A little about me....
Hi, I'm Jo, a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Shropshire. I'm thirty-something, have been married for 10 years, have two gorgeous boys (who also model for me every now and again) and like many of us I just love taking photos of people, moments, expressions, drama, love and happy times.
I shot my first wedding back in 2008 and will be hitting my 100th wedding this year. I feel extremely privileged to do this job, I've met many wonderful people, shared the happiest day in their lives and come away with some fabulous friends in the process.
I've also learnt a lot over the last 7 years, I've trained with some of the UK's best wedding photographers, I've developed my techniques and expanded my business to cover not just weddings but also families and baby photography. I've worked at many of the county's best known venues as well as further a field across the UK, my wedding travels have even taken me as far as Cape Town, South Africa. I'm a very lucky girl to have found a passion for something that I've been able to turn into a well established business.
I love working with natural light, capturing real moments, real expressions, real tears of joy, emotion and happiness. Weddings are just jam packed with these moments. And although I enjoy taking arty shots of flowers, reception details and venues, its the people that make it for me. There's no one else on your wedding day that you will spend as much one on one time with as your photographer, we are there with you from start to finish (almost)! So its essential that you choose someone that you feel completely comfortable with. As well as an initial meeting before booking, where I hope you will get a good feel for me and my style, I always aim to meet up with my clients over a coffee before their wedding so that we can discuss all the important details. This is also a great opportunity for me to take some practice shots to get you used to being in front of the camera, which means you get a mini engagement shoot thrown in with the package! Getting the best out of your wedding photos isn't all about poses, I want to capture the real you and the best way to do that is to help you relax. The natural shots, taken when you're not even aware of the camera, are usually the best one's!
On a typical wedding day, I start with the morning bridal preps. I love this time of the day, capturing all the little but oh-so important details that set the scene; the dress, the shoes, the make-up being applied, the giggles with the bridesmaids, the arrival of the Father of the Bride and then of course those magical few moments as the bride makes her entrance down the aisle. Its also a great time for me to get to know the key members of the wedding party. We stay through to the first dance in the evening and capture as many precious moments in between as possible. I'm not your average bossy photographer that most people expect (no whistle blowing or shouting from me!), I try to remain as discreet as possible to allow you to enjoy the wedding that I know you've planned and worked so hard for. What you will get with me is a friendly, relaxed and professional photographer. I'm also open to all of your ideas and happy to work with you to produce the photographs that you want of your special day.
With my family shoots I like to get out and about and make the most of natural light and surroundings; jumping in muddy puddles and capturing children play and have fun is one of my favourite things to do. When I'm not photographing other families, I'm often out in the woods with my camera, my boys and our lazy but loveable chocolate Labrador!
Our couples are generally looking for a natural reportage style to their wedding photographs, with some element of traditional group photographs. They want a creative and easy-going wedding photographer who doesn’t just stick to the standard stuff. It's important to have a mixture of colour and black and white photographs to choose from and then to have the freedom to have those photographs printed themselves, without huge expense or print issues. All of our packages include photos on a disc/USB complete with print release.
Don’t just take my word for it; take a look at my Testimonials page where you'll find feedback from some of my past clients.