Hi, my name is Derek Anson and I'm a nationwide photographer based in London & Essex. I'm happily married to the lovely Nicola and we have two wonderful boys, Archie & Frankie.
I document weddings, happy families, couples in love and the world around me. I use a combination of digital and traditional film to create images that will be cherished for years to come. I'm clear in what it is I want to achieve. My aim is to return images that mean something to you, that are authentic and emotive. Good honest timeless photography.
When I was a kid we had this old travel case which contained hundreds of loose photos and a few photo albums. Every so often we would get the case out, my brother and I would spend hours looking through the photos, we loved it. There is something special about an actual photo, one you can hold and touch. The experience isn't quite matched by the digital version. I would like to contribute to your box of photos and create images which will form part of your family history, to tell a story long after the memories have faded.
Every wedding is unique and I reflect that in my approach. The majority of the images I return will have been captured in a reportage style, this is truly the best way of telling the real story of your day. I also like to engage and interact with my couples so I offer prompts and suggestions when it comes to the portraits. Your portraits will not feel rigid and posed, the smiles will all be genuine. Do I shoot formals? Yes! just a few and as requested by my couples. It's an opportunity to have groups of people together that may never all be in the same company again. The formals would be short & sweet, no hanging around waiting on me and will leave plenty of time for you to enjoy your day.
My portrait sessions take place outside, in country parks and around town. I look for natural expressions, genuine moments and I also add some prompts to help create something unique. To achieve this I need people to be honest and genuine, if you want sepia images of your children dressed as chimney sweeps then I'm not your photographer. I want to capture the real you, who your family really are. The beauty in the portrait is the person or people involved, not the props and special effects. Returning images that will be part of the family album is something that I'm immensely proud of.
All you need is love, so said The Beatles. They were probably right.