Hi I’m Joe Topping, a professional wedding photographer in the UK. I photograph weddings and elopements in England, Scotland and Wales. I graduated Blackpool College with a degree in photography. I’ve been photographing weddings for 5 years.

My style and approach to wedding photography is photo-journalistic / reportage / candid / documentary. I let my couples enjoy their day with minimal interruption and capture the real thing with only few staged photographs.

How did you get into photography? When I was 16 I was studying art A-level, I was initially going to specialize in painting and illustration, until I entered a photography competition and won first place. The prize was an 8.1 megapixel camera, which I used to create my first photography portfolio which I used to apply for college.

How long have I been photographing weddings? This is my 5th year of photographing weddings (on and off). I got into weddings in my second year of the photography degree. There was an opportunity to photograph a wedding for experience, I put my name forward with samples of my photography and the couple chose me. Going into it, I didn’t know what to expect, I always thought you had to be very traditional, wear a suit and take lots of cheesy posed photos, but it wasn’t like that at all. There are so many different styles of wedding photography out there.

What are my hobbies and interests? In the summer I like to head up to the lake district to walk or go camping with friends. I play a bit of guitar (although I’m a bit out of practice), I dabble in home-brewing too (craft beer).

What inspires me? Movies, I find myself often thinking about how a scene was shot with lighting and composition. I am a big fan of Stanley Kubrick, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese and more. I’m also inspired by artists and painters such as Edward Hopper and photographers like Robert Capa. Music: Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and more.