I’m a UK wedding photographer now based in Melbourne, Australia and loving every minute of it! Following 14 years of London life, where I worked in publicity at the BBC and as a picture editor and freelance researcher on various national newspapers and magazines I relocated here 3 years ago and set up my wedding photography business on arrival.
I’ve learned an immense amount about photography, running a business and myself in those 3 years and have now reached the tipping point where I need an extra pair of hands to manage everything I would like to achieve in the next 3 years.
My influences have largely been the photographers I used to work with in the UK – I spent alot of time simply watching and observing them as a by-product of my jobs so I know what I need to do to keep my clients happy and get them spreading the word for me. It’s so much cheaper and better than traditional methods of advertising! In terms of well known snappers, I’m a big fan of Don McCullin, Stephen Shore and Martin Parr, who all have their own unique visions of the world. I always like to squeeze something Martin Parr-esque into a set of wedding photos if I can. The guests are great subjects for that!
My style of wedding photography is fairly candid, low key and with minimal intervention. I like to let the day unfold and capture it as it progresses, rather than trying to contrive any awkward situations for photos.
In the coming year I hope to expand upon my event photography business which I’ve been treating as a sideline up until now. I think it’s good to have a variety of photography work to keep yourself challenged and to save your output becoming repetitive or stale.
One of my major motivations this year was to achieve as many 5* reviews as I could for the business, as well as generating some great word of mouth, both of which I have maximised Next season I aim to build on both and maybe take on some destination weddings – I can always handle more time at the beach, even if it is work!
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