All posts tagged: London Wedding Photographer

Capturing The Soul: The beauty of b&w

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”

Photofilm – Steph & Paul’s Bromley Wedding

Steph & Pauls Wedding Photography Audio Slideshow I’m delighted to add to the website this wedding story photofilm from Steph & Pauls fun wedding at the Bromley Court Hotel in south east London at the end of September.  Audio slideshow’s are available with my Wedding Storyteller photography package and are a lovely way to showcase a small selection of photo’s from a couple’s real wedding story. If you are getting married, either at the Bromley Court Hotel or elsewhere, and enjoyed my natural, authentic and unobtrusive approach to capturing the real moments and genuine emotions of a wedding story, then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans and have a general chat with you. You can call me on +44 (0)7920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.  I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Sedgebrook Hall wedding photography

Wedding Photojournalist Association Contest

Wedding Photojournalism Contest – Q2 2015 – Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) I’m always extremely proud and honoured to say how I am a qualifying and active member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA), which is a professional organisation composed of photojournalists and wedding photographers from around the world. What sets us members of the WPJA apart in the industry is our candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography.  Also, unlike a lot of other professional wedding photography bodies, you have to qualify for entry into the WPJA and adhere to their strict code of professional conduct.  So it really does mean something to have been accepted into the WPJA. One of the cool things about being a member, is the opportunity to enter their quarterly wedding photojournalism contests – submitting wedding photojournalistic images from real weddings during the current calendar year. The Wedding Photojournalist Association upholds the highest level of ethical standards, especially in the area of their wedding photography contests. The purpose of the WPJA is to celebrate photographers who creatively document …

St Laurence Warborough Wedding Photography

Don’t Just Focus on Price for your Wedding Photography

Why You Shouldn’t Just Consider the Cost of Wedding Photography When it comes to booking your wedding photographer, it’s very easy to just look for the cheapest option available.  I know it’s a cliché but wedding photography really is one of those areas where you get what you pay for.  Of course, you will have a certain budget, and will want to work within that, but invariably if you allow cost to be your ONLY consideration when booking your wedding photographer you could end up making a disastrous decision.  You don’t have to look too deeply online to find wedding photography horror stories where a couple have simply gone for the cheapest wedding photographer they could find. So here are my 5 top tips to also consider when booking a professional wedding photography, to ensure you make a properly thought through and considered choice when booking your wedding photographer. 1. Style of Wedding Photography Don’t make the mistake of thinking there’s just one style and approach to wedding photography. Broadly speaking there are 3 approaches: …

Shooting wedding photography with micro four thirds prime lenses

Prime Focus On Your Wedding Photography

Shooting Wedding Photography with Prime Lenses I’ve already covered elsewhere why I shoot weddings with three Olympus OMD EM5 camera bodies. Today I thought it would be interesting to delve a little further into why I shoot wedding photography specifically with prime lenses. For the uninitiated a prime lens is a camera lens with a fixed focal length. Unlike zoom lenses, which can cover a range of focal lengths, from very wide to extremely long, in a single lens, a prime only lets you shoot at one specific length – depending on the prime lens you have attached to your camera body. Now, of course, and quite rightly, you’re most probably thinking why would any wedding photographer choose to shoot with prime lenses which sound like they restrict the kind of lengths you can shoot at a wedding?  This is a good question but, as I’m sure you’re expecting, I have a good answer (or two.) Low Light, Focus and Image Quality One of the distinct advantages of prime lenses is that they are usually …

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 …

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 …

Greenwich London pre wedding photography

Greenwich Park Pre-Wedding Photography in London – Steph & Paul

Pre-Wedding Photography Shoot in Greenwich Park, London Even though I am a London wedding photographer I am more than happy to shoot weddings anywhere in the UK, or even destination weddings abroad.  However, that said, nothing beats, as a London boy, a London location – especially for a pre-wedding photography shoot. It is, after all, a case of home sweet home! So when Steph and Paul, whose Bromley wedding photography I am honoured to be shooting later this year, suggested we do their pre-wedding portrait shoot in the gorgeous Greenwich Park,in south east London, I could hardly contain my excitement! Greenwich Park, is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and, quite rightly so, is world famous.  After all, it hosts the Prime Meridian Line and Royal Observatory as well as being part of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site which is home to The National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College. It’s also the most historic of all the Royal Parks and dates back to Roman times and was enclosed in 1427. The park offers …

A couole enjoy a pre-wedding portrait shoot at Kelmarsh House in Northamptonshire

Pre-Wedding Portrait Shoot

Enjoy a pre-wedding portrait shoot before your wedding day A pre-wedding portrait photography session is fast becoming an important must-have for modern couples, looking to make the entire wedding process a memorable and distinctly individual experience. After all, why should it be your wedding day that only gets documented? My pre-wedding portrait package is a fantastic way to not only get some fun, lovely and informal portraits of you both together, ahead of the wedding date, but it’s also a great way to get used to me as a photographer around you.  That means come your wedding day we’ll all know each other much better and you won’t feel like your wedding photographer is a stranger on the big day itself. So what does the pre-wedding portrait session entail? It’s usually an hour long photography shoot in a scenic, picturesque or meaningful location. I usually recommend one of the wonderful royal parks in London or around a number of the many iconic landmarks London has to offer. Of course, I am more than happy to undertake a …

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 …

Rowton Castle wedding photography of the wedding singer picked out by a lone spotlight, creating an atmospheric mood during the evening wedding reception

Why I Love This Image: The Blues Singer

Why I Love This Wedding Image of The Blues Singer. Being a wedding photojournalist who loves capturing natural, candid and beautiful wedding photography the evening wedding reception provides lots of different and decisive moments.  Often overlooked are photos that capture the other wedding vendors you’ve booked and who have worked so hard in delivering your perfect wedding day. That’s why I see it as part of my mission to capture the other players and characters who make up your wedding story and give you a complete wedding photojournalism package. The Perfect Example of Wedding Photojournalism This particular image is from Kara & Jason’s wedding day up at Rowton Castle in Shropshire and is a perfect example of how wedding photojournalism can capture the most beautiful and natural images without the need to fake or stage them.  As a result the wedding story is one that throws up real memories of moments rather than moments created by a photographer. Here a very talented and beautiful singer was entertaining the guests (although there was one young man …

Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the mother-of-the-bride making a final adjustment to the bride's wedding dressing, during the bridal preparations

The Wedding Photojournalist Collection

The Wedding Photojournalist Collection is for those couples who want all the benefits of a natural, candid and photojournalistic approach to capturing the real moments and genuine emotions of their wedding story, whilst also getting a number of more traditional and posed portraits of themselves. The Wedding Photojournalist collection covers the important parts of the wedding day.  So that means I capture all the fun, laughter and tears from the bridal preparations in the morning right through to a little after the first dance at the wedding reception in the evening.   You can be sure I’ll capture all those important, must have moments such as the bride getting into her beautiful wedding dress, the arrivals at the wedding venue, the entire wedding ceremony including the exchange of rings and the first kiss, the toasts and speeches, the cutting of the wedding cake, the first dance and a little of the evening’s entertainment. In-between all this, as you would expect of a wedding photojournalism approach, I capture the fleeting expressions, tiny happenings and all those …