A blossoming profession

While I was growing up photography was just a cherished past time but as I started taking increasingly accomplished photos I began to entertain the idea of photography as a career. I embarked on higher education; achieving a diploma with the Photography Institute and a double distinction in my City & Guilds Level 2 and 3 National Diplomas in Photo Imaging. My academic success and the encouragement from my tutors persuaded me to start my own business, and I’ve never looked back.

A warm working relationship

To be a successful photographer, I believe that an aptitude with the camera is only part of what’s required. A truly great photographer builds a strong rapport with his subjects and captures their personality in the compositions he creates and the narrative those images in turn portray. I want the experience to be professional and efficient but relaxed and fun too. I’ll make sure I get to know you so that I can make your pictures reflect the best of who you are. That’s when the most magical photos are created.

A wedding and portrait specialism

There was never any doubt about where I’d like to specialise. I love interacting with people and I’m at my happiest when capturing the beauty and individuality of people. I have a great sense of occasion too – the first wedding where I presided at as a photographer was my sister’s big day when I was about 17 years old. Taking pictures of the guests enhanced by the surroundings, and revealing those precious unguarded moments that made the day special fired my enduring enthusiasm for occasion photography. Back in those days it was just a hobby but i was never without my trusted Olympus Trip camera always looking for the next photo opportunity.

A vibrant romantic style

I like to use a ‘reportage’ style of photography. If it’s a wedding that you’re planning, you can rest assured that I’ll take all those classic staged family and friends shots. But I take a flexible approach to see wider than the standard pictures. Much like a photojournalist captures things ‘as they happen’, I will be alert for the unexpected moments and then quickly turn back to resume the planned shots. These are the photos that preserve the essence of the day that the bride and groom might have missed, but adds to the charm. If you’re interested in having portrait photos, I’ll give you inspiration about where and how to have the photos taken, to reflect your own distinctive perspective in life.

I hope you enjoy looking at my website and browsing the photo collections. Do get in touch – I’d love to hear from you, chat through what you’d like to do and share the anticipation of the occasion you’d like to record for your memories. Drop me a line via the contact page of this website or email me direct at mark@marknortcliffephotography.co.uk

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