SO.....WHY PICK ME?
This page is designed to help you decide whether I'm the right photographer for you. There's ALOT of us there to choose from, all with different styles and angles on wedding photography. This page should hopefully tell you quite quickly whether I'm the guy for you (or not, maybe!)
If you want me find out more 'About Me' in general, head to this page HERE.
I shoot every wedding from the inside out; this means I get involved and get close to the action. I get amongst it, chat with guests and really be part of the day. I believe doing this gives you a set of photos reminiscent of your experience what happened and the people who attended, not some stranger's perspective taken from the sidelines.
When the day is all said and done, Memories & Photographs are the things that last; and having AMAZING photos, keeps those memories alive .
Out of all your suppliers, I'm the one you'll spend the most direct time with on your day, making it vitally important that you kinda like 'me as well as my photographs. Without this you won't feel 100% at ease with me around and get the natural photos of the day that you want. You should be able to look back on your photos and smile, laugh, and maybe shed a tear, but primarily remember it as the awesome occasion it was, not be reminded how awkward you felt having a stranger chase you around taking your photo all-day.
HOW I APPROACH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY.
Before the wedding day even arrives, I try to meet with you at least once (but hopefully twice!) to have a chat about the day's proceedings. This can be at your house, or a coffee shop/pub if you'd prefer. I also do Skype/Facetime meetings with couples who are further afield.
As well as grabbing some info about your wedding, I usually spend this time chatting about YOU. I want to understand your interests, how you met and got to this awesome position of planning your wedding! I think your wedding should be a reflection of your personalities as well as a celebration of love and this chat is great to tell me all about that.
'we really hate having our photo taken though!?'
I hear this all the time, and it never phases me. I don't enjoy having my photograph taken either, so I hear ya! For this reason I'll very rarely ask you to ever 'pose' for anything. If it'd make me feel uncomfortable to do it myself, I'd never ask you too either. Cheesy poses in wedding photography make me die a little inside, so we'll leave those out. Especially the one where you 'both peek out from behind a tree'....
When the day arrives, I like to get amongst the guests and capture the proceedings in a fun and relaxed manner. If I see something I like, you'll get a photo of it. To me, these photos build a vivid memory of the day. I want you to be able to show your photos to someone who wasn't at your wedding and experience it, as close to actually being there as possible.
This is where the 'honest' bit comes in; whatever happens on your day is what gets photographed. If it rains, they'll be rain in your photos! If someone falls over, they'll be photos of them falling over. I want the pictures I take to form a true account of what happened, not a 'fiction' of how it unfolded. I often find its the little things that create the biggest memories from the day. At this point its worth noting that all the images on this site are taken by me, at real weddings and around 99% of them are completely natural and unposed (not by me, anyway!)
When it comes to group photos; I think its important to have them, but them not become the focus of the day. I like to make a personalised list to fit you & your family requirements before the day, so we can get through them quickly and efficiently but also with nobody important being forgotten. I like to keep the lists fairly short and the whole 'group' process to take less than 20 minutes so you can get back to enjoying your day, and not spend it all posing in group line-ups.
When planning your day, think about your couple photos and allow around 15-20 minutes for this. Its a good time to get some really stunning photos of just you both and also a good (and one of the only!) chances to be alone with each other and let what has actually just happened sink in before going back to your guests and the madness of the wedding. These photos don't have to be over-staged or posey (most of the best ones aren't!) but I can guide you through the process so you get the best from this time.
(Don't worry though, they'll be no peeking out from behind tree's, or theatrical posing required!)
At the end of the day, and it's something I can't stress enough; great natural photos always happen when you feel most at ease and comfortable. If you feel at all nervous or tense about the situation, it'll show in the photos you receive; so make sure whoever you pick to shoot your day, that you feel at ease and be yourself with them around.
If you've made it this far, had a look at some of my photos and think I could be 'the one' to shoot your wedding, head over the contact page and let's start a conversation about it.