Who's behind the camera?
A few random quickfire loves, likes and thoughts (of my own and others) that make up the ingredients of me…
- Family and friends always come first.
- I don’t watch the news, listen to news on the radio or read newspapers; yet I still know what’s going on in the world!
- Strong Belgium beers and Chocolate are a good way to bribe me. 😉
- Clearing my head by cycling and walking the dog.
- Favourite books - So many! But 'The Flashman Papers' and 'The Quiet Soldier' are right up near the top
- Setting intentionally high standards for myself.
- There's no such thing as reality TV. It's not real!
- Humility, loyalty and honesty are what I most respect in a person.
- Heroes - Everyone in the military and Emergency Services.
- Always looking to grow and improve my personal and professional development.
- Favorite movie - Too many to mention, however more recently I thought 'The Martian' was such a brilliant story! I secretly enjoy watching 'Love Actually' with my other half too 😉
- I strive to be thoughtful; and take time to understand what's important to you.
- Watchful of the details; organised, dependable and adaptable.
- Favorite TV series - 'Band of Brothers'
- If I’m going to do something then I do it 100%
“Life moves pretty fast if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it” Ferris Bueller
It started with loss and love.
In December 2009, my second child and daughter Scarlett was born, but she never drew a single breath in this world. There is never a day where I don’t think about how life should have been with her still in it.
But while there are many layers to loss and bereavement, my love of photography was a significant and positive outlet that helped me through the healing process; and as such, it will always be a driving force in my life.
Don’t feel bad though, as the capturing and sharing of beautiful memories; the joy it brings me, my family and everyone that knows me, meets me or works with me… it gives me the greatest comfort that it all really started with her… And that positive feeling is all carried forward in my photography and the spirit of her brother and sister…
These organisations qualify my photography and work ethics, as being that of a professional standard; and demonstrates my ability to create images of excellence. Qualifications are awarded to photographers who have submitted a panel of work, which is then judged by highly qualified, respected and experienced photographers from the photographic industry. The Societies and Guild stipulate working to high professional standards and codes of conduct, that are put into place for the promotion of good working practice in all matters concerning the photography industry.
I also hold full Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.
During a wedding my focus is on getting the photographs of your day. It’s not always practicable to leave the venue in order to get some food, or be able to keep food fresh throughout a full day. so, I will normally ask for some food refreshments to be made available. I do appreciate that a wedding can be a big investment, so I’m not asking for a 3-course dinner, but at least something substantial that will keep me (and assistant photographer) going for a long day.
A lot of venues will have a ‘vendor’ meal option as part of your booking; and I’ll never say no to a slice of wedding cake and a coffee!
The majority of my work is in London, Kent and the South East, however we can and have traveled throughout the UK and I can provide packages for destination weddings aboard if necessary. Please keep in mind that there may be additional charges for travel and transport depending on the destination. However, nothing is hidden and everything is agreed prior to the booking.
I’m Based Welling which is in the South East London borough of Bexley and close to the Kent Border
I work with Professional Canon Digital DSLR Cameras and equipment (5D MKIII (with L Series pro lenses) and professional lighting equipment; I always bring a range of spare/backup equipment and memory cards to cover any risk of failures and I use the latest industry standard Adobe software for my post processing work.
I have been taking photographs ever since I can remember for personal use and travel, starting out with 35mm film cameras; I switched to digital cameras as technology improved and prices came down; and I have been providing professional photography services to clients as a business since 2009.
There is an argument among photographers and clients alike, about being a specialist to just wedding photography. However, first and foremost I consider myself a photographer/artist and image maker; and I employ skills from all genres of photography no matter what the subject, be that a wedding, commercial commission or family portrait session.
I believe that shooting varied commissions compliments one to the other. For example, understanding the skills needed to photograph jewellery for a commercial job are the same for when taking the ‘details’ when getting ready.
I’ve had my work assessed and judged by highly respected and qualified photographers in the photographic industry, confirming my work as being of professional standard. I’ve been awarded qualifications from both the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (LSWPP) and The Guild of Photographers (QGPP – Professional Photographer) / QGWP – Wedding Photographer). Being a member of a professional body ensures that I work to a professional code of conduct to ensure high quality and good service delivery to my clients.
I continue to practice and hone my skills through these organisations, attending seminars and professional workshops to stay updated with the latest techniques as well as sharing knowledge with fellow professionals. I believe that continued development is fundamental to providing the best service I can to all my clients.
While I’m confident that you’ll find everything that you need at a competitive price, I absolutely encourage you to research other photographers! I’m a strong believer in the right photographer for the right client. After all you need to feel comfortable that you can work with us not only on the day but in the build-up to the wedding and afterwards.
Feel free to use these FAQ’s as your guide to researching other photographers.
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