Wedding photography should be informal, creative and – above all else – fun. There shouldn’t be any limits on how long a photographer should be there. There shouldn’t be any onerous rules, or guidelines. There shouldn’t be any awkward poses, or forced clichés.
That’s the old way of doing things. That’s what our parents used to do. My philosophy? Get out of the way and let you have fun. Find creativity while capturing the fleeting moments of your day. Make you feel awesome in front of the camera.
So you do you, and I’ll take the photos.
Getting to know you
Photographing weddings is a really personal thing, so getting to know one another is really important. Knowing someone lets you take better photographs of them and for them. Photography is often thought to be all about big lenses and indecipherable terminology… but that really couldn’t be further from the truth. At the heart of it all is trust and communication – cameras come into play much later. So, over a glass of wine or maybe even a pint or two, we’ll talk about how you met, how you got engaged, what you’re planning and what you have in mind.
Basically, I don’t just want to turn up to the wedding of two people I don’t really know that well, shoot some photos and dash home. I get invested in my couples so that the work I produce actually means something, and something that lasts. Aside from anything else, the stories that my couples have are absolutely amazing, hilarious, unexpected and brilliant. It’s one of the many things that make this job so awesome.
From early doors to dancefloors
So, it’s the day of your wedding! This is where all that preparation finally comes into play. From the moment I arrive to the moment I leave I’m always on the move looking for the next shot to take and I don’t really stop at any point because there’s always something new around each corner. I’ve found best men hiding on staircases making last minutes changes to speeches, I’ve driven to the other side of a valley to shoot a landscape photo of a wedding venue during dinner, I’ve climbed tiny Italian clock towers in spite of my vertigo and I’ve even gone hiking with a newly married couple to get the best angle on a mountain.
When it comes to how long I stay for, my view has always been that if I’m in for a penny I’m in for a pound! I’ve taken some amazing shots on the dancefloor at 1am, still buzzing after shooting for 15 hours. You don’t want to be worrying that I’ll leave right before something awesome happens, so why put a limit on time at all? If I’d have left after the first dance at every wedding, I can’t tell you how much I’d have missed… limbos, congas, brides and grooms hoisted on chairs – I’m not going to miss that for anything.
Family photos and portraits
People sometimes call these ‘formal’ photos but that really isn’t the case! These photos should be super fun and really easy. Besides anything else, the last thing I want to do is take you away from your party for too long. Luckily, I’ve a knack for making this process super easy and fun. When we do portraits, you can rest assured that it’s always relaxed, fun and just a bit of a laugh really. There’ll be no fiddly, time-consuming or clichéd posing here whatsoever. This is about having a good time, getting you laughing and taking some beautiful photos before getting you both back to the party!
It’s only just begun
They say that taking the photo is only the first step in making a photograph and they’re absolutely right. Within 48 hours, you’ll receive edited highlight photos from your big day. You’ll get your own personalised gallery and app that you can download and view on your phone. We live in the age of the iPhone camera and the instastory after all – so why shouldn’t you get some photos straight away?
After this (and while you’re on honeymoon!) I’ll start editing your photos. I pick and edit each photo in detail, in my own distinctive style, to make sure everything is perfect. This is also when I start putting together your slideshow, too. I aim to get every set of photos delivered within 4 to 6 weeks, online and on USB.
Once all is said and done…
So there you have it – my wedding photography approach. Relaxed, fun and informal photographs from a photographer who is completely bought into your big day from the very beginning. I want to create images for you that will stand the test of time and tell your story in the best way possible. That way, when you’re sitting down to look through your album on your 1st anniversary, or with your kids, or with your grandkids, it’ll be right there. Exactly as you remember it, from beginning to end.