Sometimes I find myself just wanting more when I see a certain type of image.

That unsatisfied feeling.

I see a photo, and I think ‘that’s nice’, but it doesn’t really do enough for me.

Ever have a similar feeling?

I sometimes call them “stock photos”, where it’s just the same location, pose, idea… played over-and-over again, with no authentic meaning.

Those type of images feel a little unintelligent, like they operate only on one level. They make you see how something looked, or at best a simple emotion, but beyond that… they don’t do much else.

Which my clients tell me can be a lot like looking for a photographer for your wedding.

Almost everything can feel like it’s just the same as everything else, falling into the grey.

And it can be exhausting just seeing the same thing over and over again, especially if the image itself felt unsatisfying to begin with.

As the type of photos that really interests me have a certain amount of depth to them. There is an idea inside the photo; a tale to tell, a meeting of minds, a genuine insight, with intertwining layers….

All working in harmony.

Yes! That is what does it for me.

Those are the images that actually stop me and make me think.

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" - Maya Angelou

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" - Maya Angelou

Drinks receptions can be funny things. Often people tell me how they’d hate to spend theirs wondering around for the sake of photos, whilst their guests get hungry and bored! And it’s true, that happens to some people as I’m sure we all know… What I admire is people who are happy to simply do things the way they want them, and even prioritise the time spent with the people they care about. As that’s what it’s all about, surely? Having a great time and taking in the occasion? Rather than running around repeating the same ol’ standard wedding photos that suck into your day. [… read more] [… more images]

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" - Maya Angelou

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" - Maya Angelou

Do you still enjoy photography, or take your own photographs?

Short answer: More than ever!

Less short answer: It’s something that clients and friends ask me from time to time, and I think the idea is that we all take photographs, and because I (possibly) do it more often than other people, and for other people, that might someone lessen the interest or enjoyment for me on a personal level. Which is a perfectly reasonable idea, right?

What I’ve found is the more people I meet, the more places I visit, the more I learn – the more my love for photography grows.

Genuinely…

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" - Maya Angelou