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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.

Posed wedding portrait at Rowton Castle, Shropshire.

My 5 Favourite…Posed Wedding Portraits

Five Favourites

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.

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.

Love this image too and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a wedding at Highdown Vineyard in West 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. 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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