ABOUT GRAHAM & HANNAH
(& OUR WEE DOG, GLYN)
(PS: THAT’S US ABOVE ON OUR WEDDING DAY!)
The photographer (Hannah’s husband)
Ten years ago I photographed my first wedding. It was actually the first time I had even been to a wedding! Hundreds of weddings later, I can’t imagine doing anything else for a job. To me, nothing beats the adrenaline and excitement of a wedding day.
It is that one chance to get catch those moments of celebration and intimacy, that fuels me. I haven’t always been a photographer. I actually started out at drama school and worked in England as a stage manager on musicals and operas.
I’ve always had an eye for detail and while touring
The assistant (Graham’s wife)
Ten years ago I first met Graham. It was at my best friend Pauline’s wedding, and I was a bridesmaid. Not a native to Northern Ireland, I grew up “across the water” in the South Wales Valleys in a little village called Ynysybwl (where Graham and I eventually married!)
Moving to Belfast in 2010, I began swapping my Saturday lie-ins for “Bridal preps” and was instantly hooked. I would never have imagined I would end up doing this, but now I can’t imagine doing anything else.
I bring a very different perspective
OH... & GLYN THE DOG
The office assistant & layabout
Glyn has only ever been to one wedding in his life, our wedding – where he travelled all the way from Belfast to South Wales standing on Graham’s lap in the passenger seat! This is a trip he is well versed in, as he has been many times to see his Welsh “grandparents”.
He was given the very important job of “Page Dog” at the wedding but
He loves not-so-long walks and listening to dog-related songs, such as Who Let The Dogs Out. A fan of bones, he also goes to work every day with Graham and can be seen loafing on his sofa in the office.
SOME RANDOM THINGS ABOUT US…
Graham's first wedding
Ten years ago in April, I photographed my first ever wedding. I had never actually been to a wedding before and researched like you wouldn’t believe. I knew how to take pictures, but a wedding is so much more than just that. Anyone can take a good photo, but running a wedding day and making sure you know where to be and when is something that you can’t just do with a camera. My first wedding took place at Methodist College in Belfast. I remember it just like it was yesterday… although I had a bit more hair then. It was Elaine & Steven’s big day. I was so nervous but didn’t let it show. I remember being so caught up in lists and worrying more about “the photographs” than the couple’s wedding! Hundreds of wedding later, I still get nervous, but that feeling is what drives me through. The day I stop being nervous is the day I know it’s time to change jobs – for if I am not nervous, then complacency can creep in.
Are we dog people or cat people?
Why dog people of course! Well, that isn’t strictly true. Before
What do we do when we're not photographing weddings?
We don’t just photograph weddings. We also photograph family portraits, pet portraits, headshots for actors and business people and engagement sessions for excited couples. We don’t really get that much time off, as apart from all that, we also run the studio and sit and work on all the images we take. A lot goes
So who photographed our wedding?
We got married last September over in Wales in the little Welsh village where Hannah is from. Oddly our Welsh minister was originally from Ballymena! We held our reception in a marquee at Hannah’s mum and dad’s house… and turned Hannah’s dad’s shed into fully working Irish pub… complete with a barrel beer from Hilden Brewery (which we weren’t totally convinced the car would carry on the ferry!) We had 50 of our best friends at the wedding… where it rained all day! But it didn’t matter! We had a blast and everyone got involved in the karaoke! Everyone who knows that we’re married asks who took our photos… and how does a wedding photographer go about picking a photographer for their own wedding? Well, the answer… with ease. Our photographer was a girl called Agnes Black. The photo at the top of this page was taken by her on our wedding day! You can check her out online at www.agnesblack.com.
AWARDS & OTHER SHINY STUFF
Photographer of the Year – 2016 – Northern Ireland Wedding Awards – Overall Winner & Regional Winner
Pet Photographer of the Year – 2017 – PPANI – Second Runner Up
Pre-Wedding & Engagement – 2017 – PPANI – Second Runner Up
Classical Wedding Photographer of the Year – 2016 & 2014 – PPANI – Finalist
Wedding Album of the Year – 2015 – PPANI – Finalist
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