If I had to choose some of my favourite moments of a wedding day, the getting-ready would definitely be one of them. The anticipation and anxiety that pervade the air, lend a special flair to the pictures. I especially love doing portraits when couples manage to forget about me, and lose themselves in each other – in total oblivion of all family and guests.
Reportage and Portraits, both have their place. I cannot imagine the one without the other. The reportage tells the story of the day, and captures the many little moments that could, with time, be so easily forgotten. – whereas the portraits are the cherry on the cake – they reflect the bridal couple as they perceive themselves. Consequently all portraits are totally unique – as is each couple.
My work is influenced by a mixture of new school american wedding photography, with its vibrancy and tendency to break all traditional rules – and the classic masters that inspire me most. I can get lost in their black & white work. Perhaps this is one reason I have such a hard time deciding between colour and B&W when I develop my images – and as a result I often deliver both versions.
My best references are the wonderful and ongoing relationships I have formed with bridal couples – plus many of their guests, who at a later stage, allowed me to accompany them on their wedding day.
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