Behind the Lens
Husband, Father, Teacher, Sports fan, Tea Drinker

If you’re reading this then you’re obviously serious about making the right decision at this point of your wedding planning. And quite right too.

A wedding photographer has a huge part to play on the wedding day itself, but leaves behind a legacy which a couple and their family will hold dear for generations. Needless to say it’s an important thing to get right and a decision that needs some thought. There are a whole range of wedding photographers available at any one time, each with their own style and way of working. And, each with a different price. I have to say, having been married for nearly ten years, I still love our wedding photos (thank you Ian). But choosing a photographer back then was much easier than it is now.

When you book a wedding photographer, you’re not just buying some snaps from your wedding. You’re investing your trust and money in a person who will research, empathise with, care for and craft a set of images that will be a part of your family history. So here’s a little bit of info about me and where I’m up to in life…

(Image Credit: Liam Crawley)

About me

I was born in Scotland but have lived in England most of my life, and I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. I trained and worked as a primary school teacher before working in FE and eventually made my way to where I am now, using my camera to pay the bills full time.

I live in the North West of England with my wife Sally and our 3 children who are our pride and joy. We like the simple things in life. Time together, good food, (good wine), walking, talking, travelling and making memories.

Sally and I run the business together. Well, Sally runs it, I take the pictures 🙂 We pride ourselves in looking after our clients throughout the whole process and exceeding expectations. Sally also runs our sister company Smileomatic Photobooths which won best wedding special touch (North West) at the 2018 Wedding Industry Awards. 

I’m passionate about making people happy through my photography. I’ve loved weddings ever since I started shooting them some 12 years ago, because each and every wedding I shoot is unique. Not because of the flowers, the table decorations or the venues, but because of the people involved. The characters in a story that has yet to be written. Over the years I’ve come to realise that the images that are most important to people are those which can really rekindle feelings and emotions. And this applies to all photos, not just wedding photography. It’s my own experiences in life up to this point that make me release the shutter when I do. And why what’s important to you, will also be important to me.

about me photos, pictures of my family

Accolades

Top 10 Photographer in the world 2016 (Fearless Photographers)

Number 1 Photographer in the UK 2016, 2017 (Fearless Photographers)

Top 10 Wedding Photographer in the UK 2016, 2017 (Wedding Photography Select)

Top 5 Wedding Photojournalists in the UK 2017 (MyMemory)

Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World 2017 (Bride Guide)

Top 20 Wedding Photographers in the World 2017 (Hongkiat)

Top 150 International Wedding Photographers 2017 (SLR Hut)

National Finalist 2015 (The Wedding Industry Awards)

Judging Panel for Masters of German Wedding Photography 2017

Judging panel for WPS International Excellence Awards 2017

Quite Good (my kids)