I live in Stevenage, Hertfordshire and I'm lucky enough that my house backs onto a local park. The living room has a kind of vintage feel. Suit cases with table legs, an old sewing machine, a welsh dresser and even a vintage drinks cabinet that smells like my nan if that makes sense? This is all down to my fiancé Gemma that I have been with for just over 10 years.
Friends and family call my house "the zoo". We have chickens, guinea pigs, goldfish, cats, dogs and even an ant farm! I live with my fiancé and two children (Raef and Safi) who are 5 and 8 years old. Raef has my Irish temper (my mother is from Coleraine) and Safi has the calmness of a still pool of water. They're great kids and although they have loads of toys they prefer nothing more than getting outside and playing in the fresh air.
Surprisingly, despite the amount of five star reviews I have received I've only been photographing weddings professionally for 3 years and it's been an absolute whirlwind. I am learning new things every day. Each and every wedding poses new challenges which I embrace.
I like to read, cook curries, attend Crossfit sessions and watch any kind of sport that happens to be on TV. I even run my own fitness bootcamp which I often jump in on to burn off all of the curry I consume. I have always wanted to go on an Indian cuisine cooking course but about a year ago I decided to just teach myself. Youtube videos and books have been my guides. At first I was disappointed with the results but now I am super proud of what I can cook.
My favourite movies of all time (in no particular order) are; The Place Beyond The Pines, Dumb and Dumber, Predator, Pulp Fiction, Crimson Tide and Training Day. The best book trilogy I ever read was Wool by Hugh Howey.
I'm a massive Oasis fan but love a wide range of music. I'm a proper 90's boy. Born Slippy is on repeat when I cycle to the office. Speaking of the office, I'm a huge Ricky Gervais fan and can probably recite the whole of his BBC mocumentary The Office.
I served in Her Majesty's Royal Marines for 5 years (a long time ago now). During this time I learnt how to play hard and work harder. I was taught the importance of being professional and taking pride in everything I do. I apply these lessons to everything nowadays and especially into my photography business.
My style of photography is a mixture of classic and documentary. Guests of past weddings that I have photographed have commented on how well I blended in, to the point that they didn't even know a photographer was there!
The final images that I present to my clients tell a story of the day and how it unfolded. A small part of the final edit contain the "posed" images which would be just the two of you. You'd be surprised at how many of my clients say "we hate posing for photos", but come the day when you're looking and feeling your absolute best, you'll forget I'm there when we go off to capture your first moments as husband and wife, wife and husband (sound like that bloke with the mega long beard from that 80's Christmas movie when he does the hand over to Santa).
Anyway, have a look at my work. If you like my style then we can meet up for a coffee and get to know each other. I'm also happy to Skype or FaceTime. When we've had our initial chat it's up to you whether you decide to book me or not. I simply wait to hear from you and if I don't, I don't. Simple.
No two weddings are the same and yours certainly won’t be, which is why you have spent so much time planning it.
Let Tony capture it all.
I want you to look back on a precious set of images, provided for you, by me and remember everything about one of the best days of your lives.