Oi Oi, my name is Derek Anson; I’m an Essex based documentary wedding photographer. I capture the weird, the wonderful, and the beautiful at weddings of all shapes and sizes throughout this beautiful and peculiar tiny island we live on, but mainly in Essex and London. How a moment felt is more important than how it looked, so capturing the feel of an occasion is the goal, not just a record shot of how pretty it was.
Love is love is more than a slogan to me. Whether my couples are of the same sex or not is not what gets me excited. What's important to me is my couples are madly in love, and they are surrounded by those that care and love them and, of course, like to party!
I'm more hands-off, I like to capture moments as they happen, I don't dictate events or stage situations. I don't have "must have" photos, I'm all about the in-between moments; I love touchy-feely people who aren't afraid to show their emotions and express themselves. Plan and live your day and I'll do the rest.
In a nutshell, starting the day as a stranger and finishing as a friend. When I think about what I do, and the trust my couples have in me, I'm blown away, well it's rediculous really. I have an access-all-areas pass on the wedding day, I get to see more special loving moments than anyone else. What I love most is normally the speeches, getting to know some details about my couples that I wouldn't have known is brilliant, especially if the stories have them squirming with embarrassment!
I love music, but I don't really have a favourite wedding song. I love music from The Beatles, The Doors, The Prodigy, Edward Sharp and the magnetic Zero's, Ocean Color Scene, love love love UK garage. So, anything that gets people up and dancing, whether that's Twist and Shout or 21 seconds by So Solid Crew.
I do enjoy Union by Robert Fulghum.
You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way.
All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with
“I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late-night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart.
All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.
The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”
Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.
For after today you shall say to the world –
This is my husband. This is my wife.
Here, there, and everywhere.
I live in Billericay, Essex. Most of my weddings take place in Essex and London. I don't charge for travel for weddings less than two hours away by car. Additional costs may apply for weddings requiring an overnight stay.
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