I've been very fortunate to have been a wedding photographer for close to twenty years. I grew up in rural parts of western Canada with an apparently difficult Hawaiian name: (May -LEE-uh), the pronunciation of which I was never bold enough to correct. In keeping with that general awkwardness perhaps, I was a shy kid. Drawing and painting and pouring over art history tomes in my school libraries was how I spent every moment of spare time. Long before art school proper, this is where I fell in love with and absorbed the elements of good art.
I began photographing weddings on film while completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts between Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, and St. Martin's College of Art & Design in the UK. I then went on to the University of British Columbia for another BA and MA in a completely unrelated field, studying Latin, ancient Greek and Hebrew for seven years, the particulars of which were largely wiped from memory during the two sleepless years of my sons' infancies. I like to think, however, that the old world discipline it takes to progress in these subjects remains and serves me today.
My approach to photographing weddings is interdisciplinary; the majority of the day is documentary, and handled as reportage. Parts of the day, however, call for artistic license and direction, which I also enjoy. An ideal collection of wedding images should be a balance of the truly candid moments, subtly-directed portraits, artfully-composed details and more general impressions of the mood and atmosphere of the setting.
Every image my clients receive is individually edited by me in a style that is true to life, understated and timeless. I do not subscribe to one style or palette but instead take inspiration from my clients first and foremost and the mood and aesthetic of the day and place, aiming for elegant authenticity. I hope that as you browse my portfolios you will be able to not only appreciate the use of light and composition but also how good it felt like to be there.