As your wedding photographer you will want to make sure that we get along. After all, I’m going to spend a lot of your wedding day around you and your guests.
So this is where I tell you a bit more about me and how I ended up doing this crazy thing called wedding photography.
I was born a photographer
Yes, that’s me at the front, in the shorts and tie at the front. The lady standing at the back in the white dress is the reason I became interested in photography from a very young age.
She was my Nan, Pearl, and she was an obsessive amateur snapper. Wherever she went, home or abroad, she obsessively took lots of photos.
Whenever I visited I would become fascinated by her hundreds of photo albums. She even used to let me play with the small Kodak Instamatic she had. Not that there was ever any film in it. They were most probably the best ever photos I never took!
Photography the new synth pop!
By the time I’d reached my mid to late teens I wanted to be in a synth pop band – like my heroes Depeche Mode. Only trouble was, I couldn’t play the synth or a sing a note. So my stab at pop stardom was dead before it started.
However, through my love music I’d become interested in the music photography of Anton Corbijn. So I decided if I could be a pop star, I’d do the next best thing and become a photographer.
As luck would have it, around the same time, my mum won an Olympus SLR camera. She didn’t need it and it was given to me and history was made.
Passion is an action not a word
From then I became obsessed and I’m delighted my camera and photography took me through the worlds of photojournalism – freelancing for a number of agencies and libraries, as well as shooting street photography myself.
Photography really became my passion, but I’m acutely aware that all photographers, especially wedding photographers, say photography is their passion. I mean, I’d expect all photographers to be passionate about it.
For me passion is an action. It’s something you do and show, not write down on a website. The best way I can show its a passion is the photo above. That’s one of my MANY shelves full of books on and about photography and photographers. That’s genuine passion right there.
The Very First Wedding
For many years I refused to shoot weddings. Not that I didn’t think I could do them or that no one asked. It was more, well, wedding photography had a bad reputation for years. It was all a bit cliched and stuffy.
Then finally in 2012 I relented, coming up with no more good excuses why I couldn’t shoot someone’s wedding. But I insisted I was going to shoot it my way and like a photojournalist.
And guess what…I loved it. After that, there was no turning back at all. Suddenly I was a wedding photographer!
An award-winning wedding photographer
I’m very proud of the fact that since my first wedding in 2012, I’ve gone on to win a number of awards for my wedding photography.
There’s no short cut to this – just hard work and perseverance. Something that is integral to my whole wedding photography approach.
The actual me
Away from weddings I’m an obsessive street photographer, for which I’m widely published and exhibited, as well as having won the odd competition – most significantly the 2016 PDN Street Photography competition. You can also listen to me discuss my street and wedding photography on a podcast interview with Andrew Hellmich.
I’m bit of a geek when it comes to music with some of the most eclectic tastes around: everything from indie to electronica, jazz to classical. I’m a long suffering fan of West Ham United and top of my bucket list is to spend a few months hopping on and off of the Trans-Siberian Express – of course, taking photos as I go.
I live in south west London with my partner K and our little Shorkie dog, Buddy. That’s us all in the photo at the top of this page.
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Award-winning London wedding photographer covering the UK & destination weddings