There are some people in life with whom we immediately click (no pun intended) and some who we don’t and that is absolutely fine! You are never, ever, ever going to be everybody’s cup of tea. Talking of tea, it’s loved by many but I cannot stand it! I love a good coffee, the stronger the better, tea, just isn’t for me.
Choosing a wedding photographer
I think this is really important when choosing your wedding photographer because it’s an enormously fantastic day in your life that you don’t want to feel you’re spent being bossed around by some grumpy so and so. I like to meet my couples wherever possible face to face, so they can make that decision. They can listen to me waffle on about weddings (I have been to quite a few, so will be able to tell you which side you need to put your buttonholes, or which leg a garter goes on). Have a good nosy through some albums, I can tell many a wedding tale as each one holds a special part of my heart and sometimes it’s tricky not to gush about my lovely couples because I put a lot into trying to do my best for each and every one of my clients – I have definitely done things that are not really part of the job description, I was recently reminded that I went barefoot when a bride was struggling in her heels and happened to be the same shoe size as me (I now have a couple of cheap pairs of flip flops in my car, because it has happened more than once). I am still not everyone’s cup of tea… and that is absolutely fine!
I am impressed by the body of work that David Hockney has produced, but when I bumped into him at Salts Mill, I quickly realised I would not be asking him to join me for a drink to discuss his facsimile phase of work when he was based in LA and the beauty of the degradation of the image ( I did study art and Hockney definitely cropped up several times).
Experienced wedding photographer
2017 marks my 6th year of photographing weddings for a living. The more experience I have, the more I realise how naive I was when I started out. I had limited kit, no backup equipment and no tricks up my sleeve to enable me to capture some beauty in less than favourable conditions. I was very lucky in the first two years with the weather, if I hadn’t been, there would have been a real chance of messing up someone’s wedding photographs. I photograph on average 30 weddings a year and keep my skills up to date through ongoing training with National Award winning photographers as well as second shooting for other photographers.
Why choose me as your photographer?
The industry is saturated with wedding photographers with a broad spectrum of prices, skills and experience. It is very easy to photograph models on a training course or a styled shoot and make beautiful pictures. There is no pressure, you can try again if you don’t get it right the first time and there are no consequences if you fail. On a real wedding day, if your focal point misses or you’ve got a slow shutter speed, you don’t have the option to have another turn. If there is only a small window of natural light and you can’t competently use flash, there is nothing you can do. Some days it rains all day and there are ways to use the rain to make a set of beautiful pictures, if you have the skills and experience. Where I am now, makes me realise what a gamble I was in the early days when I couldn’t guarantee I could adapt to the situation as I can now and deliver a set of wedding photographs evocative of the day. Always look at full weddings when making decisions about the set of skills any prospective photographer you are considering booking has.
I like to shoot sharp, clear pictures with bright skin tones and eyes, good contrast and natural skin tones. I like to see eyes and real happy moments, with a connection between the couple rather than being disjointed. We live in a world of instagram filters, yellow skin tones and blown out highlights (which are not my cup of tea). I studied photography back in the day when digital wasn’t an option, at most you had 36 exposures to get right on the film to have all the detail for when you hand processed your prints in the lab. I do not edit pictures in spot colour (where one colour is isolated and the rest is black and white), because it was something you could do in the 90s, people did it and it was a thing. There are people who do it and that’s great if it’s your cup of tea, it’s not mine!
Each wedding is different, some are light and airy, some are bold and bright, some are dark with pockets of light. My processing and shooting aims to match the wedding as well as your personalities, some people are elegant, some are quirky, some are crazy and some are shy. This is why it’s so important to meet and see if I am a fit for you.