A little about photography and me..
Here's the bit where tell you I picked up my first brownie camera aged 6 months, developed this overnight passion for photography and went to university and gained a degree, bagged a boat load of awards and world domination followed, obviously.
Well that's simply not true.
I've been into taking photographs for as long as I can remember. In 2008 I left a long term career and with a little bit of money that I had, I bought my first serious camera, a Canon 5D MK2. Inspired by my uncle Jim, whose landscape and wildlife images still inspire me today, I started photographing landscapes, in particular early morning and early evening, also known as the Golden Hour where the light is softer and often more magical. It was during these times that I really began to appreciate light.
Some friends would ask if I'd consider shooting their weddings and I'd always politely decline, until this one time where I plucked up the courage. I was terrified, and so nervous. I remember driving to the venue hoping the road might swallow me up, but I was wrong! Strangely, as soon as I started taking photographs, the mist of anxiety lifted, and I had the most enjoyable day. It was a real example of finding growth in doing something out of my comfort zone and taught me a lot about myself in that moment. I'm so glad I took the plunge..
A little about HOW I SHOOT A WEDDING..
I'm looking for real moments and not contrived or fake. With the exception of a small number of group shots and a few portraits if you want them, I'm shooting real time.
I tend not to "set things up". I'll only ever photograph a heart shape group shot if you pay me 10 million pounds, and sign a non disclosure agreement ensuring you never show it to anyone, ever.
I will always arrive on time, will always be dressed smartly and will always be polite and professional throughout. I work alone, perfect for tight spaces, quiet environments and staying discreet at all times. I'm not shouty, bossy or a drama queen.
I keep my eye on the action at all times, always searching for the best light and most creative angles to bring you the best version of your wedding day I possible can. I've developed a sixth sense for anticipating those moments between the moments, that you only get to see through your wedding images.
I shoot a very limited number of weddings each year and often get booked up 24 months in advance. I don't outsource anything, from your photography throughout the day, to the editing, the album design and anything else in between, it's all done by me. I work on a strict but fair rule of first come first served. A £500 booking fee secures your date.
north east wedding photographer offering unposed and off the cuff storytelling photography with emotional impact that's where i'm at. // uneasy in front of camera, no problem, i got your back // can't promise i won't say "work it baby" on the odd occasion, it's a great ice breaker//
bye for now, maybe speak soon.
much love - phil x