My name is Dominic and I’m a professional photographer. I have been taking photographs for many years. It was a hobby that started somewhere in my teens but became a lot more serious in my late 20’s to the point now where I have offered my professional services within the world of photography for the past few years. Sometimes I wish I had found my way into the photography business a lot sooner than I did, but I can’t grumble as I’m here now and loving every minute of it.
I’ve lived in Lower Kingswood, Merstham and for the past 15 years I’ve been living in Horley and that is where my studio is to. The area that I work in mostly is the Surrey, W/E Sussex, Kent, London & South East areas of England but I’m willing and able to travel much further afield to capture your big day or occasion on camera, so far the Lake District is the furthest I’ve travelled for a wedding.
I’ve been married to my lovely wife since 2001 & we have three wonderful children. Our boys, Tomas & Lucas, arrived in 2003 & 2008, and our little lady, Imogen, was born in 2011. My little family is my life and I am 100% devoted to them. I enjoy watching them play, learn, grow and will get involved with them as much as I can, though when duty calls I must head off out to work, and I’m thankful my work is something I enjoy just as much as my family.
My other passions in life are mountain biking, football, and music. I love going to see live music when I get the chance but with a young family and a busy worklife, those opportunities are few and far between.
My favourite band, live or studio based …..Madness ………..tells you all you need to know really lol 🙂
Recently I have decided upon joining up to a photographic association, The Guild Of Wedding Photographers.
There are a few reasons why before now I hadn’t signed up to any groups or associations, and I’m not going to bore you with them, but I’ve always been of the opinion that there should be some sort of proper governing body that ensures the customer gets a photographer they can trust to do the job, who has standards, ability and professionalism, and for me a photographer being bound by the Guild’s code of conduct goes a long way to ensuring the photographer you are looking to hire is one who will uphold those vaules.
So, my signing up to the Guild Of Wedding Photographers is such that I now indeed have a code of conduct and professionalism to adhere to, and that my work has to maintain a good standard of else I run the risk of my membership being cancelled, and it gives you the client, in the very unlikely event of a problem, an association you can call upon to look into whatever the issue maybe to help us come to a resolution.
However, I’m not going to settle for simply maintaining a professionalism that I have been doing without having a membership, nor will I wear the Registered Member status as a badge of honour that says I’m better than anyone else, but I will be chasing the Qualified Status in the not to distant future and following that I may well look at achieving the Craftsmen status, as I want to be able to show that the qualified, craftsmen and master craftsmen judges believe me to be as good as many of my very happy brides and grooms kindly say that I am, and I want to continue to learn and improve upon what I do.
Remaining creatively static, becoming complacent and arrogant with my abilities and style is not something I want. I want and need to remain up to date with my style and creativity, and I want to learn as new technology continues to appear and improve what we can do for my clients.