If you have time to stop and read on, please do! It's tough to get across who you are via a screen, but here's a taster of little old me...
I'm wearing a rabbit print dress in this photo. My Mum makes all my 'wedding' dresses, she's pretty ace like that!
Boring background stuff: I graduated from Kingston University back in 2006 (I feel incredibly old now) in Fine Art, where I spent many a day in the darkroom honing my skills using Medium format film. I adore film, it’s pretty amazing, but also jolly expensive to work with. So I switched to digital in 2009 and have been shooting everything in sight ever since.
I like to get to know my couples pretty well, when we meet I always enjoying finding out what you’re about, what makes you tick, whether you love animals, whether you love football/rugby or <insert sport here>, have you travelled the world or are you studying for your PhD etc?…I’m very lucky that I work with people I really gel with. And that’s pretty damn awesome.
I have been shortlisted for Best Wedding Photographer in London and South East for three years in a row, including Best Newcomer in The Wedding Industry Awards 2013.
Things I love:
My house rabbits. They are called Toby & Flora and they are my children. I love all animals, if you have pets, feel free to send photos of them along with your enquiry :)
My soon-to-be husband. He's called Wes. He has my heart in every way possible. And I am going to cry like a baby the day we get married.
Music: I listen to Willie Nelson everyday. If you don't know who he is then I forgive you, but also where have you been? He's been performing for 70 years. Yep, that's right. I flew all the way to Vegas for 3 days to see him perform age 84. I love him.
I also love old people, tea, buying expensive handbags, dancing badly to hip-hop, collecting mugs (but I have 78 now so I should really stop), watching endless boxsets of Frasier, Blackadder, Ab Fab etc. Oh and Lego.
I am also a chatterbox and can quite easily go on for hours, so if you'd like to know more then please get in touch and just ask! :)
Who I am in terms of style
So this is the tricky bit. You've started searching for photographers and you've come across 20 odd names either via Google, friends recommendations, Instagram etc. It can be a total minefield.
So to try and make it easier for you, I focus on three things when I work. If they resonate with you and what you're after, then please have a look through my portfolio & get in touch! I am friendly, I promise :)
I know photography is 'painting with light' but you have to really look for it. It's not always obvious what will make a beautiful photograph, but having a fine art, oil-painting background I have an obsession with chiaroscuro and painterly light. If I find it at your wedding, I will do a little happy dance.
Surely ALL photographers should look for this? Yes I expect they do. But I have a tendency to leap about like a 'photography fairy ninja' ( as I was once described) which means I am constantly flitting about looking for the moments that will take you right back to the day. "Photos aren't important until that's all you have left". The photos I have of my family are SO precious to me. If you're a soppy and sentimental type, you'll feel the same. It's all about capturing those memory-jogging moments for me.
The 'one' shot
Ok, although I describe myself as 'reportage' or documentary in style, it doesn't mean I don't LOVE finding a little bit of magic at each wedding. I don't spend hours looking for a hero shot where I might be missing the natural, candid opportunities. But where a chance arrives, I will take it! I had the honour of photographing a wedding in the Royal Theatre in London a few years ago, I am a big theatre/opera lover and one of my favourite ever photos is of my couple in the Royal Box, with just the stillness of the empty theatre around them. That was a pretty wow shot for me.