Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Natural, relaxed, beautiful, light and airy.
What about your business are you most proud of?
I am really approachable and friendly and my brides usually see me as a friend rather than just a supplier. This helps my couples to feel relaxed around me, which means we get the natural shots that they want of their day.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Choose a photographer that you get on with as you will be with them throughout your wedding day!
Plan in enough time for some beautiful couple shots of just the two of you- if possible around golden hour (the hour of so before sunset when the light is so gorgeous).
If you like the light and airy style, choose a venue that is white, bright, and has lots of natural light to achieve the look you want in your photos. If your venue is dark and uses lots of artificial light, you will need to choose a photographer who mainly uses flash photography and this will have a different look and be less unobtrusive.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
One bride had chosen the flowers that she wanted the year before and grown them from seed in her mum's garden. They were then handpicked for the wedding. Her parents also kept bees, so all the candles were homemade from their beeswax and the guests' favours were tiny pots of their honey!
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I send my brochure to each enquiry to explain a bit more about my photography and give details of my packages. If the couple want to go ahead and book, I then send out my contract and payment information. We then keep open communication up to the wedding and have a detailed chat (either face to face or over Skype) nearer to the day to finalise the details. I will also do my own research into the venue.
On the day, I provide the hours of coverage that you require.
You will then receive a secure private gallery of fully edited, high resolution images which you can download and share. For your convenience, you can also choose to purchase professional prints and wall art directly from the gallery. This is fulfilled by Loxley Colour, who are one of the UK's most respected photographic labs.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
A beautiful, authentic shot of just the two of you that captures the love, happiness and connection between you both. This will undoubtedly be the one you display in your home for years to come.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
If you have chosen a venue that is light and bright, then we will be able to take lots of gorgeous shots inside. I always bring a plain, ivory coloured umberella with me so that, if it rains, we still have the option to pop outside for some outdoor shots if you would like to. It is also a good idea for the bride to consider footwear if she would like a walkabout in the surrounding area for photos and the weather is looking a bit dodgy (e.g. bring a second pair of shoes for this that are comfortable to walk in and keep your heels for inside).
Describe how you got into photography.
I have loved taking photos as long as I can remember, but I got more serious about it when I had children and wanted to capture the fleeting memories. I started working with a wedding photographer as a second shooter, so I very much learnt on the job from day 1, alongside taking various courses in photographic skills and techniques.