I’m Nathan – a photographer, nomad, surfer, and food lover.
My interest in visual art was nurtured from a very young age, growing up within a creative family. Our grandfather had a passion for travel to some rather exotic and hard to reach places, which he documented on his 8mm cine film camera.
Also, our father was an enthusiast photographer and captured portraits beautifully. As kids, we were fascinated with his process, from the film camera systems he used to the finished prints that came back from the lab.
I was particularly interested in art at school, so this was the natural path I chose. I studied at Central St. Martins London and University Of Plymouth, graduating with a BA (Hons). I specialised in portraiture and the human form.
Transferring photography into the commercial arena steered me towards wedding photography, working as an assistant to my cousin, a wedding photographer, in the Greek islands before eventually going solo.
I’ve now been capturing couples’ unique wedding stories for over ten years. As well as working in the UK, I work frequently in Mykonos, Santorini and Crete, which in recent years have become some of the most desirable wedding destinations in Europe.
The iconic architecture and rich Mediterranean colours are what captivates couples looking for an enchanting overseas wedding, whether it be an intimate elopement or an extravagant three-day celebration with several hundred guests flying in from all over the world.
My work has taken me to some fascinating parts of the world so, for me, it’s the perfect balance. Plus being a wedding photographer offers some flexibility to chase some sun and surf in the off season!!
Some of the most memorable moments in my career include documenting the streets and faces of Havana, photographing a native Amazonian tribe in Peru, and working on an extravagant wedding in Venice, including a masquerade ball.
I’ve always shot on Nikon camera systems. Ever since our father gave us his 1970s Nikon F film camera, it has always been what’s in the bag.
Nikon D750 (x2): I’ve been through a range of Nikon cameras, switching models frequently, until I discovered these trusted partners five years ago.
The files are outstanding and offer high dynamic range, essential when shooting in dazzling conditions to balance exposures for both subject and background and maintain information throughout.
Nikon F100: My beloved 35mm SLR, such a practical and affordable solution for when the film comes out (not as often as I would like). Very reliable and user friendly. I picked one of these up in mint condition, a few years ago, for a bargain, on Ebay.
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8:Perhaps one of the most versatile lenses. It gets a lot of use, especially when time is limited which is most of the time in our field.
I have confidence in this lens, as it offers me a combination of documentary style photography, around 24-35mm, and then I can just bang it to 50-70mm for creative portraits shooting at f2.8 for increased depth. This is always on for effectively capturing the essence of the reception and party, effortlessly.
Nikon 35mm f/1.4: I use this in more controlled situations, usually during preparations. This is my preferred lens for documentary style when time is on my side.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4: I love this for three quarter portraits or shooting portraits in horizontal format using the capabilities of very wide apertures for some very satisfying results. Razor sharp, a very fast/bright lens and can really handle maintaining information within the subject, even when shooting into harsh sunlight.
Nikon 85mm f/1.4: Portraiture just gives me the buzz, and this lens never disappoints, although it only gets snapped onto the camera for about 10% of the day. Ideal for headshots, it’s a very flattering lens for portraits and, when it comes together, the results are wicked! Rich, creamy colours; beautiful compression; and bokehlicous!
Nikon SB-910 Speedlight Flashgun: For all the action during the reception and party pics, a real workhorse and always keeps up with the action.
PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver Twin Set: Ideal for party pics when triggering flash positioned on a stand at the corner of the dance floor, rather than having it on the camera, for a little more creativity.
SanDisk Extreme Pro SD cards: These never let me down. High write speeds, they keep up with high burst rate, essential for certain situations ie. ceremony, first kiss.
HoldFast Black Bridle Leather MoneyMaker Luxury Multi Camera Strap: Great choice for shooting with two cameras, comfortable supple leather with a touch of style.
Lowepro Pro Runner BP 450 AW II Backpack: I tried and tested various sizes of these bags for years, and this particular model accommodates my regular choice of kit snug as a bug.
Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless: My travel companion wherever I go, exceptional sound and comfort.
iMac (21.5-inch) + Adobe Lightroom Classic + Adobe Photoshop.
WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive: 5 TB Compact and practical solution with high storage capacity for when on the move and space/weight is limited.
Always assist your colleagues and fellow shooters whenever you can, as there will always come a day when you need someone to cover your back.
Follow others in your field without being overly influenced. It’s essential to stay true to yourself, that way you will organically develop an identity of your own, one that people will associate with you.
Travel, observe, evolve and don’t become complacent. Love and be kind to each other!