Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Relaxed, natural, emotive, enjoyable and vibrant.
What about your business are you most proud of?
As of November 2020, I've been in business for 10 years. During this time, I've gained qualifications including my Craftsman with the Guild of Professional Photographers, been published in international media such as The Daily Mail and Vogue, and had a photography project go viral with coverage in Burma & Brazil amongst other places!
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Look through a few photographers' websites to decide what style you of photography you like (romantic and whimsical, natural and documentary, fun and vibrant or somewhere in-between!). Chat to your photographer before booking them to ensure you get on - they'll be shadowing you for most of your wedding day.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
We'll have a booking consultation in person or over the phone to discuss their plans for the big day and what they'd like from their photography. A couple of months before the wedding we'll then have a pre-wedding meeting and practice shoot - at this we go through all the details, get to know each other better and have a practice shoot to help them relax in front of the camera. On the day, my goal is to slip into the background - it's always fantastic feedback to hear they didn't even know I was there! - I'm listening for laughter and looking out for emotional moments to capture even the things the bride and groom don't see. Although I like to be inconspicuous, I'm also happy to take the lead during group photos and no stranger to organising groups of 100+ guests for photos. After the wedding, they'll get their online gallery which they can share with family and friends, as well as choosing their favourite images for an album.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
I've done a replica of a photo of the cast of Dynasty at a same sex wedding. I've also photographed a fancy dress wedding with guests including a mermaid, a steam punk character and the Monopoly man.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
When choosing your venue, think about how it will work if it rains on your day - especially if you're marrying in the wetter months. Chat to your photographer about wet day plans, and decide if you're the type of couple who'd rather stay indoors in the dry or whether you're happy to pull on a pair of wellies and a brolly and head out in it.