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. In front of me is my lovely dad - looking so proud one moment and laughing his head off the next. Dad wasn't well and he didn't make it to the end of that year. As you can imagine, these pictures mean so much to me on a personal level, but they will always remind me of the importance of what I do.

 

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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 in Surrey, just 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 from a kit. I've flown myself all around Europe and survived adventurous flights through Africa where my bush-flying stills were tested to the limit. I also love to ski through fresh powder and ride my mountain bike along muddy trails.

A documentary approach to photographing weddings 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 and beautiful portraits. I love photographing people - great portraits say something more about the subject than just what they look like. I've been fortunate to photograph all sorts of people 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.

It’s important to feel confident you’re getting the photography that fits with your style. If this is the approach that sounds right for your wedding I'd love to meet you and hear your story. I'll work with you all the way to understand your plans and requirements - so I can tell the story of your day in the best way possible.

 

 

Editorial Work

All my work is forged from real experience on assignment working as a photojournalist for The Times. 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 Malala Yousafzai - Human Rights CampaignerMalala Yousafzai - Human Rights CampaignerClient: ABC News Nicole Kidman - ActressNicole Kidman - ActressClient: The Times A blacksmith's forge in Kabul, AfghanistanA blacksmith's forge in Kabul, AfghanistanClient: The Times Davina McCall - TV PresenterDavina McCall - TV PresenterClient: The Times A Chinook helicopter resupplying British troops in Helmand, AfghanistanA Chinook helicopter resupplying British troops in Helmand, AfghanistanClient: The Times Afghan National Police training in Sangin, HelmandAfghan National Police training in Sangin, Helmand, AfghanistanClient: The Times British Soldier in an armoured vehicle in Musa Qala, AfghanistanBritish Soldier in an armoured vehicle in Musa Qala, AfghanistanClient: The Times British soldiers on night patrol in Sangin, AfghanistanBritish soldiers on night patrol in Sangin, AfghanistanClient: The Times Boys flying a kite in Kabul, AfghanistanBoys flying a kite in Kabul, AfghanistanClient: The Times Boys flying a kite in Kabul, AfghanistanBoys flying a kite in Kabul, AfghanistanClient: The Times Rory Bremner - ImpressionistRory Bremner - ImpressionistClient: The Times Concorde makes its last ever flight into HeathrowConcorde makes its last ever flight into HeathrowClient: 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 John Malkovich - ActorJohn Malkovich - ActorClient: The Times Douglas Hurd - PoliticianDouglas Hurd - PoliticianClient: 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 Oliver Stone - Film DirectorOliver Stone - Film DirectorClient: The Times Mount Kinabalu - World Heritage Site, MalaysiaMount Kinabalu - World Heritage Site, MalaysiaClient: Raleigh International Danum Valley Conservation Area - MalaysiaDanum Valley Conservation Area - MalaysiaClient: Raleigh International Men playing backgammon in Baghdad, IraqMen playing backgammon in Baghdad, IraqClient: The Times US Forces helicopter over Baghdad, IraqUS Forces helicopter over Baghdad, IraqClient: The Times RAF flypast in LondonRAF flypast in LondonClient: The Times

 

On Assignment

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