The first thing you need to know, is that your wedding is going to be A.W.E.S.O.M.E.
Forget what you think a wedding should be. I'm 100% an advocate of going against the grain when it comes to something as special as a wedding! Whether you're on the beach bare-foot, or trapsing through boggy moors in a purple dress, it's going to be gorgeous because it's going to be all yours!
The favorite thing about my job? Every wedding is so unbelievably unique; a small glimpse into the amazing adventure between two lovers that have found their person in life - and that's pretty friggin special! My goal is to document these major life events in the truest way possible. Personally, my favourite photos are always the ones where no one is trying, so no posing, no awkwardness, just people living their best lives being fully in the moment.
This is my promise as your photographer. My goal is to honestly just make you feel as comfortable as possible. Trust is the most important part of having your photo taken, and being comfortable and confident means you'll be %100 you, as an individual and as a couple. I'm not gonna lie, 90% of my couples say they're cameraphobes or that they think they look terrible in photos (guilty of this myself), so you're totally not alone! But those couples? Every one of them can be seen in the photos on my website. Cameraphobes rejoice!
As much as I'd like to be, I'm definitely not street. I grew up a bit further out on the doorstep of the Peaks which is where I learned about my love for the outdoors. I spent pretty much my whole childhood making dens, climbing, injuring myself in said dens, and playing in ponds and the woods.
It truly was a privilege having nature as my original inspiration - one which still molds my work to this day, and the north will always have a soft spot in my heart wherever I end up on this spaceball.
(P.S I really lucked out that there was nothing offensive on the walls in this photo, though that would be hilarious to be emailed about).
Simple answer - I'm from Sheffield UK. It's a place where when you ask someone about it, 80% chance they've lived/visited it!
Everyone knows the best photos are the super candid ones where you're just enjoying life, being completely in the moment.
I photograph weddings like I'm making a movie and you guys are the completely unaware main charaters being captured in the truest, most non-cheesy way.
I'm pretty stealth during weddings, but if I didn't get involved and have a laugh with everyone I'd actually jgo insane. I don't want be the just 'the camera guy', but the 'hey it's the camera guy, get over here for a shot!'
I'll always have tissues, hairslides, a hip flask and a tiny pen-knife on me. They've all come in handy more times than I'd like to admit! And when the day's done you'll find me on the dancefloor, G+T and camera in hand ready to party before I dissappear into the night.
From the moment you get in touch my focus is completely yours. I'm here should you need help during any stage of the process.
And you can always check out my suppliers page for a giant list of some of the best in the biz I've worked with when it comes to non traditional weddings.
Pip is the most selfless, wonderful person and mother ever, with a humour dark enough to rival my own. Annoyingly though, she's watched as many films as I have, which is infuriating when I think I'm about to introduce her to an amazing piece of cinema only to hear... 'Yeah...seen it.' Cuts me deep. She is my rock, my person in this life.
Our little one. Her likes: Jumping, smelling every single flower on a walk, Frozen - Obviously. learning how to whistle, unicorns, the colour purple and her collection of broken pottery pieces she finds in rivers. She teaches me something new everyday, and she's without a doubt my best creation ever.
Finally a big shout to our dog and cat - Ripley and Dommy. Ripley literally thinks she's a cat (she grew up with 2 cats). Her likes are staring at us without blinking, following us CONSTANTLY, and sitting on our shoes instead of the ground. Dislikes: that beep from the Royal Mail delivery person. Dommy is our newest member and she really just likes beating up/playing with Ripley!
My world revolves around the loves of my Life: Pip, my wife and best friend and our wonderfully weird, far too intelligent 3 year old: we're wild at heart and weird on top!
I'm one of those people that sort of collects skills and I geek out hard on stuff I find really interesting, which spans a wide spectrum, but here are the ones closest to my heart.
Drumming, foraging for wild food, making fire, bread (making and eating), building computers, building bikes, cooking everything. Playing ukulele because I sucked at guitar.
ALL the 80's classics, 90's and early 00's films that are so, so crap they're great. And David Lynch movies and The O.C. Not a film but I will always love that show.
Everything from Dreampop to Pantera.
Quoting Friends episodes in full (I get punched on the reg)
Eating american cheese slices straight from the pack. (Though I firmly believe they have their place in cooking. Kenji's got my back on this one).
This was a bit of fun, but this pretty much sums my hobbies up! More than anything, being with my loved ones trumps all of the above.
"Thank you so so so much for being so incredible and making us feel so relaxed for all our photos, we can’t wait to see what you have captured and have no doubt they will be amazing! Everyone mentioned how lovely you were and it was fab to finally meet you after all this time!
Sophie + Olly