Oh, hello there!
I’m Stephen and that is my face. I’m a 30-something who's living the absolute bloody dream having managed to turn my hobby and passion into a career. Every single day I fall more and more in love with what I do.
A former teacher who has rediscovered happiness and what having a life means I’m more than appreciative of how precious moments in life are. Having recently married my hubster (he hates when I call him that) we’re a happy little family living in Solihull along with our 5 year old cockapoo Oswald.
I have a healthy obsession with Sweden and live in hope that one day I will be involved in a spontaneous song and dance routine. Oh, I also cry a lot at TV programmes.
I have tiny hands, an overly expressive face (see below) and eyebrows that have an absolute mind of their own (again, see below!) so like most people I hate having my photograph taken. This is why I spend my life and career behind the camera but also why I like to keep all of my work really natural and honest.
I think things are always best when they’re kept simple and you’re allowed to be yourselves. I like everyone I work with to feel like the know me well enough to totally ignore me that way they can be their authentic selves. Laughing, holding each other close and showing how you love each other.
I want to celebrate everyone for exactly who they are regardless of age, gender, sexuality, size, ethnicity, whatever - we’re all humans, we all love in our own way and that’s what makes life interesting and exciting.
If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?
Your wedding day or family photoshoot doesn’t have to be some epic production with smoke bombs, studio lighting and a tonne of props. This is, in my experience, when most people just tense up and look really, really uncomfortable.
I do like to keep it simple and real; that is why this face comes out when people ask me about photoshopping dinosaurs into their wedding photographs (believe me, it is a thing) or make them look like someone else.
Keeping it simple and focusing on the people and emotions will always produce a more interesting and authentic photograph than even the master of photoshop can manage.
I always remember spending rainy days as a child looking through millions of family photographs from weddings and holidays. This is where my love of photography and what it can mean all started. I just love the idea that in 20, 30 or 50 years time people will be showing their children or grandchildren the photographs that I've taken. That feeling makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
So if you like a good conversation over coffee and cake or in the pub (let’s face it that’s where all the best conversations happen) and someone who is going to work his arse off to make sure you’re delighted then get in touch and say hi!
this above all: to thine own self be true
Quotes by great literary legends RuPaul Charles and William Shakespeare.
Images of my mush taken be the absolute delight that is Phil from The Dignums.