Let’s start at the end.
You’ll want a set of images where the emotion, excitement and enjoyment of your day shine through. Your images should bring back sights, smells and feelings – lasting reminders for you to treasure. You’ll not want to be pestered, fussed over and cajoled – not by your photographer, at any rate!
So, how do I fit in? My job is simple – to observe and capture the moments as they happen. I really enjoy being a part of what’s going on but not interfering with it. I like to shoot what’s happening around me, rather than as an outsider looking in; the skill is in reflecting those moments and capturing them as naturally as possible.
Oh, and I like to have fun too – perhaps that should have been first? I’m really serious about that.
As for any formal shots – I’ll start by saying I try to make the formal as informal as possible. Holding a smile, making minute corrections to a stance, adjustments to a composition – they are all great ways of capturing images that looked staged and sterile. I will organise some groups shots if you want them and I certainly will work with you as a couple to capture some really special images – but I’ll do it all with a smile on my face and a spring in my step.
In my ‘About Me’, I talk about shooting a wedding as being a privilege and I mean it. Nothing matters more to you than the trust you place in your photographer to do a great job. And it’s a job I take very seriously – you just might not be able to tell.