I approach each wedding day with a little flutter of nerves and excitement in my stomach. I cannot wait to see what images and opportunities the day brings. My aim is to produce images that are bold, honest and genuine. I do not over edit them or stylise my images as I want them to be a true and tangible documentation of the day.
What I cover
I will cover your wedding day from the bridal preparations, the marriage ceremony, right through to your first dance. I always stay until I am entirely happy that I have captured a really good feel of the dancing and made sure I have caught some fun moments. If things do not run as planned on the day, please don’t worry, I don’t clock watch. A full days wedding photography, means a full days wedding photography – your wedding is important and deserves to be fully captured!
Throughout the day I will aim to stay out of your way, but I will make sure I communicate key moments that need to be captured and all those little details that really help to make the day run smoothly.
During the day I will constantly be making creative decisions and potential images will be springing into my mind as we walk through the day and watch how the light changes and the surrounds lend themselves to different scenarios.
The available and natural light always shapes my portraits, so when it comes to that quiet moment when then couple and I get to take 15mins or so out of the reception and go for a wonder around the venue or a little further afield, I am always keeping a close eye on where the light is.
I am a great believer in just allowing couples to be themselves on their wedding day. I want my images to reflect them, their personalities and the landscape around us. My lovely long lens lends its self brilliantly to this.
I love to suggest to couples that they go and take a few minutes and just tell each other what they have loved so far of the day. Its up to me to then to capture them using the light and the surrounds to create stunning portrait images.
I am always aware not to take the couple away from the guests for too long and to ensure they do not miss out on the canapés either. So, often I suggest another 10min shoot when the light changes. I gently tap on the shoulder when I think the light is at it’s best and we will pop out for a few more lovely portraits in a softer and richer evening light during the evening reception.
The first thing couples say to me is, ‘how long do these normally take’ and ‘can we make them as quick as possible’. I totally understand this desire, and try my best to accommodate but know that they are a really important part of the day too and need to got right. It is very rare to have all your friends and family together under the same roof so I always make sure you get the groups you want. I usually suggest no more than 10 otherwise you do end up standing around, which is definitely not what we want on your wedding day. I ensure the best men go and find the people needed and get them ready so we can take the photographs nice and efficiently as well as having a bit of fun too!
Speeches and Dancing
During the reception I try to always use the available light as much as I can, again always getting myself into positions that have the best vantage point to capture the best reactions from your guests. When it comes to the dancing I like to set up a few off camera flashes. This enables me to be really creative with the light and keeping the ambiance and atmosphere of the dance floor.
The conclusion is a wonderful array of images that take you back, and remind you of all the many different and changing feelings you had on the day, and giving you memories that you will treasure for a lifetime.