About Me & My Photography
I'm David, most people call me Dave. I'm a husband and dad of two girls, aged 11 and 5. I am a passionate and creative photographer who takes photographs of weddings, events and commercial projects for a living. It is not a hobby, this is how I survive, so I have to make it successful.
I am never happier than when behind a camera, and especially when I look at the screen and know I have a great photo that my clients will love.
I also love golf, (I love the Ryder Cup more than photography!) football (Liverpool), travel (always with my camera) and cooking, although there is not much time for that any more.
My approach to wedding photography:
My primary style has many different names, some call it reportage, some photojournalism and some documentary. It's hard to categorise but I certainly document the wedding day and tell a story through the images. So they will be mostly candid photo's as the day unfolds mixed with modern creative editorial shots of the couple and guests if required, although the majority will be natural and candid, not orchestrated and staged. The best wedding shots are completely natural, capturing the human interactions, emotion and humour of the day. These cannot be recreated and setup.
In my opinion, a great photograph needs 3 main elements:
It's the third one that many people including photographers forget about. Almost anybody can capture a nice photograph of a couple or a group, but capturing the moment when a father sees the bride for the first time, when the groom realises what is about to happen, the moment when the happy couple appear from the church in a flurry of confetti are all important to be caught on film as they cannot take place again. If they are missed they are gone.
A wedding day is not about the photographer, it's about the couple getting married and their guests enjoying the day. I always ask the bride and groom to carry on as though I'm not there, only if I spot something important I don't want to miss, I might ask you to wait or even move slightly to get the very best shot, but that is very rare, most of the time, will not get in your way. Many photographers claim "you won't even know I am there" but I find that impossible. I'm not paparazzi hiding behind a tree with a long lens, I'm there to get the best photographs I possibly can, if that means the camera is in your face (not literally, although you may find it's pointing in your direction quite a lot over the course of the day) then that's what will happen. But I will not instruct you where to go, when to go, how to stand, smile or say cheese!
This is my approach and I love the results.
Do you have insurance?
Yes I have both public liability and professional indemnity insurance
Do you have back-up equipment?
Yes I always carry two professional level DSLR's (for those that are interested I have a Nikon D810 and a Nikon D750, both full frame and produce excellent sharp images) and I have multiple lenses, including 14-24mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 50mm f1.8 prime, 105mm f/2.8 macro lens plus others. Various lighting, flash, triggers, reflectors etc.
How do we book you?
If you are interested, please complete the form that is attached to the wedding photography contract at the bottom of any of my website pages.
Are there any additional travel costs?
No. If you book me for your wedding in the UK, I would travel to your destination and would never consider charging extra for petrol!
Can we meet you before we decide to book?
Of course we can arrange to meet as I completely understand that it's a huge decision choosing the right photographer, as you both have to feel completely relaxed and confident that you have made the right choice.
How and when do we receive the photographs?
As I am a full time photographer and do not have to fit my work in around another job, I can process your photographs within 2-3 weeks (often much sooner depending upon my diary commitments) They will be sent to you on a presentation USB for you to use and share as you wish. There will also be an online gallery on this website with a password that you can share with friends and family.