SMP Weddings – Reportage Wedding and Events Photography - Creating an intimate and informal set of images that burst with atmosphere and personality. Hello, I'm Sophie. Born in 1977, I’m the youngest of three girls, mother of two boys and wife to my first love. I shot my first wedding in 2007 after leaving a career as a TV producer to study for a photography degree. Getting into wedding photography is one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I use my experience of documentary making in my storytelling and my very unobtrusive way of working. Photojournalism is all about clever observations, decisive moments, crafting beautiful stories, and I can't think of any other subject that I would rather document. I consider it a huge privilege to be invited into people’s worlds on a life-changing day, a day when all the people they love most in the world are all in one place to celebrate two people finding each other. I believe in marriage, I believe in making a promise to one other person, and that the wedding day can come in any form. Each wedding is unique and every couple is different, and from that stem limitless opportunities for creative storytelling and interesting observations. I genuinely consider myself lucky that I absolutely love what I do. My Style: Shooting a wedding for me is all about creating a timeless set of images which take you right back to the moment every single time you view them. My aim is for the images to be informal yet intensely atmospheric, with an intimacy that makes a viewer feel as if they were there even if they weren’t. I take a documentary approach to listening and watching what’s happening around me without ever intervening or directing. I photograph the day as it happens, anticipating moments and always looking for an interesting perspective. The biggest compliment for me is when a bride cries (through happiness!) when she sees the images, I know then that I've really done the day justice. The second biggest compliment is when I’m told I must have been everywhere yet they hardly noticed me. It’s very important to me to remain discreet, I have a huge amount of respect for the emotional intensity of the day and as soon as a person (or people) are aware that they are being photographed the dynamic has changed and the moment has gone, so discretion is something I work hard at. Wedding days fly by at an insane speed, it’s a very euphoric and momentous day, so having someone tuned into all the small moments as well as all the big ones makes for an incredibly intimate and atmospheric set of images.
The Barn, Ockenden Lane, Cuckfield, Sussex, RH17 5LD, UK