How did you get into photography?
I joined the student newspaper Gair Rhydd (Free Word) in Freshers week at Cardiff University, mainly because they had free pizza, but I also loved black and white photography. Four years later I finally got my Physics degree, but also knew that I wanted a career in photojournalism. I did a post grad diploma in photojournalism then went to work for news agencies, ending up at The Times in London. I’ve spent the last 18 years covering news and features around the world, and began using that experience to photograph weddings in a purely documentary manner three years ago.
How would you describe your style?
I'm a documentary wedding photographer, which basically means I tell the story of the day without direction or posing. It’s not candid photography. It’s about getting my clients to feel what they felt at the aisle, years afterwards when they look at my images. It’s about noticing relationships and emotions, and being quick enough to capture those intangible things on ‘film’. I like to think that generations of people will get enjoyment from and ask questions about my images for years to come.
What is the best wedding you've ever shot?
I couldn’t single out any one wedding, they all have fantastic moments. I’ve photographed weddings in mansions with a six figure floral budget and registry office weddings with half a dozen guests. The best moments in each are when theres real, raw emotion on display. What I love about photographing weddings is that in the space of just a few hours I can face all the challenges of lighting and emotional guests that I might never see in a month of shooting for The Times.
What tip would you give to Brides and Grooms when choosing a photographer?
Make sure you understand your photographers style and how they work. Look at a number of weddings, photographed in different conditions and situations to make sure they have a consistent approach. If I’m booked by a client who loves vintage styled portrait shoots and pretty details, they’re going to be disappointed with what I shoot. And lastly, don’t underestimate your budget for a photographer - apart from the memories, it’s the only thing you’ll have after the party - get the best photographer you can afford. You won’t regret it.