my goal is to make everyone feel celebrated

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Who am i?

Oh, hello there! I'm Stephen. A 30-something who's living the absolute dream. I get to do what I love for a living and work with some of the most incredible people the world has to offer.

A newlywed with an overly expressive face and self confessed tea addict with a famously low tolerance to spicy food. A lover of Sweden and musical theatre with a hope that one day I will be involved in a spontaneous song and dance number.

I think everything is the best when it’s kept simple and always work by my mantra of 'honest, natural and creative'; the absolute backbone SWJ Photography. So what does that mean?

Honest...

I think everyone is at their most awesome when they're just being themselves and this is what I aim to capture, the best version of everyone. Helping people feel comfortable in front of my camera, for me, is all about a rapport and this helps make the photographs feel natural and not forced or fake.

Trust is absolutely vital so if you've got a question; I answer it, you want to know a price it's right there. Nothing is hidden or secretive just honest and upfront.

If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?

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Natural...

I love to capture people for who they are and what they do naturally, sure during a shoot we might play a few games (thank you previous drama teaching experience!) but they're just to get the most natural reactions from whoever I am working with.

It's taken a while to accept myself for who I am; tiny handed & chubby cheeked, but I know that I am best when I'm being myself. This usually means making an idiot of myself, dancing around and laughing hysterically (usually at myself).

this above all: to thine own self be true

Creative...

I am always on the look out for a new angle, a new perspective or a new way of shooting whether it's a wedding or a family shoot. It's amazing what you can find at a location with just a pair of battered old Converse or boots and a cheeky smile.

I've always been creative with a history in performing arts and a love of theatre, music and travel I get inspired by pretty much everything I see much to the dismay of my husband who, occasionally, feels like he’s holidaying alone while I walk around gazing down side streets or up at the sky.

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I’ve seen the best & worst of you, I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are

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Why?

So many people can say they love doing photography, wedding photography especially, and it's understandable why - they're bloody awesome!

Having recently got married myself my love of weddings and what people can do with them has been renewed ten-fold. I’m now even more in love with these quirky, unique but, most importantly, special days.

However, for me it all comes back to being little and sitting on my mom and dad's bed on a Saturday morning looking through family photographs of parties or weddings. 

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!

If you are looking for a totally personalised services, chats over tea & a good slice of cake and exceptional customer service get in touch and let's start the journey!

Quotes by great literary legends RuPaul Charles, William Shakespeare and Joss Whedon.