Interview by Ellie Kime
Images by Fleming Photo
Tell us a bit about yourself - like a first date, but less awkward, because we already love ya!
Hi! I’m Lex! I’ve been an alternative wedding photographer now for 5 years and I bloody love it! When I’m not shooting kick-ass weddings I’m wandering the sea front in Southend and going off on adventures round the World.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I’ve been a photographer since I was 16. I first started in music photography and went off on tours and went to a lot of live gigs. I then moved into fashion and portraiture. I was always asked about shooting weddings but I still thought they all had to be white and traditional. Finally, I shot my first wedding in 2013 and it really surprised me how much I loved it. I feel like it ties in everything I’ve been trained in: portraiture, fashion, documentary with loads of fun mixed in.
What does 'alternative' mean to you?
For me, alternative just means doing everything a little big different. Traditions are great…but when they come from hundreds of years ago! If I even began to tell you what half the traditions in a wedding stem from you’d be shocked! (we only cut the cake because it was seen as the firstly wifely duty to serve food to our new husband. It was only in the Victorian’s with Queen Victoria had a royal icing wedding cake…the icing was too thick and hard so the man used to have to get up and help you get the knife through the cake…ya know, coz we are weak, innit!)
Make your own traditions. Wear pink. Do the speeches before the meal, dance to Beastie boys. Do it your way!
What inspires or influences you?
I’m hugely influenced by cinema. Wes Anderson is my personal hero and I find a lot of my work is extremely symmetrical and equal. To a fault almost! I think his framing and construction of the frame is so beautiful. I love creating narratives in my photographs and always feel like a wedding should be viewed as a whole and not an individual photo
It's obvious from your website that you're there to help on the wedding day, more than there to simply point and click - you're a seamstress and launderette as well as a photographer - so what's the one piece of advice you give couples before their big day?
I tell all my couples that something WILL go wrong and I WILL photograph it. Weddings are wonderful…but even the worst disasters are the best stories within a year. I’ve sewn brides into dresses, even this year I had to take my cameras off and do a bride’s hair! It just happens and its too late to worry or stress…just think how funny the story will be at your 40th wedding anniversary party!
One other amazing piece of advice is to stay on the dance floor; you’re celebrities for the day so where you go, your guests will go. It fills the dance floor quickly after your first dance and its amazing to photograph!
What's it like for couples working with you?
It’s all about having fun and your wedding photographs shouldn’t be a chore! I do find myself being a planner, a bridesmaids, an usher and a photographer at a wedding. I love to get stuck in with the guests and nine times out of ten I’m saying goodbye to loads of the guests when I leave everyone to the night.
With running the huge networking community London Wedding Breakfast Club means I know loads of different vendors and businesses. I love that I can personally recommend other suppliers to couples…plus it means I end up working in a dream team of suppliers at weddings.
We all hate the emergence of 'trends' but what do you hope to see more of in the future?
Oooo good question. I’m actually really excited by the upcoming law change in England & Wales. Earlier today I photographed a really intimate wedding in Edinburgh in a gorgeous rose garden….no crap permanent structure blocking the light!!! So I’m really excited to see more unusual places to get hitched. I think also this will open more unusual venues for receptions. Not just what the government want to license!
See more from Lex in in the Photographers category of our Book Of Love directory or come and have a chat with her IRL at THE UN-WEDDING SHOW LONDON on 16th + 17th Feb 2019 at the stunning Core Clapton. Tickets start at £10 or you can pick up an EXCLUSIVE Very Important Bride tote bag full of cute merch, goodies and offers from the UK’s coolest suppliers!!!
I can’t wait to see you all there!!!