I haven’t always been a photographer. (Obviously. Before this there was school and being born and whatnot.) But what I mean is before becoming a photographer I was a writer. And although I had some success (I even spent a little time writing for Banksy – street art to weddings.. obvious step, right?) I have to say being a struggling writer loses some of its glamour as you start to ease away from your early thirties. But then five years ago I met my muse and because of her I picked up a camera for pretty much the first time in ten years. A couple of years later I was a professional photographer. And a couple of years after that I married my muse. So to say I’m a little bit blindsided by the life and success that has come my way is an understatement. But here I am and loving every minute of it.
It’s not really a volte face though. My background in fiction feeds nicely into my style of photography. I’m seeking to tell a story — whether it’s in weddings, or fashion or straight photojournalism, I’m always looking for the smaller moments that seem to encapsulate something bigger. The moments between moments if you like. Images that seem to be more than a simple moment frozen in time. Although beautiful images are pretty good too! And I like to think I’ve married the two a little bit (excuse the wedding-based pun.) My wedding images, although inherently documentary, do carry a certain editorial feel to them.
And that’s pretty much my style in a nutshell — documentary editorial. I didn’t work at this style. It found me. But it works and it sits well with me. Mostly because I don’t like categories, I think. I don’t see myself as a wedding photographer. I see myself as a photographer who will turn up to your wedding and take photos. I think it’s worth making this distinction because I don’t want to turn up to your wedding with any preconceived ideas about what your day should look like ahead of time. Every wedding is different because every person is different and your wedding photos should reflect you, not me. All I do is frame that with a particular eye. To me wedding photos should be the wedding day’s dream of itself — ie., a beautiful and heightened version of the reality of your day, but still very much about you and the day.