Bill Sykes is a professional wedding photographer based in Hampshire, close to the Surrey and West Sussex borders.
I think I'm good at what I do (should be by now!?). I love my work, and I love photographing wedding days. I enjoy how the whole day unfolds, and I want to capture this natural story for you, in your wedding photographs.
Your wedding day is a very real event and for me, each one is unique. Your wedding day story will be your own, and I will strive to get my best record of the emotion, details and unexpected moments that occur throughout your special day.
I don’t think I have a specific wedding photographic style as such, but prefer to believe in a 'philosophy' in my approach. With each wedding I photograph, I try to approach it as though I haven't witnessed a wedding before !? Bit strange, but this 'wiping the slate clean' strategy intensifies my awareness and creative curiosity. In other words your day is fresh and not been 'experienced' before. So I often start with getting up close to small details and look at them in interesting and different ways. This way, each photo becomes more unique, the 'familiar' is re-discovered, everything and everyone more interesting.
Having just said that, of course I use my strong experience to be well prepared for what happens, to assess the best light, to be relaxed to work well with 'my couple', to work optimally and efficiently within the venue/weather conditions, and apply my best artistic interpretation.
I frame little stories, look for genuine, natural moments, capture people being themselves, explore colour, light, texture and 'arty studies' that inspire me. I genuinely still get touched by photographing people happy in love (aahh - bit of a softie, I know) and want to translate that into something special for my wedding couples.
You will get a great service and beautiful products see prints and albums.
I'm always working to offer that bit more with my wedding pictures. It's an ongoing discovery, an evolving process. New styles/techniques come along. Old styles come back - film is having a resurgence, although I prefer to create this look digitally (love nor money will not tempt me back into a windowless darkroom in 30 degrees during the summer !!). I am a good retoucher and will create different colour styles for you to choose for your wedding photos set.
I feel privileged to have been a wedding photographer for 17 years, to have captured so many personal moments for my clients. I have worked at lovely venues - churches, cathedrals, temples, hotels, castles, country estates, private homes, gardens, parks, fields, registry offices, villages halls, tipis, marquees, schools, boats, farms, beaches......wow ! cant quite believe it myself!
I studied fine art as well as photography, and this background helps give that extra bit of artistic flair and feel to my wedding pictures. I am a professional member of the Association of Photographer (AOP).
I also work for commercial clients, agencies, publishers, magazines www.billsykesimages.co.uk and find this experience compliments my wedding work. Producing top work for international advertising clients means that I don't accept any less quality in my wedding photos. I shoot with top camera systems on the market, and use the highest professional quality hardware and calibrated software for digital post-production work.
I don't much like my photo being taken or at least I don't usually like the results! I can often look awkward, shifty, even 'downright dodgy'! I am therefore sensitive to my wedding couples' feelings with the camera aimed at them. I look to be as unobtrusive as I can on the day. My calm, friendly, jokey way with people ensures I capture moments at their most natural and relaxed. My favorite photo of us at our own wedding was when we were sitting on a bench, laughing together and totally unaware of any photographer around. If couples comment after the event that they didn't really notice me a lot of the time, then I'm pleased.
I offer a combination of reportage-style, with semi-posed and traditional groups to suit your needs. I look for real, emotive pictures of the couple and their love for one another see portfolios