What is your most memorable wedding?
There's far too many to narrow it down to one! It's always memorable for me when it's winding down time and I'm sat with the bride & groom chewing the fat over married life. It's great to feel like a friend more than a supplier.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Relaxed, fun, informal... I'll need to come back to you on the other two!
What about your business are you most proud of?
The relationship I have with my clients and the results it delivers - most would describe me as "a friend with a camera who takes chuffing good pictures".
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Communication. Be it friends, family, or suppliers - communication is absolutely key. As suppliers, we've seen every eventuality you can imagine on the run up and on the day - we'll have a solution for anything you can throw at us.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
I can always remember a groom who was huge into gaming. The bride had done some serious research into his favourite arcade games, and scoured the land to get them at the wedding reception as a surprise. He was one very, very happy boy - and it also reminded me of how useless I am at Pacman.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
First things first; I always put a lot of focus on either meeting up for a coffee or having a chat on the phone with new couples - your photographer spends longer with you than anyone else on the day, so it's key that their personality works for you. Once all the formalities are completed, it's on to getting to know you both - I do a lot of preparation around understanding the 'story' behind you both, and plans for the day - it makes the day itself much less stressful and more fun.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
A bit of a boring one, but the formals with parents/grandparents. They won't be your favourite part of the day, and they certainly won't be the most creative photographs either, but a lot of the time they can be one of very few photographs of the whole family together - when people get older, these can quite often be some of the most treasured photographs you'll have.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
The only real requests I regularly get are the group photographs, which is totally understandable. They may seem a bit boring, but they're also the ones your treasure in years to come.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
A sense of adventure! Sure it can leave the dress in "less than pristine" condition, but you can get some absolute blockbusters in the rain if you're brave enough/had enough prosecco. It's also worth mentioning a lot of the time, it's the photographer getting wet and not the couple - venues have so many nooks and crannies to use, that a lot of the time you can't even tell it's been raining in the pictures.
Describe how you got into photography.
I've been taking pictures before I could even say the word "camera". I've always loved the fact that with a single still frame from a camera, you can show the world your interpretation of what's in front of the camera. I've always been a massive people person