I’m a former broadcaster having spent time behind the microphone at Radio 1. I’ve also produced and presented documentaries, which is key really to the way I now photograph; favouring a documentary reportage style where the story is key.
I certainly champion an unobtrusive story telling approach. That in itself isn’t necessarily unique, but the fact that I can also record audio from a day and present it as a film of stills and sounds as a short Photofilm documentary certainly introduces a unique nature to my work.
Calm, measured, thoughtful. They’re not necessarily words you associate traditionally with the role of a wedding photographer. I’m there to observe so having this approach works well for me.
I shoot digitally.
I shoot Canon mainly for my wedding work, but I really enjoy using the professional Fuji rangefinder styled digital cameras too. The Fujis are so light and discreet that even after a twelve hour day on your feet, you don’t feel weighed down by them. They’re also a far less intimidating to guests.
I shoot colour with an opportunity to work the pictures into black and white when the emotion suits.
Yes they can customise. I do offer collections to include coverage and albums, though a wedding is always an individual occasion, so equally I’m happy to build a bespoke style of photography.
Because I’m a wedding photojournalist at heart, a pre-wedding or engagement shoot is not necessarily applicable in terms of style. It’s a very contrived kind of shoot and doesn’t really relate to the big day itself and all the wonderful emotions you’ll be feeling.
It’s three to four weeks max.
I accept bookings up to two years in advance, though it’s a joy when someone enquires with just a few months to go.
Logistics details really; timings and facts about guests if there is a story that needs particular attention. It’s good to meet up in person and Skype is always a great tool for regular chats too.
In terms of photography, I don’t really follow trends. That’s why I avoid Instagram style colour washes which may be popular now, but not in twenty or thirty years time when you look back at your big day through the pages of an album?
I’d want them to be authentic. I’d want them to tell the true story of my day rather than orchestrate a day long photoshoot. The true magic of wedding pictures is to able to relive reality.