How I work
I believe wedding photography should be informal, creative and – above all else – fun. There shouldn’t be any limits on how long a photographer should be there. There shouldn’t be any onerous rules, or guidelines. There shouldn’t be any awkward poses, or forced clichés.
That’s the old way of doing things. That’s what our parents used to do.
My philosophy? Get out of the way and let you have fun. Find creativity while capturing the fleeting moments of your day. Make you feel awesome in front of the camera.
So you do you, and I’ll take the photos.
I always look to meet with my couples before they book with me. Photographing someone’s wedding is a really personal thing, so getting to know one another is really important. Knowing someone lets you take better photographs of them, and for them. Photography is often thought to be all about big fat lenses and indecipherable terminology. But it’s not. It’s actually about trust and communication – cameras come into play much later! So, over a glass of wine or maybe even a pint or two, we’ll talk about how you met, how you got engaged, what you’re planning and what you have in mind.
Some of the stories people have are absolutely amazing, hilarious, unexpected and brilliant. Sometimes all at once! I genuinely love this bit.
From early doors to dancefloors
So, it’s the day of your wedding! This is where all that preparation finally comes into play. From the moment I arrive to the moment I leave I’m making constant creative decisions. I’m always looking for the next shot to take. I don’t really stop at any point because there’s always something new around each corner, and this is what really excites me about what I do. I’ve found best men hiding on staircases making last minutes changes to speeches, I’ve driven to the other side of a valley to shoot a landscape photo of a wedding venue during dinner and I’ve even gone hiking with a newly married couple to get the best angle on a mountain!
When it comes to how long I stay for, my view has always been that if I’m in for a penny I’m in for a pound. I’ve taken some amazing shots on the dancefloor at 1am, still buzzing after shooting for 15 hours. If I’d have left after the first dance at every wedding, I can’t tell you how much I’d have missed… limbos, congas, brides and grooms hoisted on chairs – I’m not going to miss that for anything.
Family photos and portraits
People sometimes call these ‘formal’ photos. I couldn’t disagree more! These photos should be super fun and super easy. Besides anything else, the last thing I want to do is take you away from your party for too long. If you’ve already got a list of 25 different group shots for me, I may not be the photographer you’re looking for! But, if you’re looking for a handful of you and your families and some of the bridal party, it will be super relaxed. When we do portraits, I’ll have already sussed out where the good spots are and I take a super relaxed approach to this. No fiddly, time-consuming clichéd posing here.This is about having fun, getting you laughing and taking some beautiful photos before getting back to the party.
It’s only just begun
They say that taking the photo is only the first step in making a photograph and they’re absolutely right. Within a day of the wedding being over, I select and edit 12 highlights for you to see straight away. I’ll normally put these on social media for you so you can share with family and friends, both the ones that were there and those that might not have been able to make it. We live in the age of the iPhone camera and the instastory after all – so why shouldn’t you get some photos straight away?
After this (and while you’re on honeymoon!) I’ll start editing your photos. I pick and edit every single photo myself and review each one as I edit it in my own style. I aim to get every set of photos delivered within 4 to 6 weeks. Not only that, but I’ve started including beautiful slideshows as well because it seemed like madness not to.
Once all is said and done
So there you have it – my wedding photography approach. Relaxed, fun and informal photographs from a photographer who is completely bought into your big day from the very beginning. I want to create images for you that will stand the test of time and tell your story in the best way possible. That way, when you’re sitting down to look through your album on your 1st anniversary, or with your kids, or with your grandkids, it’ll be right there. Exactly as you remember it, from beginning to end.