Hi there! I’m Steph, ’m Midlands born but now based in North London. I have a young dog named Oscar. He’s my four-legged, grumpy, stubborn and often hyper child who I love to spoil!
I graduated from the London College of Fashion which brings an editorial touch to my wedding photography and my love for great films encourages a cinematic narrative.
I love buffets, jazz and Neil Gaiman!
How did you get into the wedding industry?
I began in fashion photography but didn't feel like I had enough purpose. When I photographed my first wedding, I found myself addicted to the love that was all around that day. The wholesome energy was far different to that on set of a fashion shoot, however, I am grateful because the industry prepared me for precise time keeping and working under high stress productions.
My Dad at 47 unexpectedly had a brain aneurysm and was in critical care for weeks with low odds to survive. I'm blessed that he did make it, but it taught me that tomorrow isn't promised. I cherish the polaroids I took at a family gathering a few weeks before. From then, I realised just how much sentimental value and purpose photography of a life event is. Moments truly matter, and so it is an honour to be the person to give the lifelong gift of happy memories to keep people smiling.
Tell us about one of your best experiences at work?
My biggest wowzer moment was basing my first ever styled shoot on the poem ‘All I Know About Love’ by my favourite author Neil Gaiman. I’m pretty crazy about him on a fangirl level. NG discovered the shoot on Twitter and by sharing Rock n Roll Bride’s post, he managed to crash their servers!
It was an honour and celebratory alone just to have made it to Rock n Roll Bride’s radar.
Before I knew that Neil had found it, I thought ‘what the heck – may as well try and see if I can be seen by him’ and decided to tweet him telling him I had taken the photos inspired by his words. Having only ever used Twitter a few times I had no idea what a reply looks like, I was flabbergasted when he appeared to instantly write back saying ‘I know’. I stared at the screen in disbelief for about 10 minutes. Confused, I thought I had better screen grab it and ask people if this was genuinely him responding.
I skipped my dog around the park singing ‘He knoooows, he knooows he knows, he knoooooows!!!’. This was a very happy day.
What equipment do you use?
Two Canon 5D mark iii. My two favourite lenses are my Sigma Art 35mm and my Canon EF 70-200mm 2.8
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. But I also love escaping to the world of Harry Potter!
It's a bit much for a quote, but I love the 'Sexy Priest's' speech on love from Fleabag;
“Love is awful. It’s awful. It’s painful. It’s frightening. It makes you doubt yourself, judge yourself, distance yourself from the other people in your life. It makes you selfish. It makes you creepy, makes you obsessed with your hair, makes you cruel, makes you say and do things you never thought you would do. It’s all any of us want, and it’s hell when we get there. So no wonder it’s something we don’t want to do on our own. I was taught if we’re born with love then life is about choosing the right place to put it. People talk about that a lot, feeling right, when it feels right it’s easy. But I’m not sure that’s true. It takes strength to know what’s right. And love isn’t something that weak people do. Being a romantic takes a hell of a lot of hope. I think what they mean is, when you find somebody that you love, it feels like hope.”
Any advice for Brides and Grooms?
Practice mindfulness on the day. Take time out in your timetable, even if for only 10 mins, to go off together and let the day sink in and realise that you just got married! All your guests will constantly want a piece of you, to congratulate you or hug you. It's a great way to take a breather and reenergise.
Any personal advice for fellow Photographers & Videographers?
Community over competition.