What are you looking for in a photographer?
This is a very important question and something you should not consider lightly, as you spend an enormous amount of time with your photographer on your wedding day. It definitely helps if it is someone you like being around!
My style is a mixture of documentary wedding photography and creative wedding photography. There are so many people calling themselves documentary wedding photographers in the UK. What does this mean? Documentary wedding photography basically means that the photographer will try to remain incredibly unobtrusive and will strive to capture authentic, genuine moments throughout the day with absolutely zero intervention or posing whatsoever. Nothing is staged or set up by the photographer, everything is real. Your wedding is captured exactly as it is. The pure documentary photographer will be invisible, in the background and will just let the wedding run its course, no matter what happens.
I am a documentary wedding photographer at various points of a wedding day - during getting ready/bridal and groom preparations, during the ceremony (I try to be an extreme ninja in this situation), during the speeches, the dancing, the guest candid photographs, for the majority of the reception. This ensures that your photos are genuine, honest and real.
However, sometimes, at certain points of the day (e.g. bridal preparations), it is nice to get a handful of gently guided photographs (no stiff or awkward traditional posing here though). An example of this could be a bridal portrait, or some photographers of the groomsmen together prior to the ceremony. I do this in an exceptionally natural and non-cheesy way - promise! If there is a beautiful landscape around, or a mountain to climb, or an amazing field shrouded with perfect, golden light - it would be amazing to do epic portraits there!
I will never intervene during the crucial parts of the day though (for these parts I am a pure documentary photographer). The main times I might do a small amount of gentle guidance is during bridal and groom prep, and during group photos, couples' photos and bridal party photos. I try to make it a fun and relaxing process though.
For Asian weddings, my approach is exceptionally similar. I really only intervene with gentle guidance during portraits, group photos and at certain times during bride and groom preparations (just to make sure that you are in the best light possible). For the ceremonies I try and stay exceptionally quiet - but there are often times when I need to be where the action is to get the best shots. I am however always respectful in my approach.
I am a creative wedding photographer because I like to use various techniques (generally only during bridal and groom preparations and bride and groom portraits) to get really interesting, creative looking photographs. I love using dramatic light - the sun (if it decides to show itself), or my own additional lighting. I am highly likely to bring a lighting assistant with me to help me achieve my signature look when it comes to lighting as I do not believe that natural light alone is always the best light to use in every situation. Sometimes it gets dark so early, or if it is a particularly dreary day, things can look a bit flat, sad and dark. You can be assured that I can handle any situation - from totally dark days to venues with very little light, to bright sunny days - and I will use my creative and lighting techniques to bring you unique looking photographs that you'll want to put on your wall.
For Asian weddings, I use a large amount of additional lighting. This ensures that you end up with clean and dramatic images.
I also love details. I am a details person. Being detail-oriented is actually a huge benefit when it comes to wedding photography. I strive to capture every detail possible - big or small.
My approach gives you the best of both worlds. You get genuine, raw photos of real emotions and moments, but you also get a handful of portraits (e.g. bride and groom portraits), where I have gently guided you into the most flattering light. In addition to this, all of your important details get captured.
Do I sound like the photographer for you?
I have been told that I am incredibly laid back at weddings (I'm a Kiwi so this comes naturally to me). I am incredibly unobtrusive and relaxed in my approach and I try to merge in with the guests as much as I can - I even befriend them sometimes! I know it's important for you to have someone whom you can relax around and I have been known to do silly things such as dancing or telling really lame jokes to get you to relax and laugh a bit. My aim is to get your personality to shine through so that you can get photographs that reflect you as individuals. I have been known to laugh a lot!
Are you relaxed, wanting to have loads of fun at your wedding, and looking for a photographer who can capture both authentic, natural real moments and epic portraits? Do you want someone who is slightly quirky, doesn't take herself too seriously, will laugh with you, cry with you, dance with your Aunty Meryl, and be there to capture that sneaky tear that escapes down your cheek, or Uncle Peter throwing some serious shapes on the dance floor, or your flower girls getting melted chocolate all over their faces (and the carpet) when they discover the chocolate fountain? Then we might be a good fit!
I will also mention, however, that your wedding is not all about the photographs. Your wedding is about love, about spending time with your loved ones, about having a good time. I believe as a photographer that the photographs should never take priority over the experience of your wedding. I will strive to make sure that you have the most amazing day - and that you will get amazing photographs of it!
But we don't really like having our photo taken
Guys, it's okay! I hear this literally all of the time. Even I don't like having my photo taken. I have the most impressive double chin. It is my job to help you relax and help you to feel okay in front of the camera. It can feel daunting before you experience it, but I promise you that I will ensure to capture you at your best and that I make the process fun and relaxing rather than awkward or stressful. There will be no cheese!
Also, if you really don't want any portraits whatsoever - this is okay. I am able to do pure documentary cover if this is what you require. You just need to ask me.