‘FINE CITY’ WEDDINGS.
COUNTRY HOUSE WEDDINGS.
ADVENTURE PARK WEDDINGS.
AND THEY ALL HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON…
…every wedding has been about best friends saying, “I do” and having a great time. The longer I have been in wedding photography, the luckier I have been at finding couples whose focus is on just that.
When I started out, I used to have a physical shot list. A piece of paper listing the images I thought I absolutely had to get. A tick box. I would agonise over taking close-up pictures of wedding rings, table decorations, dresses hung in trees. I still take these images, from time to time, (not so much the dress in the trees, they can get stained!) but those pictures are not the thing that gets me really excited about wedding photography.
One day, my head buried in a bouquet taking a close-up picture of the wedding rings, I heard laughter behind me. I wheeled around and got a, not entirely perfect but still beautiful shot of mum and daughter sharing a special moment. The penny dropped. Flowers, ring shots, table decorations all make for fine images. But not at the expense of moments. That was where my heart was.
Almost overnight, my approach to wedding photography changed. I started to concentrate on making pictures that you can look back on and be in the moment with all over again.
I like to focus on the ‘real’, on the stuff that makes you feel something. My wedding photography isn’t about trying to create moments but about capturing moments.
A little direction here and there? Yes, on occasion. But for the most part, my favourite moments come from just letting you be you. Photos captured in this way are the photos that will spark your memory and make you relive the day.
My approach, at its simplest, is looking for things that move me and making images that move you.
Quirky little moments, tears, tears of laughter, inside jokes and the real love, not the fake, posed and cheesy stuff.
The moment your veil is lifted and you see each other for the first time that day; the way your mum holds your hand on the way to the church; the way your dad lights up the first time he sees you in your wedding dress; the moment you crowdsurf your first dance, singing your favourite tune together at the top of your lungs (NB – all of those things below and more)!
The big city wedding, the small church wedding, the outdoor Summer wedding, the cosy winter wedding – no two weddings are the same. And what you see here is what I am most passionate about capturing, whatever the setting.
Almost every photographer in Norfolk, not less the UK, describes themselves as relaxed and natural. You’d think we’re all lying around naked in hammocks. I’m definitely guilty of saying it. And yes, jokes aside, I take a pretty relaxed approach but I don’t hang around on the sidelines. I’m often running on a mix of excitement, adrenaline and too much caffeine. I like to be in amongst it all though. That is where the memories are being made and that’s where I will capture them. So yes, natural but no wallflower.
I’m coming into 2020 just 3 weddings shy of my total for 2019. And so, I owe a massive thanks to those people who have booked me for this year as well as those of you who have referred me to friends and family. A massive thanks also to Craig and Emil for shooting with and assisting me. Thank you for all of your hard work and company, I really enjoyed it. To all of you, it means the world.
Now onto the photos. If you like what you see, let me know.
If you want to see a little more, you can check out how 2018 looked for me or, if you want to get in touch and talk about your wedding photography, drop me a message to 07900251549.