I am married to a lovely wife, who has put up with me for more than 20 years. Together we have 5 children and a mad dog called Hudson who chases the moon and oddly likes fireworks. We live in a converted church, which is rather fitting for a wedding photographer, but due to a covenant on it we can't hold weddings. My interests and hobbies are varied, from cycling through the woods with the children, to using my old Italian motorbike when the weather is good.
At the age of about 12 my interest in photography was piqued when my Father gave me a camera for a school trip to the South of France. Processing your own prints at that age was, and still is, magical. After I left school I worked in a design studio for 3 years, where I also did a bit of photography. It was then that I decided that being a photographer was what I really wanted to do, so I freelanced for a few years at various studios. Eventually I then set up my own business, Storm Studios, doing commercial and advertising photography in my purpose built studio and I've never looked back.
As time has gone on I have done more and more weddings, beginning with weddings for people in the creative industry, which I do under the name of Breeze. Having commercial photography experience, including photographing models, has really helped me with my wedding style. My job is made easier by the fact that I am naturally good with people and great with children too (having had 5 of my own). I strive to make people feel at ease; I'm always making people laugh.
"It is not just reportage photography, it is reportage with creativity."
My passion for photography has been a long-lived one and I
have been lucky to realise my dream and work as a professional photographer for over 20 years. Working as a photographer has given me the opportunity to shoot both in the UK and abroad and across multiple disciplines such as advertising/the commercial sector and wedding photography.
In the early days, prior to turning digital back in 1999, I shot on
film – which is something that has given me the raw skills that I
still apply in my photography today.
I’m regularly recognised by reputable organisations, such
as the ISPWP (International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers), and the WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association). It’s fantastic to know that my work has been recognised by the industry and that I’ve gained respect from
my peers throughout the years. I am also an ambassador for
the Phase One Cameras and have won a European Digital
award for Photography.
Most couples who book me don’t see the appeal of being the centre of attention; they’d rather spend their time with their friends and family and prefer natural documentary coverage of their day. I’m a quiet, observational photographer but that doesn’t mean you’ll see me stuck in a corner with a long telephoto lens. Quite the opposite. I like nothing more than getting in with the action, capturing genuine moments as they happen. I use Ninja-esque or “stealth” techniques as a bride once told me.
For the same reasons that nearly 350 couples have. I care about doing the best possible job at every wedding, whether it’s in a grand country house, a barn in the middle of a ﬁeld or a little pub in an urban sprawl. And I’ve gained a lot of experience over the years – an important aspect when choosing a wedding photographer. Being a wedding photographer doesn't just involve snapping away with a camera. It takes time to learn how to simultaneously capture all the important moments of the day beautifully, whilst managing a new environment, a large crowd of guests, a changing running order, rain, snow or shine (sometimes all three in one day), modern family dynamics and the two VIPs.
Once the day is complete and the images have been taken, I aspire to get the best out of every single photograph. During the editing process I will often convert some images to black and white in order to artistically enhance them. I also offer an option for personally designed albums; I will select the best layouts and compositions to represent your photographs in a way that will portray the events and atmosphere of your day beautifully.
To view examples of portfolios I have designed for past clients click here. Whether you opt for an album or not, you will receive all of the images copyright free.