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 like the average person for as long as I can remember. In 2008 I left my 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 shooting landscapes and being super keen I was motivated enough to get some early morning/late evening images . It was these times that I 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, so nervous. I remember driving to the venue thinking I wanted the road to swallow me up. Strangely, as soon as I started taking photographs, I was in my happy place.
A little about HOW I SHOOT A WEDDING..
Cheese is for midnight toasties with a belly full of beer. 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 don't "set things up".
I'll arrive on time, dressed smartly and will be polite and professional at all times. 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 and through years of experience, 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 18 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 £400 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