I fell into weddings somewhat by accident… I had teetered on the edge before, but it wasn’t the right time… There’s a lot of story that could go in here, but the long and the short of it is that my accident was a happy one because I love a wedding and I can’t get enough of photographing them: I just adore people who kiss, who embrace, who can’t take their eyes off each other. I love the happiness and the joy and the warmth of a wedding and I can’t get enough of being in the company of people partying and having an awesome time. I love the time and crafting and the planning and everything else that goes into making a wedding day completely perfect.
*UPDATE* Last count I’d shot over 70 weddings and my feelings haven’t changed one bit!
Ultimate compliment: “We sort of forgot that you were here.”
I think it’s really important to chat with your photographer before you book them; if you want to meet in person then I know some great places to meet for a drink in Corby, where I live. If getting here is problematic then Skype is great and I wont be offended if you want to chat with your comfiest trousers on and a brew in hand. I *definitely* think that loving your photographer’s work, or their price alone, isn’t a good enough reason to book someone; I spend more with a bride on her wedding day than she will with her new husband and if we don’t gel then it’s going to be pretty tedious to have me about!
I’m all about the feels and the fun: 90% of the day I’d describe myself as a documentary wedding photographer; I spend people watching and ear wigging conversations, looking for people with a tear in their eye, embraces, the moments, the belly laughs, crazy dancing… You get the idea. Just occasionally I will check in on situations to avoid missing the bits that shooting a load of weddings has taught me to anticipate. I feel that group photographs are important, but not so important that they stop you having a good time; you’re hosting your guests to drink champagne with them, not stand in a line with them smiling at me, so I suggest no more than ten group combos to get them done as quickly as possible so you can get back to hanging out with your favourite people.
Ultimately I’m interested in interaction between people, and so my couple shots are an un-posed as possible; I absolutely don’t do naff poses and if you’re anxious I will gently guide you through them but with as little intervention as possible because as soon as I get too involved, those images stop being about just you two… I also find that generally people are pretty loved up on their wedding day and they don’t find a smooch and a snuggle too tricky!
I am based in the Midlands, which seems to be about 2 1/2 hours from anywhere and I regularly travel all over the UK. No plan ever sounds too whacky (did you see my bucket list?) and I’m pretty much up for anything where lovely people having a brilliant time is the name of the game.
My pricing structure is pretty simple – I shoot all day (that’s bridal prep until late because I love a boogie on the dancefloor) for £1400. That includes a prewedding shoot too.
Second shooters, albums and the photobooth are all awesome added extras… Let’s chat, drink coffee (or something stronger) and figure out what works for you.
Shorter coverage available out of season and midweek – email me and tell me your plans.