MY STYLE

Whenever I meet a couple who are thinking of choosing me as their wedding photographer, one of the first things I ask them is “What is most important to you?”

It’s essential to me that I understand you and your relationship, as well as the other key relationships and personalities that will be present on the big day. This is how I’ll be able to see your story – the anticipation, the emotion, the energy, the excitement and the love, and then capture it.

I explain it more here….

MY APPROACH

Feel The Emotion In Your Images

When I shoot a wedding I’m not a ‘fly on the wall’ shooting from the outside in. I shoot your wedding organically, from the inside out. That way you’ll feel the emotions in your wedding photos whenever you look back.

Treasure Your Memories

Your wedding photographs are not just for you – the moments and memories they preserve are for people who don’t even exist yet. Having your story told intimately and naturally will make sure those memories are there to be treasured forever.

Create Art

As well as telling your story I can work with you to make artwork that will stand the test of time. By taking a less traditional approach we can create images that stand out from other standard wedding photographers.

Relive Moments

Your wedding day will go faster than you can imagine. Your photos will help ensure you can relive the best moments you had, as well as seeing and feeling the ones that you missed.

Telling A Story

Most weddings follow a similar routine and tradition. What makes your wedding unique is the story unfolding throughout, and the people that make that story happen. I’ll be tuning in to that narrative, so I can tell the story of your wedding in a way that won’t look like anyone else’s.

I usually begin that process with a face-to-face meeting, either in person or via Skype. On the day itself I like to be able to mingle with your guests as if I were family member, recognising people and what they mean to each other. My style isn’t fly on the wall. I don’t want to shoot your wedding from the outside. I want to shoot it organically, from the inside, and this is something I’m very passionate about. That way you can look back at your wedding photographs like you were there, living it all over again.

The Real You

Beautiful Cheshire Wedding

Working With People

I believe the skill of a great wedding photographer comes both from camera craft, and the ability to read people and really understand and feel the moments that are occurring.

I’ll make sure that when you look back on your photographs, you’ll always feel like you are right there in the moment. Living it all over again. Every wedding is unique, and this is – I believe – the only way to ensure that you do justice to those unique details.

The emotions that come to the surface during a wedding day can be intense and surprising from the very first moment. I set out to create wedding photographs that deliver a double whammy. Each one should have a visual wow-factor that anyone can appreciate. But there should be a second wow, one that you and your family can really feel.

The way I shoot is very relaxed. I don’t like stagey setups (unless its subtle, non-stagey direction for portraits) and I often get mistaken for a guest because I don’t like to carry too much gear around with me. My perfect shot is one that makes the most out of an individual moment, exploiting natural light and real human reactions, whilst giving a sense of the space you’ve chosen, wherever that may be.

MOMENTS

Villa Wedding On An Italian Lake

Atmosphere

Lodore Falls Wedding Photographer

LOVE WEDDINGS

A small taste of how I capture energy, atmosphere, love, excitement and fun on a wedding day. Turn up your volume and brightness to really feel it!

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CLIENT LOVE

Bride and Groom Lake District
“Wow. How do I start this review other than by stressing how fantastic, friendly, skilled and precise Ste is, not only with his research of the areas and surrounding areas/of our chosen wedding location but pin pointing exactly why we chose our location and capturing that perfectly in every photo. As I’m sure every Bride – to be feels, I was a little anxious waking up on my wedding day, to say the least. Ste kept in touch throughout the run up to our wedding, which I found put me at ease as I could feel his excitement for us and our big day and knew he wanted to do a great job for us. The day of the wedding he ensured to find out exactly what I wanted, one of the reasons I chose Ste was because of his fabulous natural shots, capturing every moment so perfectly that when we received all our wedding photos I could literally relive the whole day. Ste was willing to travel to different locations, capturing me, my bridal party, my husband and his groomsmen, all getting ready for the biggest day of our lives! He took the time to make an effort with my family, fitting in like a good family friend, taking in who meant the most to me, which reflected in his photos perfectly. As I was getting ready, he was asking me questions, how I felt, why The Lake District was so special to me and my husband, and why it felt so natural to be making the biggest commitment of our lives there. There were tears as the wedding approached, one of my bridesmaids couldn’t be there due to having a very unwell young baby, and was living in hospital with her. We decided to facetime Sarah, my bridesmaid and best friend, so she could see me in my dress, and Ste had the most fantastic idea of capturing this moment, which I am eternally grateful for, so despite Sarah not being there physically, she will now always feel involved in my wedding thanks to Ste. This is just one example of the efforts he makes to ensure he does the best job for you. Throughout the whole day Ste didn’t stop, just constantly capturing every moment, everyone’s facial expressions, tears, smiles things that I didn’t even know were happening as you’re so caught up in your own emotion. I was conscious of not being able to afford a videographer, and thankfully Ste’s photos are so detailed and thorough, I truly thank my lucky stars I didn’t waste my money as his photos tell the whole story of our day perfectly. I feel when you’re planning such a large event it’s easy to get caught up in research, not knowing who’s best and who will do a good job, for less money. But I urge you to contact Ste, he will offer a pre-wedding photo shoot which will prove to you why he’s such a good choice to capture your special day. We had the most amazing time, Ste made friends with all my other suppliers too and has since worked with a couple of them and has kept in touch with me to let me know- going above and beyond. It felt more as if he was a guest, his photos captured every angle, from what the guests saw to what we experienced, to the absolutely beautiful scenery of our venue, I literally couldn’t ask for more! I hope to keep in touch with Ste, and recommend him to every single one of my friends who will get engaged, I have already asked him if he would be willing to do a pregnancy/baby photoshoot when that time arrives! And he said yes! Haha! Thanks so much Ste, for everything and becoming such a good friend to us. Clare & Richard Donnelly xx” Clare + Richard

 

confetti outside of church
“From the first time I saw Ste’s work I knew he’d be the guy for us – we loved the emotion and natural moments he was able to capture from all of his weddings. We first met Ste 18 months before our wedding and felt instantly at ease, he spoke about how he understands that it can be awkward to have your photo taken and as such tries to be as quick and discreet as possible… sold! Fast forward 17 months and we met again for our pre-wed shoot. Ste did a great job at putting us at ease when he was taking our photos and within no time we’d forgotten about the camera and were just having a good time. The photos he captured here were amazing and made us so excited for our wedding. When it came to the wedding Ste fitted in like one of our guests and it was a pleasure to have him there. We had so many comments from guests about how good Ste was at being in the right place at the right time and how excited they were to see the photos as ‘they could tell they will be good.’ We received our photos earlier this week (around 6 weeks after the wedding) and made a night of it to go through them – I actually would recommend doing this to all future couples. Ste did the most amazing job of capturing our day! We laughed and cried our way through the photos as if we were reliving the day again! I couldn’t recommend Ste enough to anyone – if you’re considering booking, just do it. It’ll be the best decision you make for your wedding. Ste… thank you, thank you, thank you! We absolutely love all of our photos and will enjoy reliving our day over and over through them.” Laura + David