A little bit about me
Hi, I’m Mike! I live in Whalley Range, Manchester, with my husband John and our two cats Rufus and Martha.
We both love to cook, travel, run and cycle and we get out to gigs a fair bit too. We’ve been regulars at the Green Man festival in Wales for a few years now. There is nothing better than enjoying live music and a few real ales with good friends in the great Welsh countryside.
My mum is a huge shutterbug, let’s just say my childhood is well documented! It was only a matter of time before I picked up the camera myself. My mum always had a good one I could borrow! (along with her wedding hat too!)
The Making of Mike: Wedding photographer
I stepped into the job at a friend’s wedding, when their photographer fell through at the last minute. It was just the beginning. Before I knew it, I had a website and a price list! It’s now been 8 years since that first wedding and my work has been featured in print and on magazine covers, and blogs such as Boho Weddings , Rock My Wedding & Brides Up North to name a few. I’m so thankful to that friend for having faith in me, and to all the couples who’ve trusted me to capture their day for them so far… I really do love what I do!
How I work
My favourite bit of feedback from a recent wedding I photographed was that many guests were quite surprised that the couple chose not to have a professional photographer. They thought I was one of the couple’s friends and just another guest… who happened to take a LOT of photos! This was before they’d seen the photos and based on how relaxed they felt around me, challenging their perceptions of how a wedding photographer (me!) can actually just be a natural part of the day. It’s so important when taking documentary style photos, to quickly win peoples trust and have them feel relaxed around you. There’s no real formula to this, I just try to be myself.
Every wedding is unique and when it comes to style. I think it’s more a case of weddings putting a stamp on my photography than the other way around. You set the agenda, how long or little time we spend taking formal and portrait shots (portrait shots don’t need to be posed!). It’s your day and I’m just there to help you remember it through a beautiful set of pictures. Get in touch now to check my availability.
I think it’s really important to give something back to the community. This year I ran a competition to Win Your Wedding Photography. I’m going to be giving away one wedding per year, so if you’re not quite ready with a date and venue yet check back next winter when there will be another lucky couple.
My perspective on things
To understand this, the best thing is to:
put some music on
pour a glass of your favourite tipple and have a leisurely look through some of the weddings I’ve shot… see if they speak to you.
If you like my perspective, then let’s arrange a chat to discuss your plans for what will ultimately be, the best day of your life!
Mine certainly was!