I spent a long time learning about light, about people and about story-telling. It’s not easy, telling a story with pictures. Sure, anyone with a camera can take some photographs during your wedding day. But you need someone who knows how to capture the way that your partner looks at you, who always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Someone who has the experience to really end up with with a beautiful, artistic document that says:
Find out why, after nearly 20 years chasing news stories around the world for The Times newspaper, I now photograph weddings.
“This is us! This is how we got married. These are our loved ones.
And this is what our wedding day felt like!”
My journey here
That started in Cardiff where I was studying Physics. I discovered the student newspaper, Gair Rhydd, where I met the beautiful Helen (who I eventually married!). For some reason I preferred getting into Oasis gigs for free with a camera than learning about the polarisation states of photons.
I continued to study Documentary Photography at Cardiff School of Journalism before starting work at The Times as a photojournalist. From 1998 until 2015 I was at the forefront of the world’s news events, photographing news, features and people across the UK and the rest of the world, including conflicts, fashion, royalty and celebrities. As a photojournalist, documentary wedding photography is a natural fit for me. It’s also an ideal approach for a couple who want their wedding day documented in an accurate, beautiful and hassle-free way.
Plus I get to spend more time with Helen and my wonderful children, Dominic and Maddy.
My wedding photography has been featured in the world renowned Junebug Best of the Best Collection, and has won International awards in the Wedding Photojournalist Association, where I was placed 1st in the UK. I am a member of the prestigious Best of Wedding Photography, a collection of the Worlds top wedding photographers, and have gained several awards with the highly regarded Fearless Photographers contest. My editorial work has won awards in the British Picture Editors’ Awards, the Press Photographers Year and The Photography Masters Cup.
You can read more about my approach to photographing weddings on my Documentary Wedding Photography Blog.
There’s an hour long interview with me by Australian photographer and podcaster Andrew Hellmich which goes into some detail about my work at The Times and how that led to my photographing weddings.
Here’s a follow-up interview with Andrew where I talk about Foundation Workshop.
Ian Weldon interviewed me for his Outerfocus podcast here.
I delve into documentary photography in a little more depth on Matt Druin’s Photo Bar Podcast here.
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The credit for the fab film at the top of this page goes to the extraordinary photographer and documentary film maker Neale James.
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