Hey, how are you doing ? By now you should have guessed that I am David – most people simply call me dp, but as the old joke goes, call me whatever you want as long as you don’t call me late for dinner 🙂
I used to have the normal boring stuff photographers have on their “About Me” page about how I developed my love of photography as a child, the awards I have won, which celebrity I had photographed etc, etc, etc. I deleted that in favour of giving you a little more insight into me as a person and why I truly love doing what I do and what drives me to do it.
In 1992 I moved to the USA which is where I spent the next 10 years of my life working as a photographer covering News and Entertainment. The turning point for me came on September 11th when two aircraft flew into the World Trade Center in New York City – I was in New York City on that day heading to what I thought was the biggest and most important business meeting of my life – I got caught up in the the attacks and never made the meeting.
Shortly after this I realized that my priorities had shifted and being close to my family & friends was much more important to me than trying to make my first million ! Simply working to make money had lost interest for me. I loved the photography side of it but I could no longer get my head around why I was doing it.
I knew then that I wanted a legacy and I wanted my photos to have an importance other than just a presence – In the film Notting Hill is the line – “Todays front pages are tomorrows chip papers” This is exactly how I felt so…..I returned to the UK in 2002 with a goal in my mind of becoming a Wedding and Portrait Photographer albeit with a little bit of a difference. I was not interested in taking the stand here and look pretty kind of photos. I wanted to create photographs that people actually loved looking at, photographs that told the story of the moment which I had just captured and photographs that family members would cherish in the years to come and which would be passed down from generation to generation
Thanks to my clients I am lucky enough to still be doing this today. I feel so humbled and honored each time someone entrusts me with the responsibility of recording such an important milestone in their life. Its thanks to these amazing clients that I am able to follow my dreams and do what it is I love doing the most – Photographing People and Creating Memories.
In recent years I had the good fortune of meeting and then marrying Nikki, my wonderful wife and my soulmate. We have been blessed with two wonderful children, Joshua and Soukie.
That’s me in a nut shell, I wear my heart on my sleeve and am very much a what you see is what you get kind of guy – dp
Hello – I ‘m Nikki Purslow and this is a little about me.
Just like most women I actually have 3 full time jobs. I am a full time mother to our little boy Joshua and our new baby daughter Soukie.
My second job is looking after The David Purslow Photography business. David does what he does best, takes photographs and plays on his computers but its my job to make sure everything else gets done. I generally run the diary, take care of bookings, make sure you get exactly what you want as quickly as possible.
My third job is probably the hardest of all, I have to take care of David. Yes its true he may look like a fully grown adult but I am convinced he still believes he is just a big kid at heart. If I am not there to keep him under control he would be on his computer until 4am and then up and working again at 9am.
We recently moved to Hartlebury in Worcestershire which is close to both sets of our parents and to JD & Soukies cousins. David and I were married on September 9th 2006.
I am a HUGE Winnie the Pooh fan and a true romantic at heart. I love wedding days and loved planning ours. I also love to hear the plans brides are making for their wedding days when they come to visit David to book him for the photography.
I have an ever growing collection of snow globes, David gets them for me for every occasion, its kind of a thing with us now. He recently got me one from Venice where he went on a week long wedding photography training course run by one of his idols and mentors – Yervant. He still tells me to this day it was work, work, work but every time I dust the Venice snow globe I think to myself hummmm how come I didn’t go ?
Now David is trying to tell me he needs to spend a week in Miami on another training course, seriously its one of the things I love about the job David does, he is always trying to better himself and is not happy just standing still. I see some other photographers (including many friends of ours) who still shoot the same way they did 3 or 4 years ago, they see Davids efforts to learn from the best in the world as a waste of money as they still get booked to shoot weddings, funnily enough their numbers seem to drop each year where David gets fully booked every year.
We met typically in a pub in Bewdley in Worcestershire. We became friends quickly but then Nikki went to Majorca for 8 months working. One day whilst shopping in Sainsburys, we bumped into each other and quickly became an item. We got married 2 1/2 years later in Kidderminster.
Today the 2 of us run both of our photography businesses – more about the other one in a minute. We live in Worcestershire but travel all over the UK at the request of our clients.
We love to travel however its kind of a busmans holiday as David always takes his camera, camera bag, tripod and laptop. In the last 3 years we have been to Canada, France, The USA, Ibiza, Cyprus & Corfu.
We have a collection of exotic pets including Reggie a Bearded Dragon. David has two Tarantulas in his office but he is scared to death of spiders – don’t ask…..
Over the past couple of years Nikki has become what is termed in the photography world as a MWC – a Mum With a Camera – and its Nikki who takes most of our family photos on her little point and shoot digital camera.
Several times a year David gets out the lights and the cameras and shoots some more ‘professional’ photographs of the kids but in general its Nikki who keeps our photo frames filled with family pictures.
The other love in our life is Indian food so if you know of any great Indians close to where your getting married please let us know, we can always check them out when we do venue visits.
We are very passionate about what we do. I (David) firmly believe that photo are the key to memories and the better the photographs the better the memories.
I LOVE taking photos and I LOVE the reaction people have when they see the end results. We specialize in creating memories its that simple. We don’t care what the subject is, if you want a lasting memory we want to help you create it !
I have a very distinctive style when it comes to portraits and typically shoot them wherever you want them shot. I don’t like the normal run of the mill studio type photos and that’s not what I am good at, so if your looking for that kind of photography – we are not the people for you.
Recently we have started to offer Pregnancy portraits – This is proving very very popular, whether its clothed, semi naked or nude I take my time, respect your requirements and work with you to create exactly what your looking for.
In 2010 David started offering Boudoir shots for brides as a way of the bride giving the groom something special on the night before the wedding – This has proved to be a really popular offering.
We also work with an assistant called Helen who also happens to be both Soukie and Joshua’s got mother. Helen assists David with the photobooth and the event photography mainly but has recently started picking up the camera and has started to take a few shots. This is an exciting development for us as we have always worried about expansion and have wanted to use the services of another photographer to provide extra coverage – giving two viewpoints. Helen, having worked with David for such a long time has a great eye and is turning out to be a really good ‘Moment Photographer’ meaning she spots moments and captures them brilliantly which is the key to the style David has developed.
Well on behalf of Nikki and myself I hope this gives you a little insight into what makes is tick and that you understand where the relentless passion and drive comes from that David exhibits whenever he is shooting a wedding.