UK Wedding Photographer
Style, Ethos, Approach
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 a UK wedding photographer, married with three children and a dog. 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
- 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.
Natural, timeless editing
About 90 percent of images I deliver are in colour because…well, because life is rich with colour. You won’t get filters that shout vintage, autumnal browns, or ‘aged industrial grit’ (yes, there is such a thing). My editing is natural and light in touch to ensure the images speak for themselves, and for them to remain timeless in years to come.
What are weddings without happiness and what is happiness without expressions? Smiles of recognition, laughter of the moment, tears of joy and sometimes tinged with sadness – all captured to be remembered for years to come.
We have those big stories that happen on wedding days. The first kiss, the first dance, the revealing of the dress…those must-have shots that can’t be missed. But weddings are full of little narratives that create your wedding day story. I’m there to capture those moments in between.
Your Little Details
I take pictures of everything. Quite often these little details are hand chosen or hand-made so whether it’s table settings, cake, gifts or flowers..I’ll assume that everything is important and will make sure those details are part of your pictures.
Group shots: Although my approach is predominantly documentary wedding photography. I’m also of the mind that weddings are for everyone and for some, group shots are important in that they provide a formal record of attendance, as well as treasured living room centrepieces. We’ll communicate before the day to make sure these are done quickly so you and your guests can relax and just enjoy the day.
Think of them as your time alone from the maddening crowd. My portraits are relaxed, fun and free from cheesy headbutts. Let me know if you want a few and I’ll grab you when I feel you need a break.
More than just documentary
Pictures that tell a story are the holy grail of a documentary photographer, and a picture that successfully captures multiple characters and emotions in a single frame can give endless storytelling possibilities to that one moment in time. A photo full of layers can be aesthetically dynamic and rich in emotions.
I’m there for you
I’m unobtrusive but that doesn’t mean I’m invisible. It means I’m there for you if you need help with buttonholes or show you how to cut the cake or the best place to toss the bouquet. I’ve documented over 200 weddings and I’ll put that experience to good use, even if you only need a reassuring presence.
London-based documentary wedding photographer. Pictures driven by moments, made with love, crafted with care.