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:

Crockwell Farm wedding photography of bride and groom having their first kiss during the wedding ceremony

My 5 Favourite…Wedding First Kisses

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Ahh, the first kiss at a wedding. The final moment that seals the deal. The couple can now kiss, they’re married now.  It’s one of the must have moments for a wedding photographer. That one little kiss symbolises the whole romance and love of getting married. Often accompanied with cheers, smiles and the odd tear, here are five of my favourite images of first kisses.

1. Rowton Castle Wedding, Shropshire

Rowton Castle wedding photography of first kiss

It’s the joy and warmth of the guests in the background, at Rowton Castle in Shropshire, that makes this a favourite first kiss photo for me. This is clearly a much loved couple and everyone is delighted they’ve just tied the knot. The black and white also gives it a timeless and classic feel, which I love too.

2. Woodlands Park Hotel Wedding, Surrey

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

It’s still hard to believe that same sex weddings have only been legal in England and Wales since 2014.  Quite why it ever took that long for a loving act to ever be made legal is beyond me.   As Elaine and Marisa’s was my first ever same sex wedding as a wedding photographer this is why this wedding first kiss is extra special for me. Such a tender and beautiful moment during a fantastic day all round, at the Woodlands Park Hotel near Cobham in Surrey.

3. Crockwell Farm Wedding, Northants

Crockwell Farm wedding photography of bride and groom having their first kiss during the wedding ceremony

It’s all about that hold, isn’t it.  The man who finally got his woman. It’s passion, it’s emotion, it’s strength. They’re clearly a couple lost in an intimate moment all of their own, a wedding bubble as I like to call it. And the rest of us are simply on the outside looking in, during the wedding ceremony at Crockwell Farm in Northamptonshire. Such a compelling first kiss photo.

4. Hyatt Regency Churchill Wedding, London

Hyatt Regency Churchil London Wedding Photography

It’s the framing here, the decorative candles that add a touch of enchantment to a classic wedding first kiss inside the Hyatt Regency Churchill Hotel in Portman Square, London. A dark, windowless room – devoid of natural light – requires the placement of candles around the frame to elevate it from the shadows. The look of the bride and groom and the classic way they are holding one another give it an air of timelessness.

5. Ashridge House Wedding, Herts

Ashridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom sharing a first kiss during the wedding ceremony

As a wedding photojournalist with an unobtrusive approach it’s sometimes about get a guest-eye view of a wedding – as here in this shot from the back of the main hallway at Ashridge House, Berkhamsted. The wider view also gives a sense of location and context which, given the grand and historic surroundings, adds an extra romantic dimension to the shot.

Of course, there were plenty of other favourite first kiss photos to choose from, but these ones are a good example of the different ways a wedding first kiss can be depicted. I’m pretty sure there’ll be a part 2 post of other favourite wedding first kisses at some point in the future.

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My 5 Favourite…Kids Being Kids

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An occasional consideration for some wedding couples is whether to have a child-free wedding or not. Of course, this is always a personal choice for the couple involved but there’s no denying, from a wedding photojournalism perspective, children do present some fantastic photo opportunities.  So I do love it when children are at weddings – it just gives me more moments, emotions and expressions to capture for your unique wedding story.

So here are 5 of my favourite photos of kids being kids at previous weddings.

#1 The Princess Flower Girl

Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the bride watching as her daughter shows off her pretty dress.

I just love how the flower girl admires her pretty dress with a spontaneous twirl, during the bridal preparations for Gemma and Rich’s wedding at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, East Sussex. Kids do produce these fleeting little moments in-between the bigger moments and as a wedding photojournalist I love to document them as part of the bigger wedding story.

#2 The Unimpressed Boy

Rowton Castle wedding photography of a young boy watching the wedding singer entertain guests during the evening reception

This perennial favourite I have talked about before in my Why I Love This Image series, but it captures such a classic moment as he watches on unimpressed as the wedding singer belts out a beautiful torch song at Kara and Jasons wedding at Rowton Castle in Shropshire.  Because kids are less guarded of their expressions and emotions it means they do present some really natural and amusing moments for the wedding story.

#3  Your Hat is Much More FunNorthamptonshire 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

It’s speeches time at Hollie and Dan’s wedding at Grendon Lakes in Northamptonshire and the flower girl, sat at the head table, decides there’s much more fun in yanking down her grandmother’s hat than listening to all those boring words and toasts!  You just couldn’t fake or pose a genuine wedding moment like this and its the perfect demonstration of the natural power of a wedding photojournalism approach.

#4 Yuk! Being Kissed By The Bride!

Rowton Castle Wedding Photography Shropshire

Let’s face it, young boys of a certain age hate being kissed by girls…even by beautiful brides!  This is a classic moment from Maria and Pete’s wedding, another at Rowton Castle in Shropshire. Whilst the bride is having adjustments made to her dress during the evening reception, she leans forward to kiss this adorably cheeky young guest…and clearly it’s not something he wanted to happen! Children do create such natural storytelling moments at weddings.

#5  The Fun of the Dance Floor

Holiday Inn Brighton wedding photography of children playing on the dancefloor, during the evening wedding reception.

Dance floors are for dancing, right?  Wrong!  Not when a polished, empty dance floor is just perfect for sliding across…as is happening here at Steph and Dan’s wedding the Holiday Inn in Brighton, East Sussex.  That’s the great thing about kids, they’ll turn any opportunity into a playground…and who can blame them!  After all, it does make for fun wedding photography!

Of course, there are so many other photos of kids being kids photos I could have chosen, so I’d encourage you to look through my other real wedding stories if you’d like to see more.

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Posed wedding portrait at Rowton Castle, Shropshire.

My 5 Favourite…Posed Wedding Portraits

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Whilst I consider myself a wedding photojournalist who predominantly employs a candid and unobtrusive storytelling approach to wedding photography, I also realise that most couples will want some traditional and posed portraits on the wedding day too…and, of course, I am more than happy to oblige!

So here are 5 of my favourite posed portraits from some of the weddings I have shot.

#1. Intimate, Tender & So Natural

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Even when shooting posed portraits it’s still possible to capture some natural and candid moments, as this portrait from Emily & Phil’s wedding at Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire demonstrates.

I always find, when getting portraits of the couple, it’s best to take them away from the guests for a short while. Not only do the couple appreciate a bit of quiet time they also much more comfortable having portraits shot without all the guests looking on.

I’d found a quiet little spot at Sedgebrook Hall and was setting up and shooting more formal portraits. In-between these shots Phil, naturally and completely un-coerced, lent forward and placed a tender and loving kiss on Emily’s shoulder.  Thankfully, due to my wedding photojournalism instincts, I was alive to this split second moment and was able to capture it for posterity!

#2 The Wedding Portrait Destined To Be

A posed wedding portrait in Worthing, West Sussex

When I first met Imogen and Seb to discuss their wedding in Worthing, East Sussex, I had a “vision” of Imogen in a field of golden corn.  Cue  to the morning of their wedding day, I happened to mention to my assistant for the day this vision I’d had months earlier.

Lo-and-behold and, completely unbeknown to me, there was actually a cornfield opposite the church in which they were married. So after their Mormon wedding ceremony and before we headed off for a second service at the Mormon Temple, I took the opportunity to take Imogen and Seb into the cornfield and capture a beautiful posed portrait of them.

Aside from it being a wedding portrait that was destined to be, it also screams beautiful Sussex to me and is a fantastic memory of their late summer wedding on the coast!

#3. Be Humble Enough To Be Guided

Wedding reportage photography at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

Once again a wedding in West Sussex, this time Kelly and Ryan’s wedding day at the South Lodge Hotel near Horsham.  One of things I have learnt on a wedding day is never to full into the trap of being as arrogant as to think you always know best.  I often hear stories from wedding couples who talk about arrogant and bossy wedding photographers who won’t listen to anyone else and simply do what they think is best.

On this occasion the Toastmaster who had been at the venue a number of times suggested to me that I take the bride and groom away to a beautiful “secret garden” within the grounds of South Lodge – and I was happy to take his advice!

And, as you can see, it really was a magical setting complete with it’s own mini waterfall.  Had I not taken someone else’s advice I would have missed this opportunity altogether for a fabulous wedding portrait!

#4 Utilise Your Surroundings

Posed wedding portrait at Rowton Castle, Shropshire.

This bridal party portrait from Kara and Jason’s wedding at Rowton Castle in Shropshire came about from taking in one’s surroundings and being prepared to try things out.

I had already got a number of safe and more traditional portraits in the bag, when I noticed these 4 garden tables and chairs running down one side of the gardens.  As fortune would have it, there was 4 bridesmaids so I straightaway thought…why not?  I feel like I had a shot from somewhere in the back of my mind that may have influenced it but after quickly bring a chair down for the bride and ensuring I shot with enough depth of field (a little unusual from my usual approach) and captured this gorgeous and well balanced portrait.

So always think about your surroundings and never be afraid to try out things you have seen elsewhere…or that you imagined as may have been the case here!

#5 Most of All Have Fun!

East Sussex wedding portrait at the Roebuck in Forest Row.

I love to have fun at weddings when the opportunity arises. This is yet another choice from a wedding in Sussex, this time Nicole and Eugene’s wedding reception at the Roebuck Hotel in Forest Row, East Sussex.Not all wedding portraits have to be serious and overly posed and it really helps to have a wedding couple who are equally up for fun and willing to try out anything you do suggest, no matter how silly or crazy it sounds! Nicole and Eugene were exactly that kind of couple!

So when I suggested that we stage a shot where Nicole tries to rescue Eugene from being taken off by some balloons, that didn’t bat an eyelid and just got on with.  You can tell they were really having fun with the idea…and what’s a wedding if you can’t have a little fun on the day?

If you are getting married and enjoy how I mix in some more posed portraits with my normal candid and photojournalistic approach to wedding photography then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  You can call me on +44 (0)7920 422144 0r send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

My 5 Favourite…series looks at some of my favourite themed photos from across the weddings I shoot.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed shooting them.

My 5 Favourite…Brides Getting Dressed Photos!

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Wedding Photojournalism of 5 Brides Getting Into Their Wedding Dress

The bridal preparations are fantastic for wedding photojournalism.  I know I’ve said it before, but the early part of the wedding morning, when brides and the bridal party start getting ready, is a great time for all the emotions you’d want as part of a wedding story.  There’s excitement, nerves, laughter, tears and everything else in-between. As a wedding photojournalist it’s such emotions, expressions and moments that I specialize in documenting.

When brides and the bridal party are having their hair done, make-up applied and getting into their wedding dresses they really do forget I am there (I’m sure it’s nothing to do with the alcohol that can appear during this time!), meaning I do get some fantastic and natural shots at this part of the day.  This is, after all, why you have booked a wedding photojournalist – to capture the real story of your wedding in a natural, candid and unobtrusive way.  So how could I not love the bridal preparations?

So here are 5 of some of my favourite wedding photojournalism images of brides getting dressed and into their wedding dresses.

#1 The Whole Bridal Party

Rowton Castle Wedding preparations

What I really love about this photo, from Kara & Jason’s Rowton Castle wedding photography, is how so much is going on within that one frame. The beauty of wedding photojournalism is capturing single moments that can tell an entire story in their own right. Yes, of course, you are immediately struck by a beautiful bride in her dress, the stunning scarlet dresses of the bridesmaids and the luxurious surroundings of the bridal suite at Rowton Castle.  But, then, as you look closer you notice one bridesmaid is sewing an adjustment to another bridesmaids dress; an another bridesmaid is adjusting a shoe whilst another is helping to tie the bride’s wedding dress whilst the bride herself looks on, almost regally, at all the mini stories going on around her. This really is the best example of the power of a wedding photojournalism narrative.  It almost captures the nature of bridal preparations in a single, powerful image. In lots of ways it raises as many questions as it answers.  And isn’t that what all the best stories do?

#2 Strike That Pose!

Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the mother-of-the-bride making a final adjustment to the bride's wedding dressing, during the bridal preparations

The mother of the bride spots a last minute adjustment to the back of the wedding dress, just moments before the wedding service was to start at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton. The bride stops in the natural light of a large bay window and strikes a pose that accentuates her figure and the beauty of her dress.  Behind, almost redundant in this intimate moment between mother and daughter, the father of the bride looks on.  It’s such a strong and striking moment, that you’d expect of wedding photojournalism – the simplicity further enhanced by black & white processing. And it’s for those very reasons it remains one of my firm favourites from the wedding story of Gemma and Rich.

#3 It’s All About Team Work

Holiday Inn Brighton wedding photography of the bridal party each during the bridal preparations

It always makes me smile when I look at this image from Steph & Dan’s Brighton wedding photography at the Holiday Inn.  It really sums up the togetherness of the bridal preparations and the efficiency of ensuring everyone is ready in time.  What I also love is the suggestion of evolution in one frame, from the bridesmaid’s dress hanging in the background up to the almost ready bride with a relaxed contentedness about her. Of course, being a wedding photojournalist this is a naturally occurring and truly spontaneous moment that’s not been setup, staged or faked. That’s what makes wedding photojournalism perfect capturing for what is truly your real wedding story – rather than a wedding photographer’s interpretation of it.

#4 Wedding Dress Detail

Slaley Hall Northumberland Wedding Photography

Wedding photojournalism doesn’t always have to be about candid moments, expressions and emotions. The small details are also an important element of the wedding story.  Here, this image from Lisa and Steve’s Slaley Hall wedding photography, really shows the intricate and stunning details of the wedding dress.  Add to that the actual tying of the dress and you add a real moment, albeit a slightly abstract one, to the overall image.  Once again, the black & white processing ensures nothing detracts from the small, intricate details.

#5 More Humour & Teamwork

Documentary wedding photography at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

Again humour and teamwork play an important part in this image from Kelly and Ryan’s South Lodge wedding photography, down in Horsham, West Sussex.  The bridal party do whatever is necessary to help the bride into her beautiful wedding dress. One bridesmaid is up on a chair, holding the dress up, so the mother-of-the-bride can get in under the dress to secure a clip. It’s looking for the humour, in what can often be very stressful moments, that sets apart wedding photojournalism.  By capturing moments as they happen ensures the image looks natural and the integrity of the moment is maintained. It’s that integrity that is so important to me as a wedding photojournalist and ensures a strong reportage narrative.

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Of course, there are so many other photos that I could have featured of brides getting dressed  – but I hope this small selection do reflect the kind of images my wedding photojournalism approach will provide in your unique and personal wedding story.  You can also see my other personally selected 5 Favourites series here.

If you did enjoy these photos and are getting married soon, then I would love to chat with you about your wedding plans and how my candid, natural and unobtrusive photojournalistic approach can fit your wedding story. Give me a call right now on 07920 422144 or leave me a message here and I promise to get straight back to you. You can see details of all my packages and prices here.

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a silhouetted bride and groon sharing a kiss.

My 5 Favourite…Hugs & Kisses

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My Five Favourite “Hugs & Kisses” Photos

As a wedding photojournalist if there’s one thing you’ve got to love shooting then it’s hugs, kisses, cuddles and even snogs! Weddings are full of them.  And that’s what makes it a joy to specialise in wedding photojournalism.  After all, most people most probably associate photojournalism with gritty issues, tragedy and suffering.  So wedding photojournalism definitely bucks this assumption. But you still have to be quick and alive to whats happening in capturing that decisive wedding moment. Kisses and hugs can be over in a blink of an eye. Hence why a wedding photojournalist is an expert at documenting that fleeting happenstance for your wedding story. Yes, you could set up a kiss or a hug, but it’s never the same as one caught naturally and unobtrusively.  Wedding photojournalism ensures the integrity of both the moment and your wedding story – and it’s that that ensures the blink-in-an-eye moment is captured and cherished foever.

Understandably most people will think of the happy couple kissing and hugging on the wedding day – but all that romance and happiness infuses everyone – so wedding photojournalism is also very much alert to guests, friends and family sharing beautiful and touching emotional exchanges. It’s these moments that do complete a personal wedding story for you. Why spend time staging and faking them when you can capture them more easily naturally.  I think we’d all agree, that genuine emotions are much nicer than faked ones.

So here are 5 of my favourite hugs and kisses wedding photos. I hope you enjoy.

#1 The Silhouetted Kiss

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a silhouetted bride and groon sharing a kiss.

Shooting against a large, backlit window like this, it would have been tempting to expose for the couple or even use a flash.  But instead I purposefully exposed for the window light which ensured the couple were underexposed and made for a graphically striking silhouette. Add to that the very fact they are kissing and you have a unique take on a wedding couple kissing photo.

#2 Sisters Hugging

Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the bride emotionally hugging her sister, during the drinks reception

This is a lovely, tender and touching moment. The wedding ceremony has just finished and the bride is hugging her sister close. It’s a moment that says much about familiy ties and sibling bonds. Yes, of course, the lovely light and soft, almost pastel-like colours add to it – but for me, as a wedding photojournalist looking for those elusive decisive moments, this really captures the power of an emotional release immediately after the bride has gotten married.

#3 The Power of the First Kiss

Crockwell Farm wedding photography of bride and groom having their first kiss during the wedding ceremony

Of course, the first kiss is one of the “must have” and traditional shots that all wedding photographers will wish to capture during the wedding service. What I love about this particular one is the power and passion of the groom’s hold on his new wife. It really demonstrates the power of the couple’s love for one another.  She clearly means the whole world to him and he’s not letting her go…ever!

#4 The Love of a Mother

St Laurence Warborough wedding photography of a bride cuddling her daughter during the wedding ceremony

How can you not be moved by a classic example of a mother’s love for her child? The fact it is occurring in the middle of the wedding itself, only adds to the photo’s emotional impact. It’s these moments, that I often call the “moments inbetween the moments” that I love to capture for the wedding story. These are the real moments that may pass in the blink-of-the-eye but, thanks to the wedding photojournalist, become a moment that can be treasured forever.

#5 The Guests Kissing

Saracen's Head Little Brington wedding photography of young couple kissing during the evening wedding reception

As I said in the intro, people often associate the emotion of the wedding day with the happy couple themselves. But as a wedding photojournalist I do see it as my job to seek out the passion and romance that spills into the day itself, as it did here. A young couple, clearly in love, share a tender embrace and kiss during the evening reception. Again, it’s another image that makes up the fuller wedding story and truly depicts the real events of the day.

Of course, there are so many other photos that I could have feauture here of kisses, cuddles, hugs and snogs – but I hope this small selection do reflect the kind of images my wedding photojournalism approach will provide in your unique and personal wedding story.  You can also see my other personally selected 5 Favourites series here.

If you did enjoy these photos and are getting married soon, then I would love to chat with you about your wedding plans and how my candid, natural and unobtrusive photojournalistic approach can fit your wedding story. Give me a call right now on 07920 422144 or leave me a message here and I promise to get straight back to you. You can see details of all my packages and prices here.