I’m a hopeless romantic. Literally every wedding I photograph makes me go “aww!” – often out loud. I can’t believe how lucky I am to do this work.
First and most importantly, I’m relaxed and I want you to feel relaxed, so you can be yourselves in front of the camera. When that happens, the magic starts and beautiful pictures come out!
We’ll start by meeting each other six weeks before your wedding day to chat about you and what images you want. When I’m not behind the camera, I can be quite shy. Sometimes I think that helps people trust me, because I’m myself. I’m not an in-your-face photographer and if you tell me you don’t like having your photo taken, I totally understand that. Get me behind the camera though and I’m very confident. I like to make every shoot fun and enjoyable so you’ll forget about the camera and focus on the moment. Here are a couple of examples of brides and grooms who told me beforehand that they were really nervous. Yeah right! They don’t look it do they?
Capturing your personality is my particular passion. I want the images to show your individuality. Sometimes, grooms in particular can be quiet and a bit unsure of what’s expected. I’ll bring them out in whatever way I can (even if it means making a fool of myself). Often there’s a dry or cheeky sense of humour lurking in there. If a couple have strong personalities and/or lots of ideas for pictures, I’ll definitely go with their flow.
If there’s something that’s special to you, let’s make a feature of it. Here the bride is visiting her beloved hens; the moment was totally unplanned. She just pulled on her wellies and this is the result!
For the romantic, intimate bride and groom shots, we’ll go off and you can chat and laugh and I’ll capture the moment. The best images (the ones that make you cry) are often spontaneous but we’ll use the most beautiful locations too. I visit the venue a week before the wedding to find the best spots.
I love pictures of those spontaneous, funny, one-off moments which really tell the story of your day. That requires me being on the lookout constantly for what’s happening. I’m like a little meerkat! During the party, I love it when family or friends ask me to take their photo. Firstly it’s what I’m there for but I’m happy that I come across as approachable and they feel able to ask me.
I like honest, natural pictures. If you’re self-conscious about some feature or your body shape and how you’re going to look in photos, let’s talk about it. I want you to embrace yourself – as you are – as your partner loves you, rather than create fake shots. Take this wedding with Rebecca and xxx. She was very insecure about her body image but once in her dress with the love of her life next to her, she felt amazing and I captured that.
When you choose your wedding photographer, bear in mind that they will be with you all day. Getting on well, having a good understanding and trusting them to do a great job is really, really important. Budgets can be tweaked but not personalities!
So what can you expect from me? Beautiful, natural images, which tell the story of a wonderful day and from which your personalities shine out.
This is me, practising having my photo taken …