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.
Hopefully by now you’ve looked at some of my previous wedding photography portfolios and have enjoyed my natural wedding photography approach. You have learnt a little more about me and have checked out what I provide on the wedding day and my fee. But you still need to know a little more before.
In that case, here are 5 good reasons to book me as your wedding photographer.
1. London Wedding Photographer – Have Camera Will Travel!
I’m a London wedding photographer based in Wallington, Surrey, but I cover all of London, Surrey, Sussex, the rest of the UK and destination weddings overseas. So no matter where you are in the world I’ll be delighted to be your wedding photographer.
2. Qualifying Member of Prestigious Professional Bodies
I am QUALIFYING member of the much respected Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) and the Artistic Guild of the WPJA (AGWPJA). This means my wedding photography portfolio was deemed of a high enough quality to qualify for membership. It also means I have to work to and abide by their strict professional code of conduct.
3. Multiple Award Winning Wedding Photographer
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
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
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.
Contact Me Now
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.
I was genuinely surprised, flattered and honoured to learn that I have picked up a second wedding photography award just a few days after the last.
This one was from the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) itself and, amusingly, was another of a wedding vendor – this time from Carly and Sonny’s wedding story at Ashridge House in Hertfordshire.
In the image itself, two wedding guests can be seen leaving a video message for the bride and groom, whilst you can just catch a glimpse of the vendor using a remote control to change what is on the screen in the video booth. It’s subtle but I love how it shows how wedding suppliers are always working in the background of a wedding to ensure the day can be as memorable as it can be.
Of course, it’s always lovely to pick up wedding photography awards, especially when they are genuine awards that are voted on by esteemed judges and your peers. Awards do offer potential wedding couples that the photographer is professional, creative and up to the demanding task of capturing a wedding story. But you do have to be careful – there are a lot of awards out there that anyone can “win”, simply by paying the appropriate “entry fee.” So when you see wedding photographers claiming to be “award winning” it’s worth checking and asking who judged the award and what it was for…after all, someone’s swimming award isn’t going to be that relevant to your wedding photography!
If you like my relaxed, unobtrusive and documentary approach to wedding photography, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans. You can give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I look forward to hearing from you.
It’s that time of the year again when I submit to the quarterly wedding photojournalism contest with the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) of which I am member. Some of the world’s best wedding photojournalists enter these contests, so it’s a real challenge just entering!
The 4th quarter’s categories which I entered, were as follows:
Bride Getting Ready
“Bride Getting Ready” entries spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony.
Groom Getting Ready
“Groom Getting Ready” entries spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony.
These are authentic images of the actual marriage portion of the event, from the pre-ceremony to the vow-exchange to the receiving line.
This is the big party. “Reception” photographs catch all the post-ceremony festivities from the cocktail hour through to the last dance and the bride and groom’s departure.
Entries that depict shots of the rings, either set-up and controlled by the photographer or as they were found.
This a challenge to find that perfect sense of “equality” through light and composition. Weddings present numerous opportunities via dress, mannerisms, scenes, tone, textures, and sometimes….emotions.
There are plenty of representations of liquid at a wedding event. Give this challenging category some extra thought, and show us your take on what makes a moment ‘fluid’.
The “Toasting/Speeches” category incorporates images of individuals or groups toasting, as well as those giving toast-related speeches throughout the day.
“Transportation” images include brides in limos or carriages, bridal parties en route to the ceremony or reception, trolley rides, antique cars, buses and other transporting themes.
“Other Vendors” submissions include images of musicians, DJs, bands, wedding planners, reception hall staff, florists, caterers, etc., performing their job to make the wedding day possible.
Anything related to the big day goes into this new category. It?s all about your creative approach to portraiture during a pre-wedding engagement session or capturing the bride, groom, bridal party, family, friends, children and/or any other posed wedding party member on the big day. We are open to images that display the photographer’s skill in using lighting techniques like off-camera flashes and strobes.
These aren’t my only submissions, as I had missed the first two quarter’s contents of this year (OK, read “forgot to get in on time” rather than “missed”!) I had a number of submissions stored up for the final contest of 2015 (you get 60 submissions to use throughout the year.) so was able to enter multiple times under a few of the categories in this contest.
Results won’t be announced till late April, most probably. Given the amazingly talent that enters the WPJA contests just getting placed is a MASSIVE achievement. I’ll no doubt give an update later in the year, and let you know how I did against some of the world’s best wedding photojournalists!
Why I’m Proud To Be An Active Member of the WPJA
Something I mention quite a lot is the fact that I am a qualifying and active member of the prestigious Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). So I thought it would be a good idea to tell you a little more about the WPJA and why it means a lot to me to be a member.
What is the WPJA?
As the WPJA explain themselves on their website:
“Since 2002 the WPJA has been helping couples capture the story of their wedding.
The Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) is a professional organization composed of photojournalists and wedding photographers from around the world. What sets our members apart in the industry is their candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography.
The Wedding Photojournalist Association puts the world’s best wedding photography at your fingertips. We offer a new perspective on wedding photography – quietly capturing the real moments as they happen for the bride and groom. It is our goal to use photography to tell the story of your wedding day, not dictate it for you.“
So the WPJA is not just any old wedding photographer’s association it is one specifically for those who pursue a photojournalistic/documentary/reportage approach to photographing weddings. You can read more here about what wedding photojournalism is but, to quickly explain, it’s capturing the real moments and emotions of your wedding story in a candid, natural and unobtrusive way.
To read more about the WPJA’s mission and vision please click here.
Qualifying as a Member
One of the key and important parts of being a member of the WPJA is that you have to apply and be accepted after a review of your wedding photography portfolio. Unlike a number of wedding photography associations and societies you cannot simply become a member by payment of a fee.
In other words, you work has to be deemed not only as wedding photojournalism but also of a standard good enough to be associated with the WPJA. That’s very important as it gives wedding couples the confidence to know that the photographer’s work is deemed good enough by fellow pros.
Also, it never fails to disappoint me the number of wedding photographers I see around who use the “wedding photojournalism” label to apply to themselves, yet their work is full of posed and staged imagery. At least you know that if a wedding photographer has qualified for membership of the WPJA they most definitely are a wedding photojournalist.
As the WPJA say themselves:
“The WPJA only accepts into membership gifted, honest wedding photojournalists who work tirelessly to deliver excellent photography to their clients.“
Strict Code of Conduct
Which brings me on to another important part of being a member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association…you have to abide by their strict code of conduct and professional values or risk being thrown out of he association and losing all the benefits that brings.
Once again this gives wedding couples the confidence to know they are not just hiring a talented documentary wedding photographer but they are also getting a complete professional who values not only their work but also the way they conduct themselves. Wouldn’t it be nice if all wedding photographers had to be abide by such an undertaking? It would certainly reduce a lot of the wedding photography horror stories you see and hear about in the news!!!
So what does the WPJA demand of all the wedding photographers that represent it? Trust, accuracy, guaranteed excellence, exclusivity and best business practices.
Can you say that all wedding photographers out there have to adhere to such requirements? No. It’s one of the reasons that membership of the WPJA is so important.
Inspiration & Influence
Another reason I love being an active member of the WPJA is the fact that so many of the world’s best wedding photojournalists belong to the association. It’s why it’s so respected throughout the wedding industry.
Being able to review and look at the work of so many talented wedding photographers cannot not fail to inspire you to even better work. I firmly believe that the very best wedding photographers never stop learning so with so much talent around it’s a huge privilege to be included amongst them. After all, the day I stop learning as a photographer is the day I will hang up my camera for good!
There’s also the highly competitive quarterly wedding photography competitions – and with so much international talent even just getting a placing is high praise indeed, especially when you consider that the competitions themselves are judged by award-winning photojournalists (including many Pulitzer Prize-winners) and news photo editors. Such high standards cannot fail to drive you on in achieving the very best results from the weddings you photograph! Again, how many wedding photographers out there are continually pushing themselves to produce work of the highest standards all the time? It’s why belonging to a collective like the Wedding Photojournalist’s Association is so important and rewarding!
What It Means For You
So as a wedding couple looking to get married and have a wedding photojournalist provide you with stunning, authentic and candid imagery from your wedding story you can be sure that I am:
- An authentic and genuine wedding photojournalist;
- My work has been deemed of a quality good enough to represent a professional and international wedding association;
- I will work to the highest professional standards;
- I am looking to always provide the highest quality work and creativity;
- Am continually learning, influenced and inspired by some of the wold’s best wedding photographers.
So if you are planning to get married then I would love to hear all about your unique wedding plans and discuss how my wedding photojournalism approach will provide you with the authentic, candid and stunning images from your wedding.
You can call me on +44 (0) 7920 422144 or you can send a message to me via my contact page. I will be delighted to hear from you.
Wedding Photojournalism Contest – Q2 2015 – Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA)
I’m always extremely proud and honoured to say how I am a qualifying and active member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA), which is a professional organisation composed of photojournalists and wedding photographers from around the world. What sets us members of the WPJA apart in the industry is our candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography. Also, unlike a lot of other professional wedding photography bodies, you have to qualify for entry into the WPJA and adhere to their strict code of professional conduct. So it really does mean something to have been accepted into the WPJA.
One of the cool things about being a member, is the opportunity to enter their quarterly wedding photojournalism contests – submitting wedding photojournalistic images from real weddings during the current calendar year. The Wedding Photojournalist Association upholds the highest level of ethical standards, especially in the area of their wedding photography contests. The purpose of the WPJA is to celebrate photographers who creatively document and record the found moment. Therefore all wedding photography images submitted in the WPJA contest must always be true representations of what actually took place the moment the shutter was released. They are absolutely uncompromising in their conviction that contest images come from situations unprompted by the photographer, except in the case of portraits. So as you can guess, entering their contests is a big deal. So here are my submissions, by category, for the 2015 2nd quarter competition.
The Getting Ready category is for images which spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and anticipation before the ceremony. The following are what I submitted for this category.
This category is for those captured moments of those who participate in the wedding (guests, family, and bridal party) during the processional, ceremony, and recessional. Here’s what I submitted:
“Reception” photographs document the festivities from the cocktail hour through the last dance and departure. Here’s what I entered for this category:
“Details (Found)” encompasses tighter shots of the day’s small slices as they were found. This includes clothes, rings, food, linens, flowers, faces, etc. This category is not for set-up detail shots. It’s important that images submitted in this category don’t contain content controlled by the photographer. Here’s what I submitted:
“Emotion” entries unobtrusively freeze intriguing expressions ranging from joy to tears, so here’s what I entered:
Great Natural Light
“Great Natural Light” entries capture moments brilliantly lit under natural and ambient lighting conditions, without the help of any flash or strobe. Here are my submissions:
“Creative Portrait” employs a fresh and artistic approach to portraiture in capturing the bride, groom, bridal party, family, friends, children and/or any other posed wedding party member. This is a rare WPJA category where candid moments are not eligible. This is what I entered:
So there you have all my entries into the WPJA wedding photojournalism contest for the 2nd quarter of 2015. If I should happen to place, when the results are announced, you can be sure I’ll be posting about it here!
Getting married and like my wedding photojournalism approach?
If you are getting married and would like a wedding photojournalism approach to capturing your real wedding story, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans. You can give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a private message in the form at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, you can send me a message via my contact page and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. For details of my wedding photography packages and prices please click here.
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