Q & A with the man behind the lens
Hi, I’m Lead photographer David and I originally hail from Durham in the North of England. Moving to Dublin in 1995, I met and married Kathy and in 2005 we emigrated to Australia and live on Sydneys' North Shore. We have two children, Andres and Lucia and we all love living in such a beautiful place and are blessed to be surrounded by such visually stunning sights. This is an absolute inspiration for photography, which Im lucky enough to be able enjoy on a daily basis. Outside of photography I love to run, especially mountain and trail running. Having never been blessed with great speed I try to make up for this by running stupidly long distances, the hillier the better.
I seek to surprise and delight with my creative bent, for instance capturing that special secret moment between a newly married bride and groom. I shoot weddings with a very unobtrusive style, simply asking a couple to engage with each other instead of with the camera. Quite often clients comment that they forget I am even there. I love getting to know and bringing the best out of all the couples I work with. As the driving force behind the business this is what motivates me. Oh and seeing the smiles and tears of joy when clients are presented with their final images. I then know I have achieved my aim and done a great job. I also feel that having worked in both the European & Australian wedding markets I bring a fresh perspective to People Photography, on this side of the planet.
My work includes Wedding, Family Photography and Business / Personal Branding photography. Each is approached with different objectives but all are about People in different aspects of their lives. Wedding Photography is all about encapsulating the love and emotion of the occasion, on a Family portrait shoot I seek to bring out each individuals character, but also try to convey an overall sense of family unity. Commercial work highlights the human face behind the business . All these genres are people centric and my purpose and drive is to capture the emotion and character that exists in reality and to try and accuratrely portray that in an image, the best way I can.
I use the latest Professional Canon Digital equipment, which Ive been using, in one form or another, exclusively for a over a decade. Minor post production editing is carried out in Lightroom, with additional requested editing in Photoshop. Studio lighting equipment and accessories by Elinchrom and I prefer to use Lowepro to move and protect my precious equipment. I also carry a back up of everything, from spare batteries to flash units and even a 2nd professional camera body – just in case.
I am big coffee fan and more than happy to meet prospective clients for a cuppa and a chat ( the coffee's on me!). As my style of photography is greatly influenced by the relationship I build with clients, I feel that a no obligation meeting is really important for everyone to see if we are the right fit for each other. Especially when your talking about wedding shoots that can last up to and sometimes over 10 hrs. However, If we live over a reasonable driving distance apart, a Skype or Facetime call can work just as well !
these things fill my life