How would you describe your style?
My style is a mix of fine art and documentary. I’m always looking for big emotional moments, while making sure that each image still maintains strong aesthetic principles such as framing and use of light. My main photographic influence, since I first started making images in 1995, has been Nan Goldin. She was also an art student and, like me, aimed to bring to light raw human emotion and the subtlety of relationships in her work.
What’s your preferred way of shooting?
Being primarily a documentary wedding photographer means that I’m constantly shooting in different locations and light. I need to be confident and comfortable – it’s essential to my job. That being said, it’s always nice to have a bit of space to play with and I can move around like a ninja if a location isn’t too cramped. Wedding photographers often want a good amount of diffused natural light when they shoot, but not me. I’m happy to use flash as either fill or main, and I also look for ‘light gifts’, patches of strong or interesting light at a location, be it natural or artificial.
How do you capture happiness?
I wait for it. Patience is the key to making happy, compelling, emotional images. I’m fortunate that most of the time, people are very happy at weddings, but it’s about being able to read human behaviour. Both my parents were psychologists and they raised me to be very aware of people’s emotions. I think this is what helps me the most in my job. I start off by trying to make my couples and their guests comfortable with me, then I watch and listen for the funny storytellers, the joke-tellers etc.