How did you get into photography?
I took a solo trip around the world in my early twenties with a mission to find my path, as I had been working as a hair stylist for the first four years of my working life and I wanted something bigger more spacious but i wasn't quite sure what. I quit my job, split up with my then boyfriend and went to meet the world. I bought a point and shoot camera and as I travelled to each new place, I would wander with my lense and shoot the streets and people I met to acclimatise to each new place. I had always been moved by photography as an art form and found it fascinating to look at historical photographs as it is like a form of time travel, yet timeless. It is silent, and your imagination has space to play in that silence. I love the fact that photography is created from reality, but the photograph itself can be complete fantasy too, it is a very versatile medium to learn and work with. I knew nothing about photography when I left on my journey, but by the time I got back I knew I wanted to learn more and so I did and here I am.
How would you describe your style?
My style is intimate, warm and natural reportage. It has taken me a years of trying out different ways of working and I think it is as much how you are with your subject as what you capture. I feel that my strongest motivation behind photographing couples and their celebrations is to reflect back, the connection, joy and love that is being gifted to them on these incredible moments in life. A wedding is a happy whirlwhind with the bride and groom at the center but they are so hightened that they zip by in a flash. My job is to be on the look out for those moments between people at the celebrations that sum up the feeling and emotions of the day.
What is the best wedding you've ever shot?
The most fun and colourful wedding I have photographed was a three day love fiesta for a couple in Majorca, it was an incredible couple and great group of friends and family. There was a different party each night and there was an overwhelming amount of love present, plus the light in Majorca is just dreamy, I will never forget that one.
What tip would you give to Brides and Grooms when choosing a photographer?
Photography is so important as it is a record of this once in a lifetime moment, like I said before it goes past in a flash so your photographer is key to capturing it all to remember for the years to come. Look a range of photographers to get a sense of the different visual approaches then once you have found something you like, connect. Talk to them about your plans to get a sense of who they are and if you get on. They will be really close to you all day so it is important you feel comfortable and trust their approach and manner. Even if someone takes amazing photos if you don't click with them it may not be the best collaboration, trust your gut. Wedding fairs are a great way to meet photographers face to face before you commit to a booking and also word of mouth is a great way to find someone, the grapevine is strong as it is all based on real life experience of someones skills and practice.