This month we are featuring our team on the blog, and who better to start with then my other set of eyes and ears on a wedding day, Leigh!
Leigh is our number 1 second shooter for the studio and has been since we relocated to Thailand, 2 1/2 years ago.
Leigh is actually my fiancé, (I still blush when I say that word….) and we have been travelling the world taking photos together for nearly 8 years now. I would say that certainly has a lot to do with why we work so well together, and our effortless ability to tell our clients story on their wedding day.
We decided to ask him a few questions to reveal a little bit behind this mysterious man behind the lens!
How did you get into Photography?
I have always been a visual person, its how I learn! After meeting Alison I was introduced to the profession of photography, the expensive cameras, the lighting, the post production etc. It wasn’t until we set off on an adventure, backpacking around central and south America for six months, did my apprenticeship in photography begin. Everyday was a lesson in light, aperture, shutter speed, exposure, composition, and patience; waiting for just the right moment to press the shutter.
Fast forward a couple of years, and then some, Alison and I stand side by side, and sometimes back to back, shooting weddings together. We have a complementary style, so when you get your photos, they look as if the same photographer shot each one. She taught me well!
Tell us about your favourite wedding you’ve shot
We have shot in some amazing locations in Asia, from secluded beaches in Bali and Thailand to huge 5 stars hotels in Hong Kong, but I’d have to say my favourite weddings to shoot are the smaller, more intimate weddings.
Any wedding were the Bride and Groom are in the moment, enjoying themselves, and the guests are having a good time, is always fun to shoot.
Can you shed some light on a day as a second photographer. Where are you on the wedding day, and what are your goals for the day?
I act as a back up to Alison, we try to cover all angles, using a different lens, to create numerous looks from the one moment.
My day starts with the groom and his groomsmen as they are getting ready. This is a really special time to capture the moments between the groom and his parents, his best man and groomsmen. Its usually a more relaxed vibe than the brides room, so I have time to get to know everyone there, and they get comfortable with me shooting around them.
I follow the boys to the ceremony, documenting the ride there and all the laughs and happenings on the way.
During the ceremony I aim to set the scene, looking for overall shots, the set up, details, guests arriving, the bride getting out of the car, walking down the isle, the guest’s reaction to the bride..ect.
I adopt a photojournalistic style for the cocktail hour, looking for candid shots of the guests and shooting details of drinks and the canapés. At the reception, I get on the dancefloor and get amongst it! This is my favourite time of the day and makes for some awesome shots!
Some advice for the grooms who are nervous about having their photo taken…
I spend a bit of time getting to know the groom before I starting shooting him. It doesn’t take long to get accepted as one of the boys, and by then the nerves are gone. Having some entertaining groomsmen to get the groom laughing and smiling is always handy! Keep thinking of your bride and how beautiful she is going to look walking down the isle to marry you!