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 - whether you're on the beach bare-foot, or trapsing through boggy moors in a purple dress, it's going to be gorgeous and it's going to be 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 f*cking special! My goal is to document these major life events in the truest way. My favourite photos are always the ones where no one is trying. So no strict posing, no awkwardness, just people, living their best lives.
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, nearly all of my couples say they're cameraphobes or that they look terrible in photos - myself included, 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, playing in ponds and woodlands. It truly was a privilege having nature as my original inspiration, one which molds my work still 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 those super candid ones where you're not even trying and 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 will say that I'm pretty stealth during the day, but if I didn't get involved and have a laugh with everyone I'd go 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 also 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 you'll always find me on the dancefloor with a G+T ready to party after the first dance (camera in hand ofc!)
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 when it comes to your less traditional wedding!
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, Ripley (yes, 'from 'Alien'). She's 8, I think? And literally thinks she's a cat (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 when we're out. Dislikes: that beep from the Royal Mail delivery person.
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, so I'll do this one briefly 'top-trumps' style:
Drumming, foraging for edibles, making fire, making bread, building PC's, 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.
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 me 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