How I go about capturing a wedding day. To be honest, every day is different so my approach tends to vary depending on the couple, the weather, which of my many personalities is doing the talking that day… (according to my wife!)
…to sum up my photography; I like to think it’s cumulative of my experience and the changing style of weddings. I don’t want to stand still – I like to keep learning and pushing myself, changing things up and looking at things from a different view.
If you’re looking for a bit of documentary, some stylish editorial, a teeny bit of traditional and finishing strong with dark and moody – you’re in the right place!
It involves your friends and families, maybe even your dog too – but my job is to tell the story of your wedding day. It’s unscripted; I’m there to capture your day as it unfolds – I won’t stage moments because they look good for a photo; what will look good is your smile as you walk up the aisle and the raucous laughter at the Best Man’s tale-telling.
I tend to chat as I go – it helps to make everyone feel at ease. I’ll help when I’m needed, like another friend on the day; but I also know when to stand back and be unobtrusive. I know it’s important to capture Nana in her best hat; but the shot I get of her later when she doesn’t know I’m there and she’s laughing along to someone’s joke – that’s the one that interests me. It’s not good enough to just be there with a camera; anyone can do that – I get involved on a personal level to help create the depth and consistency of images that I’m known for.
I think of it as being there to guide you, giving you the confidence to relax and then forget that I’m there. This is your time – talk about your day, tell her she looks beautiful; be yourselves, have a laugh, enjoy it – I’m just hiding behind a tree snapping away while you do! Don’t worry; it’s my job to help you feel comfortable, and if you need me to I can tell you spectacularly bad jokes that will have you creased over laughing… at me!
I understand the importance of capturing your family at their best, but I also want you two to go and have fun with your friends. Group shots are important but I promise you I won’t be making sure that everyone’s hands are in exactly the right place and there are certainly no giant love heart shaped group shots in my repertoire – if you’re looking for endless combinations of group shots then I’m unlikely to be the right photographer for you. As long as everyone has a smile and is looking in the right direction, I’m happy – let’s get the pictures, keep it within fifteen minutes and get you back to your drinks!
I’d love to hear from you if this all means something to you both and see if we have that connection over a Zoom chat. Bring a brew (or a glass of wine!), get comfy, and tell me all about your exciting plans – I can’t wait!