Each month we like to get to know a supplier even better and bring you snippets you won't know about them from their page. This month our supplier of the month is Josh Ryan Photography, a relaxed documentary photographer from Berkshire who’s aim is simple; to connect with his couple, understand the details that will make their day, and deliver images that will provide a lifetime of memories and emotions.
Josh loves to capture the spirit of your wedding day with creativity and professionalism as he discreetly photographs real moments and sentiments as they unfold naturally.
Here’s what Josh had to say when we quizzed him...
Who runs Josh Ryan Photography and how did you start as out in business?
I am the primary photographer and owner of the business. I transitioned into wedding photography from a successful career as a project manager within large corporations which was often taking me overseas for long periods at a time.
Since becoming a daddy to my beautiful daughter Sophie, I wanted a career that would allow me to be more creative and spend more time at home. I have always been very passionate about photography, and when I'm not shooting weddings, I love to travel and shoot street photography.
What is your greatest fear when you are working on a wedding?
I don't have any significant fears, I tend to stay reasonably calm throughout the wedding day and feel I work the best this way. My greatest fears all occur leading up to the wedding, for example, I don't eat anything that would have the slightest chance of giving me poisoning within a day or two from a wedding as I have heard some stories of terrible wedding experiences (absolutely no fish). I also take a spare of pretty much everything I need to shoot the day.
What is your greatest extravagance that helps you get through the day?
I'm not sure this counts as an extravagance, but I spend a lot of money on equipment. I shoot on mirror-less cameras which have excellent quality but are a lot smaller than the more traditional cameras. I feel this enables me to keep my energy levels and creativity high throughout the day.
What is the best theme you have seen at a wedding?
My favourite part of a wedding is the party! I recently shot a wedding where the bride was from Brazil; they had flamenco dancers and dance instructors that turned the reception into a carnival, everyone was dancing and partying late into the night.
What is the hardest thing a couple has ever asked you to do for their day?
I have a documentary approach when shooting a wedding, so my couples are typically very relaxed and want to enjoy their day. They trust that I will be there to capture all the beauty and fun as it unfolds naturally. With that said, coordinating sparkler exits in tight spaces with big dresses and rain can be a challenge.
When was the last time you laughed out loud at a wedding? What happened?
I can honestly say I can't remember a wedding where I haven't laughed out loud at least once. If the speeches don't get me, the bridal parties dance moves usually will. Its another reason I love my job so much, I get to attend these incredible celebrations where everyone is ready to have a great time.
What moment are you most proud of in your profession?
It's always an incredible feeling delivering a set of images to a couple and knowing they are genuinely touched by what I have captured. The bride and groom are usually so busy on their wedding day that much of it gets missed. When I deliver the images the bride and groom get to experience many of the moments from their wedding day for the first time. It's magical!
Where is your favourite setting for a wedding?
I love anything old and full of character, it also helps if there is some lovely light. I adore castle weddings or stately homes.
What is the one thing you can’t live without in your job?
I have two things that I cannot do without at a wedding, firstly, an Oxford shirt is an essential part of my kit. its looks very sharp but is also very comfortable, secondly my 80mm lens. It can make a stunning portrait in pretty much any setting.
What is the most embarrassing thing you have seen at a wedding?
What happens at a wedding stays at a wedding :) I once took a lot of portraits of one of the staff thinking that he was an important guest, the couple was surprised to see some lovely shots of a stranger in their collection of images.
What question do you wish every couple would ask you when you are meeting with them for the first time?
I think every couple is different. I like to get to know the couples I work with and find out what is important to them. I often feel a connection with couples that are a little camera shy and are not overly confident posing. I always love it if they ask about documentary wedding photography and enjoy the reaction I get from couples when they realise how relaxed a portrait session can be.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your work?
Both my personal and professional photography work focuses on people. I look for connections between people and character. I aim to capture images that show the real personalities of the subject within them. I love candid portraits as I believe its the best way to capture a person's genuine character and emotions.
What would people be surprised to learn about you and your work?
It might surprise people how much time I spend looking at photography books. I adore black and white street photography and love the style of photographers such as Ho Fan.
If you’re searching for a wedding photographer that is relaxed, unobtrusive and will capture moments for you that you weren’t even aware happened – then Josh Ryan Photography may well be the perfect match for you.
Head over to his Whitewed Directory page here to check out more of his beautiful work before setting up an informal ‘meet up’ to chat about your wedding day.
Why not follow Josh Ryan Photography on Instagram and Facebook for more images to swoon over and lots of inspiration too!
Whitewed Directory: https://www.whitewed.directory/suppliers/josh-ryan-photography/