All posts tagged: Wedding Photographer

5 Tips For Working With Your Wedding Photographer

So you’ve booked your wedding photographer, what next? After all, there’s months to go until your actual wedding date. Do you just wait for them to show up on your wedding day and start clicking away? Actually, no. So here are my 5 top tips for working with your wedding photographer up to your wedding day. Stay in touch Make sure you stay in touch with your wedding photographer throughout. Keep them informed of how your wedding planning and arrangements are going and keep them informed of any changes that may arise. And definitely ask for advice during this time, even if it has nothing to do with photography! Wedding photographers are usually the most wedding experienced of all your wedding suppliers, after all there’s no other wedding vendor who spends as much time with you on your wedding day. So we usually know about about weddings and have good links with others in the wedding industry. So use your wedding photographer like a free wedding planner and tap them for as much advice, tips …

Why I Love This Image: The Faith & The Devotion

Why I Love This Image of Imogen & Seb Hand-in-Hand My Why I Love This Image articles aim to give you an insight into why I took or love a particular image from one of the many wedding stories I shoot. As a wedding photographer I believe in being as open and transparent about the work and, I hope, by sharing my thoughts on some of my images you can both see and feel my passion for wedding photography. On The Southern Slopes of the South Downs in West Sussex I captured this moment fairly late on during Imogen & Seb’s wedding story in Worthing in West Sussex.  Having arrived at the stunningly beautiful setting of the Highdown Vineyard, which is situated on the southern slopes of the South Downs in-between the seaside towns of Worthing and Littlehampton, we ventured into the vineyard itself to get a couple of more traditional posed portraits of the happy couple before the sun set.  Afterwards, as Imogen and Seb walked hand-in-hand back towards the restaurant, where their weddings …

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 …

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Why I Love This Image: The Laughing Groomsman

Why I Love This Image My Why I Love This Image articles aim to give you an insight into why I took or love a particular image from one of the many wedding stories I shoot. As a wedding photographer I believe in being as open and transparent about the work and, I hope, by sharing my thoughts on some of my images you can both see and feel my passion for wedding photography. Traditional Posed Wedding Photography vs. Wedding Photojournalism As a wedding photographer who specialises in a wedding photojournalism approach, most of my work will naturally feature real moments, genuine emotions and true expressions.  However, most couples do also require a number of the traditional posed portraits on the wedding day and I am always more than happy to oblige. In fact, my most popular wedding photography package, The Wedding Storyteller, includes unlimited posed portraits and group shots as part of it.  So this image, from Emily and Phil’s wonderful wedding story, at Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire, was part of the formal shots …

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Sedgebrook Hall Wedding Photography – Emily & Phil’s Wedding Story

Real Wedding Photojournalism – Sedgebrook Hall, Chapel Brampton, Northamptonshire There’s nothing better for a wedding photographer, then to feel like you know the couple pretty well come the wedding day itself.  By the time of Emily & Phil’s wedding at the delightful Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire I had already got to know them a year previously at Lois and Dan’s wedding, also in Northamptonshire – what with Phil being Lois’ brother. Then more recently I’d had the pleasure of shooting a pre-wedding portrait shoot with Emily and Phil at Kelmarsh Hall, again in Northampton.  So in lots of ways it really did feel like I was shooting the wedding of a pair of friends – and that does mean everyone is already relaxed and comfortable.  Ideal for a wedding photojournalist looking to document the couple’s beautiful wedding story in a natural, candid and unobtrusive way. Country house hotel wedding venue in Northampton Sedgebrook Hall is a stunning wedding venue set in the idyllic English countryside of Northamptonshire. A Victorian building, that also mixes in many …

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: …

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 …

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 …

Sussex Wedding photographer captures the bride and groom playing on a swing in the gardens of the Roebuck Hotel in Forest Row, West Sussex

Why I Love This Image: The Swingers

Unobtrusive Wedding Photojournalism One of the key elements of wedding photojournalism is the ability to capture moments discreetly and unobtrusively, that ensure the integrity of the moment isn’t compromised.  Had I tried to stage or direct this lovey moment of Nicole and Eugene, playing on a swing in the gardens of the Roebuck Hotel, in Forest Row, East Sussex, or had they even been overtly aware of my presence then the mood would have been killed, the moment would have been lost and this lovely photo wouldn’t have become part of their wonderful wedding story. That’s why wedding photojournalism is perfect for capturing the genuine moments of a real wedding story. A Beautiful English Wedding Setting The main reason why I love this image is the way it encapsulates in one frame the mood of a perfect English summer’s evening in such a timeless fashion. Maybe it’s the tree swing that makes it so evocative of a romantic rural setting.  Certainly the low evening sun casts a magical light across the scene, with deep shadows …

Northampton wedding photographer captures the father-of-the-bride giving away his daughter, at the Saracen's Head in Little Brington, Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire Wedding Photography – Tracy & Gary’s Wedding Story

Real Wedding Photojournalism – The Saracen’s Head, Little Brington, Northants Tracy & Gary were clear from the outset that they wanted a very natural and unobtrusive approach to their wedding story and that’s why my wedding photojournalism approach really appealed to them.  Their wedding was to be in the rural heart of England, in a little Northamptonshire village called Little Brington, so they wanted wedding photography that would be low key but captured all the key moments and natural story of the day. Hence why wedding journalism perfectly matched their needs. An Historic and Charming Northamptonshire Wedding Venue The Saracen’s Head, which hosted the entire wedding, is a 17th century village inn, constructed in traditional Northamptonshire stone and still boasts original beams and wooden floors. It would be fair to say that as a Northamptonshire wedding venue it is full of intimate charm, character and rural history.  The bridal preparations took place in a number of rooms above the inn itself. As you’d expect of such a historic building that meant low ceilings and creaky …

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 …

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 …

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the Groom and wedding party laughing during the wedding speeches

When Should The Wedding Speeches Take Place?

When should we do the wedding speeches? As a wedding photographer one of the things I often notice that wedding couples often can’t decide upon is when to do the wedding speeches.  Then, of course, it’s also one of those things that some couples never really think about – not realising there are actually pros and cons on when to do the speeches. So here are my views and tips on when to have the wedding speeches during the wedding day – solely from myview as an experienced and professional wedding photographer. 1. Before the wedding breakfast. This is becoming increasingly popular. Undertaking the wedding speeches and toasts before anyone starts eating often means those who are doing the speeches can get them done and then enjoy the wedding breakfast without the nerves and apprehension of a speech to come. After all, you’ve put a lot of thought into the menu and paid a lot of money for it and this approach ensures everyone gets to enjoy it.  The downside of doing the speeches first …

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 …

Wedding reportage photography at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

The Wedding Storyteller Collection

My Wedding Storyteller Collection is the wedding photography package for couples who want every aspect of their wedding day being documented for a full and authentic wedding story. That means every real moment and every genuine emotion to be enjoyed and cherished for years to come.  As a wedding photojournalist this is what I excel in – natural, candid and unobtrusive wedding reportage photography that ensures the integrity of the moment and means it’s your real wedding story you remember. So I start from the bridal preparations (or groom preparations if you prefer) in the morning (arriving a couple of hours before the ceremon), capturing all the fun, laughter, nervous anticipation and (sometimes) tears of getting hair, nails and make-up done. After that it’s getting into the wedding dress and the bridesmaids dresses. I continue shooting the arrival at the wedding venue and throughout the wedding ceremony – capturing all those must-have moments such as the bride arriving, the exchange of rings, the first kiss and, of course, all those emotions of you both and …

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

Meon Valley Marriott Wedding Photography – Sam & Kevin

A Real Story of a Real Wedding: Sam & Kevin at Meon Valley Marriott Hotel, Hampshire – a wedding reportage approach. As a wedding photojournalist I have to be prepared for each and every eventuality. No two weddings are ever the same, so when Sam and Kevin asked me to photograph their small, intimate and fun wedding at the Meon Valley Marriott Hotel, I was both intrigued and fascinated as to what the day would throw at me. Now just because someone is a having a small wedding there’s no reason to think it won’t throw up all the emotions, moments and drama of a much bigger wedding. And Sam and Kevin’s day certainly didn’t disappoint. Despite the miserbale wet October weather outside, things inside were anything but miserable – it really was a wedding of laughs. As the Bride, Sam really had to fight the giggles throughout the ceremony and that wasn’t easy with both Kevin and the Registrar finding every opportunity to make her laugh.  Of course, this was perfect for me…wedding photojournalism …

Rowton Castle wedding photography of a young boy watching the wedding singer entertain guests during the evening reception

The Unimpressed Boy – Why I Love This Image

So why do I love this pure moment of wedding photojournalism? As a documentary wedding photographer I literally live for catching those little fleeting and often decisive moments from the wedding day. The kind of blink and you miss them moments that can say so much within the story of the wedding. So there I was, shooting Kara and Jason’s wedding up at Rowton Castle near Shrewsbury in Shropshire, having just finished photographing the first dances.  The delightful and beautiful wedding singer was in full flow, entertaining the guests with her mix of soulful blues and jazz, when I looked across the room and saw this young boy peering around the door and looking, well, far from impressed with the vibe. It was just the kind of moment I dream of. The kind of thing that is pure wedding photojournalism gold. You just couldn’t stage or fake a moment like this. You simply just have to see it and react to it – the spontaneous reactions of wedding reportage. My only regret is that I …

Rowton Castle wedding photography of first kiss

Rowton Castle, Shropshire Wedding Photography – Kara & Jason

A Real Story of a Real Wedding: Kara & Jason at Rowton Castle, Shropshire – a documentary wedding photography approach. Rowton Castle, near Shrewsbury in Shropshire, is a stunning wedding venue. Set within 17 acres of beautiful grounds and over 800 years old you cannot be anything else but wowed by such a location. So when Kara and Jason asked me to be their wedding photographer I absolutely jumped at the chance – especially as they wanted a candid wedding reportage approach to their big day. Come the day itself and it was a stunning summer’s day, befitting of such a grand venue.  My day started by photographing the bridal preparations in the delightful bridal suite. As a wedding photojournalist I absolutely love this part of the day – there are so many real moments, genuine emotions, laughs, excitement and, yes, even the odd tear or two. The wedding ceremony was set within the impressive Georgian styled Cardeston Suite. The bride and groom looked simply stunning which always makes my life, as a wedding photographer, so much easier.  The …