All posts tagged: Decisive Moment

Why I Love This Image: Lost In Music

I defy you not to smile when you look at this photo from Charlene & David’s wedding in Luton.  In fact, let me correct that, it’s not a photo…it’s a moment. A wedding guest not just lost in the music of the evening reception. Now this is a wedding guest utterly lost in the moment of the wedding day.

Wedding photography at Littleton House, Surrey, of two mature wedding guests playing joyful during the evening reception.

Why I Love This Image: The Playful Wedding Guests

When you look at this wedding photography from Chloe & Dan’s wedding at Littleton House in Shepperton, Surrey, what do you see?  Two wedding guests larking about? The father of the groom larking about with a bald man?  Two older men who should know better? Well, when I look at this I see a lifetime connection of friendship. The man with the napkin on his head is the lifelong friend of the other man, who just happens to be the bride’s father. Napkin man also the best man at his friend’s wedding decades before. And here they are playing around joyfully at a wedding many many years later. And for me, this is what weddings are all about – a celebration of love, friendships and lifetime connections. It’s why I love applying a candid storytelling approach as a wedding photography. To be unobtrusive and naturally observe these moments is what makes each and every wedding story unique to the couple, family and friends involved. Weddings create memories to be cherished and friendships that last a …

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 …

One of the best London wedding photographers shoots the bride and groom at Highdown Vineyard in West Sussex

The Perfect Photo or the Perfect Moment?

My wedding photojournalism approach is all about documenting your unique wedding story as it unfolds and happens spontaneously. I want to capture the real moments and genuine emotions of the day – it’s a natural, candid and storytelling approach in which I’m passionate about ensuring the integrity of the moment. However, I often get asked how I manage to capture those split second, fleeting little moments whilst ensuring my camera settings are right. After all, cameras are often very technical and complicated tools and in order to get the perfect photo you have to take into account so many factors, such as apertures, shutter speeds, white balance, ISO numbers and the like. Well, the honest answer is I don’t worry too much about getting the perfect photo.  My focus is on capturing the perfect moment. That’s the holy grail of wedding photojournalism.  Real moments you can’t fake.  Yes, you could try and stage or pose them but they never look real, never appear the same or as natural as a genuine moment occurring. So imagine …

Ashridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid crying as she sees the bride in her wedding dress for the first time.

The Art of Wedding Storytelling

I’m not just a wedding photographer – I’m a wedding storyteller As a wedding photojournalist I speak a lot about capturing your wedding story.  For me it’s the very heart of wedding photojournalism. I’m there to document and re-tell the narrative of your wedding day as it really happened.  That’s the key difference between a wedding photojournalist, such as myself, and a more traditional wedding photographer who prefers to set up, pose and stage your wedding photography. Instead, as a wedding storyteller, I’m looking to capture and document the genuine moments and real emotions of your wedding day without dictating them.  I want you to look back, whether its in a few months, a few years or even decades away from now and remember the real story of your real wedding as it really happened – rather than remember the wedding photographer who made you and your guests do this and that to a tick list he or she uses at every wedding. Here are 3 reasons why I think a wedding storytelling approach is …

Candid street photography of a wedding party, posing for their traditional wedding portraits, in Central Park, New York City.

Candid Street Wedding Photography

Weddings Captured by a Street Photographer Street photography is very much my personal passion – it’s what I shoot in my spare time. In many ways it is what drives my approach to wedding photography.  There are a lot of similarities between street photography and wedding photojournalism. Both employ a candid and unobtrusive approach that attempts to capture the integrity of a moment and produce a storytelling narrative within the frame.  So it’s not surprising that I often think of myself as a street photographer who just happens to be shooting a wedding. There has been a small number of occasions whilst I’ve been out and about shooting street photography where I’ve stumbled across a wedding.  Of course, as a wedding photographer, I can’t resist capturing what’s unfolding before me – in a candid and discrete way- but without the expectation of being the official wedding photographer. So here are three examples of weddings I’ve captured in such circumstances. Central Park, New York City Wedding Photography Back in the spring of 2010 I was on …

Brighton Holiday Inn wedding photography of bride and groom

Wedding Photojournalism: The Integrity of the Moment

The Wedding Photojournalism Approach As a wedding photojournalist I often talk about ensuring the integrity of the moment, but what do I actually mean by this?  What is the integrity of the moment?  For me, it’s the very thing that sets aside a wedding photojournalism approach from that of a more traditional wedding photography approach.  In essence, it’s the very reason you should be looking to book me as a wedding photojournalist.  But let me explain it in more detail. The Decisive Moment I’ve discussed what wedding photojournalism is elsewhere so don’t intend to go over that again, but you can follow the link if you’d like to start there first.  When talking about the integrity of the moment it might be helpful to start with another important philosophy of photojournalism and that is the decisive moment, a phrase first coined by the late, great French photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson. He considered the decisive moment was that split second, that fleeting moment when everything came together to create one magical moment within the frame of the …

Oxfordshire wedding photojournalism

Why I Love This Image: The Emotional Friend

A Perfect Example of Wedding Photojournalism Wedding photojournalism is all about documenting the real story of wedding day in a candid, natural and unobtrusive manner, without ever dictating events or staging fake moments. It relies on the skill, experience and anticipation of the wedding photographer to capture genuine moments, emotions and expressions. And that’s why I love this image of an emotional friend – it perfectly captures the emotions of a fleeting moment during a private but pivotal time of the wedding day. Small But Important Moments The bride, Alex, has just been helped into her wedding dress during the morning bridal preparations at home in Warborough, Oxfordshire, by her close friend. I often say that the bridal preparations are a fantastic time for me, as a wedding photojournalist, to capture lots of emotions. At this time of the day everyone is relaxed and excited and enjoying doing the things that girls really love to do…like hair, make-up and dressing up! Wedding photojournalism relies on fast reactions and being alive to the possibility of situations, so as Alex’s …

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 …