About Emma – Our Founder

Thank you for visiting this page to find out more about me.

My name is Emma and I’m the founder of Virtual Weddings, I’m a mother to my daughter Ivy (11), my son River (6) and my stepdaughter Genie (14) who I love completely. They are my inspiration and my motivation always. I live in Milton Keynes, England but am half Irish and am incredibly proud of my heritage.

I have been a photographer and artist for 21 years and have been lucky enough to work in the music and film industry as a photographer and a lighting technician (gaffer) through the last two decades. My work has taken me around the world many times to some incredible places and I have had my life consistently enriched by the people I have had the pleasure of photographing and filming over the years.

I have always had a deep passion to learn and my drive to constantly improve has led me through several college photographic courses, two very different photography degrees and multiple awards for my work. I pride myself on always achieving the very best possible version of the work I am creating. This feeling has been passed through to my work with Virtual Weddings!

I teach photography and have invested time teaching photography in prison – one of the most rewarding teaching positions I have ever held.

In 2016 I was introduced to 360° camera technology by my friends at Virtually Reality (Sandbox) in London. I was immediately obsessed with finding a new way to work because 360° cameras take away the main tool of the photographer and videographer – the ability to frame and compose an image. With 360° cameras, EVERYTHING is in the shot.

I took the camera to Paris and spend time shooting purely in the 360° format so that I could build a new way of creating images that were compelling and beautiful.

Throughout the next 18 months, I made it my mission to become an expert using 360° cameras and making virtual reality films and the technology evolved fast to the point where we are at now with incredible pro 360° cameras available that enable us to create a virtual reality world.

My commitment to founding Virtual Weddings has been fuelled by a life-changing accident that I had in 2011 that left me with a brain injury and a broken spine. The brain injury impacted my memory and my multi-tasking abilities and, as a result, I now have absolutely no memories of my son Rivers first Christmas (he was only 7 months old at the time of the accident).

The 360° video and virtual reality films that I started to make (and now make with Virtual Weddings) are so incredibly emotional and immersive. I wish so much that I had some virtual reality video of that Christmas, I would watch it again and again to relive memories that I couldn’t retain.

Capturing memories and moments in virtual reality film is such a beautiful gift, my work is my passion and I feel honoured every time I am invited into a couple’s wedding to create a virtual reality imprint of the day for them. I have worked on building Virtual Weddings full time throughout 2017 and have been so proud to be a part of the Entrepreneurial Spark business incubator programme at the end of 2017 ready to launch our company in February of this year.

I am exceptionally pleased to have been accepted onto the Natwest business accelerator programmer with Virtual Weddings and I’m excited to be speaking at several events this year about emerging tech in the wedding industry.

You can catch Virtual Weddings (and myself!) at several wedding fairs through the year demonstrating our virtual reality films and our live streaming and as the founder of the company I am happiest when I’m giving people the full virtual reality experience and showing people how utterly incredible the technology ad the films are. Please give me a call or arrange a consultation through the booking form to arrange a sit down with me. We can drink coffee and chat and I can show you just how wonderful virtual reality filmmaking is. After 21 years as a photographer and videographer, I am absolutely certain that linear (single direction) video will be replaced by 360° video content.

Why would we want to record our most important events relying on the cameraman choosing the same shots that we would choose when we can have 360° cameras record every single direction and we can choose where we want to look depending on what we want to see on any particular time we are immersing ourselves in our beautiful event?

I would love to know more about what you have planned for your wedding and what is important for you to have captured forever and how I can help you to truly immortalise your day, get in touch and let’s have a chat.

Emma x