Well, I was born in a little, sunny seaside town in the UK, back in the 80s. As a kid I was always dreaming, and thought I’d grow up to be an astronaut or something. But when I finally realised that NASA wasn’t going to come knocking, I got a job as a photographer for a local portrait photography company. That’s where I honed my trade, learning mainstream photographic skills and techniques for many years.
I did a few weddings, and I realised I actually enjoyed them. There was something about the variety of locations and everyone looking their absolute best which inspired me. But what got me hooked was the emotion. The elation, the tears, the joy. That was real life, real people, doing something so authentic. It doesn’t matter where you come from, what religion you are, whether you’re rich or poor – a wedding is universally human, and tradition in its purest form. Capturing all that on camera fascinated me, and it still does today. So I started my own business.
``You are about to celebrate one of the most important moments of your life. It’s my job to make it stay with you forever.``
You can tell a lot about someone by their wedding. But as the photographer, I like to get to know my clients before the actual day, to get a feel for them and what truly makes their relationship unique. Armed with that knowledge I’m able to get exactly the shots they want, and portray the occasion in a way which they can really connect with.
With all my jobs, I take into careful consideration where to shoot both inside and outside the venue. How the light from the sun works, where shadows fall, how the weather will affect it. All these things impact the choice of best areas to shoot and when to shoot. Just because there’s a great staircase, magnificent archway or incredible topiary, doesn’t mean it will work well on the day!
I’ve worked with all sorts of people, from nervous and shy couples to super-confident and even famous couples. Every couple is different. I would say that one of my strengths is my ability to make people look and feel at ease in front of the camera. I take good care not to impose or get in the way. Guests and family usually warm to me very quickly, making them feel comfortable with me being there. This is important – after all, photographing someone’s wedding is such an intimate thing.
Ultimately, I put my heart and soul into what I do, and I could go on all day about it, but when your work speaks for itself, as they say, shut up!