At the core of my work is my vision of what wedding photography should be. Having an album of the most important day of your life requires a lot more than “beautiful photographs” – and we hold dear to the following principles to ensure that our work will not just be pleasing aesthetically but also be of treasured value for decades to come.
We think your photos should be faithful to your relationship
Over the years we have found couples are each unique in their interactions. Some likes to be playful with jokes and laughters; some others like to keep things private with their whispers and giggles; while some are utterly economical with their words, communicating their love by little actions out of considerations for each other!
We believe these little uniquenesses in your relationship should be central to your photos, and give you a sense of “this is who we are”. Beautiful photos are of little value if you appear out of character in it!
“We believe these little uniquenesses in your relationship should be central to your photos…”
For that reason we take the time to understand your relationship – to observe how you interact and think about how that translate into photos. We normally do this in a meeting before – or in rare cases, during – the pre-wedding shoot that comes as standard in all our wedding packages. To further help with that, we also do not give complete posing instructions unless absolutely necessary; you are encouraged to interact in ways that you found natural. If anything we pose to make “accidents” happen, not necessarily for the poses themselves!
We prefer locations that are meaningful to you
We like the Big Ben and London Eye and all that – but as a Londoner you would agree that those places are ones that we never go on a date, if… ever. We spent our time in that local pub, on a little mews alley or at the corner cafe more than any of these landmarks. What’s more – these are undoubtedly the most important building blocks of a London street scene. Wouldn’t it be great if we use more of these genuinely meaningful places?
“…allowing your unique day-to-day places… to be the centre-stage in the photos… these are the scenes that we would love you to bring us back to.”
Luckily, with a wide and deep skill set, we can make use of just about every environment in most weathers, allowing your unique day-to-day places – where other photographers might consider mundane – to make a glorious appearance in the photos! The coffee shop that you hang out most; the park bench on which you had your first chat; the tree under which you proposed… these are the scenes that we would love you to bring us back to.
You will be surprised on how these seemingly “normal” looking places can produce the most exquisite picture rivalling the majesty of landmarks – but with an additional layer of meaning you can explain to your friends and relatives.
We consider every picture a story
Lots of things happen on one wedding day. Obviously the procession, the vows and speeches etc form the backbone of it; but it was often the small things that liven up the memories: bridesmaid helping to tidy your dress; your parents wiping a tear; or your nephew’s greedy stare at the wedding cake. Each of these little stories is a critical piece of your wedding to remember and treasure forever; but many of them you would have missed while you looked away or simply faded from memory.
“We therefore set out not just to make photographs, but to document stories.”
We therefore set out not just to make photographs, but to document stories. We strive to meticulously compose every picture, even in the heat of action, to present the context as well as detailing the interactions of people finishing with an artistic illustration of the subject. As such you can work out in every picture what’s happening between whom as well as whereabouts. We love to think that all these pictures are little moments that connect to form a “movie” of your wedding.
We don’t come to hijack weddings!
While it is important to get the best pictures for your memory, it is even more important that you and your guests enjoy the day as you intended – smoothly and without interruptions. We aim to absolutely minimise the amount of posing during your wedding day, and unless in exceptional cases, never to ask for a repeat for the purpose of photographs (as is common in the industry during makeup process, buttoning of the dress, throwing of the bouquet etc).
“…it is even more important that you and your guests enjoy the day as you intended – smoothly and without interruptions“
We also respect the solemn nature of religious services. Unless otherwise agreed with the minister, we would avoid getting excessive attention from your valued guests like wandering on stage, walking up and down the aisle or running during prayer etc.
We love colours!
Black and White photography is a notoriously difficult skill to master, and many of history’s greatest names in photography like Ansel Adams showed exceptional understanding of light and shadow to compose the best B&W photos the world had came to know. However in the modern times of Instagram, B&W along with other washout effects like Sepia are reduced to a mere “filter”, existing for the purpose of rescuing pictures that are otherwise unattractive. Sadly some photographers took advantage of this to hide their lack of care when designing the picture.
“After all the effort of picking your wedding colour, searching for dresses, flowers and decorations that hit exactly the subtle tone you are after, we surely want to present your wedding in its full glory.”
In contrast, however, we love and trust in colours! After all the effort of picking your wedding colour, searching for dresses, flowers and decorations that hit exactly the subtle tone you are after, we surely want to present your wedding in its full glory. Instead of colours being a hindrance, we used it extensively to highlight the subject and present the vibrance of your wedding! Even in cases where we think a B&W photo would be good, we can always provide a coloured copy.
We love trees… river… wildlife… mountains… everything in nature
Whether you believe that the world was created or it evolved to be what it is, there simply can be no denial that the nature is one wonderful, awe-inspiring world. Even after we created cities – a whole new environment suited for our species’ own living – we still have an unmistakable affinity with the wilderness outside.
“If you like nature also, you have come to find the right photographer!”
It was this connection that intrigued me to explore landscape photography. I would drive hours to places I have researched, hope for the best weather, and stay there for hours to capture one shot. I would print A2 sized photo prints of my favourite shot, stare at it for days and decided that its not good enough. Then repeat the journey, then be amazed by what more I can find in nature.
If you like nature also, you have come to find the right photographer!
I cannot be more excited when a client asks me to shoot an engagement in nature – I trust in nature to design the best stage for your perfect picture.