A wedding guest on the dance floor during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

Wicksteed Park Wedding Dance Mayhem

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Why I Love This Image

This Wicksteed Park wedding photo is a perfect example of why I love staying on beyond a couple’s first dance.  Once wedding guests have had a few drinks, it’s time to let their hair down and get uninhibited on the dance floor.

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.

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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.

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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.

Morning bridal preparations in Kislingbury, Northamptonshire, as a newborn baby is fed.

Why I Love This Image: The Mothers & The Babies

Why I Love This Image

A Reportage Wedding Photographer

As a reportage wedding photographer it’s not always the big moments I’m looking to document on the wedding day.  Sometimes it’s those little details that can also say much and form such a touching part of the wedding story.

Why I Love This Image: The Abstract First Dance

Why I Love This Image

As an award winning wedding photographer, and active member of the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (AGWPJA), I’m always looking to capture things a little differently, more creatively when I photograph a wedding.

Colour documentary wedding photography of male wedding guests enjoying cigars, during the evening reception at Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex.

Why I Love This Image: Groomsmen, Cigars & a Toy Lens

Why I Love This Image

To be honest, there are lots of things I love about this image from Crystal & Dom’s Highdown Vineyard wedding in West Sussex.

It was early evening, during the wedding reception, and the warm summer sun was setting on the Sussex countryside.  A number of the groomsmen and male wedding guests had sneaked outside to enjoy a celebratory wedding cigar.

At the time I was experimenting with a new lens on one of my cameras, and a plastic toy lens at that! Made by SLRMagic and near on a 50mm field of view, it’s a lens that gives a quirky and imperfect view of the world.  In many ways it’s the closest I’ve come to an old film analogue look on a digital camera – without any post processing that is.

There was definitely a real retro and timeless vibe to the scene, which was perfectly enhanced by the toy lens.  This is really helped by the central standing male, sparking up his cigar, and with a vintage look straight out of the TV historical crime series Peaky Blinders (or rather, as I hear it in my head, “Peaky Bloody Blinders” said in a very strong Brummie accent!)  The rural setting and rather old looking pylon in the background also add to this.

Of course, the photo is also a great depiction of a natural moment being quietly enjoyed by the groomsmen – away from the music and dancing back inside – and great subject matter for my documentary wedding photography approach.  You can really imagine the male conversations and reflection being made on the wedding day!

I was delighted the image itself was granted an award by the Wedding Photojournalist Association in a 2016 Reception category.

You can also see more images I love and read why in my Why I Love This Image series.

Contact Me To Discuss Your Wedding Plans

If you are getting married at Highdown Vineyard or simply enjoy my award-winning documentary wedding photography approach and think I’d be a great fit for your wedding plans, then I’d love to hear from you.

There is absolutely no obligation to book and I also offer a unique 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your photos. So there’s really no risk whatsoever!  Check here for more details about my services and fees.

You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message with details about your wedding via my contact page.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Wedding photography of a groom wiping a tear from his bride's eye, during the wedding at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, East Sussex. Taken by Brighton wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Why I Love This Image: Wiping Away The Tear

Why I Love This Image

Weddings are often occasions of conflicting emotions. From tears to laughter, quite reflection through to shaking your moves on the dancefloor the wedding day usually has it all.  The wedding ceremony itself often sees a tear or two shed, as here during Gemma and Rich’s wonderful wedding at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, East Sussex.

What is really touching about this moment, as Gemma is overcome with emotion, is the way Rich shows comfort and concern by reaching out and tenderly wiping a tear from his bride’s face.  Could there really be a more symbolic gesture of the care and love a couple feel for one another.  You could recite a thousand words of romantic poetry but it still wouldn’t come anywhere close to this powerful demonstration of love and affection.

Furthermore, to add to the demonstration of tearful emotion of the moment, we can also see a wedding guest in the background also wiping a tear from her own eye.  It’s emotional moments such as these that I just love to document as a wedding photojournalist.  It’s a picture that tells a highly personal story and one you couldn’t simply fake or stage.

Don’t worry though, Gemma was quickly handed a tissue and the tears quickly turned to laughter between the happy couple.

Wedding photojournalism of a bride using a tissue to wipe a tear from her eye, as a concerned groom looks on, during their wedding at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, East Sussex. Taken by Darren Lehane, one of the best Brighton wedding photographers. Documentary wedding photography of a bride and groom laughing during the wedding ceremony at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, East Sussex. Documented by one of the best wedding photographers in Brighton, Darren Lehane.

This is part of my Why I Love This Image series – where I explain what it is about certain wedding photos that I love.

Contact Me About Your Wedding

Are you getting married at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton? Or perhaps you enjoyed how my storytelling approach to wedding photography naturally captures the real emotions and moments of a couple’s wedding story?  I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.

Call me now on 07920 422144 or send me a message with details of your wedding via my contact page.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

Black and white documentary wedding photography of emotional wedding guests, during the evenng reception in Gipsy Hill, by London wedding photojournalist Darren Lehane.

Why I Love This Image: The Raw Emotion

Why I Love This Image

There’s lots of names for the style of wedding photography I undertake: wedding photojournalism, documentary wedding photography, wedding reportage photography, candid wedding photography and natural wedding photography to name but a few. However, I ultimately see myself as a wedding storyteller. So when I photograph a wedding I’m looking for narrative continuity, dramatic pacing and emotional appeal.

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.

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.

 

 

 

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

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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.


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Sedgebrook Hall wedding photography

The Descending Bride – Why I Love This Wedding Photograph

Why I Love This Image

If there is one thing I’ve picked up from both my photojournalist and street photography background is that the best images have more than just one element of interest.  The great photos generally have a number of different factors that come together as one to make something special.

That’s what happened in this image from Emily & Phils Sedgebrook Hall wedding photography in Northamptonhire.  I was perfectly placed to capture Emily coming down the central staircase, prior to the wedding ceremony, with her father carefully carrying the wedding dress train behind. There was no directing, posing or setting up the image. It’s the kind of completely natural and candid moment I specialise in as a wedding photojournalist. There’s a definite look of apprehensive tension in Emily’s face – the same look nearly all bride’s get just before the wedding ceremony is about begin. It’s the moment it’s all about to get real and serious. Had the moment been set up then the natural tension and anticipation would have gone or, at least, looked forced.  That’s why wedding photojournalism excels at documenting all those real moments and genuine emotions of a wedding story.

So, yes, a great moment and emotion of the wedding day captured – but there’s more that elevates this image for me. There’s the lovely light that’s spilling in from the window at the side, adding some real contrast to the image – from bright whites right through to black shadows. Anyone who follows me regularly know I’m just a sucker for high contrast black and white wedding photography – most probably the influence of street photographers like William Klein and Daido Moriyama on me!

Then there’s the curve of the hand rail, that adds an almost curvaceous sensual feel to the moment, its downward nature leave us in no doubt she’s heading somewhere. And finally there’s the weirdly curving wooden supports, highlighted by the window light, that add an extra eye-catching factor to the overall image and helps balance the image all across the frame.

So there you have it, that’s why I love this wedding photograph.

If you enjoyed my natural and candid wedding photojournalism approach or are getting married at the beautiful Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans. You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me me a message via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Go here to see more of my Why I Love This Image series.

Why I Love This Image: The Rock n Roll Groom

Why I Love This Image

Every time I look at this image, from Jodi and Simon’s wedding at the Hyatt Regency Churchill in Portman Square, central London, I just can’t help but smile at the memory.

Simon is a naturally quiet, polite and well-mannered young guy – but also a loving father and a rock to his family. So when the wedding band at the Hyatt Regency Churchill struck up with one of Simon’s favourite tracks, by the band Oasis, Simon was encouraged up with Jodi, his beautiful bride, to sing along in front of all their adoring fans, ahem, I mean wedding guests. Lost in the music and the moment there was a split second where Simon let go of his good old-fashioned British reserve and was a sneering, attitude filled Liam Gallagher the rock star. It was a brilliant moment that captured the great fun and amazing atmosphere of Jodi and Simon’s wedding day.

Like I said at the outset, the photo always brings back fond and fantastic memories – which is exactly the job of wedding photojournalism, in capturing those real moments and genuine emotions that are part of a unique wedding story for the couple.  That wedding story is the basis of memories they will recollect months, years and decades later.

If you are getting married and enjoyed my natural, candid and unobtrusive wedding photojournalistic approach to capturing a unique wedding story, then I would 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 with details of your wedding.  I will be delighted to hear from you.

Go here to see the thoughts, memories and stories behind other Images That I Love.

The bride gives a cheeky smile to the groom, during the wedding ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Brighton, East Sussex.

Why I Love This Image: The Cheeky Bride

Why I Love This Image

The bride’s smile after the tears

I took this photo a few years ago now, during Steph and Dan’s wedding ceremony at the Holiday Inn on Brighton seafront in East Sussex.

Steph arrived in tears for her marriage to Dan, in fact I think it would be fair to say that Steph was most probably the most tearful bride I’ve seen at the beginning of a marriage service.  She really was overcome with emotion on what is always an emotional day.  But that’s great for me, as a wedding photojournalist with a natural storytelling approach to weddings.

The bride walks down the aisle in tears at the Holiday Inn Brighton, East Sussex

Steph arrives for the wedding ceremony in tears.

Who would have thought it? From such a tearful bride to a relaxed and cheeky bride in just a matter of minutes!  Even the Registrar seems genuinely surprised! It really does show the range of emotions a bride can go through on her wedding day and, as a wedding photojournalist, I am perfectly able to document these moments, emotions and exprssions for the wedding story. You could never stage or fake moments like these. It’s why wedding photojournalism is so popular.

The bride wipes away tears with a tissue during the wedding ceremony at the Brighton Holiday Inn in East Sussex

The start of the ceremony is delayed as Steph dries her tears.

The ceremony had to be held up a short while whilst the registrar dug out some tissues and allowed her a little time to get the tears dried. Soon enough, Steph was ready and the ceremony started – during which I captured this cheeky smile from Steph to Dan.

The bride gives a cheeky smile to the groom, during the wedding ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Brighton, East Sussex.

I doubt anyone can help but smile at this image – such is the warmth and beauty of Steph’s smile.  It perfectly shows the depth of love, trust and friendship between the couple, a definite unity that can’t be broken. It is without doubt a perfect moment…a small story within the bigger story of the wedding day.

And that’s why I love this image. I hope you do too.

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Technical Details

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> Olympus OMD EM5 MK1 camera body
> Leica Summilux 25mm prime lens
> f/1.4
> 1/80 sec
> ISO 1000

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Why I Love This Image: Wedding Details Abstract

Why I Love This Image

Timeless and abstract wedding photography

Anyone who has followed my personal photography work over the last decade or so will know I have a very soft spot for abstract reality photography – particularly that championed by the late great Aaron Siskind. So it’s no surprise that, from time to time, an abstract approach will turn up in my wedding photography, as in this detail shot from Lois and Dan’s wedding reception at the Village Institute in Upper Harlestone, Northamptonshire.

There’s a certain whimsical charm and timeless feel to this image, from the antiquated chairs to the intricate lace patterns of the wedding dress through to the beautiful textures of the floor itself.  The flowers give a subtle nod to the rural surroundings of the Northampton wedding venue. This is all brought together by the sepia(ish) finish of the final processing.

As part of the wedding story this fits beautifully given that the Village Institute is a stunning 1930s art deco building.  It’s literally a photo that looks like it could have been taken at any time during the last 80 years or so.

It’s certainly an image that’s easy to love.

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One of the best Northamptonshire documentary wedding photographers captures a young boy playing during the wedding toasts and speeches at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

Why I Love This Image: The Boy Beneath The Table

Why I Love This Image

A wedding is just a fun playground for kids!

Kids are great at weddings, certainly from a wedding photojournalism perspective.  In many ways they epitomise everything that documentary wedding photography is: unposed, spontaneous and full of fun.  After all, it’s the real story of your wedding as it happens that I capture.

Take this young boy, from Hollie and Dan’s Grendon Lakes wedding photography in Northamptonshire.  He doesn’t care about the wedding speeches or the toasts, no.  He’s far more interested in the table decorations that have fallen on the floor – they look far more fun and interesting!

Of course, the fact that the bride and groom are enjoying the wedding speeches and are seemingly oblivious to a child’s world of fun and adventure going on beneath the head table makes the image even more amusing and brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.

Having spotted this happening, I manoeuvred myself into a better position and waited for him to starting playing with the MR letters – after all, he was quite a young and charming mister!

Given the potential for the clutter to being a tad distracting it was definitely a wedding moment that I knew was going to be black & white.

Weddings are often a mix of chaotic fun and more formal moments.  That’s why a wedding photojournalism approach is such a natural way to capture the real and authentic wedding story.  You could never set such a natural happening scene up and you could never get that young boy to do as you wanted.  Thats why ensuring the integrity of the moment is so important in capturing authentic wedding stories. I want to make them as unique to you as you both are. It’s your day. Your story. Your way.

As a wedding photojournalist you put simply put yourself inside the moment and anticipate the story that’s about to happen. It’s not about getting the perfect shot, it’s all about getting the perfect moment. For that you need to see and feel what you are shooting. It’s why wedding photojournalism delivers the most natural and stunning memories from your day without you even being aware it was happening.

And that’s why I love this image.

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Ashridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaids assisting the bride as she gets into her wedding dress

Why I Love This Image: The Reassuring Hand

Why I Love This Image

A Calm Hand During The Bridal Preparations

I love shooting bridal preparations on the morning of a wedding.  As a weding photojournalist  I love all the excitment, emotions, energy and nervous tension that is all mixed together during this part of the wedding day.  It’s such an integral part of the complete wedding story that I document.

Of course, with so much going on things can become quite frantic and chaotic, especially as the clock starts to tick down and that’s why I love this image…in amongst all that’s going on the bride’s younger sister and bridesmaid reaches out a hand to reassure her that everything’s going to be fine. Don’t worry, enjoy it, I’m here for you.

It also speaks of a deep love and affection between sisters on one of the biggest days in their lives.

And, of course, there’s the attention to detail up getting the wedding dress done up – never an easy thing, especially in the pressure and stress of the wedding morning.

You can’t fake a real and genuine moment like that.  Well, you can try, but it will never look the same or as authentic.  That’s why a wedding photojournalism is a perfect approach for documenting a wedding story – it’s real, natural and something you can look back at in years to come and enjoy the moment without thinking how it was set up by a photographer. That’s why I talk about ensuring the integrity of the moment in my photographic approach.

For me the black & white finishes it off, as b&w photography often does, and gives the moment a classic and timeless feel – something that the gorgeous surroundings of Ashridge House add to.

It really is an image I love.

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Why I Love This Image: The Faith & The Devotion

Why I Love This Image

Why I Love This Image of Imogen & Seb Hand-in-Hand

My Why I Love This Image articles aim to give you an insight into why I took or love a particular image from one of the many wedding stories I shoot. As a wedding photographer I believe in being as open and transparent about the work and, I hope, by sharing my thoughts on some of my images you can both see and feel my passion for wedding photography.

On The Southern Slopes of the South Downs in West Sussex

Highdown Vineyard West Sussex Wedding venue

I captured this moment fairly late on during Imogen & Seb’s wedding story in Worthing in West Sussex.  Having arrived at the stunningly beautiful setting of the Highdown Vineyard, which is situated on the southern slopes of the South Downs in-between the seaside towns of Worthing and Littlehampton, we ventured into the vineyard itself to get a couple of more traditional posed portraits of the happy couple before the sun set.  Afterwards, as Imogen and Seb walked hand-in-hand back towards the restaurant, where their weddings guests were waiting for the evening reception I saw the opportunity to capture this beautiful and tender moment.

A Moment of Faith & Devotion

As they walked towards me I immediately thought it would be fantastic and somewhat creative to get a candid shot of them as they passed over me, making a feature of that big Sussex sky, so I literally laid down on the ground and waited for them to pass over me.  Of course, shooting up against the sky I knew Imogen and Seb were going to be silhouetted against it so I needed to get shot that was both dramatic and graphic to make up for the loss of detail in the shadows of their silhouetted form.  I had to encourage them a little to carry on walking over and past me without letting go of their hands – but I’m so glad I did.  The final image really shows, in a very graphic form, the togetherness of the couple as the husband leads his new wife into the future of their married life together.  Also, given that Imogen and Seb are Mormons and that their faith is very important to them, the low angle of the shot up against the large expanse of sky, clouds and sun really does give the whole image of spirituality which really did echo throughout their day.  I’m really pleased, as a wedding photojournalist, that I could capture an image that summed up that spirituality and faith in a single frame.

A Moment In-Between The Moments

One of the best wedding photographers West Sussex shoots a portrait of the bride and groom at Highdown VineyardWest Sussex wedding photojournalist shoots a portrait of the bride and groom at Highdown Vineyard

I have talked about it before and the importance of wedding photography that captures the smaller moments that happens in-between the bigger more traditional moments of the wedding day.  Whilst I am predominantly a wedding photojournalist who specialises in capturing the wedding story in a more natural, candid and unobtrusive manner I also realise that a lot of couples also like to include some posed portraits within that.  That’s why I offer portraits with both my Wedding Storyteller and Wedding Photojournalist packages.  However, that doesn’t mean that during the more traditional posed portrait shoots I switch off and don’t think about the natural moments – my eye is still always looking out for those moments in-between.  The relaxed and natural mood of this moment came after the couple “switched off” after some posed photos (as above) and for me personally that’s what really makes it a stronger, more authentic moment.  And that’s what wedding photojournalism is about…authenticity.

The Geeky Technical Stuff

One of the best wedding photographers in the UK shoots the bride and groom at Highdown Vineyard in Worthing, West SussexOne of the best London wedding photographers shoots the bride and groom at Highdown Vineyard in West Sussex

As with all my wedding photography, this image was shot on one of my Olympus OMD EM5 camera bodies (I shoot with 3 bodies at every wedding) – light and discrete cameras that are perfect for my wedding photojournalism approach.  The lens itself is the s Olympus 12mm f2.0 prime (I always shoot with prime lenses) – a fantastic wide angle lens which was perfect for enhancing the expanse of sky and the drama of the moment. My aperture was set for f/9 – which ensured I a was able to keep a good deal of sharpness throughout the frame.  As the dawy was starting to draw in somewhat I had set ISO 400 and to ensure I froze the couple in moment and maintain the silhouetting I had a really fast shutter speed of 1/2500, helped by shooting up towards a bright sky.  It was then converted to black and white in Adobe Lightroom in post production in which I did the draw the shadows out slightly and lessened the contrast a tad.  A couple of alternate colour shots, immediately before and after this moment, are shown above.

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My Why I Love This Image series hopefully gives you more of an insight of why I took particular images, their context and my thought processes. As a wedding photojournalist I strongly believe in providing an open, honest and transparent explanation of the photography I capture.

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Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Why I Love This Image: The Laughing Groomsman

Why I Love This Image

Why I Love This Image

My Why I Love This Image articles aim to give you an insight into why I took or love a particular image from one of the many wedding stories I shoot. As a wedding photographer I believe in being as open and transparent about the work and, I hope, by sharing my thoughts on some of my images you can both see and feel my passion for wedding photography.

Traditional Posed Wedding Photography vs. Wedding Photojournalism

As a wedding photographer who specialises in a wedding photojournalism approach, most of my work will naturally feature real moments, genuine emotions and true expressions.  However, most couples do also require a number of the traditional posed portraits on the wedding day and I am always more than happy to oblige. In fact, my most popular wedding photography package, The Wedding Storyteller, includes unlimited posed portraits and group shots as part of it.  So this image, from Emily and Phil’s wonderful wedding story, at Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire, was part of the formal shots of the groomsmen.

The Influence of Anton Corbijn

Depeche Mode Anton Corbijn

I’m a huge fan of the Dutch photographer (and now movie director) Anton Corbijn – in fact it was his portraits of some of my favourite bands and musical artists, back in the mid 1980s, that inspired me to get a camera and become seriously interested in photography in the first place.  One of his favourite techniques, especially when shooting bands, is selective focus and a very shallow depth of field…in other words having one person in focus whilst others are out of focus –  as demonstrated in Corbijn’s 1997 portrait of Depeche Mode above.  So I definitely had that kind of technique in mind when I set up and posed this wedding portrait of the groom and groomsmen at Sedgebrook Hall.

The Moment’s In-Between the Moments

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Even though this image was formally set-up it still actually captures a lighthearted moment, in-between the formal shots. The two photos above show you the unedited shots that were taken either side of the main image itself. I’m not sure what we were talking about – and yes, I like to talk with my subjects when shooting portraits as I want to keep the mood light and informal if I can – but clearly we were having a laugh regarding something and the Best Man threw his head back and, bam!, a moment in-between a moment, was perfectly captured.  In lots of ways, even my posed portraits do become semi-formal and manage to capture the real moments and emotions you’d normally associate more with my candid wedding photojournalism approach.  Quite often, it’s these less rigid and less formal portraits that work best and still retain the integrity of the moment.  Add a black and white look and you end up, as here, with a classic, fun and intriguing portrait that defies most of wedding photography’s portrait cliches.  That’s why having a passion and interest in the history of photography and being inspired by great masters of the medium improves you as a wedding photographer and not peddle out the usual portraits that every other wedding photographer does.

The Geeky Technical Stuff

As with all my wedding photography, this image was shot on one of my Olympus OMD EM5 camera bodies (I shoot with 3 bodies at every wedding) – light and discrete cameras that are perfect for my wedding photojournalism approach.  The lens itself is the stunning Olympus 75mm f/1.8 prime (I always shoot with prime lenses) – which I can safely say is the best lens I have EVER shot with in terms of image quality, sharpness and clarity.  I could gush all day (and night) about this truly brilliant portrait lens. My aperture was set for f/2.2 – shallow enough for the required selective focus but not maxed out to ensure fantastic sharpness.  Although a bright sunny day, we were in the shade of  large tree, so had set ISO 400 and a shutter speed of 1/200, sufficiently fast enough to capture the best man’s movement but not so fast to run the risk of underexposing and losing detail in the shadows.

Love this image too and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a wedding at Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire? Then I’d love to talk with you about your wedding plans and how my wedding photojournalism approach can capture the real story of YOUR wedding day. Call me on 07920 422144 or send me an email here. Alternatively, you can send me a private message in the form below and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. You can find full details of all my wedding photography packages and prices here.

My Why I Love This Image series hopefully gives you more of an insight of why I took particular images, their context and my thought processes. As a wedding photojournalist I strongly believe in providing an open, honest and transparent explanation of the photography I capture.

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Your message will be entirely private and cannot be read by anyone else.  Alternatively, you can call me on 07920 422144. Thanks.

Sussex Wedding photographer captures the bride and groom playing on a swing in the gardens of the Roebuck Hotel in Forest Row, West Sussex

Why I Love This Image: The Swingers

Why I Love This Image

Unobtrusive Wedding Photojournalism

One of the key elements of wedding photojournalism is the ability to capture moments discreetly and unobtrusively, that ensure the integrity of the moment isn’t compromised.  Had I tried to stage or direct this lovey moment of Nicole and Eugene, playing on a swing in the gardens of the Roebuck Hotel, in Forest Row, East Sussex, or had they even been overtly aware of my presence then the mood would have been killed, the moment would have been lost and this lovely photo wouldn’t have become part of their wonderful wedding story. That’s why wedding photojournalism is perfect for capturing the genuine moments of a real wedding story.

A Beautiful English Wedding Setting

The main reason why I love this image is the way it encapsulates in one frame the mood of a perfect English summer’s evening in such a timeless fashion. Maybe it’s the tree swing that makes it so evocative of a romantic rural setting.  Certainly the low evening sun casts a magical light across the scene, with deep shadows adding to that magical mood. You can almost hear the birds chirping and wildlife scuttling into the greenery that surrounds the couple – so fitting given the bride and groom’s love of animals and nature. And, if we didn’t know any better, it could have been a moment from the 1920’s as it could contemporary Sussex!

The Perfect Romantic Moment

Then, of course, there’s the wonderful romance of the very moment itself.  A newly wed couple sharing a quiet and playful moment, in a quiet corner of the Sussex countryside. It sings of happiness and joy and the complete togetherness of the couple. And then there’s the fact it’s Nicole who’s pushing Eugene on the swing, giving a humourous twist to the convention of man and wife.  It really is an image that delights me every time I look at it – and makes this city boy yearn for a summer’s evening in the English countryside!

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Love this image too and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a wedding in Sussex? Then I’d love to talk with you about your wedding plans and how my wedding photojournalism approach can capture the real story of YOUR wedding day. Call me on 07920 422144 or send me an email here.  You can find full details of all my wedding photography packages and prices here.

My Why I Love This Image series hopefully gives you more of an insight of why I took particular images, their context and my thought processes. As a wedding photojournalist I strongly believe in providing an open, honest and transparent explanation of the photography I capture.

Why I Love This Image: The Emotional Friend

Why I Love This Image

A Perfect Example of Wedding Photojournalism

Wedding photojournalism is all about documenting the real story of wedding day in a candid, natural and unobtrusive manner, without ever dictating events or staging fake moments. It relies on the skill, experience and anticipation of the wedding photographer to capture genuine moments, emotions and expressions. And that’s why I love this image of an emotional friend – it perfectly captures the emotions of a fleeting moment during a private but pivotal time of the wedding day.

Small But Important Moments

The bride, Alex, has just been helped into her wedding dress during the morning bridal preparations at home in Warborough, Oxfordshire, by her close friend. I often say that the bridal preparations are a fantastic time for me, as a wedding photojournalist, to capture lots of emotions. At this time of the day everyone is relaxed and excited and enjoying doing the things that girls really love to do…like hair, make-up and dressing up! Wedding photojournalism relies on fast reactions and being alive to the possibility of situations, so as Alex’s friend stood back to admire her in her wedding dress for the first time I had anticipated a small but important moment was about to pass between the friends in the quietness of the bedroom – enhanced by the gritty black & white and low light levels.

The Drama and the Integrity of the Moment

And, wow!, what a moment it was! Her face is positively glowing with pride, excitement and emotion. Her body language, the way her hands are grasping her own thighs, suggests someone doing everything to hold it together and not be totally overcome with her emotions.  It’s completely real and raw. You couldn’t fake or stage this moment – any attempt to set it up would lose both the drama and the integrity of the moment. This is real, genuine emotion passing between two friends, in the quiet privacy of a bedroom, at one of the defining moments of the wedding day.  For me, this is the power of photojournalism. He couldn’t be moved by such a display of real closeness and raw emotion?

And that’s why this is an image I love!

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Love this image too and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a wedding Oxfordshire? Then I’d love to talk with you about your wedding plans and how my wedding photojournalism approach can capture the real story of YOUR wedding day. Call me on 07920 422144 or send me an email here.

My Why I Love This Image series hopefully gives you more of an insight of why I took particular images, their context and my thought processes. As a wedding photojournalist I strongly believe in providing an open, honest and transparent explanation of the photography I capture.

Rowton Castle wedding photography of the wedding singer picked out by a lone spotlight, creating an atmospheric mood during the evening wedding reception

Why I Love This Image: The Blues Singer

Rowton Castle Shropshire, Shropshire wedding venues, Why I Love This Image

Why I Love This Wedding Image of The Blues Singer.

Being a wedding photojournalist who loves capturing natural, candid and beautiful wedding photography the evening wedding reception provides lots of different and decisive moments.  Often overlooked are photos that capture the other wedding vendors you’ve booked and who have worked so hard in delivering your perfect wedding day.

That’s why I see it as part of my mission to capture the other players and characters who make up your wedding story and give you a complete wedding photojournalism package.

The Perfect Example of Wedding Photojournalism

This particular image is from Kara & Jason’s wedding day up at Rowton Castle in Shropshire and is a perfect example of how wedding photojournalism can capture the most beautiful and natural images without the need to fake or stage them.  As a result the wedding story is one that throws up real memories of moments rather than moments created by a photographer.

Here a very talented and beautiful singer was entertaining the guests (although there was one young man who wasn’t as impressed!) when the disco lights fell on her, causing her and the microphone to be beautifully silhouetted, and creating an unforgettable moment that captures the mood perfectly of a smokey blues and jazz singer performing.  It could have been from a basement club in 1930s Paris as it is a wedding reception!

The Power of Wedding Photojournalism

That’s the power of an unobtrusive wedding photojournalism approach to your big day. Capturing all those other natural and candid moments that happen alongside the main part of the wedding are what create a truly genuine and memorable wedding story that is personal to you and your own wedding day.

And that’s why this is an image I love!

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Like this photo and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a wedding at Rowton Castle near Shrewsbury in Shropshire? Then I’d love to talk with you. Call me on 07920 422144 or drop me a quick message here.

My Why I Love This Image series hopefully gives you more of an insight of why I took particular images, their context and my thought processes. As a wedding photojournalist I strongly believe in providing an open, honest and transparent explanation of the photography I capture.

Why I Love This Image: The Couples & The Cross

Why I Love This Image

Why I Love This Image

This is a pretty recent photo from Lisa and Steve’s wedding at Slaley Hall in Northumberland yet already the first thing I get asked about the image is, “did you set this up?”

Of course, as a wedding photojournalist the vast majority of my wedding photography is shot in a candid and natural way – no staging or faking of events. I want to document a wedding story of the day itself, rather than my creation of it and this photo is no exception…this was a real and genuine moment I spotted and photographed.

Now there are two very important reasons why I love this image.  Firstly, of course it’s the symmetry between both couples and the way in which they are both mirroring each others private and touching moments towards the end of the evening.  Try and stage this and it would never look so tender and touching. The couples are clearly lost in one another and my presence is discreet and unobtrusive enough to insure the integrity of the moment is not disturbed or ruined. That’s the strength and power of wedding photojournalism. It’s real and authentic and when the bride and groom look back at this photo they will remember the private moment that they were sharing, rather than looking back and saying “oh remember when Darren made us do this.”  Reality is always more powerful than fiction.

Of course, a lot of viewers won’t realise that the two men in the image are brothers and that’s what adds an even more emotional and strong bond to the image. It has meaning on a number of levels for the couples.

The other aspect of the image that really makes this so powerful for me, is the cross formed by the frame of the window. With the bride and groom sat beneath it, tenderly engaging, it gives a really spiritual mood and atmosphere to the image.  It literally reminds us of the religious traditions of marriage, even if we’re not all religious.

As a photographer you can only be alert to such fleeting moments and why you should never switch off. This image was shot about 12 hours into my working day and proves a wedding photojournalist is always alive and alert to possibilities – even at the end of the night.

You can see other images I love here.

Techie details for the camera geeks:
Body: Olympus OMD EM5  Lens: 12mm (EFL: 24mm)  Aperture: f/2  Shutter Speed: 1/40  ISO: 1600  Flash: Did not fire.

Like this photo and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a wedding at Slaley Hall in Hexham, Northumberland? Then I’d love to talk with you. Call me on 07920 422144 or drop me a quick message here.

My Why I Love This Image series hopefully gives you more of an insight of why I took particular images, their context and my thought processes. As a wedding photojournalist I strongly believe in providing an open, honest and transparent explanation of the photography I capture.

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Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the mother-of-the-bride being assisted by the mother-of-the-groom during the bridal preparations

Why I Love This Image – We Are Family

Why I Love This Image

As a wedding photojournalist I love those little fleeting moments that happen in-between the bigger moments of a wedding day. After all, it’s those moments that add so much to the bigger wedding story itself.  So when I saw the mother-of-the-groom adding a finishing touch to the hair of the mother-of-the-bride I literally clicked on instinct.

Yes, this is what bridal preparations are all about, but the way the two mums come together is not only touching but also represents what weddings are all about…two families coming together to form a new one. Could that be any more beautifully demonstrated then this image?

A second reason I love this image is how another member of the wedding party enters the frame, which creates an interesting sense of depth and layering.  Being a big fan of street photographer William Klein, who was renowned for the way he used layers in his images, I just can’t resist looking for the same in mine.

You can see other images I love here.

Techie details for the camera geeks:
Body: Olympus OMD EM5  Lens: 25mm (EFL: 50mm)  Aperture: f/1.4  Shutter Speed: 1/640  ISO: 200  Flash: Did not fire.

Like this photo and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a wedding at Old Ship Inn in Brighton, East Sussex? Then I’d love to talk with you. Call me on 07920 422144 or drop me a quick message here.

My Why I Love This Image series hopefully gives you more of an insight of why I took particular images, their context and my thought processes. As a wedding photojournalist I strongly believe in providing an open, honest and transparent explanation of the photography I capture.

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