It’s always so exciting to step out of your safe zone and to shoot something new. What was so special at this wedding? Beautiful music, which I’m afraid I could not capture and three wedding ceremonies back to back – civil, Jewish and Chinese. Enjoy the images and don’t miss the testimonial below the post. Laura and David, thank you for the trust you put in me.
For us, more than anything, a wedding photographer had to surprise, amuse, delight and move, but definitely without glitz or sentimentality. Fabulous, assured and complete technical mastery are the most important qualities — and, the sign of a real professional — getting it right first time, every time, because you don’t get many repeat opportunities at a wedding. Michael understood instantly what was required — we are an older couple, a bit out of the soft-focus age-group — and we had a complex series of ceremonies: civil, Jewish, and then Chinese. He was as excited as us about them, and despite never having experienced the last two, captured them with all the joy and occasional solemnity that they require. They would tax the finest photographers, but he was immediately attuned. His portraits of our guests were wonderful, and some are masterpieces of the photographer’s art. He is a charming, modest, THINKING photographer and we occasionally — but only occasionally — glimpsed him during the day scuttling around at high speed getting the most beautiful, unexpected and relaxed pictures. The result was a treasury of views that we never saw or experienced ourselves: a completely different view of our wedding, a new dimension. Any competent professional can do the standard stuff. He delivered this with amazing speed and assurance (and without boring our guests, who have more important things to do). But there was much more besides. His fee was also extraordinary value compared with the usual suspects. Snap him up, so to speak, while you can. Everyone is to a certain extent apprehensive about their wedding photographer; you can have complete confidence in this delightful and superb artist.
David Levy and Laura Liew, London