How The Secret Wedding Photographers Came About
Victoria Nightingale & George Torode met on a film set in 2005 and clicked immediately. Since then they have worked together on a series of magazine commissions, advertising campaigns, global reportage and travel shoots for clients such as The Tate, The Sunday Times, M & C Saatchi and Nokia.
Several years ago, they started to accept wedding commissions - and found how much they enjoyed redefining a tired and cliched old formula. The Secret Wedding Photographers are born of the age we live in. Confident, laidback and creative.
While staged photos are a must for every wedding day, often the most special moments are secret and fleeting - a look, a gesture - and it can be difficult to translate this feeling and intimacy into print. TSWP's documentary style of photography is about seeking the beauty at the heart of everything. This ethos combined with their fine art background, talent and enthusiasm will make for a cohesive and sentimental film reel of your wedding.
Victoria and George are Informal, occasionally humorous and always respectful. They are very much at ease with the etiquette of Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh weddings, as well as self-created secular ceremonies and civil partnerships.
In January last year, Victoria emigrated to Bridgetown in South West WA, but due to the success of TSWP, the two have decided to remain in partnership and make the company international. TSWP pride themselves on their ability to take on any commission regardless of country or continent.
Victoria carved a decent reputation for herself in London, shooting Portraiture and Reportage for the likes of The Face, Arena, The Sunday Times and M&C Saatchi. She has also had several exhibitions, enjoys commissioning her own work and is very much an artist in her own right. Victoria has been recognised and shortlisted for The Observer, Seeds of Change Competition, BJP Endframe Award and a finalist for The Kodak Award. She is also The Blues @ Bridgetown's official Photographer, and proving successful commercially in WA, shooting for Scoop Magazine.
George composed his first photograph aged 11 on a Kodak Instamatic and has been documenting events as they unfold around him ever since. His first grainy images still exist today. So too does his enthusiasm and his desire to give a bit extra in the name of creativity. Coming from a fine art discipline, George has carved a niche for himself in London documenting events, shooting still-life and portraiture and taking travel commissions. His work (which has been commissioned by the Tate and the Freeword centre) is original, punchy and often humorous. His hero is Henri Cartier-Bresson.