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We are Tim, Linda and Sarah Durham and we work together in our family business Pinner Wedding Photography.
We are based in Pinner, in the London Borough of Harrow, although we still call it Middlesex.
My name is Timothy Durham and I have had a passion for photography from about the age of seven. I started photographing around Ruislip, where I grew up, and loved photographing planes at RAF Northolt and at Heathrow airport. In my teens I went through most of the contemporary photography books in Ruislip Library and started to take more portraits and landscapes. I also developed an interest in the Avant Garde. Despite hours spent in the dark room at school my working life took a rather different course. I worked for many years as a sound engineer at the famous BBC Maida Vale studios. Then, as the new millennium started, I took a sideways step into IT Consultancy where I worked with various companies across the UK.
I bought a digital SLRs to share with our daughter Sarah when they reached a sensible price. That rekindled a desire from my teenage years to experiment with portrait photography. After some trial runs with friends and family I found a local studio, set up a small business and started taking studio portraits. One day I was asked if I did wedding photography and that's what led to us setting up Pinner Wedding Photography. The rest, as they say, is history.
I'm very proud of how our photography has developed over the last ten years, not just mine but Linda's and Sarah's too. That's reflected in the great feedback we have had from our clients - and that's the most important thing.
I've always enjoyed taking photographs but I never expected that I would end up photographing weddings. I have been a nurse for most of my working life, on the district in Aberystwyth, community nursing in Hertfordshire and now as a practice nurse in a local surgery. I used to be an Instamtic type of person and I initially found the digital SLR world quite complicated. Nowadays I think nothing of heading off to the Bride's house on the morning of the wedding with a bag of equipment over my shoulder. Wedding photography is still a challenge but it's also very rewarding, and the people I have met have been great to work with.
I'm usually in charge of the bride's preparations in the morning and I then work as a "second shooter" for the rest of the day. I especially love candid, informal and quirky shots. I'm also available for boudoir photography if you're looking for something a little bit special.
I studied photography at school in Pinner and that was the main reason that we acquired our first Canon DSLR. After leaving school I graduated with 1st Class Honours in Adult Nursing, became a full time nurse, worked in the family photography business, developed my talents as an artist and then became a full time mum. When I'm not busy with our latest recruit I work either as the lead photographer or as the "second shooter". I often take the lead role with younger brides who prefer to work with someone more their own age. I'm happy doing the formal shots during the weddings but I do like to find things that are a little out of the ordinary if I can. I also love new born and infant photography.
In 2020 I had a very different Wedding Photography experience as you can see from my own wedding picture (with my husband George) at the Uxbridge Register Office the day before the new November 2020 lock-down started.
Where do we work?
We don't have any restrictions on where we work although any significant expenses will be included in our quote. For example, we have photographed at Warwick House in Southam in Warwickshire, Preston Court near Canterbury in Kent and Micklefield Hall in Hertfordshire. We regularly photograph around North West London including The Barn Hotel in Ruislip, The Cavendish in Eastcote, The Grange in Northwood and Moor Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire. We have also photographed in Cantebury, Harpenden, Watford, Uxbridge and Thame. So, as you can tell, we are happy to travel.