The man behind the camera
Hi, I’m Alex. I thought it might be nice to give you some background on the chief picture taker at Alex Beckett Photography.
I’ve been doing this job for nine years now and find it incredibly rewarding. I get to photograph people at the happiest moments of their lives. I never want to be ‘that man standing in the corner’ at a wedding. I want you to feel that I’m a friend, whose commitment and energy is focused on your day. In short I always want the chance to get to know you as a couple and to reflect you and your friends’ personalities in a creative way.
On your wedding day, I’ll be there with you as a friend and an aide as well as a photographer. While it’s my job to get the best possible photos of you I can, I also aim to support you as a couple: after all the most important thing about your wedding is you! While photography is my priority, I’m always there as a reassuring presence, who has seen all the little last-minute snags and may very well have a solution.
A lot of people ask me if I was always a photographer and the honest answer is no. When I was growing up, my parents had always told me I needed a “proper job” and due to my curious, techie nature I ended up studying Computer Science. Graduating with a first, my career in life should
have been set. Back in 2005 I took up gainful employment as a computer hacker and set about guarding Britain from cyber-attacks. Along the way, however, I started to develop a real love for photography and taught myself techniques that Vogue, Brazil explored in an article about me, dubbing them light painting. I now give workshops to other industry professionals on this and other techniques. Anyway, by pure chance I ended up photographing my first wedding in 2009. It was such a success that without really meaning to, I booked an entire year of photography off the back of that one wedding and my trajectory-by-chance commenced.
If you were to ask me where I was at my happiest, it would be on an adventure somewhere with the people I love. I try to live life to the full: I’ve jumped out of more planes than I’ve landed (despite being halfway through a PPL) and I’m in my element riding a local minibus with 2 chickens and a goat somewhere in Africa.
All in all, I love my job and I’m really privileged to be known as one of the best photographers in the world. I love the adventures and challenges it brings, I love getting to know people and capturing their personalities and relationships in the moment, and I can’t wait to meet you and find out where we’re going today.