I'm Paul aka bomKnights
Ok apologies first, there’s a fair bit of waffle here, I’m going to bore myself writing it so I feel for you I really do, bear with me though, or don’t and keep looking at the pictures…tbh if you have the same attention span as me you’ve probably already scrolled past…maybe this is a test though, maybe I’m judging you like you’re judging me, maybe I’m not - who knows. If you’ve got this far you’ve passed.
Incredibly happily married for nearly 10 years to my wife Emma. We’ve two kids, live in Cheshire and I consider myself very lucky to do this photography thing and actually get paid to do it, it’s cool as fuck and I’ll be honest… I still can’t believe people pay me to do something I absolutely love doing!!
I am a bit different to a traditional wedding photographer, there’s none of those clichés you might not be keen on - no standing in lines for hours for family portraits (I’d rather let you enjoy every minute of your day), there’s no dresses hung on trees (you dress looks much better on you), none of that awkward posing either (posed pictures look stiff and stupid) and certainly no interrupting any of your day (there’s nothing more annoying than trying to relax only to have a photographer ask you to stop for pictures)
So, what do I do ? As far as you’re concerned nothing really, I’ll simply mingle, chat, sit with your guests and be part of your day just like everyone else. In return you’ll get the genuine experience of your wedding day in pictures, a great story filled with real memories and moments you’ll cherish for years to come. No fuss, no faff, no awkwardness.
I’m simply another guest on your day, there’s no big cameras, no tripods, no-one telling you what to do - it’s the ideal option for people who want wedding pictures without actually having a wedding photographer - because wedding photographers are a huge pain in the ass, yes they are.
Other things you may want to know: I live in Cheshire and photograph weddings across the world, it doesn’t matter where you are, if you like the sound of my approach and I like the sound of your wedding I’ll travel anywhere.
I’m commonly classed as a Documentary Wedding Photographer, although technically my approach is more street and social documentary photography at weddings, very lucky enough to be classed as one of the best documentary wedding photographers in the world and completely unique in my approach to weddings. Yeah I’m good, don’t worry.
I dress to blend in, not stick out so there’s no daft photographer getup (leather harnesses, huge cameras and all that nonsense), I don’t promise to be discreet then start wafting a camera the size of a rocket launcher in people’s faces. I am genuinely discreet, very good at hiding in plain sight because my previous career meant I had to.
That’s me in the picture below, I apologise for my shiny head if you’re baldist then we have a problem, unless you send me a wig in the post to wear. I’m in Italy, the picture was actually taken by a guest, yes it is 2am and yes I’m still there “mingling” (actually doing tequila shots), you wonder how accepted I am at a wedding it’s this much and yes to me a full day is a full day, not running away just after a first dance when the party is just stepping up a gear.
You see I love what I do, and if you’re a good bunch (which you will be), I’ll be enjoying myself with you. Don’t worry I’m not a drunken yahoo but I am there to photograph how your day felt and I can only do that if I’m a part of it, not an outsider.
Anyway, enough from me, please take a good look around, take your time. If you love what I do and how I do it, there’s a very good chance you’re my ideal kind of couple and I’d love to shoot your wedding.
ps if you’ve read this far I’ll take £100 off your quote providing you reference something above when you contact me, well done for sticking with it.
Why memories are important to me | Why I photograph weddings
My Dad passed away when I was 2, my Mum when I was 16. I have no memories of my Dad whatsoever, very few of my mum. A while ago I was contacted by someone who knew my parents, they had a number of boxes belonging to my Mum and Dad. Those boxes contained pictures my Dad had taken, a wedding album, along with various other things - random albums of my Dad's time spent travelling the world as a policeman - Jerusalem, Nigeria, the far east - beautiful black and white pictures of daily life. There were pictures of me as a kid (sitting outside wearing a sunhat with my todger out - why do parents do that, why), a couple of my dad holding me as a baby, pictures of me and my mum. I mean shit man, that’s when I realized how important photographs were.
These pictures had a large personal impact on me. How much they actually meant to me got me thinking if they hadn't been taken there would be no record any of it ever happened. I decided I wanted to do the same for my family, our first child had just been born and I wanted to create a visual legacy for us all. Long story short - turns out I had a bit of an natural aptitude for taking pictures and after an extremely long learning period and a leap of faith I left a job I absolutely hated to become a full time photographer....and I bloody love it !
So that's how and why I became a photographer, some random boxes that someone sent me, my children coming along and a need to preserve memories. It's taken off from there. I'm driven by a deep desire to record real memories in pictures, it's something really important to me on a personal level. Amazing what 2 boxes of pictures can do for someone - that's the value of photographs to me...in fact they're invaluable.
That’s my WHY…
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Why you want me at your wedding - Reason #1
I give you pictures that are relevant and personal to YOU. The kind of pictures you’ll want to look at in 20 years that make you remember your wedding with a big smile on your face, your personalities, your feelings and the atmosphere of your day.
I will also take pictures other wedding photographers don’t. There will be photos of your Dad in the bath, people who fall over on the dance floor, people falling up stairs, down stairs, in bushes, making complete fools of themselves - people will say ‘Don’t you dare take a picture of this’, I’ll wear my best innocent expression and swear I won’t…I’ll already have taken the picture. That’s the kind of person you’re hiring.
I’m incredibly unobtrusive from a photographer perspective, yet I will celebrate with you because I’m taking part in something unforgettable. I am 100% part of your wedding, just not like a photographer and that’s where the intimate nature of my pictures come from.
Why you want me at your wedding - Reason #2
You don’t want pictures of you looking stiff as a board, or bored stiff. I don’t have a template or style, each and every wedding is treated differently, I fully appreciate and understand that you’re completely different from my last couple and will be completely different to my next couple - I treat you all as individuals, not a mass photography factory. I have an ethos, a philosophy, an approach and it all revolves around you being relaxed and being yourselves. I give you room to enjoy your day, in return you get pictures of you enjoying your day.
Why you want me at your wedding - Reason #3
I’m part of your wedding, it’s part of my contract you buy me a shot if you’re the shot buying types. It’s part of my contract you will fully enjoy yourselves. I join in, your pictures are from the perspective of someone who is joining in, someone who feels all the feelings your family and guests do. I expect to be treated like one of the family, or a good friend, I expect banter, laughs, a bit of abuse, hugs and….well it just works better if you feel like you know me, not just like the hired help. I believe wedding photography (great wedding photography) is 80% social skills and 20% photographic capability…don’t worry that’s not me saying I can’t take a picture to save my life, that’s me saying I know what it takes to actually get a great picture of a real moment.
Why you want me at your wedding - Reason #4
My couples love me and so will you. I’m worth every damn penny of your hard earned money. I care more about enjoying myself at your wedding than I probably should, but my pictures show just how much I do enjoy myself. I give a shit…about your memories, about you being completely overjoyed with your pictures, about your day.