Wedding Photographer Leeds, Richard Andrews has become an established and well respected documentary wedding photographer. His work has been published in the highly regarded, British Journal of Photography and over the past ten years he has worked at hundreds of wedding venues, including those in Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Sheffield and Wakefield. Richard’s style of wedding photography is often described as a fusion of fine art, reportage and high fashion. Richard approaches each wedding as an observer, standing in the background, capturing the day as it unfolds. This results in a wedding album that is engaging, meaningful and that tells a compelling story, where nothing is staged and nothing is fake.
When did it all start?
When I was ten years old, my neighbour gave me my very first camera – a battered old Yashica FX-3 SLR. I had no idea how to use it, so it sat on my shelf gathering dust for a few years. It wasn’t until secondary school that I took an interest in photography, after picking GCSE Photography. My school had a dark room and it was in this room that I learned about the basics. All about the f stops, how to develop film and how to print black and white pictures (one mississippi, two mississippi…). This was a pivotal moment for me and in 1992 I left school hooked.
So what then?
In 2000, and for the next 3 years, I studied a degree in Information Technology at Leeds University. After this I then decided to obtain some formal qualifications in Photography at Park Lane College. It was here that I met the brilliant documentary photographer Garry Clarkson. From the very beginning Garry complimented me on my work and encouraged me to take photography more seriously.
In 2004, I sent some of my photography work to the prestigious British Journal of Photography. A few days later the editor called me…He really loved my work and the following month my images were published across a stunning two-page spread. As the world’s longest running photography magazine, the BJP is considered by many to be the premiere journal for professional photographers. This was a real turning point for me and I have not looked back since.