How I became a Kent wedding photographer

How I became a Kent wedding photographer

The story of how I became a wedding photographer based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent

When meeting with potential clients or during engagement shoots we often chat about our pasts, I love to find out from my happy couples where they met and how they ended up together. It's great to hear every unique story! One thing clients often ask me is how I ended up as a wedding photographer based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. I thought I would share with you the answer to my journey towards finding my calling as a Kent wedding photographer.

I didn't find photography, photography found me. It's a terrible cliche and hard to write but it's totally true. Growing up I would bounce all over the place, changing my career path at the drop of a hat, with no real idea of what I wanted to do with my life. I would also constantly be changing hobbies whilst looking for something to be passionate about (little did I know it would end up as photography!)

I knew I wanted to go to university and I knew I was a nerd who loved films, music and being creative. So I studied Creative Technologies at Portsmouth University, which is where I first got my hands on a professional camera. At first, I was put off by the complicated menus and buttons of an SLR, so I stuck to using my iPhone to photograph anything I could find! I was hooked and would constantly be looking for interesting shapes and patterns around Portsmouth. 

I'm a hard core music fan and spent most of my time going to concerts, it had a fantastic music scene but boy did it break the bank! It was at one concert I spotted a group of photographers at the front in the pit and I thought to myself, "I can totally do that and it means I could get in for free!" Of course, an iPhone wouldn't cut it in the photo pit so I faced my technophobia and invested in my first SLR and learnt it inside out. I loved music photography and I'm sure I'll pick it up again soon!

After university, I had a new love for photography but not really much clue about what I wanted to do with my newfound skill set. So I did what most confused graduates do and hit the road to go travelling! Of course, I had my camera with me but a smaller mirrorless camera and I fell in love with a whole new type of photography. It was whilst spending a year in South America that I discovered the joy of being a documentary and travel photographer. It was an approach I would later adopt in my wedding photography. 

After my trip to South America, I worked in France as chalet host (once again delaying choosing a career!). It was here that I met my partner, Sarah. She is from Kent and I was more than happy to move here after the season. With nothing to lose and a new beginning, this was the perfect chance to do what I've always wanted to do, start my own photography business. I had shot a few weddings with other photographers before and I loved the storytelling nature of the genre. I enjoy being able to shoot in an honest documentary style that captures the emotion of the day. 

Since its humble conception, I'm happy to say I'm shooting more weddings than ever and love every single one. I will be writing a post soon about exactly what I love wedding photography and why it brings me such joy to document those important moments in peoples live. 

Thank you for reading!

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