Portraits > My Approach
In this digital age there is still a very important place for bespoke portraiture and I believe it is more important than ever to capture unique images with emotion and impact that will last a lifetime. As a photographer it is people, and all their infinite differences, that fascinate and inspire me. My obsession with image making has always been based on a desire to capture an individual's essential character in a beautiful yet honest way and show how families love and live.
This is not easy to do, yet something that I have a reputation for achieving because I take the time to get to know you. It is very important that shoots are relaxed and real, in a setting that allows you to feel comfortable and be yourself. You should view me as the vehicle to bring your vision to life - for some this will mean very natural, outdoor images with a timeless quality. Other families may prefer an indoor location, with dramatic lighting and a fine art feel. Successful people photography is all about teamwork - the more we colloborate the more individual your shoot will be. I have photographed families all over the UK and even in beautiful places like Venice - location is very important and I'm always prepared to travel if it means more interesting and inspiring backdrops.
Take a look at the Children & Families section within Galleries to see the kind of locations that I have worked in and how careful thought about where we shoot, clothing and props can really make the images ones that you want to frame and celebrate as a piece of art at home.
On the day of the shoot I ask you to put aside a few hours because portrait photography shouldn’t be rushed if you want it to be a genuine reflection of the people involved. Before the shoot we will have discussed location possibilities and the importance of clothing – particularly what doesn’t work well on camera. When I arrive I like to have a cup of tea, get to know the individuals better and look at your location and outfit ideas. Then, when we are feeling relaxed and ready, we will spend a couple of hours taking photos - I don't have a 'plan' but let each shoot evolve naturally according to the light and location. Very few people like the thought of having their photograph taken – but all of my clients are greatly relieved by the fact that they actually enjoy the experience. Probably the greatest skill a people photographer should have is the ability to put people at ease. I’m totally confident in my ability to do this for you and your children – whether they are unpredictable toddlers or self conscious teenagers.
I'm passionate about what I do. And passionate about giving you something totally individual. I'll do my very best to provide a great experience, fantastic service and photography that looks and feels like art.
And I have two kids. That's really important because I have learnt that I have far more patience with yours than mine!