As you probably already know by now, I am a wedding photographer and I am based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
I guess you’re here because you want to find out a little more about who is behind the camera.
Before we get into my life story it’s important that you understand that I’m not very fashionable. I’m also not particularly trendy and am definitely not cool.
I think it is important that you understand that because it means that I am happy to let you be you, rather than force my own style on you.
Photography was my hobby long before I started photographing weddings.
My dad was a photographer so he got me started from a very young age (yes that’s me, circa 1984).
I have always been the photographer amongst friends and family, recording every night out and family event.
Photos to me should tell the whole story.
Whilst most would start taking holiday snaps once they arrived at the destination, I’m taking photos of us leaving the house.
Whilst photography has always been my hobby, I also have an IT and Business Intelligence background.
So how on Earth did I end up photographing weddings?
For years people had been asking me whether I wanted to take my photography more seriously and turn it into a business.
I figured that, whilst I was competent enough with the camera, I didn’t have the right personality to be a wedding photographer. After-all I’m generally pretty easy-going and don’t like to be pushy or overly assertive.
Then one day a friend from the photography club that I run asked me if I could be his second shooter for a wedding he was shooting.
That day taught me that I could be myself and still get the job done well.
Since then I have come to realise that my relaxed and unobtrusive style is actually one of my greatest strengths.
What I find most interesting about photographing weddings is how close I have become with all my past couples.
At the beginning of each wedding day I start with a group of people I don’t know. By the time I come to leave it feels like I have become part of the family.
Honestly, saying goodbye in the evening can get a little emotional sometimes.
Seeing past couples sharing, enjoying and cherishing their wedding photos, photos I took, brings me so much joy.
I can’t think of anything I would rather be doing for a living.
If you ever wondered how I got so good at capturing fleeting moments, look no further than the deceptively adorable looking pair of troublemakers in this photo.
I am originally from Leeds. I moved to Sheffield in late 2000 for university and have lived here ever since.
My wife Tina and I have been married since 2007. We had a very low-key wedding in Milwaukee, Tina’s home town over in Wisconsin, USA. It was just us and a few family members in Milwaukee County Courthouse. I guess you could call that a destination wedding, though I don’t think that getting married in a courthouse alongside people fighting eviction and disputing parking fines is everyone’s idea of romantic.
Jump to today and we have two adorable little terrors, Sienna and Sebastian, plus a Norwegian Forest Cat called Vegas.
I think you’ve heard enough from me for now.
Here are a few nice things people have said about me over the years.