What is your most memorable wedding?
Oooow there are so many! The Lake District is my favourite place in the world - I go up there a lot with my husband and son, so when I was asked to do a wedding at The Burnside Hotel I jumped at the chance! Skiathos was also amazing - the colours in the mediterranean just look so beautiful in that warm light - light is so important.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Elegant Stylish Relaxed Natural Beautiful
What about your business are you most proud of?
Pouring all my thoughts and creative ideas into my business and seeing it grow and grow has been wonderful. I love it when I get feedback from couples when they receive my photographs, it makes me so proud - producing something so meaningful to others is a special job - I'm very lucky to do this for a living.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Focus on what is important to you both and take it from there.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
A bride wrote an individual note to each of her guests and left it with their wedding favours on their table which they all opening when they sat down for the wedding breakfast. In her note she explained exactly why they had been invited to the wedding. It was a lovely personal touch that didn't cost anything and the guests loved it because is was to personal to them and their relationship with the bride and groom (although most got emotional!).
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Firstly I have a quick chat on the phone and then I send them my wedding guide. We then arrange a time to have a chat about their day. Some couples like to book a pre wedding shoot and some prefer just to catch up over a brew. A week before the wedding I give them a quick call to make sure everything is ok and to remind them of arrival times etc. By the time we get to the wedding day I always feel like we are friends, which is really important in getting natural fun shots (you need to be relaxed with me and my camera)
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
Every couple should get just 10 minutes on their own to take some time out and be together. Wedding days are so busy - it's none stop all day so some time out to reflect is always welcome and we will get some stunning photos of you both at the same time.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
One couple really wanted photograph of them both together at sunset, but it was a very cold October day and it rained none stop. The sky was full of flat cloud and so there was no sunset to be seen and and no chance of a dramatic cloud shot! I kept an eye out for when the rain stopped and ran outside to set up some lights that replicated a sunset! The couple were thrilled and said it was their favourite shot - they still have it as their profile photo on Facebook!
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
I do a lot of work with off camera flash so we can produce some creative shots inside if going outside is not an option. These photos always have the wow factor to them so the rain is not a problem for us.
Describe how you got into photography.
I studied photography at Art College around 2000! This was before digital! I ended up taking design work and then became a project manager, but my heart was always in photography. Four years ago I took redundancy and used the money to turn my passion into a career and I haven't looked back since!