A little bit about me.
Hi! I'm Russ. I've been photographing people at weddings since 2009 and have shot well over 300 since then. It's far more than a job for me and I couldn't imagine doing anything else. It's a huge experience every weekend from the moment I set off from home in the car until the end of the day. Being trusted to capture such an important life event is no small responsibility. It's a true privilege and I'm very grateful to be part of each and every wedding I'm invited to capture.
I live in a little town in Somerset called Axbridge where everyone knows everyone and I wouldn't have it any other way. I share my life with my wonderful wife Laura who is a counsellor in Somerset, our 6 year old boy Charlie and a tiny cat called Elmo.
I like caving in the Mendip and my favourite is Swildons Hole near Priddy. It's a blast - try it!
I also love music and occasionally play and sing in a 'band' with friends. Really it's just musical chaos and an excuse to drink beer and make loud noises but hey!
Other things I like include steak, curry, red wine, The Beatles and Bon Iver.
WHY I LOVE MY JOB
The experience of shooting a wedding on a relational level is fascinating. Other than a few emails, phone calls or brief meeting it’s hard to really get to know a couple before their wedding day. Then on the day itself their personalities quickly and deeply unfold and it’s a lovely thing to witness and be part of. The love between various people, the sad stories of those that couldn’t make it, the giddy excitement, the tears, the nervous energy… Then of course all those stories throughout the day (and particularly in the speeches) about silly things they’ve done, the brave things they’ve done, the things they’ve accomplished, how they met and fell in love and where their lives are heading. I honestly feel sometimes that by the end of a wedding I know the couple on a deeper level than I know many of the people I interact with daily. If I can leave a wedding feeling like I’ve somehow bottled up who the couple really are, how they feel and how they fit into each others worlds with a series of photographs, then as far as I’m concerned I’ve done what I set out to do.
“Russ is a consummate professional and worked hard all day to be in the right place at the right time in order to catch all of the little moments that make up the day. Having said this, he was a master of disguise, managing to be “there but not there” and to blend into the crowd. His hard work paid off and we were absolutely delighted with the results. I would have no hesitation in recommending him. Our vicar was of the same persuasion, saying Russ was the best photographer he’d ever worked with.” - Melanie & Luke - Elmore Court Wedding Photographymore reviews
HOW I WORK
I'm all about letting you and all your guests relax and enjoy the day. I don't interrupt or tell anyone what to do at any point. I try to be as unobtrusive as possible so that I can capture the natural, spontaneous interactions without being an influence on them.
The only time I get directly involved is to take a limited number of group photos and only if you've asked for them. Even during our short portrait sessions I tend to just let my couples have a cuddle and chat whilst I snap away. It's usually the first chance you'll have had to actually catch up and enjoy a little quiet time!
I'm then hands off again for the rest of the day. Photography isn't something I want you to be worrying about or thinking about. Just enjoy your day and I'll capture it.