Although I'd rather it wasn't!
In brief, I’m a family man with a passion for photography and people. Documenting wedding days and delivering images that I know couples will cherish for the rest of their lives means I absolutely love my job.
"It's more important to click with people than it is to click the shutter" - Alfred Eisenstaedt
If the above isn't enough (and I'm not quite as short at the picture above makes me look!), thank you for hanging around and getting this far.
I will try to keep this brief as this really is all about what I can hopefully do for YOU, and not about me. I live with my family (my wife, 2 children and a truly mad spaniel) just to the south of Norwich and I consider myself hugely fortunate to be able to do something that I love as a full-time profession.
Although I enjoy most forms of photography, my passion is photographing people and capturing images that are packed with personality and genuine, candid human emotion. While I have always loved capturing ‘still’ images, my love for photography really took off at the dawn of the digital photography age which coincided with the arrival of my first child.
In 2012, I decided to leave behind a hugely rewarding career as an RAF Officer to follow my heart and pursue my passion for photography. Having served all over the world, including the Falkland Islands, Norway, Cyprus, Iraq and Australia, my wife and I decided that it was time to settle down and provide stability for our children. I'm still in contact with many of my former RAF colleagues and consider myself hugely fortunate to have enjoyed so many incredible experiences during my time in the forces.
Our decision to re-locate to Norfolk was largely based on possessing so many happy memories from serving with the RAF in the region and also having so many former colleagues and family members already settled nearby. As it turns out, it was a great decision, I absolutely LOVE being a Norfolk Wedding Photographer.
As a photographer, I was quickly drawn to weddings and the opportunities to document the personalities, relationships and emotions that come with every wedding day. With 7 wedding seasons and the experience of 100s of weddings behind me, I can honestly say that I could not have chosen a better second career.
I firmly believe that the best photographs are achieved when there is trust and rapport between subject and photographer and I've found over time that I'm fortunate to be able to quickly establish both as I work. Without a doubt, when photographing people, that ability to 'click' with people is fundamental to consistently successful images and it's central to how I work.
When I’m not out taking photographs, I love family and friend time, music (BBC 6 Music is my editing soundtrack), surfing (raised in Devon and lived in Australia and still very poor!), skiing, most sports, travel, good food (particularly anything with the essential ingredients of chilli and garlic) and warm, flat beer. I also love teaching and offer training and mentoring to wedding photographers looking to start their own businesses or wishing to take their skills to the next level.
Please do have a look around my galleries and blog while you're here and, if you like what you see, feel free to get in touch for a very informal consultation. I’d love to hear about your plans.
I can be contacted on tel 01953 605228 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you again for taking the time to visit.
You now know about me!
It would be great to hear from you and to learn about your plans
“The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don't belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation. ”
Susan Meiselas - Magnum Photos
Me and My
Choice of Equipment
If you'd like to know a little more about me, my journey into photography and the equipment that I use for my work, I was hugely privileged to be invited to feature on 'ShotKit - The Gear of the World's Best Photographers". The link is below.
“If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.”
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"Honestly Andy we didn't think we could laugh and cry as much as we did on our day which seems so far away already but you have managed to capture every moment that we shared with the people we love so much, you have truly brought every moment and emotion back to life with your incredible photography! We will forever be able to re-live our day through the magic of your photos and we cannot thank you enough! You made our day and have allowed us to re-live it over and over. Our family and friends have not stopped raving about you and how talented and lovely you are xxx"
"We have just watched the slideshow. WOW! It totally took our breath away they are absolutely stunning and so much more than we ever hoped for or imagined. I don't know how you catch these moments, you really are a truly amazing photographer, I am actually speechless right now they are just sublime. I saw the photos you posted to Facebook which were so incredible but thought they must just have been the few really good ones - boy was I wrong haha! We just also wanted to say thank you so much for making our wedding even better on the day - it kinda felt like you were just one of our friends and a guest that was taking photos - it was fantastic to have you there :)"
"Thank you SO much for the brilliant photographs of our special day. We knew they would be good but could not imagine they would be this perfect! We have received so many positive comments about the photographs and also about you as a person. You helped us feel at ease whilst getting ready and during the day. Thank you as well for carrying boxes on the Friday!"
"Thank you so much for everything. You were incredible, so many guests mentioned how brilliant you were and we thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet you and working with you! Andy the photographs are amazing!! Thank you so much! What a super star. OMG - you did such an amazing job, we love the photos so much. THANK YOU! We would just like to echo what we said on the actual day, you were amazing to work with and we thoroughly enjoyed your company as did all our guests. We can't reiterate enough how comfortable you made everyone feel and this is reflected in all of the photos."
"We really can't emphasise how much we love, love, love the photographs and the amazing slideshow. Even the USB packaging is beautiful! You really were a pleasure to have around on the day - even our guests commented on what a great guy you are. Thank you as well for doing your best to keep us on schedule!"
"The photos look beyond amazing and myself and Brooke are over the moon with the result! Thank you so much for all the time and effort you have put into these Andy. You were a pleasure to have around on the day and without question have to go down as one of the best decisions we made with regards to the wedding. Thank you for being such an invaluable part of our special day! You flawlessly captured the raw essence of our wedding day better than we ever thought possible. We truly treasure our photographs and find them to be the closest thing to being able to re-live the day over and over. Thank you so much for everything!"
"Hi Andy! How are you? Busy being a genius I presume! We got back on Sunday from honeymoon; we had an awesome time. We have been busy all week catching up with friends and family and so many people have commented on the photos that they have seen of the wedding online - the consensus is that you are awesome and so are your photos and I couldn’t agree more. We are over the moon with the photos! I just wanted to thank you, you were absolutely fab!"
"What wonderful photos! Thank you so much for capturing just perfectly what was for us a wonderful day. The pictures have managed to capture every little moment that was special to us and to tell a story. We can’t thank you enough. You really made us feel so relaxed and comfortable on the day (Will and I both hate having our picture taken!) and we loved having you there. Our friends cannot speak highly enough of you and I know a few have already recommended you to their colleagues and friends! Thank you very much for all of your hard work. We loved sharing our special day with you. You were absolutely excellent. You have a wonderful eye-for-detail and many of the guests not only commented on how amazing the pictures are but also on what a great guy you are! Thanks for all of your support. It is hugely appreciated and we are so happy that you managed to capture our wonderful day for us to remember forever."
"Andy, I just love the photos, it’s like a ritual every night before I go to bed, I flick through them! They are perfect. I cannot thank you enough for such superb memories of such a beautiful day for all of us. You have been able to capture and encapsulate those very special moments with each other which marked this day as hugely important and special for all of us. Thank you for your professional and relaxed manner which allowed the day to unfold and which will be remembered forever through your creative and beautiful images. I wish you every success for your superb work and artistry. Getting married is always a special day and our day was made even more special by having you as our photographer. You have a the natural ability to make everyone feel at ease in front of the camera. You managed to capture the raw beauty of the day and the natural emotion felt by us all. We are so very happy with our pictures. Thank you so much Andy for being fantastic at what you do. We were very lucky to find you and any couple planning their wedding would be very lucky to have you there to capture their special day."
"Andy, they are amazing!!! I have done no work this morning and just clicked through all of them. So many fantastic shots. I can’t describe how wonderful it is to have so many!! Thank you so much. They are everything I hoped. Everyone looks so good. The light is amazing. Every moment we wanted captured is in there. Thank you so much for everything. You were so, so great on the day, everyone was raving about you and you have perfectly captured the day exactly the way we wanted. The first one of Josh you sent is my favourite photo of all time, he looks fantastic! Thank you again for doing a perfect job and being so wonderful and charming whilst doing it."