I photographed my first wedding in 1999 and then went on to do several other friends and family weddings. In 2000 I started work with the Kodak Elegante Weddings organisation and remained with them for 2 years. In 2003 I started work with a Waterlooville photographer called John Abbott before setting up my own photography business in 2006 in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hants which now includes weddings, portraits, event, corporate and sport photography. I have now covered over 375 weddings since that very first wedding and each and every one is exciting and new.
My documentary style is unobtrusive - brides often remark that they forgot I was there on the day which is exactly what I like to hear. The day is about the bride and the groom and friends and family and not about the photographer - hence I blend into the background as much as possible - apart from the group shots that is, for which I suggest that the couple spend no longer than 20 minutes. I then take the bride and groom away for about 15-20 minutes for some relaxed personal shots using the venue location. After that it's back with friends and family to enjoy the day. But I am always experimenting and looking at the new trends in the wedding photography market - some I will like and will incorporate, some I won't if I don't feel it fits my style...
As for the equipment I use:
Nikon equipment with top of the range professional camera bodies and lenses for the highest possible quality
A complete backup kit of two Nikon bodies and lenses plus spare flashguns and batteries
studio lighting should the weather be unsuitable
Professional Indemnity insurance for your peace of mind
My package prices are possibly not the cheapest around - ebay has some very low priced packages - but is your wedding day the right day to risk "cheap"? After the dress is worn,the wedding breakfast eaten, the cars, the flowers and all the other details of the day enjoyed, the only record of the day remaining will be the photographs - do you want this responsibility to be entrusted to a friend with a decent camera ? Is it even fair to put this pressure on them ? Food for thought....is your wedding day the right time to gamble on your memories ?
To summarise, I offer over 14 years of experience coupled with excellent value for money and an unobtrusive style that is contemporary, but still also traditional.....