Hello! I’m Simon and I am a wedding photographer based in the beautiful city of Bath. I feel very privileged to be doing something that I love, something that started as a passionate hobby and is now a full time career. It all started when my grandad gave me my his old SLR camera when I was 11 and I learnt the basics. Ever since then photography has always been an important part of my life and I would shoot anything that took my interest.
My first job was as a primary school teacher and I built up my wedding photography portfolio in those long school holidays - this was the perfect way to build up my experience and confidence. At the beginning of 2012, after returning from a year traveling and working in New Zealand, I was ready to dive full-time in wedding photography, and I haven’t looked back since.
I saw the opportunity to fuse the technical elements of photography with an approach that put people at ease and captured the ‘real’ them. I love what I do and I’ve been privileged enough to capture well over two hundred weddings which have ranged from the intimate to the extravagant. But no matter the size, there is one thing common to all which I thrive on finding throughout the day: emotion.
From euphoria to pride, nervousness to tenderness, such a variety of human emotion can be found on a wedding day and this is what makes them so special, so unique to photograph. Understanding how to do this discreetly and sympathetically is crucial. I appreciate there are moments worth capturing but also that there are times when stepping back is just as important.
Since I started shooting weddings in 2009, I have developed my technique to enable me to deliver beautiful, honest images and a relaxed day for my couples by:
- being prepared in both the run up to a wedding and on the day
- never forcing moments to happen, but letting them happen naturally
- looking at ways to photograph a scene with a fresh, creative perspective
Today’s wedding photographer must also have physical and mental stamina. I typically shoot for up to 12 hours, which involves long periods of concentration, carrying equipment and being everywhere at the right time. So I keep myself physically fit, work out in my man-gym and get away from it all by going on long walks with my amazing family around the Somerset countryside.