A documentary photographer and content creator based in Leek, England
Well where do I start? I’m 41 years old, born in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, South Africa. I have a fantastic wife called Laura, two energetic children we call the blonde monsters, Evie and Ethan, and we currently reside in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands, in a little market town called Leek.
I’ve been interested in photography for a long time. I was lucky enough to be caught up in the traditional film days, shooting with a tatty Olympus camera handed down to me. After qualifying with an HND in photography I spent some time in the newspaper industry, documenting breaking news stories and creating artistic magazine front covers for a local daily newspaper.
It wasn’t long before I wanted to be my own boss and take on the challenge of becoming a photographer/accountant/receptionist/graphic designer/technical assistant – ha ha – but you know what, I absolutely love my job. Nothing brings me more pleasure than to see couples and families look at themselves in the work I’ve created.
Photography is everything to me, it’s all I know. It sounds like a cliché but I live and breathe it – if I’m not taking pictures on my DSLRs then I’m constantly snapping on my mobile phone.
When I’m asked to cover a wedding or family event I feel the same now as I did when taking my first booking – incredibly privileged and humbled that my work is valued. Even to this day when I hand over a wedding album to one of my couples I feel nervous. I want them to have photographs that capture their occasion perfectly, every detail and raw emotion caught in a still moment – a selection of timeless memories that encapsulates their story.
Since the day I set up Wes Webster Photography I’ve made sure that my work is of the highest quality. Always learning, even after 15 years as a photographer I know I can better myself and become more innovative. The truth is, I’m a perfectionist and a Virgo, and only the very best will do.