A little information
. . . . about the man behind the camera
Hello, I'm Ed. . . .
. . . . . and I have been photographing weddings for over 3 decades and reached the 500 plus mark a few years back.
Its difficult to survive on weddings alone as most are on a Saturday and the peak season runs for only six months of the year. Hence I also do some commercial work to 'fill-in' and have a separate 'general' website (Hedgehog Photographic), which coveres those services. However, my first and only real love (appart from my family) has been photographing weddings.
I am often asked why after all this time am I still so passionate about taking them. It's simple really, I just love the whole process of creating meaningful images and weddings in particular provide me with both the inspiration and opportunity to capture what is a momentous day for two people and their families.
Photographing weddings have also given me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful couples and their overwhelmingly positive feedback continues to fuel my passion.
My story so far
My parents fashion sense was permanently anchored in the 19th century. Luckily when older and attending school I managed to convince them I really did need to look like the other school children.
I grew up playing a lot of sport, fishing, listening to Radio Luxembourg, playing guitar and 'making things' in my fathers workshop.
In my teens I enjoyed playing football, tennis, gymnastics, badminton and fencing (foil/epee not hedges). My league football and county tennis days are now over, however I still play several hard sessions of badminton each week and some tennis whenever time and weather allows.
I met and married my lovely and understanding wife Julie many years ago and we have a son Thomas and a daughter Amy, which have both since left our nest.
Love photography, love weddings
Discovered photography at Brunel University when studying engineering.
Fell in love with photography and started attending fine art and photography classes.
From oils to darkroom to Photoshop
As a teenager I enjoyed painting in oils but this was replaced by developing prints in my own darkroom.
I spent many years working as an operative for local professional photographers (my apprenticeship) before getting enough work to branch out in my own business.
Film has now been replaced by digital photography and now find I have regained a similar level of freedom using computer based editing software as I did when painting in oils.....Yipeeee.
More kind words
"Thank you so much for the absolutely wonderful job you did with the photos for our wedding. We love them all and you really have captured the day so perfectly. Thank you for fitting in so well and for your relaxing and friendly manner on the day. You made everyone, us included, feel so comfortable and this is definitely represented in the photos... so happy to be immortalised with these shots. 'We tied the knot - so thanks a lot - for the new memories we got'. " Cathryn & Christopher
Children come a close second to weddings. . .
. . . . as my favourite subject matter in photography. Yes, they are difficult to work with but are always natural and I often find the best option is to just keep taking shots while they do their own thing.
This set of images of my granddaughter Elena were taken during a cooking session when my wife Julie (grandma) was teaching Elena to make cakes.
These were all shot in less than a minute, Elena was obviously playing to the camera.
Finally, a personal wish.
I'm fascinated by the natural world, animals, the sea, rivers, mountains, desserts and jungles.
I just hope our children also have the opportunity to see, feel and understand the true worth of our natural world and that we succeed in stopping it all disappearing.