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How did you get into photography?
I grew up amidst good quality photography as my father was a photojournalist. As an adult I ended up having a career in IT in the City, but by 2005 I had had enough of the corporate world and started photography as a serious hobby. I fell in love with it immediately and 18 months later ditched the IT world to become a full time photographer. I've always been fairly good at drawing and sculpture etc. but to my surprise, I felt really passionate about photography. It makes me very happy both to create beautiful photographs and to be able to give others beautiful photos of themselves, or help them promote their business with good quality photography.
How would you describe your style?
My style in wedding photography is as natural as possible. I like to work documentary style, meaning that I aim to capture moments as they happen, rather than drawing attention to myself and having people just do a 'smile for the camera'. That way my clients have a story of their day in beautiful photos that are connected to their real memories of their day; photos that reflect the atmosphere and emotions as they happened. I also do special portraits of the couple as everyone wants a beautiful photo of themselves as a couple, but again I make those photos as natural as possible that show the character of the people in them.
What is the best wedding you've ever shot?
Every wedding is special and I wouldn't be able to point out one wedding that has been the best ever, but the best ones for me are the ones that make me cry and laugh. I have been lucky to be the photographer for the nicest people and I feel truly thankful for that. As far as best wedding locations go, though, I have no hesitation to say that a beach wedding I photographed in Fiji is definitely at the top!
What tip would you give to Brides and Grooms when choosing a photographer?
Well, I have actually written a whole blog post about this! :)
The short version is:
- Make sure that you like their style of photography by looking through a few full sets of photos from weddings they have shot (minimum 200 photos per wedding). If the photographer can't provide this, you should be worried.
- Make sure that they are a responsible professional with backup gear and insurances
- You wouldn't want someone you feel awkward with tagging along all day on your wedding day, so meet the photographer face to face (or Skype) so that you know that you get along well with them.