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Wedding photography is ace. I love it.
I've been pointing lenses at stuff for business and pleasure for lots of years now, more years than I would like to disclose as it make me feel old. Let's just say I'm experienced.
Without blowing my own trumpet (because as a nation we're rubbish at that) I'd say I'm pretty good at it too. My clients seem to think the same. You can have a look at some of the recent 'thank you' notes here if you'd like to.
Outside of work, I teach people to jump out of aeroplanes, am studying a part time law degree (only because I like a good debate I think) and am a hobbyist motor biker. I'm also trying not to sew my fingers together with my new sewing machine and I’m learning to play squash (badly) when time allows.
I’m from an Irish family, grew up in the South East and moved up to the East Midlands nine years ago. I’m now happily ensconced in the middle of Grantham with my other half and two hairy dogs. There is always a bar of Toblerone in the fridge.
I was profiled for an article a while back and pinched a few extracts, just in case you want to know a bit more about your potential wedding photographer...
Why wedding photography? I started out with medium format film cameras (you know, the big ones on tripods) in the commercial world and had many happy years in that arena, got to travel to some fabulous places and worked with some amazing people. Then along came the digital camera and I think I started using one as a bit of a toy. It gave me that little bit of freedom to 'snap' at will and I started taking more and more pictures of people's faces and everyday life. I was photographing lots of stuff for no reason other than that I really liked it, it was loads of fun. Ultimately, I'm a complete people person I think and I thrived on the opportunity to capture little snippets of peoples lives. So I tried a wedding and the rest is history really. You get to spend the day with lots of happy, smiley people looking their absolute best. What's not to love about that?
What keeps it exciting? It's always different. I've been to so many weddings and can honestly say that it's never once been a repetitive experience. There's always a little challenge too. The person that doesn't like having their picture taken, the sea of iPhones and tablets that constantly try to get in front of you, the unpredictable British weather. Never a dull day!
I'm also loving the creative opportunities we have with processing. Processing isn't a crime, it is in fact a complete necessity if you shoot RAW images. Whenever you take a picture you need to tell the computer how it is supposed to look, the same as you would have done if you were processing a negative in a dark room. The dark room is just on the computer now.
Processing programs like Photoshop offer so much more too. I get nervous when people start talking about digital artistry. If you're not careful, you can sound like a bit of a pretentious sort and I'm really not one of those. I do have a lot of time for the creative opportunities that a camera, a good lens, a decent processing program and a little creativity combined can offer though. Whilst I'm not someone that will photoshop in a Mediterranean sunset to cover up an overcast sky, I do use a bit of digital artistry to very subtly get the best out of an image. I cheer up the sky rather than replace it. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with massive image manipulation, it's very clever, it's just not the sort of thing that I usually offer.
You can read a bit more about my style and approach here too...