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WHO AM I AND WHY ME?
I’m Daniel and I would love to tell your story but first, here is a little of mine.
Rapport is crucial and you need to decide if I am likely to be the photographer that will look the part, behave professionally and represent you and your family on the day.
So my short bio is that I am a family man. I have two daughters who are 11 and 8. Yes there is a dog, he is called Otto and we live in Hale where I have had a studio for 6 years.
I am fortunate to know a lot of people in the community having worked for many of them over the years, so my reputation is everything. I can’t imagine going to Costa Coffee and bumping in to unhappy clients. I’d hate that. So everything I do is to serve, inspire, honour and provide a legacy through the photos I create.
Many whose weddings I shot have now had children and have become family portrait clients which is very special.
I studied film and worked in Hollywood. I also studied documentary and photographic journalism in the UK, so being authentic to story and its truth is very important but sometimes a little creative nudge can help make magic.
I believe everyone deserves great photography and for this reason I do NOT limit myself to working for the highest bidder. So if you like what you see and hear so far just reach out, tell me your story, where you are getting married and the chances are I will fall for you and want to shoot your wedding.
Some of the most amazing experiences I have had, have come from shooting for all sorts of clients in all sorts of places. So if you believe I could be the person to tell your story I am confidant the prices will come naturally.
Pick a part of the day and see a collection of images from scores of weddings.
PRE WEDDING SHOOT
Let’s go for spin
The answer is yes!
Family and friends
MR & MRS
First few moments
BREAKFAST & EVENING
Food, speeches & dancing
Let’s take a look at the detail.
These are the most common questions I am asked. Anything I have missed we can discuss when / if we meet.
How would you describe your style?
Creative, artistic, iconic and truthful. The industry has coined a few phrases, some of which mean the same thing. In our opinion no wedding is absolutely one style but a blend of traditional and documentary styles. The art is to know which to use and when.
Do you shoot fixed hours or all day?
No timed packages, just hassle free coverage from a minimum of two hours before the ceremony up until an hour after the first dance.
This is usually enough for most weddings but we can stay longer if required.
Do you shoot family formals?
Every wedding should have their family shots but they can still be handled in a quick and easy fashion lending to a relaxed set of pictures.
The trick here is to distract the groups from the fact that we are taking their pictures at all.
How much editing do you perform?
Great moments deserve a great edit. All your images will be professionally edited from RAW in Lightroom & Photoshop.
Airbrushing is performed on selected images only such as portraits and close ups.
What albums do you provide?
I use Jorgensen Albums of Australia. Long standing and superb quality with enough variations to suit most tastes.
Although fewer couples are buying albums it still represents the best format for telling your story, given I shoot with the album design and layouts in mind.
They are hand made in Australia and take 6 weeks to arrive.
Can I see pictures from a complete wedding?
This is the minimum a photographer should be expected to show you.
Anyone can take a few fantastic shots if they shoot enough but a wedding requires a consistency of great shots unlike most other photographic disciplines.
A professionally designed album is the only way to see an accurate example of this and so at our studio we will have a number of albums on display.
Do we choose the photos for our album?
If you have ordered an album, I will first design it as I saw and captured your wedding. It allows me the satisfaction to share with you my vision of your story where layouts and choices of images per page can together be more powerful than one on its own.
Thereafter absolutely you have your say, swap images for favourites and from there we work together adding the finishing touches.
Do you shoot the details of our wedding?
I was asked once if being a guy I knew how to capture the details. My answer is of course. Every detail of your wedding is personal to you and therefore important.
A photographer sees in shapes, colours, light, movement and composition. So whether it is an object, a scene or people moving or still they are all story telling elements. So don’t worry. Guys do see the little things lol.
STAND OUT MOMENTS
Some of my favourite, fun, unique and stand out moments.
A light hearted look at some of the moments that have stood out for me but that I hope also demonstrate my desire to always expect the unexpected, never approach a wedding with a predetermined idea and always to capture the truth before me.
Best groom waiting pic.
No groom is exempt from nerves when waiting for their bride. Hide it they might but their shakes, breathing or sweating gives them away.
So it was that Ronan gave up his nerves to my camera in this photo. Shame is that you can’t see here his clasped hands.
Best dancing couple.
Couples either shuffle on one spot or go to town with something choreographed. Either works because in early meetings I learn how nervous couples are about this spot light moment.
This couple are Andy and Sally and this one photo hardly does justice. This is where video kills it.
A great kiss.
A favourite moment for me is how unique the moment is shared by every couple. They all have their own little isms and it means so much to them.
So the kiss really distills this to a split second that says so much. This was an early kiss in my career but still one of my favourites.
Best executed goup jump.
For some it is way too cheesy. Others have it all planned and can’t wait. Just one of the reasons I love never fully knowing what will happen.
I welcome all flavours of cheese BUT the key thing is that I will never impose them. I get much better results reacting to the will of my clients.
Who is this man?
The groom went for tradition with a surprise chimney sweep. After entertaining the church guests with his shtick or is that stick, he surprised everyone, notably the bride with his request for a kiss.
Did they actually kiss? Does it really matter? I will leave it you to decide what happened next 🙂
Look left, look right, quick!
A wedding in Prestbury with plenty of places for great photos. Suddenly we all looked at each other and before you knew it the couple did a few twirls and stopped traffic.
No one begrudged them this time and cars honked in celebration. Result a quirky cool image they have on their wall to enjoy.
Get in touch to arrange a coffee.
203b Ashley Road, Hale, Cheshire WA15 9SQ
Tel. 0161 927 7250