My work life:
My name is Lee, I'm a Worcestershire based professional wedding photographer. I have been photographing weddings for 12 years, full time for 7 years and I honestly believe I have the best job in the world. At the time of writing, I have photographed 318 weddings, and loved every moment. Also, if you judge me by the photo above, I seem to hold my camera like a complete weirdo.
I'm 30 years old, but have been taking photos now for 18 years. I have had a fantastic career thus-far and have packed so much in already - I've photographed the Queen, Lewis Hamilton, Jason Donovan, Kevin Keegan, Mike Tindall (who called me pint-size) and Martin Corry to name but a few. I've also photographed the Three Counties show from a light aircraft, hanging out of the window, and I've photographed Wembley Stadium and St Pauls Cathedral at night. From a helicopter.
I'm often asked how I got into photography, and I'm afraid it's one of those good old fashioned love stories - only this one is about a boy and his camera. I was 12 years old when my dad retrieved his old 35mm film camera from the attic - a camera that's 10 years older than I am! I used to love playing with the camera, I love how it felt in my hand and I loved the noise the shutter made. The camera didn't have any film in it but that didn't stop me from composing make-believe photos. I was hooked on photography without ever having taken a photo.
From there, things progressed quickly. After 6 months of taking photos with my dad's old camera, I received a brand new automatic film SLR for my birthday and shot hundreds of rolls of film. My main subject matter was nature and wildlife, and it wasn't until I was 15 that I considered photographing weddings. I was a guest at a friend's wedding when I got talking to the official photographer. I still don't know why he trusted me, but he gave me a camera (a new digital SLR this time) and asked me to take some photos for him of the wedding. At the end of the day, I returned the camera and whilst I'd had an amazing time, I didn't think the experience would lead to anything. A week later I received a phone call from the photographer who said my images were good! He then asked if I'd like to 'second-shoot' at weddings with him. Between us we photographed hundreds of weddings and that's where I both fell in love with wedding photography and learned my craft.
By the time I was 17 I was using all digital equipment and had already photographed my first wedding on my own. I used to spend my free time photographing landscapes and wildlife with great success - I have been a finalist in Wildlife Photographer of the Year twice (2012 and 2015) and a semi finalist three times. In 2014, BBC's Countryfile named me in the top 10 wildlife photographers in the UK. I was also Nikon UK's Photographer of the Month for March 2013, and a finalist in the same competition in February 2015.
As odd as it may sound, I learned a lot about how I wanted to shoot weddings from wildlife photography. I knew that I wanted to hang back and allow things to play out naturally. I knew that to get the best out of my subjects, I'd have to blend into the background as best I could. I also discovered a love for black and white photography (as you might be able to tell from the images on this page as well as my portfolio.)
My time as a wildlife photographer made me a better wedding photographer. I have quick reactions and usually find myself in the right place at the right time.
My personal life:
Away from work, I am a competitive rifle shooting athlete and the associated training takes up the majority of my spare time. I currently compete in 50m prone rifle and 10m air rifle which are internationally recognised disciplines, with rifle shooting having been part of the Olympic lineup since the dawn of the modern Olympic Games in 1896. In 2017 I won two major competitions and qualified 2nd in the English Championship. In the same year I also became the first person in history to win the Worcestershire County Championship 3 years in a row.
Would you like to know more?
I understand that wedding photography is a competitive field and choosing your wedding photographer can be tough, so if you would like to meet up and discuss your photographic requirements for your wedding or have a look at my albums, drop me a line by filling out the Contact form.