Since my teenage years, I’d always dreamed that I would become a photojournalist covering some confrontation, injustice or war in the world somewhere. I hadn’t quite envisioned that I’d become a wedding photojournalist.
I absolutely love my job – the challenge of observing people, recording a range of emotions, and putting those images together to narrate a truly special day. I really do consider it an honour to be asked to document my couples’ weddings.
Here’s a little background history on how I became a wedding photojournalist…
I shot my first weddings as favours for friends and family back in the days of film in the early ’80s and was my school’s resident photojournalist, carrying my Rangefinder Camera with me everywhere and developing all my own work in my home darkroom.
After leaving school and several unsuccessful attempts at getting an apprenticeship with local photographic studios, I settled for several run-of-the-mill jobs before eventually finding myself employed as a reprographic artist & artworker in the print industry.
I was then head-hunted by a Leicestershire advertising agency as Head of Creative Services and was eventually promoted to the board as Production Director. I kept up with my love of taking pictures by shooting the agency’s packshot studio work for print and advertising and by covering location PR shoots for clients.
Asked by a website client to shoot her wedding, I accepted – she loved her photos, I took more bookings on the strength of that wedding and haven’t looked back since.
In 2008, I joined the international organisation called The WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association) and in only my second year as a member, won the title of “UK Wedding Photojournalist for 2009”. In doing so, I also became the first UK member of the WPJA to finish in the top three of their international competition.
My most recent award was in November 2014 when I won the East Midlands region category for “Best Photographer” in the 2015 UK Wedding Industry Awards and became a national finalist.
I also won the same regional award in the 2012 and 2014 UK Wedding Industry Awards so gained a hat-trick of titles in four years. I am also a member of the ISPWP (International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers).
I shoot weddings in a pure documentary style with no intervention or direction given at all, apart from a few group pictures if requested and 15 minutes worth of lightly directed portraits of the Bride & Groom. This enables my clients and their guests to get on enjoy their day without worrying about the photography taking over and results in a narrative of natural, emotive and timeless images.
I have been happily married to my wife Jo, for 25 years and we have two amazing daughters Neve and Maya.