You might wonder why I go out and do street photography when my job is predominately wedding photography, the answer is simple, I really enjoy it and it I believe it makes me a better documentary wedding photographer. Looking for special moments and interesting light are a some of the skills needed when I’m photographing a couples wedding and it’s what I’m searching for in my street photography.
I suppose I first really got interested in street photography when I visited Varanasi in India in 2013 on a John Stanmeyer workshop. The streets of Varansi were simply a plethora of wonderful and fascinating sights which were so exciting and inspiring to document, it was an experience never to be forgotten.
Since then I have loved the concept of street photography but I’ll be honest, I haven’t pursued my interest as much as I should have, but I’ve decided that has now changed! Street photography means me stepping out of my comfort zone, it’s one thing to know you are wanted at a wedding to photograph people, but it’s quite another to approach complete strangers and capture them candidly. That said I do talk to people when I’m out, it’s not a case of taking their photograph and running off, it’s good to communicate too.
Walking around Folkestone I have discovered a town with so many different aspects to it and I love the ‘arty’ vibe of the old town and the harbour area, it’s definitely a place I’ll visit more regularly. What I love about this type of photography is that you can literally do it anywhere, and combining it with travel is a perfect way for me to enjoy new places as well as my photography.
In March last year I visited Gyumri in Armenia and quite by chance began photographing weddings there. In this Armenian Weddings blog post you can see how my street photography influenced how I documented these weddings.
If you are interested in booking me to photograph your wedding, wherever it may be in the world I’d love to hear from you so please feel free to Contact me.