HOW I STARTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY……
I don’t think anyone feels truly comfortable writing about themselves, but let me tell you the important bits about myself: how I got started, why I love what I do, where I live and how I work. If we meet up for a consultation, engagement shoot, wedding or portrait, you’ll be well prepared.
For as long as I can remember I’ve loved photography. I can even remember where it all started – my Grandparents wedding anniversary party. My dad gave me his camera and sent me off to take photographs of various family members who were there, no doubt to keep me quiet. The following birthday I asked for a 110 camera and that was it. I was hooked.
A BIT ABOUT ME NOW…
Since then, I’ve studied Photography which then enabled me to spend 10 years travelling the world as a Cruise Ship Photographer. It was probably one of the best jobs available for someone who likes meeting new people, seeing new places and photographing them all. That’s where I discovered my interest in the storytelling aspect of photography and the power of a still image to convey a memory or a moment in time. I love all forms of photography, but specifically documentary photography. Don’t get me wrong, I can still appreciate a stunning landscape photograph and when there’s a sunset, I’ll almost certainly have my camera out, but the aspect that I get really excited about is when there’s a story that you can see in the photograph, something that the viewer can take away from the image that tells them about the people in it. I’ll talk a bit more about that in the ‘My Style’ below.
Now I live in Yorkshire, just between York and Leeds, with my fantastic wife, Fiona, who might be the one who answers your email if you get in touch, because we work together; Fiona takes care of the business side and I take care of the photography, just don’t ever ask who’s the boss… We also celebrated a new addition to our family recently and here she is…
Unique Wedding Photography Style
MY PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE
As I’ve mentioned, I love photography that tells a story.
Great photographs that convey a story are so much more than just images. I believe they provide us with our most valued possessions, reminders of the greatest moments in our life and our best and closest friends.
When I look back through my old photographs of travelling, or family & friends, they all prompt a memory or emotion. Hardly any of the best ones were posed. That’s why I prefer to shoot in a natural, spontaneous and unobtrusive way. Photographing events as they happen naturally rather than orchestrating and posing in a set way tells the story. When you look back at your photographs I want you to remember how you felt, the happiness and the emotion, not how long the photographer spent trying to make your arm bend in just the right way.
YOUR WEDDING DAY
To me, your wedding day is just that, a whole day. I want to capture the events of the day in the most natural way, I don’t want to shoot fake moments, staged for the camera. I want to be there when they happen for real. For that reason, my price includes me being there past the first dance until the late evening.
Every wedding is different just like every couple is different and I aim to capture what is unique about you, your guests and your day. That’s why I don’t work to a formula or use a set of fixed poses.
I don’t want to repeat someone else’s wedding. It’s my aim you to have a set of photographs that are as unique as you are and tell the full story of your special day in a creative, imaginative & artistic way. I’ll find a good location and then let you interact naturally. I’m happy to give a little guidance here and there with how to stand to look your best, but it’s the interaction between you that’s the key.
Couples who talk to each other and joke while I’m taking their photograph make my job easy. Just look at Dani & Olli on the right, I like it when couples make the most of some quiet time together … Unposed … Natural.
I’m often asked if I shoot group photographs.
And of course, when you are surrounded by family and friends, some of whom have journeyed miles to celebrate with you, you’re going to want a few group photographs. That’s absolutely fine.
I do try to keep them to a minimum to allow me to return to capturing the natural and candid events of the day as soon as possible, but I’m happy to do them.
Again, I like to keep my group photographs as natural and relaxed as possible…
Humour is a big part of my work. There’s nothing else to say; I love to capture the look that no one else saw, such as when you are putting on eyeliner, which I know can take a lot of concentration…
Or the shot on the right of Emma & her mum, making me smile every time I look at it…
Or the laugh at putting the ring on the wrong finger or getting tongue-tied saying the vows.
It happens at every wedding and it’s a great feeling to get the shot.
If you want shots of you waking up at 7am on your wedding day, I will be there with my camera and a mug of coffee. I’ll be there all the way through the day and still be there in the evening, capturing all of the special moments as your guests party the night away.
You will never have to ask me “is there time for just one shot of…?”. There is always time. I regularly spend 14+ hours at a wedding because I don’t want to miss anything. The secret is that it’s more than a job to me: I love it.
You can’t tell the story of a wedding day if you miss the last chapter, the part where everyone really lets their hair down. The speeches are over, the nerves of the first dance in front of everyone are done, all that’s left is to enjoy the rest of the evening in the company of your closest family and friends. Let your hair down & bring on the dancing!