I am constantly moved by glimpsing into the lives of those I photograph. I try to capture images that show real moments in these lives, images that represent real people, real emotions, real stories. A wedding is not a photo shoot and I don't want to treat it as such. Most of my work at a wedding is far closer to reportage or documentary photography than it is to fashion or editorial. The photographs that represent an authenticity of the event and the people involved are the ones that will remain most meaningful in the future. Fashions in wedding photography come and go but a wedding is far too transcendent of an event in life to prioritize these. My priority is to come away with beautiful and evocative images of the wedding as it really is.
Candid and formal portraiture
Portraits are at the heart of my wedding photography and the majority I take are entirely un-posed. I am constantly scanning the surroundings in search of these natural shots that seventeen years of experience has taught me how to find. These are the shots that you will treasure in years to come; of the proud grandfather watching the bride come down the aisle, of the mother moved to tears by the speech, of reunited friends in hysterics at a remembered story. I try to make my formal portraits simple, beautiful and timeless. I always talk to the couple beforehand to fully understand what they want. I tend to choose a few spots (for their light and background) away from the rest of the wedding and then give a small amount of direction. It is often the case that when the bride and groom are on their own, these shots compose themselves naturally. For the group and family portraits my approach is similar. A wedding can be a unique occasion in which a family comes together and it is certainly symbolically when two families become one. The group photographs can be a testament and celebration of this.
On top of everything else, it should go without saying that I aspire to get stunning photographs. The wedding may be in a spectacular location and therefore the surroundings should play a large role in the photography. My aim is to document the multiple aspects of a wedding so that your photographs depict the occasion in all its glory.