What is your most memorable wedding?
The 1st wedding I ever covered on my own. I had been a 2nd shooter for a number of weddings. Before I considered myself professional enough to go it alone. I was an absolute bag of nerves. But the couple were absolutely fantastic. They took my advice to just enjoy their day and not worry what was going to happen was going to happen. We all had a fantastic day.
What about your business are you most proud of?
Being able to make people smile, laugh and cry. I once took pictures of a girl who was being bullied for not being beautiful enough. I got her into my studio setup and gave her my full portrait package with and without hair & makeup. To help her see she was a swan and most definitely NOT an ugly duckling with or without makeup. That for me is the power of great photographs. I will always remember that.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Always meet all of your suppliers in person. People can put on a front on a phone call or email. I have had some couples who have had their day spoiled by a supplier they couldn't work with on the day. It's why my pre-wedding photoshoot is so important to me. I want couples to meet me and see how I work. We have to get on so that we can get the best shots on their wedding day.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
Outwith the must-have first reveal photos. I think every couple should take at least 1 group shot with all of their guests. I have had a few couples say to me. I absolutely don't want group photos. For me to meet them a year later and say they wished they got photos of everyone. Its a balancing act of not taking to many and that is exactly what I am there to help with.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
To get photos in the rain some of the most dramatic shots are taken in the rain. I always carry 2 umbrellas just in case.