Whenever I meet a couple who are thinking of choosing me as their wedding photographer, one of the first things I ask them is “Who 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 surprises – and capture it.
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.
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.
I’m just as happy shooting in colour as black and white, so if you have a preference that’s something we can discuss along with everything else in our first meeting together.
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