We are Al and Phil.
We are a duo of wedding photographers doing what we love to do - capturing those special moments on your big day; the smiles, the emotion and the celebration.
To remove speculation - Al makes up the Darley half of the team and Phil completes the line up with the Underwood portion. We shoot weddings together to provide full coverage of your day - capturing all those heartfelt moments in an unobtrusive manner.
Documentary style wedding photography is our thing. Real moments with family and friends. Our aim is to tell a story, from the morning jitters and excitement, to the romance of the ceremony and through to the evening merriment.
Alongside all of this, Al adds film photography into the mix too, shooting both 35mm and medium format film.
Our home is the Midlands, but that doesn't stop us venturing across the UK, Europe or indeed the world for our couples.
Find out more about us both below, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries or to discuss your big day.
Hey there, I’m Al
I’m a Yorkshire lad, but live outside Melton Mowbray with my beautiful wife and best friend Vicky and our little boy Piran. I really do think that they are both super awesome.
When I am not taking photographs, we will usually be out in search of amazing artisanal food, exploring the great outdoors or making music together.
Film photography is where my real passion is; from my first visit to the darkroom, my entire world changed. Stood under the dim red light as I saw my image fade into view on what had been; only seconds before, a blank piece of paper, I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life as a photographer.
I often think of myself as the luckiest person in the world, doing something that I love so much, whilst also being able to call it my job. It is such a joy and always an honour to photograph a wedding day and I couldn’t think of anything else that I would rather be doing.
A little about Al
Where do I start…? Well, here it goes – I take photos because I love taking photos and sharing the moments captured with those involved for them to keep and cherish.
I am a late comer to the photography world. I was first inspired by the wedding photographers who frequented Mythe Barn when I worked there as a Sales and Marketing Manager in my twenties. Having said that I have always loved photos – ever since my Mum used to sit with me and flick through mountains of family photo albums. But, seeing the beauty of what these wedding photographers could create was a game changer.
I am self-taught – with the learning process providing hours of fun tinkering and creativity on an entry DSLR camera. I now cannot imagine not taking my camera everywhere with me (I’ve upgraded since my first DSLR…) to capture all of those special moments with family and friends. This love of photography now allows me to capture these beautiful moments on YOUR big day with all of your friends and family - what could be better?!
Outside of photography you’ll find my wife, Jen, and I exploring the countryside, scrambling up random hills, rock climbing, surfing, searching for the tastiest food and spending quality time with friends and family.