about + Style
hi, I’m mike
I’ve always been passionate about family. This has been the basis of my entry into photography. The chance to capture a moment in your family history, the iteractions, your parents, your grandparents, your friends and all the good stuff that goes with that.
Photography came to me later in life as a career. I have worked previously as a Butler in both Paris & London and for the Royal Family in Kensington Palace. A complete change of job and pace took me to Greece, but not as a butler. This is where I met my wife and partner of over 25 years, Karley.
Karley has always said that my jobs as both butler and barman have a big impact on my ability to gell and chat and be friendly to anyone, be that the Queen or a Faliraki Stag party. My couples often say that they have had feedback from their friends and family about how friendly, helpful and easy going it was with me on their day. Nearly 20 years and more than 400 couples later, I still love what I do.
My wedding photography is all about capturing the moments as they happen. Not to pose the moments or turn your wedding into a photoshoot. Your wedding is about you and you fav people in the world enjoying your day. Its often said that your photos should make you remember how your day felt, not looked, and I completely agree with this sentiment.
I use a candid, documentary style which captures natural, unposed moments and creative alternative approach to Bride & Groom portraits. Capturing the real stuff that happens. Every emotion, the fun and quirks of you and your friends, family and the bits of the day you didn’t plan or see.
The key to capturing the style of wedding photos I create is to be relaxed and comfortable around me and to just be yourselves, no pressure. This is not a photoshoot, it is your wedding. Here’s my approach to achieving a gallery of images both you and your family will treasure.
Before your big day, we’ll meet or chat to discuss your vision for your wedding photography. I’ll ask questions to get a sense of your personalities and the overall vibe of your wedding. Again, just enjoy your day and trust me to get the job done.
I dont pose, much, a little direction here and there when it comes to groups, its sometimes like herding cats. During your photos we go for a walk and let you spend time together. This almost hands off approach gives you natural photos of everyone going about their day.
Ignore me, literally. Talk, laugh, touch, wander. I’m looking to capture moments that unfold naturally. I’m waiting for honest expressions, gestures, and interactions between you and your guests. I’ll use the elements around me to add depth and interest.
Authenticity is an essential aspect of photography, and it is often the difference between a mediocre and an excellent photograph. I won’t ask you to pose, much. I capture the moment as it is and will not manipulate your images with excessive editing and filters, yuck.
These are my favourite people, Karley, Ivy & Stan. Karley has her own interior design business, Ivy is a budding artist and a Surf Lifesaving Junior Coach, Stan loves Warhammer, Karate & Royal Marine Cadets. We recently added a fifth member, Lenny, the cockerpoo. We love to travel, we love to eat, I do CrossFit, Karley does marathons and triathalons but we also love sitting on the sofa, watching TV and eating crap crisps.
Ready for photography as unique as you are?