It's ALL about the people
A Day 'In The Moment'
My 'style' is really just fun, informal, documentary, genuine and candid. While I'll shoot a few formal group photographs if requested, couples who book me tend to be looking for a contemporary style and a photographer who works in the margins, lets the day flow and seeks to capture creative images of people being themselves. Genuine, uninhibited emotions fuel my passion for photography and it's such frozen moments in time that will continually evoke the wave of feelings that you felt on your wedding day for the rest of your lives. You'll notice that not many of my images are of camera-aware subjects because such images are rarely genuine and often don't reflect the relationships between the people I'm capturing. While I will always capture the key 'details' of the day, my priority always remains 'the people'. A great way to get a real feel for my work is the wedding gallery along with the 'featured' weddings on my blog. My aim is a perfect balance of authentic story-telling and timeless, stunning portraits.
I absolutely love telling the story of wedding days through images - my goal is not merely to document the day but to deliver photographs that genuinely remind you of how you felt during some of the most significant moments of your life. I focus on the small and the big moments as well as those in between. The briefest glance, touch or embrace can mean so much and collectively say so much more than a collection of formal or posed images. I particularly love to capture relaxed wedding days where the focus really is on fun, where the couple want to spend the absolute maximum amount of time possible living the day 'in the moment' and where the wedding day is never in danger of being remembered as one long photo-shoot. My own wedding day was one of the best days of my life and I get a huge buzz out of observing, documenting and contributing to each couple's memories of a lifetime. It really is all about you, your day and your loved ones.
"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have captured is captured forever. It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything."
"Much of the secret of life consists in knowing how to laugh, and also how to breathe."
Alan W Watts
I love it when couples are care-free and squeeze every bit of fun out of their wedding days, putting their trust in me to document their story naturally as it unfolds. If you think that sounds like you, we could be a great team! Over time, I've also learned that the very best photo opportunities don't always arrive at the optimum part of a wedding schedule and sometimes require a bit of extra commitment and flexibility on the part of bride and groom (and me!) if the opportunity is to be taken. While I aim to ensure couples have 'maximum guest' and 'minimum photographer' time, working with couples who trust me to use the best that their day delivers in terms of light and weather to capture the most memorable images is fundamental to creating a stunning selection of wedding photographs.
While I only ever suggest creative ideas to couples, some of my best images have been captured when brides and grooms have trusted me enough to nip out between food courses and be led into the rain or across cornfields to hunt down the very best light of the day. I won't lie and say that dresses and shoes haven't occasionally got a little muddy but, in every case, these adventurous couples have had their faith rewarded with some very special images that they absolutely love. These photographs will be treasured and of course live long beyond the memories of the effort required to achieve them. If you want the very best wedding photographs and are willing to place your trust in me to go the extra mile to find that perfect light and create something very special together, I'd absolutely LOVE to hear from you!
"Detail, properly selected, is more powerful than a picture of the complete subject. A symbol often expresses a dramatic occurrence more clearly than the event itself. Imagination and sensitive discipline of the subconscious are prerequisites here."
Herbert List - Magnum Photos
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"My goodness where do we begin?! From the moment we met you we were put at ease, not only from your wonderful studio with pictures on your walls but also by your professionalism. In our first meeting you gave us some inspirational ideas for our day and offered to do a recce of our venue so we had every confidence in you from the very beginning. We are completely blown away, you have captured our day beautifully and effortlessly, there was not a moment nor a guest that was missed. Everyone has given nothing but praise already and commented on how wonderful they are. There were things we didn't even realise that were happening, it was like a wonderful photographic storybook really bringing the day back to life for us. Through your photos we will be able to treasure our memories for years to come. We are SO pleased with them we can't thank you enough. It's going to be very difficult for us to narrow down the "best ones" for an album when you made everyone look so damn beautiful in ALL of them!! You should be very proud of your work Andy, we have been non-stop recommending you since and will continue to do so!"
"Words cannot express how grateful we are for the beautiful pictures! You captured our day perfectly! You have given us so many special and precious memories - for this we will always be thankful! To top off the best pictures we could ever have hoped for, you are a nice guy and a true gentleman."
"We just wanted to express our heartfelt thanks to you for everything you did for our wedding. We can't express enough how thrilled we are with the photographs. Neither of us think we're a particularly photogenic couple but looking through the photographs we both remarked how stunning we look! You somehow captured all the moments of 'us' and who we are as well as all our family and friends. You captured the essence of what the day was all about - not just looking into each others eyes but the wider importance of the day and its context. So many people commented about how unintrusive the taking of the photographs was and that it all just felt like a natural part of the day rather than staged. We can't underline enough how pleased and thankful we are for the quality of the photographs and your professionalism throughout. We will be forever in your debt."
"A huge thank you for our our amazing photographs! From the moment we first met you we knew were in safe hands and now you have proved it! Neither of us particularly enjoys having our photograph taken but you made it fun and relaxed and we have to say that some of the best memories of our day were all down to you!"
"Thank you for all your hard work. We cannot thank you enough. We absolutely love the photographs. So many people have said how fantastic they are (I wouldn't be surprised if we see you again at friends weddings!). You were fantastic to work with on the day and threw yourself in with the chaos, especially the Hindu ceremony!"
"Thank you so much for the amazing photographs you took at our wedding. We are so pleased with them! A number of our friends did not even realise that we had a photographer as you were so friendly, discrete and efficient! We have great memories of the day and the photographs will be a lasting memory."
"We just wanted to say a thank you for being our wedding photographer. You were superb and took some lovely photographs that we will love forever. The photographs really tell a story and, as the day passed in such a blur, they've helped prompt lovely memories. We would also like to thank you for being on hand throughout the day to help. Especially during the more stressful parts of the day! All our guests thought you were just as fab as we did!"
"We have spent the last two days trying to think how to articulate our feelings about the beautiful wedding preview you sent to us on our return from honeymoon. Your beautiful and carefully compiled work reduced us both to happy tears. This sentiment continued when viewed by family and close friends we shared the link with. You have captured the love we felt for each other; our Harry; our family and our friends so beautifully and there really are no words to express our thanks and gratitude to you. Your eye-for-detail and those quiet special moments that you have captured for us to live the joy of the day over and over again is priceless to us. We simply can't recommend you highly enough."
"A massive thank you for everything. Honestly you were amazing in every way. We both love the photos, yes even David was sat in front of the computer last night saying I love that one, I love that one. We have had loads of people saying how amazing the photos so far are and saying how friendly and good you were on the day. I might be biased but from having studied the photos of a certain acclaimed norfolk photographer who gets pigeons and peacocks in his photos (!) from a Kimberley hall wedding, yours already win hands down. I am sure you went beyond your job at some points to help out, particularly with the sparklers which I am so grateful for. And I loved your enthusiasm still at ten o'clock at night! We have also both said how we have some funny images in our heads of you in all these funny positions...doing the plank, lying on your backs, from behind pillars etc!"
"Thanks again for such a wonderful day. We had an amazing time and the photography was a massive part of that. I don't think either of us would have believed beforehand that we could actually enjoy having our pictures taken let alone loved the experience and nor would have believed we so happily would spend the whole afternoon that way. The pictures are amazing - we're looking forward to looking back through these in detail and really appreciate the fact we've got an amazing, beautiful reminder of our big day. The presentation of the USB stick in the silver case was fantastic and is something we're really going to treasure - you certainly put care and attention into the details."