This is Me
You spend a lot of time with me on your wedding day, I like to think of myself as a guest, so you need to make sure you’d actually invite me. But, I mean, don’t send me an invite or anything, that’s just silly – and your present is my presence by the way.
I’m not going to spend ages telling you all the clichés, just give you an insight into my crazy life.
Firstly, I have five kids. Yes. Five. Want to know what it’s like having five kids? Imagine you’re drowning, then someone hands you a baby…
Having said that, they’re great, they each have their own personality, they always amaze me, they drive my wife and I up the wall – but they also make us laugh every single day.
The picture to the side is a good indication of our house; me being fed cake by one, while the rest laugh. Since that photo was taken we had our fifth – he gets his own photo because he’s the favourite. The others don’t know how to get on this page, so it’s ok, I can say that.
DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Brilliant, that means I will make sure they’re a big part of your photos, I know how important they are.
Brilliant, I have five, your wedding will be like a day off, I know how annoying they are.
The only reason I can do this is because of my amazing wife. She is also self employed, in the wedding industry (she’s a very very good hair and makeup artist –http://lizstaniland.co.uk/), this means we can work around each other’s schedules, we understand what each other do and support each other. She definitely does more work for me than I do for her, she’s very good at editing, and probably the only person I would trust to edit like me, she’s also quick (sometimes too quick) to tell me when something isn’t quite right with an image, which is very valuable. I make her tea… She won’t let me near her makeup brushes.
We are a unit, we have to be or it simply wouldn’t work. We hold each other up.
I love coffee. Yes please, I’ll have a coffee.
I live in Rutland, which is tiny. It’s actually the smallest county in the country. It is also the only county without a McDonald’s (although you may have seen on the national news recently that one is being built!), Burger King or KFC. Stephen Fry went to school here, and was expelled. It’s home to Rutland Water, the largest man-made lake in the county (which is also home to Normanton Church – one of my favourite venues to shoot at). It suits us well; we’re both well placed to cover weddings in Leicester, Nottingham, Corby, Derby, Lincoln, Birmingham and Cambridge – I’ll travel anywhere really though.
I love coffee.
I love films. I love the cinematography, the subtle nuances and hidden meanings behind things. I also like when things blow up.
I’m pretty sarcastic, usually in a self deprecating way though.
I like to talk. I’ll talk to your guests, your family, the staff at the venue. The main reason for this is: I want people to be comfortable with me being there, if you read my reviews dotted around this site then you’ll see most people comment on how well I fitted in and put people at ease, which is exactly how to get natural wedding photos.
I drink too much coffee.
I’d love to say that I spend my free time going on walks, reading and playing table tennis. But, you know, I have five kids. So I spend any free time making drinks, cleaning up spilt drinks, tagging my wife in memes on Facebook and trying to stay awake through the film we started at 11pm when we actually have some time.
So that’s pretty much me. I love my wife, I love my family, I love my job, I love coffee. I want to give you guys memories of your day which you will look at forever.
If you’re looking for a natural, documentary wedding photographer, and you have coffee, then get in touch.
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- 2019 TWIA East Midlands Wedding Photographer of the Year (Newcomer)
- Multiple 'Photographers Keeping it Real' Awards
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- Feature Post on The Wedding Community
- Published in Rutland Pride
- Published on Brides Keeping it Real
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