The How, Who & Why
I met up with a bride-to-be last night to chat about her wedding. It was really fun, we went for a drink in Old street and laughed about the ridiculousness of chair covers. Despite being possibly the 120th conversation I’ve had about someone else’s wedding, I came away both thrilled and excited for her and so looking forward to shooting it this coming Summer.
My route into wedding photography came via shooting for friends and then friends of friends while cutting my photographic teeth in the editorial/pr & NGO world. One day it dawned on me that the most enjoyable gigs of the previous year were the weddings. There is something that is so deeply, beautifully human about these ceremonies of togetherness, and I love how they are becoming more inclusive, creative and non-conformist. When I am sitting at my desk at midnight on a Saturday, downloading and backing up the whirlwind of that day’s love, hope, happy tears, hilarious stories and hot dance moves.. my camera hand may ache but I am always elated.
My approach is to listen to what you want, working lightly around you, directing only when necessary, allowing you to focus on the important parts of the day; each other, your vows, your beloved guests and the good times. Sure I love the little details like the table settings and shoes and floral stylings but what I’m really on the look out for are the big emotions and laughter explosions.
And me? I am an Australian who landed in London 15 years ago (for just 6 months of course!), home is a sweet little Dutch barge on the River Lee, Hackney with my hilarious little daughter and a handsome bearded man. When I’m not shooting, editing or mumming I love knitting, ridiculously complicated board games, learning to play my ukulele (badly) & listening to science podcasts.
And Me? Mumma to a little boaty family, we've just set off for new adventures abroad in Canada. Climate Justice, real ale and boardgames are my jam. All the poutine, mountains and my four year old being excellent here..
Portrait taken by my great mate Anne Schwarz.