A TINY BIT ABOUT ME | BECAUSE WRITING ABOUT YOURSELF (ONE’S SELF??) IS KIND OF SUPER WEIRD!
Hey there, I’m Paul, that’s me up there, the slightly squinty guy holding my daughter (it was really sunny ok!), and that’s my wife Claire and our 3 kids on a freezing cold beach on holiday somewhere in Devon. We chose Devon beacause a) we love it and 2) flying with children is literally hell! Chances are that as you’re reading this either me or Claire (probably both) will be chasing/wiping/sighing/pleading with at least one of our little angels but the truth is we wouldn’t have it any other way. We love them more than I can put into words here, they’re our absolute reason for being.
We’re pretty sure that’s the Fuller clan complete now, although I desperately want a dog and Claire desperately wants a kitten, at the moment there’s much debate in the house but we’ll just have to see who wins that one! (UPDATE: Claire won)
10 QUICK FACTS ABOUT ME!
1)I tell people my favourite film is Blade Runner, really it’s The Goonies, I wanted to be Mouth when I was a kid (I think I still do!)
2)My favourite time of every day is waking up, sitting on the sofa and watching Frasier with a cup of coffee. Never stop Channel 4! Never!!
3)I’m mildly addicted to Dairylea Triangles. The best thing about being a parent is nicking the kids packed lunch out of the fridge!
4)I used to be a tea person until about 4 years ago when Claire introduced me to Coffee. I can’t believe I was ever so Naïve.
5)I have never once in my entire life spelt the word Naïve correctly the first time, what is that thing above the i anyway?
6)I can’t stand social media, I think it’s destroying the world, destroying human relationships and will be the end of us all! (too strong??)
7)Blur, Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I’m waiting for the couple who chooses this for their first dance.
8)My first ever wedding photography shoot was the scariest thing I’ve ever done, getting married, being at the birth of my children, less scary.
9)If you put a packet of doughnuts anywhere near me then they’re getting eaten, if the doughnuts were meant for me or not, I’m eating them.
10)I HATE having my photograph taken. I’ve taken tens of thousands of pictures of people on their wedding day, putting them in nice light, positioning them so they look natural, talking to them to help them feel comfortable, but turn the tables and point the camera at me and I’d literally freeze or run away!
SO, WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY, WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT THEN?
Well, here’s what I think. I think it matters, and that if it matters a bit more to you than spending thousands of pounds hiring a Rolls Royce or on a few extra decorations then we’re definitely on the same wavelength.
I think it can bring huge amounts of joy and allow you to relive moments that would otherwise be lost forever, I think it’s the one tangible thing left after the day is done.
I don’t think your wedding day should be one long photo shoot, I don’t think you should have to spend hours posing for endless family photos while you miss out on all the fun.
I think cheesy wedding photos should be banished to the history books, you know the kind, the kind where the photographer makes the couple put their hands together to form a love heart! I won’t make you do that, I promise you, if I do, you can have your money back!
I think you can be a totally normal person. A person like everyone else, battling against their own self doubts, a person who thinks they look rubbish in photo’s and that they always will. I think you can be that person and look ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY amazing in your wedding photos, that you deserve to have wedding photo’s full of emotion, meaning and happiness.
That’s what I think about wedding photography, that’s what I believe completely.
If that sound’s like your cup of tea, well, you know what you need to do right?