Family Portraits, Travel and Wedding Photographer based in london and kent, uk.
Living for the moment.
Life is full of unexpected twists and turns; I’ve been a soldier, a student, a humanitarian aid worker in remote corners of the World…and now I’ve become a wedding and family photographer! It has been quite some journey so far but one thing has remained constant throughout these different chapters – following my passion and a lust for living life to the full.
Experiences are everything to me whether it be breathing in fresh mountain air, walking through my favourite streets, enjoying a cup of tea with a friend or all the moments in-between our busy lives. I try my best to live in the moment and experience life for all that it is.
It’s this passion for the here and now that I like to get across in my photos. Capturing moments, savouring them, telling stories whatever they may be. I like to get in close and feel the atmosphere or emotion, but at the same time I like to hang back and let events unfold for themselves.
A photo journalist at heart – I love telling stories as much as I do living them.
how i work...
As a Wedding and Outdoor Adventure Photographer, I like to document moments as they happen with as little staging as possible. I prefer to use natural light but I am not afraid to use flash and off camera lighting when the situation requires it.
For Weddings, I use a combination of unobtrusive documentary photography aiming to capture the big smiles and emotions of the day in a natural manner, whilst also providing time for some more classic or creative portraits. I really want the love, warmth and happiness to come across in my photos without being cheesy! Photos should be timeless and still look good on your wall in 10, 20 or even 50 years time! The same is true for my family portrait sessions, which is why I always suggest we take a walk around one of your favourite scenic places and capture some moments as we walk along. The best time of day for me is late afternoon before sunset so we can (hopefully) get some beautiful golden light. Check out my blog for a more in-depth overview of my approach to family and wedding photography.
For Outdoor photography, my approach is to get stuck in. I am a former soldier and have no problem in going the extra mile to get the 'perfect shot.' Again, I like to use a documentary approach to my photography, letting events of the trip unfold themselves as we go along. The more natural a situation is, the more natural the photos will turn out. When things need to be staged, I'll always be looking for the moments in-between, which is why my camera is always at the ready! When capturing large vistas, I often like to place a person in the picture to give the scene a sense of scale and a feeling of actually being there. The Great Outdoors is my passion, so I am always happy to work and collaborate with Outdoor Brands and Tour Services.
Humanitarian Photography requires a great deal of empathy with a very fine line between being obtrusive and getting the shot. I worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross for 3 years assisting people affected by conflict in Pattani, Southern Thailand. The situation was always very sensitive and I built up a great deal of experience working with people under challenging circumstances. This background alongside my former military experience means I am ready to go anywhere in the World and build a connection with the people/situation that I am photographing.
Where do I work?
I have been very fortunate in life to have had the opportunity of travelling to some fantastic destinations. I speak fluent Thai and speak a bit of Japanese too thanks to extensive time spent living and working in Asia. 2018 will be the first year to base myself in the UK which is why you may notice my photos currently have quite an Asian feel to them! Despite moving back to my home county of Kent, I still love to travel and will happily provide Destination Wedding Photography services across the World. Although London and Kent is my home turf, I am also available for Weddings across the UK.
I am also part of a wedding photography trio called Spicer and Naoi based in Tokyo, Japan. Please check it out if you're interested in finding a passionate team of wedding photographers for your big day in Japan! We'd be happy to help!