I started my photography journey purely by some random act of desperation.
It was 2010 that I decided that I could no longer handle the crushing disappointment of being a failed writer, and decided to give something else a crack. I was applying for everything that I could get my hands on when I saw an ad in Gumtree from a family photography studio. I thought "Why not? I have a camera, I like photography". For some reason I got the job, even though I'd only had experience taking photos of my nephews and tourist pics.
I bet you think it was love at first sight - well, it wasn't. I loved meeting new people every day, but the job involved a lot of awkward posing and wearing an ugly ironed shirt. So I eventually left the studio, burnt my shirt, and started offering every type of photography I could manage from pet to newborn photography. I soon found that I just LOVED the candid, emotion-capturing aspect of shooting weddings.
- I grew up on a wheat farm. From the age of 13 I hated it, but now I am super proud of the fact that I grew up in a small rural community.
- I'm obsessed with dogs. I'm fur-mumma to Baxter, an aloof, adorable Weimaraner, who has his own Instagram account.
- I adore road trips(snacks and tunes - does it get any better?)
- Travel makes my heart sing. My favourite places in the world are New York, Queenstown and the mountains of Vietnam.
- I'm a sucker for puns and slapstick comedy. I actually burst into laughter any time my partner trips over. Cruel, I know!
- I collect records and used to be obsessed with becoming a DJ. (How do you know that someone loves vinyl? Don't worry, they'll tell you! - haha!)
Here’s where you can delve further into your favourite things outside of wedding photography – everyone might be able to be a photographer, but there’s little quirks that make you unique – chat about that.
Maybe you can talk about your favourite hobbies, food, art or leisure activities. What you do to wind down when you’re not shooting – pets, your family, your hometown.
You can also use this opportunity to rehash your love for travelling – a great way for you to subtly remind them that you’re open to shooting destination weddings.
Remember to wrap up this section by tying it back into wedding photography. For example, “That’s a little sneak peek into my life and a few of my favourite things. No matter who and where we are, we’re all souls wandering this beautiful earth, with a different story to share. No tale is one and the same. And that’s why I LOVE documenting love stories (and hopefully yours too!)”
Uncover your overall approach to the day and an overview of your process. Help them picture what it’s like to have you there on the day and why what you do is so important. Mention how you’ll help them ensure the day flows smoothly, because you’ve had loads of experience at other weddings.
For example, talk about how you’ll arrive at first light to capture the mother-of-the-bride and the bridal squad helping the bride get ready. Or the groomsmen sneaking a few drinks to calm their nerves.
Chat about how you’ll turn up after one too many coffees, buzzing with energy to capture one of the most important, memorable days in their lives, and that you won’t miss a moment.
Write about documenting the getting ready prep through to ceremony, reception and afterparty (if relevant). How you’ll be there in the centre of it all or as a wallflower behind the scenes, photographing moments and details that they might’ve missed (e.g. Aunty Doris getting drunk on the d-floor). Whether you stick to purely candid shots or will pose them for styled shots.
My style is candid, warm, and super chilled. My goal is to make the whole process super fun and relaxed, and my super warm, daggy personality will ensure that you feel comfortable and will give you permission to just be yourselves.
More than anything I will go above and beyond to capture those honest, sweet moments throughout the day that show you how loved you are by your favourite people.
She made us feel completely at ease and her directions were so natural. Everything felt just right. Not only is this how we felt, but all these comments were echoed by both our family (including Chilli our dog) and friends
She was so easy to have around on the day and her work is absolutely stunning. We still have comments from family and friends about how lovely she is. You hardly recognise she’s around as she moves so quickly but she manages to capture all of the fun and love from the day.
Working with Steph was such a joyful experience.
Our commitment ceremony was unique in that we didn’t want to leave our guests or the party we’d been planning for months. We wanted our photos to be candid, natural and authentic.
Steph totally respected our wishes and captured the most incredible moments without us knowing!
Steph was so amazing to work with on our wedding day and in the lead up to it. She was so responsive and helpful and made us feel really comfortable. She was also amazing at including our gorgeous fur baby in our special day.