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Crockwell Farm wedding photography of bride and groom having their first kiss during the wedding ceremony

My 5 Favourite…Wedding First Kisses

Ahh, the first kiss at a wedding. The final moment that seals the deal. The couple can now kiss, they’re married now.  It’s one of the must have moments for a wedding photographer. That one little kiss symbolises the whole romance and love of getting married. Often accompanied with cheers, smiles and the odd tear, here are five of my favourite images of first kisses. 1. Rowton Castle Wedding, Shropshire It’s the joy and warmth of the guests in the background, at Rowton Castle in Shropshire, that makes this a favourite first kiss photo for me. This is clearly a much loved couple and everyone is delighted they’ve just tied the knot. The black and white also gives it a timeless and classic feel, which I love too. 2. Woodlands Park Hotel Wedding, Surrey It’s still hard to believe that same sex weddings have only been legal in England and Wales since 2014.  Quite why it ever took that long for a loving act to ever be made legal is beyond me.   As Elaine …

My 5 Favourite…Kids Being Kids

An occasional consideration for some wedding couples is whether to have a child-free wedding or not. Of course, this is always a personal choice for the couple involved but there’s no denying, from a wedding photojournalism perspective, children do present some fantastic photo opportunities.  So I do love it when children are at weddings – it just gives me more moments, emotions and expressions to capture for your unique wedding story. So here are 5 of my favourite photos of kids being kids at previous weddings. #1 The Princess Flower Girl I just love how the flower girl admires her pretty dress with a spontaneous twirl, during the bridal preparations for Gemma and Rich’s wedding at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, East Sussex. Kids do produce these fleeting little moments in-between the bigger moments and as a wedding photojournalist I love to document them as part of the bigger wedding story. #2 The Unimpressed Boy This perennial favourite I have talked about before in my Why I Love This Image series, but it captures …

Posed wedding portrait at Rowton Castle, Shropshire.

My 5 Favourite…Posed Wedding Portraits

Whilst I consider myself a wedding photojournalist who predominantly employs a candid and unobtrusive storytelling approach to wedding photography, I also realise that most couples will want some traditional and posed portraits on the wedding day too…and, of course, I am more than happy to oblige! So here are 5 of my favourite posed portraits from some of the weddings I have shot. #1. Intimate, Tender & So Natural Even when shooting posed portraits it’s still possible to capture some natural and candid moments, as this portrait from Emily & Phil’s wedding at Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire demonstrates. I always find, when getting portraits of the couple, it’s best to take them away from the guests for a short while. Not only do the couple appreciate a bit of quiet time they also much more comfortable having portraits shot without all the guests looking on. I’d found a quiet little spot at Sedgebrook Hall and was setting up and shooting more formal portraits. In-between these shots Phil, naturally and completely un-coerced, lent forward and placed …

My 5 Favourite…Brides Getting Dressed Photos!

Wedding Photojournalism of 5 Brides Getting Into Their Wedding Dress The bridal preparations are fantastic for wedding photojournalism.  I know I’ve said it before, but the early part of the wedding morning, when brides and the bridal party start getting ready, is a great time for all the emotions you’d want as part of a wedding story.  There’s excitement, nerves, laughter, tears and everything else in-between. As a wedding photojournalist it’s such emotions, expressions and moments that I specialize in documenting. When brides and the bridal party are having their hair done, make-up applied and getting into their wedding dresses they really do forget I am there (I’m sure it’s nothing to do with the alcohol that can appear during this time!), meaning I do get some fantastic and natural shots at this part of the day.  This is, after all, why you have booked a wedding photojournalist – to capture the real story of your wedding in a natural, candid and unobtrusive way.  So how could I not love the bridal preparations? So here …

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a silhouetted bride and groon sharing a kiss.

My 5 Favourite…Hugs & Kisses

  My Five Favourite “Hugs & Kisses” Photos As a wedding photojournalist if there’s one thing you’ve got to love shooting then it’s hugs, kisses, cuddles and even snogs! Weddings are full of them.  And that’s what makes it a joy to specialise in wedding photojournalism.  After all, most people most probably associate photojournalism with gritty issues, tragedy and suffering.  So wedding photojournalism definitely bucks this assumption. But you still have to be quick and alive to whats happening in capturing that decisive wedding moment. Kisses and hugs can be over in a blink of an eye. Hence why a wedding photojournalist is an expert at documenting that fleeting happenstance for your wedding story. Yes, you could set up a kiss or a hug, but it’s never the same as one caught naturally and unobtrusively.  Wedding photojournalism ensures the integrity of both the moment and your wedding story – and it’s that that ensures the blink-in-an-eye moment is captured and cherished foever. Understandably most people will think of the happy couple kissing and hugging on …