hey, mike here!
FILM MAKER, PHOTOGRAPHER & WANNABE TOP GUN!
Well hello! Thanks for stopping by, I'm so happy you did!
Suffice to say I LOVE what I do and hopefully that shines through in my work.
That said, having a passion for photo, video & my clients should be a given, so I thought on this page I'll tell you a bit about who I am. After all, if you book me you'll be spending a good part of your wedding day with me! so here's your chance to run, quick...!!
who i am
My name is Mike Pelling. I live with my wife Jo on 'Kents sunshine island' ! (Minster on sea in the isle of sheppey)
We love to live near the beach where we will often be found walking our dog Bonnie, well we are walking and she is flat out running and swimming!
I gained my private pilots licence back in 2016 which was a fulfillment of a lifetime ambition. Hence the wannabe top gun - reality is me flying a two seater fixed wing microlight!!
I'm inspired by peoples stories and love to document the story of a wedding day and particularly love that I have the opportunity to do this both through stills photography & also using videography with everything extra that brings.
Most important of all though is that all my images, moving or still are an honest, authentic representation of you both and your wedding day.
how I work
I would consider my style to be that of a documentary approach with a hint of classical artistic. I prefer not to pose you too often, rather to let the day unfold and document it so that the smiles, laughs & tears are all natural, no fake grins, no acting for the films just discreet natural coverage.
Think of me more of a guest with a camera! I have actually had couples comment after the wedding that they sometimes forgot I was there and that's how I want it to be so you guys can get on with being you and enjoying your day without feeling like you have the paps following you around!
I use two main cameras throughout the day, and if filming too then I add two more very small static cameras in discreet spots during moments like the ceremony & speeches
Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life and I want you to be able to enjoy every second of it stress free.
When you book me you are hiring an experienced professional who has shot over 65 weddings. As a result, I have become experienced on being in the right place at the right time to get the shot, what to look for, what to anticipate, how to react to the fast paced changes that happen during a wedding day.
I'm also there to support you and advise you on anything wedding related (it happens!) Think of me as your professional wedding guest, a fountain of knowledge!
One thing is certain, you can relax and enjoy your day knowing its being captured in safe hands.
client love - chloe & paul
TELLING THE STORY
I need more than 5 stars for this guy!!!
Originally we weren’t going to book a videographer as we didn’t want to feel ‘watched’ or like we needed to put on a show for the day. People kept telling me how fast the day goes and how much they don’t remember from their wedding… so we enquired and very quickly booked Mike … WOW! It’s the best thing my husband and I spent money on for our big day!
Mike was absolutely superb, we didn’t even know he was there most of the day (in a good way of course).
We received our videos in quick time and was able to relive every moment of the wedding. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t watched them pretty much every day since we received them! The attention to detail was fab and he captured some smashing moments - even jumped on a waltzer to catch footage!!!
I would 100% recommend Mike, he was fantastic with us and our guests!
If I can convince my husband to do it all again, we would definitely want you to capture our day! But unfortunately, I’m not sure he’s in agreement just yet, so I’ll continue to recommend you to everyone I can!
A LITTLE ABOUT MY WEDDING DAY
october 7th 2012 at the orangery, turkey mill, maidstone
Jo & I spent along time searching out venues and eventually settled on the stunning Orangery in Maidstone. It was the beautiful grounds that nailed it for us, so many amazing photo opportunities!
We had around us, all the people who mattered to us the most, some of whom sadly are no longer here today but its so good to look back at our day, the photos and the video bring it right back to us as if it were yesterday.
Cherished memories of an amazing day that literally flew past in the blink of an eye. I value so much connecting with my couples to offer the support and advice that Jo & I so needed in the run up to our big day.