I can't put into words how much I absolutely love this photograph! A quiet moment nestled in amongst the hustle and bustle of bridal prep. A moment that Claire probably wasn't even aware was being made into a picture. A moment that could very easily have been missed.Read More
When I first started out in Weddings somebody said to me that candid wedding photography would never take off. Nobody in their right mind would want to pay for pictures that their friends and family could take with their cameras. Shooting a wedding from the guests perspective? 'Madness' they said. So from that day on I began my mission, to seek out like minded couples who were keen to move away from the from the more traditional 'posed' photography that made them feel like their day was more of a photo shoot rather than their wedding.Read More
Meet The gorgeous Grattage Family who I met in Anderton Nature Park in Cheshire for a little snowy pre-Christmas shoot last month. I couldn't share this gallery before Christmas as they were going to be used for presents but here they are - we had so much fun! We even had a dusting of snow which made for some very beautiful pictures.
If you're thinking about booking a relaxed no-posing family photoshoot with nature as your backdrop then give me a shout I would love to come and hang out with you to create something like this for you!
Documentary Wedding Photography. Capturing raw, emotional un-orchestrated moments at weddings. It's what I breath for! It's totally what makes me tick and if you choose me to be your wedding photographer, it's what makes you tick too.Read More
Oh my Schnauzers! Just look at this cuteness... completely off the scale! Here are some images from a recent shoot with Hannah, Gareth and their gorgeous bundle of fur, Polly!
Taken in Sandiway where I usually walk my crazy spaniel, we had the most amazing winter morning sunlight for our shoot! If you fancy some pics with your pets, please say hello and tell me more! I'd love to meet you!
Very rarely do I get to ride in the car with the Bride and Groom on the way to their ceremony! For H and Mike though, this was exactly how they wanted to do things and I LOVE THAT! They completely broke tradition and did it their way!Read More
The Family Shoot and what to expect!
Have you ever wondered what it's like to have a family photo shoot with me?
"What do you wear? What will I shoot? Where will we shoot? What if the kids throw a wobbler! Will you have to tidy up? Will I make you look thinner? Will you have to pose? Will it be fun? etc etc..
You have absolutely nothing to worry about! I'm about as friendly as they come and my aim is to give you the best experience possible. I'll leave you at the end of your shoot all happy-exhausted, probably wondering if a shoot even took place! We're just going to hang out and that's all there is to it. You will of course have so many pictures to remember it by and they will be beautifully authentic, honest and real!
"What do I wear?"
Absolutely anything you want (but please (grown-ups) let there be clothes!)
I'm here to document your life as it is right now and if that means you want to wear your pyjamas then wear them! If the little people want to be superheroes or ballerinas - please let them! I'm a huge fan of letting the kids dress themselves. With me there are no rules! There's no need to colour match your outfits, nor do you have to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe. Nobody has to wear matching white tops. I am going to document a bit of (or all of) an ordinary day in your life - so be comfortable but most of all be you.
What will you photograph?
Everything! And I mean everything - unless of course you don't want me to (then just tell me!) I'll take pictures of moments (lots of them!). Details too - I love details! I'll get in really close and sometimes I'll shoot from afar. I'll be like a cat in the room and sometimes I'll play games with the kids! I'll document the laughs, the tears, the arguments the tantrums and the everything in betweens!
The whole time I'm shooting your session I'm constantly looking out for moments. These can be anything from a hug, a kiss, a touch of hands, a laugh a knowing look anything small or big that makes an interesting picture and tells a story!
"Why do you capture the details? They're so... insignificant! The details (however unimportant they seem right now) are woven around the moments to make up the story of your day. Little hands and feet soon won't be so little, the endless cups of coffee you never got round to finishing will soon be a memory. When you display your pictures the detail shots complete your story. Maybe right now they seem insignificant, but one day (and trust me on this) - they'll mean a lot more!
I'm always looking to make good creative compositions. I love lines in a picture and I love reflections too! You might sometimes catch me pointing the wrong way and think 'should I tell her we're over here?!' but I'm probably shooting through a mirror! I like compositions that break the rules too and I love shooting through stuff - anything really but prisms are a favourite.
If your home is bright and airy, try and turn off the lights for your shoot and let the natural light come in. If it's dark, artificial light doesn't bother me but if theres a heavy mix of tungsten and daylight I might convert the image to black & white. Whatever the light though, I love being creative with it and making the most of it to produce a varied selection of images.
I'm constantly changing my perspective when shooting families. A good tip when photographing your own children is to get down low. There's much more of a connection when you're at the childrens eye level! I like to mix it up too by offering different perspectives - high, low, wide, close. Anything to keep it varied!
I adore this image. I took it at Sonia & Rob's incredible Indian-Fusion wedding at Colshaw Hall back in October I love it so much that I made it my website front page. The whole day was utterly epic from beginning to end but during the evening reception they had booked UK Modus (the most fantastic Dhol players I've ever heard) to play Bangra sets for them and their guests. The dance floor was electric, it was jam-packed, the atmosphere was buzzing and the music was insane!
I decided that I wanted to portray that atmosphere in my images, so I slowed down my shutter speed to capture some motion blur and I got right in on the dance floor action which I always do because that's where I can get the best results! This image is in no way perfect, it's not even in focus, but sharpness is a bourgeois concept and I don't care. It's vibrant. It's different and I like different. I like that I feel this image rather than just see it. If I was the bride I would have this printed huge on my wall.
I worked with some amazing talent that day, Love Luella Photography assisted me, Hannah Williamson Flowers did the beautiful floral designs, RTP Films were so much fun and produced the most amazing wedding film and the Colshaw Hall staff were just perfection!
Being a Documentary Wedding photographer means that I get to create art every time I am at a wedding. Yes I capture moments, but I also love getting really creative too. If you decide you'd love a documentary approach to your wedding give me a shout because I would love to hear all your plans and join you on the most amazing ride of your life!