Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.
- Mary Oliver
Every single client asks me how I became a wedding photographer. The truth is, I'm still in the 'becoming' phase.. trust me I'm not trying to be modest, its just the truth. I'm constantly looking for ways to create more emotive and timeless imagery. My job is something I truly enjoy. It satisfies my love of creating art, and opens up opportunities for me to tell the story of some truly wonderful couples. However, the question still remains.. where did it all begin? Well simply put, I have a deep appreciation for beautiful imagery and I wanted to have a go at being the one to create my own honest and evocative photographs. Roughly five years ago I brought my first film camera. I've always been inspired by old film photographs; the colours, tones and grain that run through my parents wedding album has always captivated me. I used to sit on their bed and slowly turn each page, feeling this sense of nostalgia in each photograph. I started out by photographing vignettes around our home. We had this great apartment when we first got married. In the morning the sun would rise and flood spectacular light through the front two windows and in the evening it would shine warm and soft rays through the back two windows. I just loved being in a light filled environment. I started styling and photographing little corners of our home as a way to unwind. I'd post the shots on Instagram and gradually developed a little following with other like minded photo loving home makers! It was fun and it gave me the creative outlet I'd been searching for. I then found myself photographing the home of an artist I met at Dorset Art Week and even tried my hand at photographing the food of a talented foodie friend of mine. As time went by I soon realised that I was drawn to documenting people, eventually I began to incorporate a human element into my still life work. I'd always loved the work of certain wedding photographers, especially those who also shot on photographic film. With a creative eye and a personality that thrives under a little pressure, the idea of shooting a wedding excited me! A friend suggested me to a friend and I shot my first wedding with my trusty film camera! After that I second shot for some great photographers, and eventually started booking my own clients! As they say.. they rest is history! So here's my journey, it's how I ended up where I am and I wouldn't change it for the world. I'm always excited about the prospect of what I will photograph in the years ahead and I'm ever grateful to have documented some incredibly lovely people and weddings. I do believe that the 'becoming' phase will most definitely always be my driving force for the photographs I create.
Below are a few images from the early days! The home of an artist called Gillian Smeulders. Photographed on film and developed by the wonderful Canadian Film Lab.