Frequently Asked Questions:


Q. How would you describe your style?

I’m very much in love with cinema, art, and contemporary design. I adore street photography and I love to approach each wedding from a photojournalistic point of view. Zero fixed grins, DEFINITELY nothing cheesy. Just people being people, being themselves. We’re all unique as are our personalities. Loud, quiet, wild, shy, adventurous, reserved. It’s all good food for the camera.

Q. Do you do this full-time?

I am. I started out by photographing a lot of sports and commercial work in New Zealand, but I’ve been shooting weddings for the past 4 years. During this time I was named as Europe’s Best New Talent in 2019 by BODAF and included in the top 30 Rising Stars of world wedding photography by Rangefinder Magazine in New York. In 2020 I was named as one of SLR Lounge’s Top 100 UK photographers  and named as one of Elle Magazine’s Top 17

Q. Do you photograph the actual wedding ceremony?

Yes. I’m very discreet and hopefully, you’ll never know that I am there. 99.9% of the time I only use natural or available light (no flash) which helps considerably too. Please note, you should always check with the person who you’ve chosen to lead your ceremony ahead of time to ensure they have no restrictions they wish to impose – especially if you are having a church ceremony.

Q. What areas of the UK do you cover? Do you ever shoot destination weddings?

I predominantly cover weddings throughout the UK but if you live further afield, or wish me to cover your overseas destination wedding/elopement, then please get in touch as I’m more than happy to travel greater distances if I’m needed to.

Q. How many photos do you take on the day?

I don’t limit the number of photos that I take on your wedding day. I just keep shooting. After, you will typically have over 450+ fully edited shots to look back on.

Q. What do we do if it rains?

One of the most frequently asked questions! While bad weather is always a big worry for brides and grooms, it doesn’t have to be. You just have to embrace whatever the weather brings you. Some of my favourite shots have been taken in wet and windy conditions. I can say from experience that my brides and grooms 100% do not care on the day. They’re having such a great time that they don’t even notice.

Q. Can we meet you before the wedding to talk about our plans?

Absolutely! If you’re interested in booking an informal, no-obligation meet-up about your wedding plans, I’m more than happy to buy you guys a coffee if you’re nearby. However, if you’re a bit further afield I’d suggest a video call instead? The better we know each other, the better the final images will be!

Q. Can I let other people see my wedding photos?

Of course. I know that you will love your wedding photos and I very much want you to share and show them with your guests.  Your online gallery and slideshow are password protected but please feel free to pass on the links to whoever you wish and share away on social media too.

Q. Are you insured?

Absolutely. I have full public liability insurance and I’ll happily provide evidence over cover if you or your wedding venue require it.

Q. How long do you stay on the day?

Another frequently asked question! From bridal/groom prep (normally a couple of hours prior to the ceremony) and usually until the end of your evening’s entertainment – but never straight after the first dance! I don’t work set hours and I tend to call it a day only when I’ve got enough images from each part of the wedding.

Q. Do you require us to provide you a meal/refreshments on the day?

No. I always bring my own food and will typically nip away for 20 minutes whilst you and your guests are tucking into your wedding meal. However, if you or your caterers wish to provide me with a little something to eat, I would never say no! But please don’t feel obliged to do so.

Q. Do you take any formal or group/family photos?

Always! It’s a great idea to take a few formal group shots, and although you won’t see many of them in my portfolio, I think they’re an important part of the day. But while I’m more than happy to oblige, I do recommend keeping these to the most essential ones (bridal party, immediate families, bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc) so we don’t eat into too much of your precious time.

Q. Who will take our photographs?

I will! I don’t have any associate photographers working under my brand. However, should you require me to, I will bring along an experienced second shooter to cover some of the action too (we would agree on this long before the wedding)

Q. Help! I don’t like my photo being taken!

Me too! I understand that a lot of people don’t like having their photographs taken so I work in a friendly and unobtrusive way. I never ask anybody to hold a smile for me or hold each other in a peculiar way. I’m all about the authentic moments between two people. Have a look through my wedding portfolio or Instagram page and you should get the idea.

Q. Can my friends and family purchase any prints?

Of course. There are a number of print options in the online gallery area. Remember though, you will have the high-resolution images as well so you could pass the images onto them directly if you wish. 

Q. How do we secure our date with you?

Once we’ve met/had a chat and you’re both happy to proceed, you’ll need to pay a booking fee (which comes off the total cost of your wedding package). I’ll also send you a digital contract that will need to be viewed and signed too. As soon as I have both of these your booking will be confirmed.




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