Non tradition London Wedding Photographer

Not Just Another Wedding Photographer

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You may be looking for a London wedding photographer but I need to be very clear that I’m definitely not just another wedding photographer.  In many ways I see weddings a little bit differently.  Of course you may be wondering what I mean by this?

So here are 5 reasons why I’m not just another wedding photographer.

Wedding first dance at Cecil Sharp House in London

5 Tips To Get Awesome Wedding First Dance Photos

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The wedding first dance is one of those must have photos from your wedding day. Being a documentary London wedding photographer I will capture it in its most natural and beautiful state.  I want to document the essence of you as a new married couple right there in that romantic moment.

Now of course I will never direct what you should or shouldn’t do, as I want to capture what a first dance means to you.  But I thought it would be useful to give you five tips to make sure you get the most awesome wedding first dance photos from your day.

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

Documentary London Wedding Photographer & Portraits

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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

Portraits of bride and groomsmen during a wedding at Waltham Abbey in Essex.

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

Brides & Grooms With Their Children – Son and Daughter Day

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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 could never capture or recreate.  As a wedding photojournalist I truly value the integrity of such moments.

So What Is Son and Daughter Day?

You may be wondering what Son and Daughter day is. To quote from the Days of the Year website, it is:

…the perfect opportunity to set aside some time to reflect on the joy that children bring to your life. Whether sons and daughters are young or old, teenagers or toddlers, the bond between parent and child is like no other on earth and this annual celebration ensures the miracle of bringing new life into the world is never forgotten. Though the origins of Son and Daughter Day are unknown, it is celebrated widely across the world simply by parents spending time with their children and letting them know how special they are to them. The best gift to give on Son and Daughter Day is the gift of time. If your children are still living at home, take some time out of your schedule to truly enjoy their company. If your children have moved away, make sure they return so you can spend quality family time together.

So share with me and celebrate Son and Daughter day with this very small selection of wedding photos featuring brides and grooms with their kids on the wedding day.

Book a Documentary Wedding Photographer

Do you enjoy my unposed, candid and natural documentary wedding photography and how it captures real moments and genuine emotions from the wedding day?

Then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans and how I can document the real and unique wedding story from your day.  Although I am a London wedding photographer I do service the whole of the U.K. and destination weddings overseas.

Contact Me Now

 

Or, if you prefer you can call/text me on 07920 422144.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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

Frilford Heath Golf Club Wedding Reception

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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

Frilford Heath Golf Club Wedding

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

A guest at this Frildford Heath Golf Club wedding in Oxfordshire

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 all those real moments as they happen.  I’m not looking to set up, stage or even fake a fantastic moment like this.

It’s All About The Colour Too

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

Also I love the colour.  From the pink hat the bride has put on through to the disco lights that surround the dance floor.  The colour and freezing of the moment is assisted by using a flash – something I’ll only revert to during the dancing in the evening.

It’s nice too to have colour splashed across the frame.  Too often wedding photojournalism is associated with black and white photography, so it’s nice to show off colour when documenting the wedding story.

So that’s why I love this image of from a Frilford Heath Golf Club wedding.

Book Me For Your Frilford Heath Golf Club Wedding

Are you having a wedding at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire?  Or perhaps you want a relaxed, natural and storytelling photography approach to your wedding day?

I’d love to have an informal chat with you about your wedding plans.  You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via the contact form below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Wedding cake and waiters at Marriott Meon Valley wedding

Marriott Meon Valley Wedding Cake – Why I Love This Image

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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

The groom and children with the wedding cake at the Marriott Meon Valley

The wedding cake this time with the groom and his children at the Marriott Meon Valley

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

Wedding cake and waiters at Marriott Meon Valley, Hampshire

A colour version of the wedding cake and waiters at the Marriott Meon Valley wedding

The wedding cake take’s centre stage and I’ve taken a slightly lower perspective to add a little drama – as well as eliminating some of the less desirable things like table legs and carpet.  Beyond that you have waiters serving food to the wedding party at the Marriott Meon Valley.  This inclusion, ensures the wedding cake is set within the story of the day, rather than just another anonymous wedding cake from another anonymous wedding.  And by having it in black and white, it really compliments the strong graphic nature of the image.

In my opinion it really adds to Sam and Kevin’s unique wedding story and that’s definitely why I love this image.

Contact Me To Discuss Your Wedding Plans

So if you think a wedding photojournalism approach would be ideal for documenting the individual and special story of your wedding day, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  Likewise, if you’re getting married at the Marriott Meon Valley near Southampton in Hampshire then lets definitely chat.

You can give me a call or send a text to 07920 422144.  Or send me a message to my contact page with details of your wedding and I’ll get straight back to you.

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

Can We Have The RAW Files For Our Wedding Photos?

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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?

Colour wedding photography of a guest kissing one of the mother's of the groom in Battersea Park, London. The father of the groom stands in the foreground holding flowers for buttonholes.

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.  This gives much more flexibility and control in editing he final image, as no information has been stripped out the image – as would happen if the image was shot as a JPEG in camera.

Why Couples Often Ask for the RAW Files from their Wedding Photography

Black and white wedding photography of the bride about to embrace a guest, after the wedding ceremony at All Saints Church, Hampreston, in Wimborne, Dorset.

OK, you say, but why would a wedding couple ask for the RAW files of their wedding photography?  After all, it sounds like a lot of effort having to convert it to a JPEG before it canbe shared online or printed off.

In my experience, there’s usually 3 reasons why a couple may ask for the RAW files:

  1. They want to re-edit the images themselves.
  2. By offering to edit the images themselves, instead of the wedding photographer, it may mean a discount in the price.
  3. They simply think they have “purchased” the RAW files in the price of their wedding photography collection and it belongs to them.

Why I Don’t Offer My RAW Files

Colour wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying a tender and loving moment, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northants.

All of these reasons are understandable, but let me address them and explain why a professional wedding photographer wouldn’t (or shouldn’t!) give their RAW files to a couple.

  1. The way I edit my images and their final “look” is all part of my brand identity.  That identity is part of why a couple will book me in the first place.  I edit the images in a distinct style. In many ways, my edited images are my “shop window” to the world.  So I don’t want images out there that are edited in a different way.  That risks damaging the brand identity I have built. In other words, it’s potentially damaging to my business.
  2. Aside from the point above, how they are edited is important to my business reputation, a RAW file would be – if I even did contemplate selling it – infinitely much more expensive than the JPEG files. Why? Especially if it takes away my editing time?  That’s kind of wrapped up in the following third point.
  3. In effect, when a couple books a wedding photographer they are not buying ownership of the images.  Instead they are being granted certain reproduction rights for those images.  But the copyright of the images remains with the photographer.  By not giving up the RAW files it ensures the photographer maintains control over what happens with those files and ultimately their brand identity.  To give that up would require a fee that would likely be far too expensive to make it worthwhile for the couple.  Ultimately photos are my business and to give up the RAW files is akin away part of my business.

It’s Not That I’m Depeche Mode, But…

Raw Files Depeche Mode

It might be easier to compare RAW files with the original sound recordings a music band or artist make.  When you buy their music  on CD, Vinyl or as an MP3 you don’t get rights to the original sound files, so you can remix the music as you want or even sell them on.  No you get certain rights to playing and enjoying that music.  It’s exactly the same with RAW files and your wedding photography.

So I’m not being difficult or precious when I say I don’t give away or sell the RAW files.  It’s for very sound business reasons.

However, you do of course get beautifully edited high resolution JPEG images from which I’m more than happy for you to print and share freely.  The only restriction is that I request you seek my permission if you are going to sell those images commercially – which I’ve never encountered from wedding photos!

Let’s Have a Chat About Your Wedding Plans

Black and white natural wedding photography of the flower girls and their mother, holding their bouquets, during the bridal preparations in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.

I hope you found that informative and understand the reasons why I don’t provide RAW files.  If you are getting married and are interested in my documentary wedding photography approach, then I’d love to have a informal and non-obligatory chat with you about your wedding plans.

You can send me a message via my contact page (I will usually get back to you very quickly) or you can call/text/WhatsApp me on 07920 422144.  I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Still Have Questions?

If you have any more questions about my wedding photography, you can find answers in my Frequently Asked Questions.  If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, then please feel free to send me your question and I’ll do my best to answer it for you.

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

The Street Photography Wedding Photographer in Wallington

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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.

Street photography of a man with a cleaner in Wallington, Surrey.

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 story you want the real story of your wedding day being documented.  That will include all those emotions, gestures, glances and moments that will evolve naturally throughout your wedding day.  As a wedding photographer you have to be alive to these moments happening – anticipating when and where a genuine moment will happen.

Bridesmaid adjusts a wedding dress at the Brides home in Dorset.

Street photography helps me hone that skill.  If you can capture such moments in a candid and consistent way, over time, in public of strangers then it really helps when it comes to documenting your wedding story.

So being the street photography wedding photographer really does help me capture the real story of your special wedding day.

Contact Me About Your Wedding Day

If you would like to chat with me about your wedding plans and how I can deliver those natural, candid and unobtrusive wedding photos you crave from your wedding day then send me a message via my contact page.  Alternatively you can give me a call, or send a text, via 07920 422144

If you’d like to see more of my candid street photography you can do so at my street photography website.

Street photography of a caveman and taxi in Budapest, Hungary

So if you’d like a street photography wedding photographer you know exactly where to come.

5 Good Reasons to Spend More on a Professional Wedding Photographer

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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.

Wedding photojournalism of the ceremony at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in Surrey

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

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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

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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

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I can’t believe it’s now 2 years since I shot Kelly & Ryan’s wedding photography at the beautiful South Lodge Hotel near Horsham in Sussex.  What threatened to start out a cold wet day turned into a beautiful sunny day in the Sussex countryside.

Wedding photojournalism at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

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.

Wedding photojournalism at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

Telling a couple’s real story means they have highly personal and memorable memories to look back upon. By ensuring the integrity of the moments that occurred ensures it’s their story captured, not my creation of one.

So I look back with wonderful memories of of Kelly and Ryan’s wedding at the South Lodge Horsham. Happy 2nd wedding anniversary to you both!

Wedding photojournalism at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

Book me for your South Lodge Horsham wedding

Are you getting married at the South Lodge hotel in Horsham, Sussex. Or perhaps you enjoyed my natural storytelling approach to wedding photography? I’d love to hear about your wedding plans.  You can check out my wedding photography prices here.

You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Why I Love This Image: Lost In Music

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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

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

  • My approach to wedding photojournalism
  • How I approach a wedding day
  • And the kind of moments I look out for on the wedding day

Hopefully it gives you an idea of, not just my wedding photojournalism style, but also me as a person.

If you’d like to talk with me about your wedding plans, you can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

 

A Short Weekend in Brighton

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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 but that didn’t stop us from having a fun time playing crazy golf. I’d love to tell you that I won – sadly I finished well down the pecking order. I could blame my club, or the conditions but a good wedding photographer never blames their lens or camera 😉

Non-Traditional Wedding Photographer Goes Sunday Non Traditional!

We finished off with a firmly non-traditional Sunday lunch of burgers and fries at the JB American Diner.  After all, being a non-traditional wedding photographer I firmly believe in breaking traditions where I can. After lunch, we all went our separate ways.

It was fun and enjoyable break after such a busy summer of wedding photography. Here are a few photos from a short weekend in Brighton.

You could read about my life away from wedding photography in my It’s My Life Series which hopefully gives you more of an insight into me the individual.

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Street Photography Wedding Photographer – I Heart London

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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

Street photography taken of youth playing around in Green Park, by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Another photo taken shortly before the “I Heart London” image, in Green Park

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 that appealed to me. It’s almost as the two great cities of London and New York are directecly competing with one another: “I love New York!” “Well, I love London more!”

Genuine Decisive Moments

Street photography of tourists in Green Park, taken by London Wedding Photographer, Darren Lehane.

Another similar clothing themed image, taken on the same morning as the “I Heart London” image

What’s really important to me, either as a street photographer or a wedding photojournalist, is that the moments I capture are unique and a little out of the ordinary. That’s part of the challenge I get a thrill from. I want to get photos that you’d be struggle to get easily again. Although this one is subtle, I suspect seeing two people walking together in similar t-shirts like this is a rare occurrence. If it’s something I could run out and get each and every day it’d be too easy (and ultimately very boring – a bit like the general original concept itself). For me, good street photography is about capturing decisive moments; occurrences that transcend the normal and everyday.

A Candid Wedding Photography Appoach

So it’s this kind of candid and street-like approach I bring into my wedding photojournalism. I’m not just going to fall back on tried and test cliche wedding photography. I approach each and every wedding as new and original and am always looking for different and interesting street-like moments to document for your wedding story. So I guess that’s why I get called the street photography wedding photographer!

Book Me

If you like my street photography approach to wedding photography, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans. You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me an email via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

You can see my personal street photography on my website www.londonstreet.photography

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

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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

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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 groom.

The AG|WPJA is a separate division of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). Whereas the WPJA upholds strict guidelines that forbid excessive picture manipulation, the AG|WPJA encourages and fosters creative image enhancement, with the vision of promoting Fine Art Wedding Photojournalists.

The AG|WPJA establishes and upholds high standards that are taken into consideration during the judging process for our wedding photography contests. Using all artistic tools at their disposal, members skillfully enliven their work in post production processing.

So as you can most probably appreciate winning an award from AGWPJA is a huge thing for me as fine art wedding photojournalist.

The Award Winning Wedding Photography

So above are the two photos which picked up the recent awards in the 2nd quarterly awards of 2016 with the AGWPJA.

The black and white image on the left is from Jodi and Simon’s wedding at the Hyatt Regency Churchill hotel in Central London. It received 2nd place in the Other Vendors category.  The judges commented as follows:

Nice composition with strong graphic appeal and a great sense of gesture.

Subtle and quirky moment, but I like it. Thank you to the photographer for finding an interesting detail from something so ordinary and sharing it with us.

The colour image on the right is from Crystal and Dom’s wedding, taken during the evening reception at the beautiful Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex. It picked up 6th place in the Wedding Reception category. The judges comment was as follows:

Great subjects, mood, tonality and color.

Picking up two awards in one competition is extremely flattering and pleasing.

Book an Award Winning London Wedding Photographer

If you enjoy my award winning approach to fine art wedding photojournalism and think it would be a good fit for your wedding story, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans. Give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I will be thrilled to hear from you.

Why I Love This Image: Quiet Time for the Couple

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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 focus (excuse the pun!) to other things at this point, but I kept an eye on the bride and groom as they walked away. I just knew the quiet and solitude of the moment would provide a subtle contrasting moment from the other moments of their wedding day. It’s these unsual moments I love to capture.

Of course, I also saw the symbolism of the newly married couple walking away into their future together. I love to document moments that can be imbued with meaning and are open to interpretation, as this one clearly is.

Real and Naturally Occurring Wedding Moments

Someone did ask me once why I didn’t ask them to hold hands as they walked away. As a documentary wedding photographer I’m committed to capturing the purity and honesty of a moment. So I’d never set something up. I want my wedding photojournalism to capture the real and naturally occurring moments of a couple’s wedding day. It’s their story not my creation of one.

Besides, I think the fact they aren’t holding hands portrays a confidence they have in their relationship and one another. It speaks of them as individuals as well as a bride and groom.

So that’s why I love this wedding photography at Rowton Castle. You may also enjoy other photos in my Why I Love This Image series. If you did it enjoy it, it would be great if you could share this post across your social media.

 

 

 

5 Good Reasons To Book Me

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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!

West Sussex Wedding Photography Highdown Vineyard Crystal and Do

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

Littleton House Surrey Wedding Photography

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 their strict professional code of conduct.

3. Multiple Award Winning Wedding Photographer

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I have won multiple awards for my wedding photography within the wedding industry. These respected and competitive awards demonstrate the quality of my photography  and act as a reassurance to my ability to deliver creative and stunning wedding photos for you.

4. I Am Fully Insured

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I have full and comprehensive wedding photography insurance, including third party liability and professional indemnity. So if the worst were to happen, you have complete peace of mind that I am fully covered. In addition, many wedding venues require your wedding photographer holds the kind of insurance.

5. Risk Adverse

Gipsy Hill Wedding Photography South London

I am completely risk adverse and reduce the risk of something going wrong on your wedding day as much as possible. Of course, you cannot completely eliminate risk altogether, but I believe I do as much as can. This includes: having 4 camera bodies with me, carrying at least 7 lenses, only using professional and robust equipment, backing up all memory cards immediately I take them out of the camera and keeping at least 4 different copies of your images until you receive them.

So I hope that gives you some more good reasons to talk to me about being your wedding photographer.

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Hyatt Regency Churchil London Wedding Photography

If you’d like a multiple award winning London wedding photographer to be part of your special day, then I’d really love to chat with you about your wedding plans and discuss my candid wedding photography approach.

Call me right now on 07920 422144 or alternatively send me a message via my contact page. I will be delighted to hear from you.

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

Blog Article, Why I Love This Image

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 lifetime. It’s a huge honour and privilege, as a wedding photographer, to be part of it all.

That’s why I love this image of a fun and relaxed moment. It’s real, it’s genuine and it’s an ongoing moment that started generations ago on a school playground and is literally being replicated again now at the daughter’s wedding.

I hope you love this image as much as I do. It would be super helpful and lovely if you could like share it across your social media.


Getting married at Littleton House, Surrey, or elsewhere, and enjoy my natural, candid and relaxed storytelling approach to wedding photography? Then call me on 07920 422144 or send an email via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Emily & Phil’s 1st Sedgebrook Hall Wedding Anniversaty

Back in the Day, Blog Article

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.

Northamptonshire wedding photographer at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

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.

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

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.

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

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!

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

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 call now on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page and I’ll be delighted to discuss your wedding plans with you.

Award Winning Wedding Photographers

Blog Article, Competitions, Wedding Package

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?

Dodmoor House Wedding Photography Northamptonshire

Well, let’s start by setting out what to expect of a wedding photography award. First off, make sure it’s for the photography itself (we’ll come on to this more later.)  It should consider the quality of the image and the technical ability behind capturing it. Ideally it should also be awarded by photography experts with credentials…photographers who know what they’re talking about. It’s really as simple as that. However…

2. Have they “paid” for the award.

Charlene David Holy Ghost Luton Wedding

Yes, it’s dead easy to buy so called wedding photography awards these days.  Sign up to a wedding award website, pay your fee and soon enough you’ll get some kind of “award” from them.  There’s a lot of these so called awards available via Instagram.  It’s a money making venture and very little to do with the actual quality and skill of the photographer. So check out the website or Instagram feed of the award issuer. Does it look like a bona fide and respected award?  Or are they being hand out like, well, confetti?

3. Is it for just being featured on a wedding blog?

Harlestone Village Institute Wedding Photography Northants

This is a common one – have some photos featured on a wedding blog and you get a nice little logo to put on your website.  But despite the fact it’s not actually an “award” as such, some wedding photographers will claim it as such. Yes, it can be quite worthy and a good sign that the photographer’s work has been featured but blogs are content hungry so need to be posting work constantly. They are largely edited by people with little photography knowledge and whilst a photo is worthy of publication it’s not an “award”.

4. Is it a photography award?

Rowton Castle Wedding Photography Shropshire

Believe me, I’ve seen stories about a wedding photographer who claimed to be award winning…the award  was for swimming! After all, he never said it was award winning photography!  Yes, this is likely extreme and rare, but it shows you why you do need to ask. Another example that fits into this are wedding photographers who win awards for business service, branding or other corporate matters. Yes, it’s all commendable but its not about the actual quality of their photography. It’s still misleading and questionable.

5. Is it a respected award?

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

Anyone can set up awards. There’s hundreds out there. From obscure blogs right up to big industry ones who run them. So dig deep, research and look up the award. Whoses behind the award? Is it a professional body or just a blog read by 10 people? Who were the judges? What were their credentials?  Does it impress you?

Of course, being an award winning wedding photographer isn’t the be all and end all. There’s lots of very talented and exceptional wedding photographers out there who have never won an award, or even ever entered one. But having won genuine and respected awards is another criteria you can apply n trying to find the right wedding photographer out there.  The key is to always ask, challenge and research…don’t just automatically believe or trust what someone has written on their website, blog or social media.

Oh, and me?  Well, yes, I have won wedding photography awards from the respected and prestigious Wedding Photojournalist Association and the Artistic Guild of the the Wedding Photojournalist Association. Professional bodies comprised of some of the most talented wedding photographers in the world.  I’m very proud of that fact, but it’s just an indication of my wedding photography. So if you would like to discuss your wedding plans with me, just send me details via my contact page or give me a call on 07920 422144. I’ll be delighted and thrilled yo hear from you.

Wedding Photography Copyright

Blog Article, Wedding Advice

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.

Kislingbury Wedding Photography Northampronshire

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 certain legal requirements.) Buying that CD or MP3 doesn’t give you ownership of the music itself. It’s the same with wedding photography.

So if the wedding photographer retains the copyright to the wedding photography he produces where does that leave you as the couple? This is where a “License of Use” comes in which is an agreement that allows you use of the wedding photos, the terms of which will be specified in the individual wedding photography contract itself.

My license of use will allow you to use your wedding photography in any way you wish, except commercially. So, in other words, you can print them, share them with others, share across social media, give copies to friends and family, etc.  What you cannot do is sell them for commercial gain, provide them to someone for commercial use, edit or re-edit them, etc.  So as you can see it’s very rare a couple actually need to obtain the copyright to their wedding photography.

Charlene David Holy Ghost Luton Wedding

The other question that sometimes arises is how I can use your wedding photography. Again this will be outlined in the wedding photography contract, usually under a Model Release Clause.  In my contract, I state that I will only use your images for promotional and marketing purposes on my website and across social media. Again this is an industry standard and shouldn’t cause you any concern. But of course, if there are certain images you don’t wish to be used then I am always happy to reach a solution on this I’m certainly not in the business of wanting to upset anyone!

Hopefully that explains the copyright of wedding photography but if you do have any more questions about it, then please do not hesitate to contact me via my contact page or give me a call on 07920 42144.

London Street Photography

Blog Article, Non-Wedding, 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.

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Therefore, you may be interested in viewing more of my personal street photography work at www.londonstreet.photography 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.

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If you are getting married and enjoyed my street photography work and how it’s underlies my wedding photojournalism approach, then I would love to hear all about your wedding plans. You can send me a message via my contact page and I’ll get right back to you. Or, alternatively, you can give me a call right now on 07920 422144.

I look forwar to hearing from you and discussing your plans and all about my wedding photojournalism.