Brides and grooms I have photographed often comment on how calm I am. Despite the obvious pressure and expectation, being a wedding photographer brings a lot of excitement. I enjoy each wedding from start to finish, aiming to be as accommodating as I can be for both the bride and groom and their guests.
My approach to wedding photography derives from my photographic roots in landscape photography. Observation, viewpoint and timing are the key elements in every shot – I'm always on the lookout for what is going to happen next and where I should be to capture the moment.
The photographs which I'm most proud of are what I think of as 'complete shots'. These photographs are a complete story in themselves - you don't need to know the people personally to appreciate the moment. Take the photograph below as an example. I had no idea the guy on the right was going to jump in the air, or that he'd do it with such style!
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Photography has been a life-long passion for me. I've taken photos since I was at junior school, developing and printing black and white photos with my Dad in a make-shift darkroom in a large cupboard at the top of the stairs in an old victorian house in North Yorkshire. Through my art college education I took every opportunity to study photography. I worked for some years as a graphic designer before becoming a wedding photographer and setting up the John Leech Studio here in Grange over Sands in Cumbria on the edge of the Lake District
Landscape photography is my person passion. I live in an old Edwardian house overlooking Morecambe Bay. The panoramic view from the upper windows has been a constant inspiration to me and photographing this in all weather has broadened my photographic knowledge and increased my knowledge and appreciation of different qualities of light. The ever changing light, tides and channels have helped me develop my sense of observation. From September through to March the dawn light has me running from my bed to the window, often taking several images before breakfast. In 2012 I published a book of my Morecambe Bay photographs, all taken from the windows of our house.
I love to travel throughout the UK and Europe, and have photographed weddings throughout England (including Cumbria, Dorset, Devon, Staffordshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire) and Scotland. I've also had the pleasure of photographing weddings in Finland and Germany.
Below: Fiddlers Ferry Power Station at Widness, commended in the Sony World Photographic Awards