I’m Ross and in no particular order, I’m a professional wedding and portrait photographer, published author, obsessive ‘Great British Bake Off’ viewer and reluctant runner.
I’d love to tell you that at the age of six, my grandfather gifted me an antique camera and I spent the rest of my childhood in the dark room following an early calling to the magical art of photography. However, the truth is that I didn’t really pick up a camera until my late twenties, but when I did, boy did it change my life.
Not only did it provide me with a creative outlet and the opportunity to launch my own business, it provided me with a tool to empower others to feel amazing about who they are. You see, there was a time when I was terrified of being myself. Scared to come out as gay, worried the school bullies were correct and that I was indeed hideously ugly, and ultimately believed that I was destined for (and deserved) a life of loneliness.
That was a long time ago and I’m now happily out, proud, comfortable in my own skin and have been with my truly wonderful partner for nearly 13 years. However, my somewhat traumatic childhood gave me insight into what it’s like to have insecurities and low self-esteem. I understand that even for the most outwardly confident couple, being plonked in front of a big fat professional camera can summon up a host of nerves and feelings of awkwardness. It’s also fair to say that a lot of the mainstream wedding media lacks diversity and a healthy dose of reality, and you may be struggling to identify with the couples you see on those Pinterest boards.
So I’m here to capture real couples, and prove that you don’t have to be anything other than your true selves, in order to be wonderfully photogenic. Nor do we need to use elaborate and laborious posing to bring out all of your awesome qualities on camera. I continually receive emails, cards and messages from my couples following their wedding or engagement shoot, thanking me for making them feel so at ease, and this is before they have even seen their photos! It’s a testament to how much emphasis I place on making sure you have a wonderful experience when being photographed, and ensure that it’s never simply a means to an end.
Before I became a photographer I worked with children who have additional needs and also worked for the Alzheimer’s Society. In fact, every job I’ve ever had has been people-focussed. Connecting with others is a huge part of being a photographer, and being trained in how to truly listen and interact with people who face challenges with communication, is a skill I’m truly proud of.
Away from the camera
I run regularly to keep fit and enjoy it at least 50% of the time! My next event is the Brighton Marathon in September 2021 so I’m currently trying to eat healthily and stay in shape for that. Some days are more successful than others though!
As mentioned, I live with my beautiful partner James. We have been together for over 12 years and he is my best friend and my rock. We have been through all sorts of adventures together; some incredibly exciting, others desperately sad, but ultimately, we can conquer anything as long as we are together (although it’s always best if I do the cooking and he does the ironing to avoid singed shirts and burnt lasagnes)!
I’m originally from the Cotswolds and nature is my go-to cure for any stress, anxiety or lows that can creep into all of our lives from time to time. It makes an appearance in most of my shoots too as I feel people totally relax when in the great outdoors.
When not shooting, I love a trip to All Saints for some clothes shopping, cooking Nigella recipes whilst dancing around the ktichen to Jessie Ware and of course delving into an addictive boxset; anything from How to Get Away with Murder (for the drama) to Elite (for the…ahem…cast).
Oh and aside from Bake Off, my favourite ever programme is a really old TV show called The Darling Buds of May (google it). Don’t laugh, it’s very relaxing…seriosuly…where are you going?
Anyway, moving on, please contact me for a chat about your wedding plans and I promise I’ll restore any credibility I’ve just lost with that confession.
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A few facts
I’m sure you haven’t come here to read an extensive CV and life history. Instead here are a few facts that sum me up much more succinctly.
I studied English & Psychology at university…
… but I was also part of the street dance team. The ‘worm’ was my signature move!
I try to always try to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day…
… but I get more texts from Dominoes than from anyone else in my contact list (and sometimes my willpower gets the better of me).
I schedule my admin & editing days for a Friday…
…because that’s when I can listen to the New Music Playlist on Spotify. Not that I ever dance around my office mind you…
I love a good lie-in on a day off…
…but I’m not exactly an early riser the rest of the time either (unless I’m shooting a wedding of course).
People often comment on how I’m always smiling in my photos…
…which is ironic as I’m really self-conscious about the gap between my front teeth.
Despite being with my partner for 12 years and a career in the wedding industry…
…I’m still not engaged! I might need to ask some of you for proposal tips soon.