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.

Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the bride receiving comments about her wedding dress, during the bridal preparations

Back In The Day: Father of the Bride Looks On

Back in the Day

A random look back through my wedding photography archives

The bridal preparations can often be a slighty awkward time for the father-of-the-bride.  After all, he steps into the excitement and frenzy of the preparations which have usually been ongoing for a good few hours already.  The bride is getting ever more emotional as she gets into her dress and the wedding ceremony is getting ever near.  The bridal party are excitedly helping with hair, make-up, securing the dress and doing all those girly things that girls are normally used to doing.

On the other hand, the bride’s father – normally a little nervous and emotional himself – is seeing his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress but often feels a spare part in the proceedings.  It can be a little like standing in the middle of Piccadilly Circus at rush hour and not being entirely sure on how to cross the road!

And this image, from Gemma & Rich’s East Sussex Wedding a few years ago, at one of the best wedding venues in Brighton, the  Old Ship Hotel , is a wonderful example of that.  Both mother’s are busy helping the bride, who is focused on her beautiful wedding dress, and all the father can do is look on – but look on he does with immense love and pride for his beautiful daughter. It’s those fleeting little moments captured that are key to my wedding photojournalism approach.


Are you getting married at the Old Ship Hotel, or elsewhere, and like my natural storytelling approach to wedding photography? Then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans. You can call me now on 07920 422144 or send me a mail via my Contact Page. I look forward to hearing from you.

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.


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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My 5 Favourite…Brides Getting Dressed Photos!

Blog Article, Five Favourites

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.

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!


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.

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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