My mother is a painter, keen photographer and videographer, so I guess I inherited my interest from her. The first present I remember asking for specifically was a camera.
Partly luck, I was involved in the wedding industry through my partner at the time, but also because it suits my style and character. It’s fast moving and exciting, and there is always an opportunity to be creative.
My style is to capture people as they are naturally. I want them to look at their photos and say: “Yes, that’s really me!” The best way to achieve this is to be relaxed yourself; people will pick up on your energy, so I always try to be the most chilled-out person in the room.
I shoot from a distance with long telephoto lenses, and I don’t interfere with any of the proceedings unless I’m asked for help or guidance. I try to blend in with the crowd by moving at the same pace, without rushing if possible.
It’s hard to find anything not to love about my job! I photograph happy people in beautiful places with gorgeous weather, on the happiest day of their lives. It’s the best job in the world.
We have almost guaranteed sunshine for our weddings here, but on the rare occasions that the weather is unpredictable, my first priority is to reassure the couple that their photos will still be amazing, and that we can use the changing conditions to our advantage and create unique and interesting images. For me, personally, it’s an opportunity to be creative.
Natural, spontaneous, discreet, evocative, artistic.
Various things, really. I stay on top of current photography trends and what my favourite photographers are up to, but there is also the photography club I founded for local amateur photographers, where I run free events, workshops and projects, which for me is the greatest source of inspiration outside of the wedding industry.
I think everyone would like to live here. The hard part is finding a meaningful way of making a living, so for me, being able to have a career in photography here in this amazing part of the world is a dream come true!
Be clear about your requirements, and be absolutely sure that your chosen photographer suits these perfectly, not just in terms of their style but also their personality and approach. Try to meet up at least once before the wedding, this helps create a rapport and will allow you to be more relaxed on the day, which in turn will translate into better photographs.
It’s over in a flash, so make sure you enjoy the day!
It is one that I took in changeable weather conditions, like what we talked about earlier. There were menacing clouds over the castle where the wedding was taking place, but the moodiness of the sky made for a stunningly dramatic backdrop, and the couple were delighted with the outcome.
There have been many moments over the years, but one of my favourites was to photograph a father united with his four grown-up daughters (including the bride), together for the first time since they were children. It was all very emotional.
I introduced my cousin to my best friend when we were all teenagers – 25 years later they finally tied the knot in front of all our friends and family, and asked me to be their photographer and best man. It was an incredibly special occasion for me.
Yes, without a doubt. I am often reminded at weddings of the importance of human connections, whether with your partner, or family and friends, and that it’s those connections that will create a solid foundation for a happy life, so for me this is one of the most valuable messages of the whole wedding day.