Hi, I'm Nick

Getting married is awesome.  This me on my wedding day giving my speech. Maybe a little nervous, but it seemed to go down well and everyone laughed in the right places. Looking back on my own wedding photographs, it's the real moments frozen in time that are most important to me and their significance grows stronger with each passing year.

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I grew up living around the world as the family followed my dad's career in Europe and Asia. After studying photography at art college I followed my boyhood dream to become a photojournalist, working my way up to the The Times in London where I spent more than ten years covering assignments far-flung destinations alongside some of the best photographers in the world.

I'm now based on the edge of London where I live with my amazing wife, Camilla and our two little boys. The sunny loft at the top of the house serves as my studio and office. 

The passion for photography I had as a boy is still with me now that it's my career, as is my love of adventure from a lifetime of travelling. I have a pilot's licence and a plane which I built myself. I've flown all around Europe and survived adventurous flights through Africa where my bush-flying stills were tested to the limit. I also love to ski in the quieter winter months and ride my mountain bike in the nearby Surrey Hills.

I love photographing people and I believe great portraits say something more about the subject than just what they look like. I've been fortunate to photograph people from every walk of life, from royalty, world leaders and celebrities to many ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events. Some of my portrait work is now part of the House of Commons Permanent Art Collection.

A documentary approach to photographing your wedding is important to me because I believe that looking back on the real story of your day will matter to you most as the years go by, and I want to tell that story through unposed genuine moments combined with beautiful relaxed portraits. These photographs will travel with you on your journey through life together and their importance will grow as the years pass and maybe future generations will treasure them too.

I'll work with you all the way to make sure you get the photographs that you are imagining now as you plan your wedding day. If this is the approach that sounds right for your wedding I'd love to meet you and hear your story.

 

Editorial Work

Most of my work is forged from real experience on assignment working as a photojournalist for The Times, but I've also worked for a number of high profile corporate clients and NGOs. It's essential to be able to adapt to all situations while the pressure is on. Operating the camera needs to be second nature, and all mental effort directed to capturing the moment, and anticipating the next one. The job of a photojournalist is to tell a story through a set of photographs: This is just as true at a wedding as it is on the front line.

Elle Macpherson - ModelElle Macpherson - ModelClient: Barclays Elle Macpherson - Model  |  Client: Barclays

 

Malala Yousafzai - Human Rights CampaignerMalala Yousafzai - Human Rights CampaignerClient: ABC News Malala Yousafzai - Human Rights Campaigner  |  Client: ABC News

 

Nicole Kidman - ActressNicole Kidman - ActressClient: The Times Nicole Kidman - Actress  |  Client: The Times

 

A blacksmith's forge in Kabul, AfghanistanA blacksmith's forge in Kabul, AfghanistanClient: The Times A blacksmith's forge in Kabul, Afghanistan  |  Client: The Times

 

Davina McCall - TV PresenterDavina McCall - TV PresenterClient: The Times Davina McCall - TV Presenter  |  Client: The Times


A Chinook helicopter resupplying British troops in Helmand, AfghanistanA Chinook helicopter resupplying British troops in Helmand, AfghanistanClient: The Times A Chinook re-supplies British troops in Afghanistan  |  Client: The Times

 

Afghan National Police training in Sangin, HelmandAfghan National Police training in Sangin, Helmand, AfghanistanClient: The Times Afghan National Police training in Helmand Province  |  Client: The Times

 

British Soldier in an armoured vehicle in Musa Qala, AfghanistanBritish Soldier in an armoured vehicle in Musa Qala, AfghanistanClient: The Times A British solider in an armoured vehicle, Afghanistan  |  Client: The Times

 

British soldiers on night patrol in Sangin, AfghanistanBritish soldiers on night patrol in Sangin, AfghanistanClient: The Times British Soldiers on a night patrol in Afghanistan  |  Client: The Times

 

Boys flying a kite in Kabul, AfghanistanBoys flying a kite in Kabul, AfghanistanClient: The Times Boys flying a kite in Kabul, Afghanistan  |  Client: The Times

 

Boys flying a kite in Kabul, AfghanistanBoys flying a kite in Kabul, AfghanistanClient: The Times Boys flying a kite in Kabul, Afghanistan  |  Client: The Times
 

Rory Bremner - ImpressionistRory Bremner - ImpressionistClient: The Times Rory Bremner - Impressionist  |  Client: The Times

 

Concorde makes its last ever flight into HeathrowConcorde makes its last ever flight into HeathrowClient: The Times Concorde makes its last flight into Heathrow  |  Client The Times

 

'The Rokeby Venus' by Diego Velazquez at the Hayward Gallery in London'The Rokeby Venus' by Diego Velazquez at the Hayward Gallery in LondonClient: The Times 'The Rokeby Venus' by Diego Velazquez at the Hayward Gallery in London  |  Client: The Times

 

John Malkovich - ActorJohn Malkovich - ActorClient: The Times John Malkovich - Actor  |  Client: The Times

 

Douglas Hurd - PoliticianDouglas Hurd - PoliticianClient: The House of Commons Permanent Art Collection Douglas Hurd - Politician  |  Client: The House of Commons Permanent Art Collection

 

A grieving woman from the Shawaka district of Baghdad, IraqA grieving woman from the Shawaka district of Baghdad, IraqClient: The Times A grieving woman in Baghdad, Iraq  |  Client: The Times

 

Oliver Stone - Film DirectorOliver Stone - Film DirectorClient: The Times Oliver Stone - Film Director  |  Client: The Times

 

Mount Kinabalu - World Heritage Site, MalaysiaMount Kinabalu - World Heritage Site, MalaysiaClient: Raleigh International Mount Kinabalu - World Heritage Site, Malaysia  |  Client: Raleigh International

 

Danum Valley Conservation Area - MalaysiaDanum Valley Conservation Area - MalaysiaClient: Raleigh International Danum Valley Conservation Area - Malaysia  | client: Raleigh International

 

Men playing backgammon in Baghdad, IraqMen playing backgammon in Baghdad, IraqClient: The Times Backgammon players in Baghdad, Iraq  |  Client: the Times

 

US Forces helicopter over Baghdad, IraqUS Forces helicopter over Baghdad, IraqClient: The Times US Forces helicopter over Baghdad, Iraq  |  Client: The Times

 

RAF flypast in LondonRAF flypast in LondonClient: The Times RAF flypast in London  | Client: The Times

 

On Assignment

Photography Credits: Kirsten Mavric, Paul Rogers, Anthony Loyd, Ian Hall, Jason Merron.