Heeeere’s Jonny! Ok I’ll spare you all those gags (hilarious the first fifty times, afterwards not so much) and get right to it.
You want to know who this random and curiously handsome (ahem) man pitching to photograph your wedding is. Of course you do! I would as well. After all, I want to spend one of the biggest days of your life with you so it’s important to know that we’ll get along. It makes my job a lot more fun and the photography just that bit more awesome.
In a nutshell, I’m a wedding photographer from the Cotswolds who genuinely loves what he does. That’s me in the picture with my wife Rosa and our daughter Margo, or “Her Majesty” to her devoted subjects/parents. Just out of shot is our beloved dog Maisy. Being a Basset Hound she’s stubborn as a mule and on this day having a photo taken just wasn’t on her agenda!
I could bang on about my likes and dislikes or bore you with the story about that time at uni with the Alpaca and a shopping trolley, but I’m more of a talker than a typer so pick up the phone and let’s have a chat. It’s always the best way.
WHY BOOK JONNY?
NEED A LITTLE FURTHER PERSUASION?
Say no more. I hear you.
Here’s five solid reasons to choose me as your documentary wedding photographer…
1. I’m the real thing.
Ok so you could argue nothing is truly real and we’re all just figments of our own imagination. But that’s a bit too deep for this time of day. What I mean here is, recently, you may have noticed a trend for my style of photography. Words like “photojournalism” and “reportage” are getting chucked around like confetti. But I’m a pose-free, cheese-free zone and promise to offer you docu-style photography in its purest form.
2. I’m no-nonsense.
I know that this is your day not mine. You won’t catch me shouting at guests to “Smile!” or arranging people. You’ll barely know I’m there.
3. I’m a great guy.
All my mates say so. Well, some of them. But seriously, I’ll blend in and mix with your guests in a friendly, engaging way. I won’t be hiding in bushes paparazzi style, getting up close and in the middle of all the action is how I get my best images.
4. I don’t want to miss a thing.
As a wedding photographer I want to be there for the wedding in it’s entirety. I offer an unlimited coverage, that way I get to stay for the party! During the day my main focus is people (I love people), but I’ll make sure I get all those intricate little details too. The wedding favours, the seating plan, the flowers – I know how much thought and effort has gone into them and I know how much those things cost!
5. I’m not allergic to group photos.
Lots of contemporary photographers tend to skip the group photos or shy away from them but I’m happy to fit a few in. I do them in my own way and always inject a bit of fun. I’d recommend doing no more than 8 (you gotta get back to that party, after all) but I know how important it is to get a handful of family ones. After all, we need to keep Mum happy.
Ready to call me?
WHAT SORT OF PHOTOGRAPHER ARE YOU?
Couples I’ve worked with tell me I’m relaxed, unobtrusive and fun. While I’ll always know what’s going on and where during the day, I actually don’t plan anything in detail. I prefer to be in the moment and capture everything as it unfolds naturally in front of me. For me, capturing the emotion and details of a wedding is best done without bossing people around or setting up loads of equipment. I shoot with two Nikon DSLR bodies and mostly prime lenses (in case you were wondering).
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
It certainly has its roots in photojournalism. It’s the photography that tells true stories, shows real life and genuine emotion. That’s why I love weddings: I like to think I’m one of a new breed of wedding photographers that’s evolved over the past few years who deliver contemporary and creative imagery. Ultimately, my style is ‘very me’. Honest, simple and lovely (if I do say so myself).
WHO ARE YOUR PERFECT CLIENTS?
Couples who book me because they love photography. Simple as that. If they appreciate photography and are passionate about their images, we can collaborate to create something truly great. I love it when my clients and I get along really well and can have a laugh.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A COTSWOLD WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?
It’s been my full-time job for over three years now but I’ve been taking photos for far longer. I studied Image Production at college (seems like a LONG time ago now) and that’s where it all started.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT SNAPPING?
I like to travel to far-flung corners of the earth and plan adventures. I’ve ridden a bike the length of Vietnam, climbed mountains in the Himalayas, seeked out the Northern Lights and travelled Europe extensively in a campervan. I once ran 54 miles in one day, Forest Gump style. My adventure-seeking has slowed down a smidgen since my daughter came along but I still love to plan little getaways with the family.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
In a small (tiny in fact) village called Horsley in the Cotswolds- BUT I travel all over the country (and even internationally on occasion) shooting weddings.
WHERE DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION?
While I can appreciate another wedding photographer’s work, I try not to obsess over my contemporaries too much. I feel it can become counter-productive. Instead, I tend to feel inspired by other genres: travel and street photography, for example. And I draw a lot of inspo from the place where I live; Gloucestershire is gorgeous darling, even if the phone signal can be a bit rubbish.