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The bride and groom posed for a wedding portrait at Tullylagan House in Ireland.

Documentary London Wedding Photographer & Portraits

Yes I’m a documentary London wedding photographer.  However, there’s a misconception, often fueled by wedding photojournalists ourselves. It’s that documentary wedding photography cannot (or should not) include posed portraits or traditional group shots. A Long Tradition of Photojournalists & Portraiture

The bride and her son walk down the aisle at Dodmoor House in Northamptonshire.

Brides & Grooms With Their Children – Son and Daughter Day

Son and Daughter Day In honour of today being International Son and Daughter Day (11 August) I thought it would be nice to share with you some wedding photography of brides and grooms with their children on the wedding day. As a documentary wedding photographer I love to photograph those special and unique bonds between people and there is none closer than the relationship between a parent and child – young or old. Bonds, Relationships & Emotions Of course, it being a wedding day often makes that relationship even more intense and, excuse the pun, sharply focused. Emotions often run high as parents forge a new relationship together of which their children will form a central part. So when I document those often powerful private moments between a bride or groom with their child, I’m recording a truly moving and intimate piece of family life.  It’s all part of your wedding’s real and unique story. Being a natural and genuine moment it’s heartfelt and raw, in a way a posed or set up wedding moment …

The bride grabs an elder guest during the wedding at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire.

Frilford Heath Golf Club Wedding Reception

The evening reception is one of my favourite parts of the wedding day, and this Frilford Heath Golf Club wedding reception was no different. It’s Time To Celebrate The great part about the evening reception is that everyone is ready to have fun and party.  The serious part of the wedding day is out of the way, everyone’s been fed and the drinks are usually flowing.  It’s the part of the wedding day when the couple can properly celebrate their tying of the knot. As a wedding photographer I always stay beyond the first dance – at least for an hour minimum but often longer – to document all those great expressions, great emotions and, yes, even those great dance floor moves. Frilford Heath Golf Club Wedding Reception Here a joyous bride has grabbed hold of an elderly wedding guest and is getting her disco groove thang on. You simply can’t create that kind of emotion on her face or the genuine nature of the moment.  As a documentary wedding photographer I want to capture …

Wedding cake and waiters at Marriott Meon Valley wedding

Marriott Meon Valley Wedding Cake – Why I Love This Image

There’s often a presumption that wedding photojournalists are only concerned with documenting people at weddings and that we don’t really bother with wedding detail shots.  Well, that’s why I’ve chosen this photo of a wedding cake at the Marriott Meon Valley Hotel and Country Club near Southampton in Hampshire for inclusion in my Why I Love This Image series. Wedding Details & the Wedding Photojournalist As an experienced wedding photographer I realise the importance of details shots.  After all, you have spent a lot of time, thought and money on choosing the smaller details of your wedding day.  It’s only natural you will want a documented record of these.  And a wedding photojournalist is there to capture all elements of your wedding story. But when I shoot the wedding details, such as a wedding cake, I also like to include some context and, wherever possible, some storytelling too.  There’s definitely no reason you can’t pull all these elements together, as this wedding cake shot demonstrates. The Wedding at the Marriott Meon Valley Hotel The wedding …

Black and white photo of SD cards and Olympus EM1 Mark 2 camera

Can We Have The RAW Files For Our Wedding Photos?

It’s one of those things I regularly get asked as a wedding photographer by couples: “Can we have the RAW files for our wedding photos, please?” Of course, it’s a reasonable request and I fully understand why couples would ask for the RAW files.  However, there are good reasons why I don’t provide my RAW files. But first of all, you may be wondering what a RAW file is?  Let me explain… What Is A RAW File? In a basic sense, as described on Wikipedia: “Raw image files are sometimes called digital negatives, as they fulfill the same role as negatives in film photography: that is, the negative is not directly usable as an image, but has all of the information needed to create an image.“ In technical speak a RAW file is an uncompressed file that contains the raw image data. It provides the image data exactly as it was captured by the camera, without loss of quality and without compression.  It then needs to be converted to an image file, such as a JPEG, via software.  …

Street photography of people at a bus stop in Wallington, London.

The Street Photography Wedding Photographer in Wallington

As people may know by now, my personal street photography is very important to me.  Not just as a creative outlet but also in my approach as a documentary wedding photographer.  It’s why I have on occasion been dubbed the “street photography wedding photographer.” Urban Street Diving So I’m delighted to have had some of my street photography featured on the Urban Street Diving (USD) website.  It was also nice to have been interviewed as part of the article.  Andreas, the guy behind USD had asked me a couple of time if I’d do a contribution for the website.  The idea being to do a very short and brisk shoot in a single location. So being a Wallington wedding photographer I decided to go out to try and shoot some street photography around Wallington.  You can see the results and read the interview me over on Urban Street Diving. The Street Photography Wedding Photographer So why is street photography so important to me as documentary wedding photographer? Well, when it comes to your wedding photography …

5 Good Reasons to Spend More on a Professional Wedding Photographer

Once again, one of the top regrets of newlywed couples is having not spent enough on a wedding photographer for their wedding day. Of course, being a professional wedding photographer you’d most probably expect me to say that. But don’t take my word for it. Recent survey results by The Registry Site, as reported by In Style magazine confirms:

My 5 Favourite…Images from Steph & Dan’s Brighton Wedding Photography

Holiday Inn Brighton Wedding Photography It’s hard to believe that it was back in July 2013 that I photographed Steph and Dan’s Brighton wedding.  I can still recall quite clearly all the moments, emotions and stories from the day, as if it were only yesterday. So I thought I’d look back and select my five favourites from all the wedding photos I shot that day and explain why.  So in no particular order:

Article Published in Amour Magazine

I’m delighted to say that I have written an article for the 1st edition of Amour magazine – the Bedfordshire Wedding Directory, which has now been published.  The article, featuring my own wedding photography, gives 5 great tips  on how to find the right wedding photographer for your wedding day. I am also happy to confirm that I have been asked to provide a new article for the 2nd edition which will be published this summer. So if you are in Bedfordshire or getting married there, do make sure you find a copy of Amour for great tips, advice and news on getting married.

Wedding photojournalosm at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

South Lodge Horsham Wedding Photography Anniversary

What I loved most about Kelly and Ryan’s special day were the emotions that ran through the day. Being a Sussex documentary wedding photography I love capturing all those real moments and genuine emotions that make up a wedding story. There was certainly no shortage of that on Kelly and Ryan’s day.

Why I Love This Image: Lost In Music

I defy you not to smile when you look at this photo from Charlene & David’s wedding in Luton.  In fact, let me correct that, it’s not a photo…it’s a moment. A wedding guest not just lost in the music of the evening reception. Now this is a wedding guest utterly lost in the moment of the wedding day.

Wedding Photojournalism In Action

I’m delighted to post this short 5 minute video of me shooting a real wedding down at Highdown Vineyard earlier this summer

A Short Weekend in Brighton

It’s My Life: Another Personal Story With wedding season now quietening down I had the opportunity for a short weekend trip to Brighton last weekend. As it was a family trip, with six of us in total, I arranged a Kemp Town terraced house through AirB&B for us to stay.  I won’t say too much, but the house was cool, quirky and arty and belonged to the singer of a band who had bit of a left field hit in the 1990s. So what does a documentary wedding photographer do when not working – I did some street and documentary photography in Brighton of course! A Street Photography Wedding Photographer The weather on Saturday was great, warm and sunny. So this gave me plenty of opportunity to get quite a few street photography shots all along the seafront. On Saturday evening, failing to be able to get into the restaurant we wanted to eat in we ended up have a traditional seaside feast of fish and chips at home. Unfortunately, Sunday morning was rather wet …

Street Photography Wedding Photographer – I Heart London

As a wedding photojournalist, specialising in candid, natural and spontaneous moments, my skills and creativity over the years have been honed by my passion for street photography.  I’ve even been called the “street photography wedding photographer” a number of times. Therefore, I thought it would be fun and interesting to start a new occasional series where I look at some of my personal street photography and talk about the image.  So I’ve imaginatively called this new series Street Photography Wedding Photography Green Park London Street Photography The image I’m starting off with here was taken in Green Park in central London, a good few years ago now (2010) to be exact. At the time I had been toying with starting some kind of street photography project based on the I Heart London t-shirts.  Now to be honest, the project didn’t really get anywhere – after all there’s only so many times street photography of people in the same t-shirts remains interesting! However, I always loved this image from the project. There’s a subtle humour here …

Highdown Vineyard West Sussex wedding photography of the groomsmen smoking cigarettes, taken by one of the best wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

Artistic Award-Winning London Wedding Photographer

I’m delighted, thrilled and truly honoured to have recently been awarded two wedding photography awards by the prestigious Artistic Guild of the Wedding Phototojournalist Association (AGWPJA).  As a London wedding photographer I feel it’s incredibly important to enter my wedding photography into awards. It helps me gauge how I stand against my most talented peers, keeps forcing me to continually improve, as well as reassuring wedding couples that my work is worthy of winning industry respect award. A Fine Art Approach to Wedding Photojournalism The AGWPJA is a sister body to the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) and concentrates on a more fine art approach to wedding photojournalism. As they say themselves: “The Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association AG|WPJA is comprised of outstanding wedding photographers, who are at the forefront of the wedding photography industry when it comes to enhancing images. The chief objective of the AG|WPJA is to provide members with a platform where the finest enhanced, manipulated and/or artistic wedding photojournalism in the world is spotlighted and promoted for the bride and …

Why I Love This Image: Quiet Time for the Couple

Wedding Photography at Rowton Castle, Shropshire As a documentary wedding photographer, there’s so many elements of a wedding day I love to capture. Often it’s the small moments, that seemed almost insignificant at the time, that can add such mood and emotion to a couple’s wedding story. This image, from Kara and Jason’s wedding photography at Rowton Castle in Shropshire, is one such moment. Moments In-Between the Moments I know I’ve talked about it before, but as a documentary wedding photographer I’m always looking out for the little moments. These are the moments that fall in between those bigger moments; the moments that you’re normally expected to capture as a wedding photographer. Here, the post-wedding ceremony portraits have been completed. The wedding couple had chatted with the wedding guests and had  now decided to take themselves off down the beautiful gardens at Rowton Castle, to enjoy a bit of quiet time after all the excitement and tension of the wedding morning. The All-Seeing Wedding Photojournalist It would have been easy for me to turn my …

5 Good Reasons To Book Me

Hopefully by now you’ve looked at some of my previous wedding photography portfolios and have enjoyed my natural wedding photography approach.  You have learnt a little more about me and have checked out what I provide on the wedding day and my fee.  But you still need to know a little more before. In that case, here are 5 good reasons to book me as your wedding photographer. 1. London Wedding Photographer – Have Camera Will Travel! I’m a London wedding photographer based in Wallington, Surrey, but I cover all of London, Surrey, Sussex, the rest of the UK and destination weddings overseas. So no matter where you are in the world I’ll be delighted to be your wedding photographer. 2. Qualifying Member of Prestigious Professional Bodies I am QUALIFYING member of the much respected Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) and the Artistic Guild of the WPJA (AGWPJA). This means my wedding photography portfolio was deemed of a high enough quality to qualify for membership.  It also means I have to work to and abide by …

Wedding photography at Littleton House, Surrey, of two mature wedding guests playing joyful during the evening reception.

Why I Love This Image: The Playful Wedding Guests

When you look at this wedding photography from Chloe & Dan’s wedding at Littleton House in Shepperton, Surrey, what do you see?  Two wedding guests larking about? The father of the groom larking about with a bald man?  Two older men who should know better? Well, when I look at this I see a lifetime connection of friendship. The man with the napkin on his head is the lifelong friend of the other man, who just happens to be the bride’s father. Napkin man also the best man at his friend’s wedding decades before. And here they are playing around joyfully at a wedding many many years later. And for me, this is what weddings are all about – a celebration of love, friendships and lifetime connections. It’s why I love applying a candid storytelling approach as a wedding photography. To be unobtrusive and naturally observe these moments is what makes each and every wedding story unique to the couple, family and friends involved. Weddings create memories to be cherished and friendships that last a …

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Emily & Phil’s 1st Sedgebrook Hall Wedding Anniversaty

It’s hard to believe that a year has already passed since Emily & Phil’s wedding at Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire.  Very much like today we were blessed with some glorious summer weather, that just added to the warm mood of the wedding. Of course, a few things have changed since then, I’m no longer Daz Shoots Weddings but, of course, Lehane Wedding Photojournalism. Not that the name change has changed my wedding photojournalism approach. Emily and Phil’s wedding day definitely offered up ample opportunity of real moments, genuine emotions and true stoies to be documented and create a unique record of the wedding day. And with Sedgebrook Hall providing such a wonderful backdrop,it was a fantastiic day all round. So all that’s left to say is, happy 1st anniversary Emily and Phil! You can see Emily and Phil’s Sedgebrook Hall wedding photography here. If you’re getting married at Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire, or elsewhere, and enjoy my non traditional and storytelling approach to wedding photography, then I’d love to hear from you. Give me a …

Award Winning Wedding Photographers

There…see how easy it is to say or write!?  After all, it really does seem that  every wedding photographer on social media these days is an “award winning” one. Oh my and double gosh, what a talented buch we all are!  Except… …well except some of it just a load of old tosh.  Put up by wedding photographers in the hope it’ll impress you no end and and you’ll rush to book them for your wedding. I mean, it sounds good doesn’t it? But who’s validating these claims?  No one really. It’s just something that falls to you as a wedding couple to check out…if you can.  It’s easy to be come confused and fooled by all the award claims out there. So I thought it’d be useful to give you a 5 handy pointers on “award winning photographers” so you are a bit better informed when it comes to booking a wedding photographer…award winning or not. 1.  What is a genuine wedding photography award? Well, let’s start by setting out what to expect of …

Wedding Photography Copyright

A question came up recently about copyright and a couple’s wedding photography.  I thought it would be useful to write a short post clearing up confusion that clearly exists around the subject. From the outset, you need to understand that a wedding photographer always retains the copyright to the images they produce and it would be highly unusual for the photographer to give up that copyright in any circumstances.  This is industry standard and usually the only wedding photographers who would give away their copyright are rank amateurs or inexperienced photographers who may not understand the consequences. Normally, the terms around copyright are outlined in the wedding photography contract but even where no contract exists UK Intellectual Property Law states that the moment a photographer clicks the shutter of his camera he owns the copyright to that image. Think of it a bit like some music you purchase.  You don’t own the copyright to that music, but you do have the right to listen to it when you like and play it to others (within …

London Street Photography

My personal street photography work is very much the creative engine that drives my storytelling approach to wedding photography. It’s out on the street where I am able to hone my skills, get creative and develop my instincts. Like my wedding photojournalism, it’s all about capturing the perfect moment rather than worrying, too unnecessarily, about technical perfection. I firmly believe that if you can succeed as a street photographer then you have the skills, instincts and experience to succeed in any form of photography – but especially as a wedding photojournalist who relies on fast reactions, seeing moments in a split second and ensuring the integrity of those moments. Therefore, you may be interested in viewing more of my personal street photography work at which contains all my London based street work from the last 10 years or so. Here you will see how I have developed my natural, unobtrusive and storytelling approach which I utilise so effectively when shooting weddings and delivering a real wedding story. If you are getting married and enjoyed …

Northamptonshire wedding photographer captures a flower gil playing with the hat of the mother of the bride during the wedding toasts and speeches at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

Taking on the World’s Best Wedding Photojournalists

It’s that time of the year again when I submit to the quarterly wedding photojournalism contest with the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) of which I am member.  Some of the world’s best wedding photojournalists enter these contests, so it’s a real challenge just entering! The 4th quarter’s categories which I entered, were as follows: Bride Getting Ready “Bride Getting Ready” entries spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony. Groom Getting Ready “Groom Getting Ready” entries spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony. Ceremony These are authentic images of the actual marriage portion of the event, from the pre-ceremony to the vow-exchange to the receiving line. Reception This is the big party. “Reception” photographs catch all the post-ceremony festivities from the cocktail hour through to the last dance and the bride and groom’s departure. Ring Details Entries that depict shots of the rings, either set-up and controlled by the photographer or as they were found. Symmetry This a challenge to find that perfect sense of “equality” …

Ashridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom cutting the wedding cake

10 Things You Should Know About Cutting The Wedding Cake

Tradition of Wedding Cake Cutting It’s one of the big traditions of the wedding day – like the first kiss, best man’s speech and the first dance – that everyone looks forwards to.  As a wedding photographer it’s one of those parts of the day I know I have to capture and document for your wedding story. You will have spent time thinking about and ordering your wedding cake: the style, the flavours, the icing, the decoration etc. as well as including it as an important part of your wedding budget. But there’s one thing I do notice having been a wedding photographer at a lot of weddings now, when it comes to cutting the cake, a lot of wedding couples aren’t sure on the traditions and etiquette around cutting the wedding cake. So I thought it would be useful and helpful to pull together 10 important things you need to know about cutting your wedding cake. 1. Wedding Cake Traditions Wedding cakes are a tradition that grew out of the ancient ritual of baking …