Leicester wedding photography. I have been a full time professional wedding photographer for over 25 years with more than 1,000 weddings photographed – and counting !
Almost every artist in history has created self portraits and I think that if you are not prepared to be in front of the camera how can you have empathy with those that you put in the same position. So here I am starting from 4 years old ——–
My very early memories are of playing with an old camera without any film in it, I would go around the garden for hours looking through the viewfinder and composing and then pressing the button “taking pictures” and since then always felt I knew what I wanted to do and have been doing it ever since.
I have one still today and its called an Ensnign, the picture above on the far right is a self portrait of me with it today
I don’t like to take myself too seriously, don’t be surprised if I turn up with bleached hair. If asked I might say “Mainly I just press the button on the top” !
“For me wedding photography is almost every type of photography. from aerial ( leaning out of a wedding venue window ) to under water- almost, but I have got my feet wet for the perfect shot more than once.”
Leicester wedding photography.
I photographed my first wedding in Leicester when I was 20. It was film at that time and you had to get the wedding photography right the first time with no mistakes, no delete button or photoshop then. The camera used only took 12 photos per roll of film before you had to change rolls which meant it was vital to think ahead and work fast which are still the key skills needed for wedding photography today.
I realised that it was wedding photography that I wanted to specialise in and invested in the very best camera you could get at the time called Hasselblad. These were the cameras that Nasa used on all the moon missions and took the most famous photographs in the world. www.nasa.gov. The last one I brought before moving to digital was a fantastic red leatherette one.
Here I am with it, leaning out of a wedding venue window. Along with wedding photography I am proud to of been the only official photographer twice for events in Leicester attended by HRH The Princess Royal.
So at the age of 14 I had my own darkroom set up in my parents bathroom (thanks Mum ) and also my 1st 35mm camera. I chose not to take A level photography at school as I really didn’t fancy what I saw as going back a step so instead opted to go straight into a job.
My first job at 16 was working as a photo printer in one of the pro labs in Leicester and very soon I was promoted to manage the black and white printing department. My spare time would be spent travelling around and shooting landscapes with a 5×4 inch plate camera 1 shot at a time. Here I am in the picture below taken somewhere in Dovedale 1987
At the pro lab I started with black and white and then trained as a colour photo printer and at the age of 19 I started working in the photographic studio which would see me on many outdoor photographic assignments, a few years later I started photography by Bill Haddon in 1995.
Below image taken in 1988 at the age of 20 and by then with 4 years darkroom experience and already manager of a lab’s black and white department and working in the photographic studio.
Now I still use all the printing skills learnt in a real (wet) darkroom, especially my time spent in the pro colour lab because to able “see” colour correctly takes years of experience. Today the darkroom is photoshop and a computer. See here for a few samples
Here I am (below ) some time in the 1990s this time with an antique whole plate camera that takes sheets of almost A4 size film one shot at a time.