuff that knits everything together that’s most important.
Taken and gratefully received from the mother in law. One of a handful of images from that day.
My approach to photography is a reflection of me (and hopefully, you): in-the-moment, spontaneous, observant. I look for shards of interest in the ordinary – maybe a touch of humour, a fleck of irony, a cool reflection. Too often photographers are thinking ahead for that next big shot but they miss what’s happening in front of them. I’m mindful that right here, something is going on – right now!
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HELEN & SIMON
SOPHIE & ENRIC
A London-based documentary wedding photographer for creative and care-free couples. Natural, unposed and driven by moments. UK and Europe.