The Pursuit Of Happiness
The stories I love the most are stories in pictures. I love them because I can make my own story from the images. My imagination is set free. I am a storyteller and I will show you the story of your love through my eyes. When I am shooting your wedding I will be part of you and your family with every click of my shutter because from the minute you invite me into your world, I am you.
I wasn’t you once before. I was a different person. I spent many highly successful years in the industry at the very top of my game. I travelled across the globe, won a record breaking number of awards and taught the most talented people I have ever met. But none of it made me happy and I felt something a photographer should never feel: detached. I had award winning technical perspective but my perspective on life was lost.
At the same time, two major events in my life were about to collide. One as devastating as the other was joyous. The conflicting raw emotions that followed made me realize in an instant that the only things that truly matter are family and love. All the good and true parts of the person I once was – the young photographer starting out, in love with his art and the very idea of life – rose to the surface and I remembered who I could be and, more importantly, who I wanted to be from that day forward.
These momentous experiences can change us so much that we look for new meaning in life. Our most challenging times give us the opportunity to re-connect with what’s important to us. My pictures convey empathy and intensity now more than ever because through my shared experiences, good and bad, I have found my place in the world and I am a more compassionate and perceptive person. In truth, my art is simply an extension of who I am.
What I do is not driven by money. I have enjoyed wealth and status before and I could attain both again if I wished. I won’t though. I simply don’t want or need to. I want to find the type of people who are looking for anyone other than a wedding photographer to shoot their wedding. I am an artist; a storyteller. And I am telling you my story because you are investing in me; my vision and the story that I see before me. After all, photographers mainly use the same two makes of camera, we all print on similar albums and we all give promises of wonderful photos. But my images will make you dig deep. They are a trigger – for emotion, for a memory, even reminding you of a smell or a taste. It is this very process of remembering that has value and this is why I love triggers, because they add substance and longevity.
I cannot tell you how I know when to press the button to capture that defining moment but I know. Trust me on that. It is something instinctive. From that unquantifiable understanding that you are seeing the layers of a person’s life through your lens to the precise moment you decide to shoot: the connection is made. The Mother of the Bride stops being the silver haired lady in the teal hat and becomes the mother who is about to entrust her beautiful daughter into another’s care. She is the girl who once danced at her own wedding. She is the woman whose feet are hurting in her new, unfamiliar shoes. She is real.
I adore shooting weddings because I don’t shoot weddings. I tell the natural story of your love. The beauty of a wedding is that the occasion creates itself. I love the way it just happens and that nothing is prescriptive. Everything is available to me; the people, the romance, the moments and my role is to narrate the story of your union through my lens.
You will not need a wedding video to remember your day. In your collection of photographs you will hear the chink of generous glasses; the ‘mouth full’ appreciation of the food. You’ll listen to the high pitched excitement of friends and family reunited, you’ll watch the children mob the dance floor in their finest clothes and you will savour the voyeuristic pleasure of your guests and loved ones chatting, kissing, bickering, laughing, reminiscing and congratulating in every corner you never knew was there. You will hear, taste, smell, touch and see your life for everything it is in every jaw dropping image.