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YFFUK Phil Endicott Wedding Photographer - Be My Friend
YFFUK – Wedding Photography by Phil Endicott
YFFUK Phil Endicott Wedding Photographer - Be My Friend

Phil Endicott – Who is he?

So the very fact you’re looking at this page tells me you know my name, and that I’m a wedding photographer!

 

So this page is all about me, and what makes me me!

 

In the same way I’m massively passionate about knowing my couples, what makes them tick, the little tells of affection between them and ultimately becoming friends, its only fair that the reserve is also true.  This page is a little about me, why I am a wedding photographer, and what I get up to when I’m not shooting or editing.

Firstly – if you’ve not already read “Be my friend”.  I know it’s probably a little bit of an alien concept:  after all it’s probable that all you’ve thought about is that you need JUST a professional, but that page will explain properly why I like to go the extra mile.

So me – the man behind the camera.  I’ve always been into my photography and even video:  I remember when I was only 7 years old nagging my Mum to let me use her camera and getting ever so frustrated that I only had 24 shots to play with.  For the record that was an old Pracktica SLR with Russian lenses – and I’m fairly sure that’s where my fondness for a 50mm lens started! I also remember when I was 9 going to the States to see my aunt and getting very upset that I couldn’t get Mum’s camera from the overhead locker to take pictures of Washington DC as we came into land!  That also explains my love of flying I guess – and also why I’m VERY OCD in working out which side of the plane I should sit on to see cities on takeoff or landing the most clearly. Evidence for the defence to the side of this! When we got to my aunt’s house in West Virginia I “borrowed’ her camcorder and went wandering around the estate so I could show my Nan and Grandad where their daughter lived when we got home: looking back it must have been cringe worthy for my Aunt watching this happen!

YFFUK  Phil Endicott view of London from the sky as landing at Heathrow
YFFUK Phil Endicott Mwasuku Mam Tor Peak District Castleton bridal party with coloured smoke grenades reflected in a puddle

I went to university in Sheffield:  for the record I studied Business and Economics.  I was incredibly lucky to be on the doorstep of the Peak District and virtually every weekend I’d head out there in my rattly old F plate Ford Fiesta seeing what nature really looked like.  I headed back to Northamptonshire after my degree finished and started work in the IT industry but never forgot what the Peaks was like, nor what happiness photography brought me.  It also came in wonderfully handy when I had a wedding on the doorstep of the Peaks and led to one of my favourite ever wedding pictures: knowing what was where and how I could use the surroundings brought so much joy.

YFFUK Phil Endicott Fenwick Sedgebrook Hall Chapel Brampton Northamptonshire the wedding that made me who I am

Fast forwarding to 2013 one of the most special days in my life.  6th of July, it’s a 32C sunny day, my two very best friends Aaron and Lou tying the knot, being both best man and secondary photographer.  Both the most challenging day of my life but also the very best. I got to see first hand the difference I could make to a wedding day by producing memories first hand, but also the difference that being friends with couples on their wedding day could make to the photos.  Without this day I very much doubt I’d be privileged enough to be doing what I do now.

Don’t get me wrong – I look at these photos now with a weird kind of horror.  They’re far from perfect, compositionally all over the place and certainly lacking the grace and balance of what I do now.  But equally, the builiding blocks are there and that’s what counted.

We head into 2014 and more friends are getting married: they’ve seen what I did for Aaron and Lou and ask me to do the same.  I’m naturally cautious and frankly a little scared and make them book primary photographers as well: I don’t want to ruin their special days if I get it wrong.  After these three weddings I feel in my own mind I’m doing ok, and there is definitely something there for me to consider seriously. Without meaning to sound arrogant, what happened next proved it.  All three told me they wished they’d paid me and I’d been the primary. I exclaim back that they’re my friends, they’re just being kind to get real. Two of them then tell me they’ve set me up to be primary photographer at their friends weddings: scared isn’t the half of it!  But I go ahead, do everything in my power to make those days amazing, and the rest is history.

YFFUK Phil Endicott Ellis Manor House Hotel Moreton in Marsh Gloucestershire bride and groom relaxing on the chairs

2013 and 2014 were without doubt the most nerve racking and scary years as I started out but I’ll never forget them and the job they brought both me and my couples.  These first wedding days helped me see that I could help make weddings that little bit more special and keep the smiles going all day. Hopefully my pictures show you this in abundance.

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I’m a geek – be it a photo geek, travel geek or just in life in general.  But I’ve embraced that and frankly I think it makes me who I am. It’s because I’m such a geek I go to the lengths I do to try and make every wedding day I’m involved in special:  finding locations, sunset times, moonrise opportunities, being a toastmaster, finding a place to play with sparklers etc etc etc.

 

I totally love travel:  I’m one of these annoying people who love to get up at 3am in the morning to get a 6am flight from the airport so I’m not wasting any time abroad.  It’s not uncommon for me to get itchy feet and randomly disappear somewhere for a weekend: last random ones were Riga and Venice.

YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things Azores St Jorge
YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things Azores Horta sunset

I also am deeply into my history which when linked to my photography is a bit of a perfect combination to tell stories that I think other people should see.  Three places that will always be up there for me are Chernobyl, Auschwhitz and Fukushima: every single one had a story to tell, a legacy to bring back and share and most importantly just seeing first hand the devastation and cruelty of mankind.  If you’ve not visited any, please make the effort, in particular Auschwitz. It WILL upset you, it will hurt your heart, but I think it is completely essential that as humans we see for ourselves the truth and are therefore emboldened to make sure it NEVER happens again.

YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things Auschwitz Birkenau 10003
YFFUK Phil Endicott PME Fukushima   Japan1
YFFUK  Phil Endicott Chernobyl Zone looking at the frozen lake
YFFUK Phil Endicott PME Fukushima   Japan2

I’ve also been lucky enough to road trip around the Icelandic ring road, and also to see the Northern Lights in the very north of Norway.  Both experiences I won’t forget: in particular my fingers losing sensation in minus 30C temperatures!

YFFUK Phil Endicott PME Tophop Norway
YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things iceland ring road

I live in Higham Ferrers in Northamptonshire:  that’s my base and where I grew up. But for weddings I travel all over as I love to see new places, cover new parts of the world and experience new venues.  I’ve been as far north as Inverness, far south as St Ives and even to Riga and Sofia for engagement shoots. Maybe, just maybe, you’d like to go somewhere different for your engagement shoot?

I have the pleasure of living with my three cat fur-children Tamsin, Tick and Tock.  They’re all complete trouble but have their own individual personalities and all “love” to help me when I’m editing.  The boys unfortunately also love walking across all obvious keyboards so you can probably imagine my horror and disdain when they find master reset in anything Adobe 🙁

YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things my cat tock
YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things my cat tamsin
YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things my cat tick

Strangely enough I prefer staying the other side of the camera.  But here’s a couple of pics of me either me doing my thing or taking me time that my colleagues and clients have taken!  Don’t let them scare you off PLEASE!

YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things me living my life at the top of salzburg skiing
YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things me living my life doing a speech for an emotional groom
YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things me living my life wedding day with couple
YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things me living my life with my friends in Nice France
YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things me living my life wedding 1
YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things me living my life on engagement shoot daughter on her phone
YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things me living my life wedding with a friend and bridesmaid
YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things me living my life at a wedding picture taken by Mark Chadwick
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Finally, and possibly most importantly, I do a lot of charity work, and in particular for Cancer Research and Parkinsons.  These charities are very close to my heart: I got very lucky with my Dad recovering from bowel cancer, and my Mum suffers as my Grandad did with Parkinsons.  The very fact I can give back to the charities that support my family means a lot and it is something I will always do as long as I can. This is also why I do charity weddings for the likes of CR and Gift of a Wedding:  these are without doubt the hardest weddings to shoot and keep the emotions under control, but also the most important. If I can bring one extra smile to people wanting to tie the knot in the face of adversity, then it is TOTALLY worth it.

You can learn more about the charities I support by clicking their logo below.

YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things  cancer research uk logo
YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things  gift of a wedding logo
YFFUK Phil Endicott Useful things  parkinsons uk logo

So that’s me, totally insane, and geeky as you like.  But hopefully this has explained a little more so you understand me, what I’m about and why I do what I do.

Most importantly, I’m hoping I’ve not scared you off!

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Totally insanely geeky

I’m a geek – be it a photo geek, travel geek or just in life in general.  But I’ve embraced that and frankly I think it makes me who I am.  It’s because I’m such a geek I go to the lengths I do to try and make every wedding day I’m involved in special:  finding locations, sunset times, moonrise opportunities, being a toastmaster, finding a place to play with sparklers etc etc etc.

One of my previous brides said once “You’re totally insanely geeky, but in the best possible productive way”.  I think she’s about right.