Being involved in the wedding trade means that I get to meet lots of other companies and individuals within this industry also, which is great because we can recommend each other.... So if you're looking for a fantastic, experienced wedding photographer, please have a read on and see what really inspires Dan and have a look at just a few of his wonderful pics!!
How did you get into wedding photography?
"My father was a printer, so I've always been in and around design and dark rooms! My father was also a keen photographer and this is where I first picked up a camera. From there I started experimenting with film and developing my understanding before going to university, unfortunately I put cameras down to study Business IT.
I then too the step into digital, quietly rebuilding my knowledge and ability, and was asked by a friend to document their big day. I was nervous and despite protesting they said that they trusted me and loved my work. From there I haven't looked back!!"
How long have you been in the business?
"I've been in the wedding business for about 3 years now, I'm also involved in my partners business, Needle & Fred, who are moving into making decorations for weddings, so there's no getting away from weddings in our house!!"
What do you love about it?
"I love everything about the wedding business, can there be anything better than being apart of a couples special day and being able to create their memories, something that they'll look back on for years to come?"
How do you make your couples feel relaxed and comfortable?
"I've been told by brides, grooms and their parents that I am a calming influence on the big day, I always step foot into the bridal preparations and although I may be carrying my camera bag I don't get my camera and lenses out straight away, I like to talk to people, introduce myself and make them feel relaxed (well as relaxed as they can be on their big day!)
I try and be as unobtrusive as I can throughout the whole day, taking images from a distance and not making people feel that a camera is being thrusted upon them. Sure there are times throughout the day where the bride and groom may have portraits, or group shots need to be arranged but again I use the bridal party to get people together- they know members of the family better than me!"
Do you have props? Do you mind if the couple want to use specific props?
"I use props as a part of my 'photo booth' set up that I can take along to weddings, the glasses on a stick, wigs and moustaches all make an appearance. I've no problem at all with the couple wanting to use props, examples have ranged from dogs to 'Thank You' bunting- ideal for those all important Thank You cards. There aren't any other props in particular that I use, there are some tricks of the trade that come with me, and have proved very useful in the past!"
Which part of the day do you enjoy capturing the most?
"It sounds really cheesy but I love the whole day. There are some many emotions at different times that your always looking to capture a special moment. The father if the brides first look, the bride and grooms first glance at each other right through to the bride and groom shots.
I do absolutely love the 'confetti shot' as it can really throw some interesting expressions into the mix. I also love being creative with off camera flashes for bride and groom with a stunning portrait that has the WOW factor."
5 words to describe your style...
"Only 5 words?!?!.... Creative, documentary, artistic, relaxed and fun!"
5 of your all time favourite shots...