Highdown Vineyard West Sussex wedding photography of the groomsmen smoking cigarettes, taken by one of the best wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

Artistic Award-Winning London Wedding Photographer

Awards, Blog Article

I’m delighted, thrilled and truly honoured to have recently been awarded two wedding photography awards by the prestigious Artistic Guild of the Wedding Phototojournalist Association (AGWPJA).  As a London wedding photographer I feel it’s incredibly important to enter my wedding photography into awards. It helps me gauge how I stand against my most talented peers, keeps forcing me to continually improve, as well as reassuring wedding couples that my work is worthy of winning industry respect award.

A Fine Art Approach to Wedding Photojournalism

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The AGWPJA is a sister body to the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) and concentrates on a more fine art approach to wedding photojournalism. As they say themselves:

The Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association AG|WPJA is comprised of outstanding wedding photographers, who are at the forefront of the wedding photography industry when it comes to enhancing images. The chief objective of the AG|WPJA is to provide members with a platform where the finest enhanced, manipulated and/or artistic wedding photojournalism in the world is spotlighted and promoted for the bride and groom.

The AG|WPJA is a separate division of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). Whereas the WPJA upholds strict guidelines that forbid excessive picture manipulation, the AG|WPJA encourages and fosters creative image enhancement, with the vision of promoting Fine Art Wedding Photojournalists.

The AG|WPJA establishes and upholds high standards that are taken into consideration during the judging process for our wedding photography contests. Using all artistic tools at their disposal, members skillfully enliven their work in post production processing.

So as you can most probably appreciate winning an award from AGWPJA is a huge thing for me as fine art wedding photojournalist.

The Award Winning Wedding Photography

So above are the two photos which picked up the recent awards in the 2nd quarterly awards of 2016 with the AGWPJA.

The black and white image on the left is from Jodi and Simon’s wedding at the Hyatt Regency Churchill hotel in Central London. It received 2nd place in the Other Vendors category.  The judges commented as follows:

Nice composition with strong graphic appeal and a great sense of gesture.

Subtle and quirky moment, but I like it. Thank you to the photographer for finding an interesting detail from something so ordinary and sharing it with us.

The colour image on the right is from Crystal and Dom’s wedding, taken during the evening reception at the beautiful Highdown Vineyard in Ferring, West Sussex. It picked up 6th place in the Wedding Reception category. The judges comment was as follows:

Great subjects, mood, tonality and color.

Picking up two awards in one competition is extremely flattering and pleasing.

Book an Award Winning London Wedding Photographer

If you enjoy my award winning approach to fine art wedding photojournalism and think it would be a good fit for your wedding story, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans. Give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I will be thrilled to hear from you.

Littleton House Wedding Photography – Shepperton Studios, Surrey

Wedding Stories

When Chloe and Dan told me they were getting married at a film studio I thought they were joking. I mean it’s only celebs and Hollywood A listers who would be so extravagant, surely?  But Littleton House is a Surrey wedding venue that is set within the Shepperton Studios, itself part of the renowned Pinewood film studios.

A 17th century manor house set within the hangers of a film studio is certainly one of the more unique and unusual wedding venues I have ever had the pleasure to shoot at…but it’s that uniqueness that makes it one of the best Surrey wedding venues.

Ashford Bridal Preparations

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As usual I turned up at Dan and Chloe’s home in Ashford, Surrey a couple of hours before the wedding ceremony at Littleton House, in order to document the bridal preparations. It would be fair to say it was one of the more relaxed bridal preparations I’ve captured, with plenty of smiles and laughs – although there were a few tears that flowed once Chloe got into her beautiful wedding dress.

A Different Perspective

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It was then just a short drive over to Shepperton, for the main part of the wedding day at Littleton House, where Dan and his groomsmen had already arrived. One of the great things about the venue is the chance to shoot down from an upper floor, directly above where the wedding ceremony takes place – and of course as wedding photographer I took full advantage of that.

A Walk Through The Woods

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Another lovely thing about Littleton House for wedding photography is the opportunity to take some portraits in a small woods, beside a stream, just at the back of the studios. This was perfect to get some more formal portraits of the happy couple, before returning back to the main house for the meal, speeches and evening wedding reception.

A Unique Surrey Wedding Venue

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As a wedding photojournalist a wedding a Littleton House provides so many opprtunities to capture all the natural emotions and genuine moments that make up the wedding story, against such a fantastic and unique Surrey wedding venue.

Wedding Fun & The Damage Done

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And, despite the fact I managed to smash the electronic viewfinder on one of my Olympus OMD EM5 camera bodies and chipped the glass of my Olympus Pro 7-14mm zoom lens during the day, it was a fanastic day at such a great wedding venue in Surrey.

I hope you enjoy a small selection of the wedding photography from their day and please do feel free to share across social media.

Getting Married? Contact me!

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If you’re getting married at Littleton House in Surrey, or elsewhere, and enjoy my natural, candid and unobtrusive approach to wedding photography then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans. You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me details via my contact page and I’ll be delighted to get back to you.

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And now the rest of the small selection of wedding photography from Chloe & Dan’s Surrey wedding day…

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My 5 Favourite…Kids Being Kids

Five Favourites

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

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

#1 The Princess Flower Girl

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

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

#2 The Unimpressed Boy

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

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

#3  Your Hat is Much More FunNorthamptonshire wedding photographer captures a flower gil playing with the hat of the mother of the bride during the wedding toasts and speeches at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

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

#4 Yuk! Being Kissed By The Bride!

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

#5  The Fun of the Dance Floor

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

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

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

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If you are getting married and enjoyed my natural, relaxed and unobtrusive approach to capturing wedding stories then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  You can either call me on 07920 422144 or simply send me a message via my contact page with details of your wedding. I’ll be thrilled to hear from you.

How To Tie A Cravat

Wedding Advice

If there’s one thing that comes up at nearly each and every wedding I attend as the wedding photographer, it’s the groom and grooms-men all struggling to tie up a cravat.  It can all be very reminiscent of getting ready for that first day at school.  Most probably much of this is down to wedding day nerves, as it’s not too dissimilar to actually doing up a tie, so I thought I’d dedicate a post on how to tie a cravat.

I must admit though I didn’t realise there were actually 3 different ways of doing it. The process for tying a casual cravat and the traditional wedding cravat is very similar, except with the casual cravat you’re looking to create a puffed out look, whereas the wedding cravat tends to be smooth and flat.  There’s also the Scrunchie Wedding Cravat, which starts off as a traditional wedding cravat, but an extra step is added at the end to tuck the front flap into the knot, as if you were tying a tie.

Anyway, rather than me attempting to describe it here, the following link to those helpful people over at Swagger and Swoon who will explain all 3 ways in a much more visual and expert way:

https://www.swaggerandswoon.com/guides/how-to-tie-a-wedding-casual-cravat.php

I hope you find it useful.

If you are getting married and enjoy my natural and storytelling approach to wedding photojournalism, then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans.  You can give me a call on 07920 422144 or send a message via my contact page. I look forward to hearing from you.

Back In The Day: Long Shadows At Crockwell Farm

Back in the Day

A Random Look Back Through My Wedding Photography Archives

It’s hard to believe that Jo and Paul’s wonderful wedding at Crockwell Farm in Eydon, Northamptonshire was well over a year ago now.

It was a truly beautiful morning in the Northamptonshire countryside and the early rural mist had given way to a brilliant winter sun that bode so well for the wedding day ahead.

I had been heading out from where the bridal preparations were taking place, in a quaint little cottage on the farm grounds, to go and take some detail shots of where the bride and groom and their guests would be eating later in the day, when luck would have it and the groom arrived with his young son.

As they helped carry some bridal flowers from the car, the low morning sun cast some dramatic shadows of them walking across the parking area to the beautiful wedding venue . Being such a graphic image, it was perfect for black and white, and is a lovely example of the morning preparations before the wedding day itself got started more fully.

It’s these kind of little stories within the bigger story of the wedding day that I am so drawn to as a storytelling wedding photojournalist.

Are you getting married at Crockwell Farm in Eydon, Northamptonshire, 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.

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

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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.

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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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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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Contact Me

Love this image too and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a Holiday Inn wedding in Brighton? 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.

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Technical Details

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Rowton Castle Wedding Photography: An International Love Story

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Maria & Peter’s Amazing Wedding Story at Rowton Castle in Shropshire

As far as love stories go, Maria and Peter’s is pretty much an international love affair which relied upon a good deal of luck and, arguably, twists of fate.  Maria, who is from California in the US, was asked by her company a few year ago if she would travel to Ireland to do some training there.  As chance would have it Peter, who is originally from Hampshire in the UK, was out in Ireland working at the time and, of course, as fate would have it, the pair of them met and eventually fell in love.

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Then 2 years ago the opportunity of working in the US came up and Peter didn’t hesitate at taking the job and joining his beloved Maria out in the States. The international connections don’t end there though, as Maria’s family are of Hispanic origins and Peter’s are of Scottish heritage – so the wedding offered up a real mix of proud and passionate cultures. This meant my storytelling approach to weddings would be perfect for such a unique wedding day.

Having decided on getting married in the UK, the couple sought out a wedding venue that would project the feel and mood of a traditional English wedding. Rowton Castle is among the most romantic and magical castle venues in the UK so was definitely a perfect setting for Maria and Peter’s wonderful wedding story.

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Of course, the next step for Maria and Peter was finding a wedding photographer.  I had previously photographed Kara and Jason’s wedding up at Rowton Castle during the summer of 2012 and Maria came across those photos online and the rest is history – I was booked to document another Rowton Castle wedding.

As you might expect, what with it being February in Shropshire, it poured with rain on the wedding day itself, but that didn’t dampen spirits during Maria’s bridal preparations. With friends and family supporting her and English (with a definite American twang) and Spanish being flung around it definitely had a more exotic feel than normal and I was determined to perfectly capture all the moments that arose.

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Make-up duties were expertly handled by the fun Nat Ravenscroft, whose fab work you can see more of on her website and Facebook Page.  Hair duties were as equally expertly handled by the friendly Emily Jayne Pitt, whose talented hairdressing you can see more of on her Facebook Page.  With so much going on, where you looked, it meant there were loads of great opportunities for me to capture as a documentary wedding photographer.

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The ceremony saw Peter and his side of the family all adorned in traditional kilts, complete with the family’s exclusive tartan , whilst Maria’s bridal party looked stunning in beige dresses – all made even more stunning by the brilliant orange bouquets that complimented the floral theme throughout – created by the wonderfully talented florist Julie Nicholas, whose  amazing floral creations can be further seen on her website.

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With the weather still wet and cold outside, it was a case of shooting the traditional portraits around the staircase inside the castle – but with it being such a beautiful venue, that wasn’t too much of a challenge.  After the amusing and moving speeches and toasts it was onto the traditional cake cutting. Maria and Peter had opted for a beautiful looking and delicious naked wedding cake – which was brilliantly created by the talented Karen Weaver, whose tasty wedding cakes can be viewed on her website.

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Evening entertainment was laid on by the fantastic DJ Will Tudor, a man who will get every wedding dancing and every face smiling.  You can find out more about Will on his website. With so much fun and laughter happening, it meant there was so many smiles and expressions for me to document and ensure the wedding story finished as it started…with much fun!

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I’m sure you will agree, from the small selection of photos below, Maria and Peter had a wonderful wedding at Rowton Castle.

Are you getting married at Rowton Castle or elsewhere and enjoy my relaxed and unobtrusive wedding photojournalism approach then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans.  You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.

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London Street Photography

Blog Article, Non-Wedding, Street Photography

My personal street photography work is very much the creative engine that drives my storytelling approach to wedding photography. It’s out on the street where I am able to hone my skills, get creative and develop my instincts.

Like my wedding photojournalism, it’s all about capturing the perfect moment rather than worrying, too unnecessarily, about technical perfection. I firmly believe that if you can succeed as a street photographer then you have the skills, instincts and experience to succeed in any form of photography – but especially as a wedding photojournalist who relies on fast reactions, seeing moments in a split second and ensuring the integrity of those moments.

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Therefore, you may be interested in viewing more of my personal street photography work at www.londonstreet.photography which contains all my London based street work from the last 10 years or so. Here you will see how I have developed my natural, unobtrusive and storytelling approach which I utilise so effectively when shooting weddings and delivering a real wedding story.

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If you are getting married and enjoyed my street photography work and how it’s underlies my wedding photojournalism approach, then I would love to hear all about your wedding plans. You can send me a message via my contact page and I’ll get right back to you. Or, alternatively, you can give me a call right now on 07920 422144.

I look forwar to hearing from you and discussing your plans and all about my wedding photojournalism.

 

Oxfordshire Wedding Photography – Alex & Peter’s Wedding Story

Wedding Stories

Since I launched this wedding photography website a year of so ago, replacing an older one, I’m still catching up with posting some of my older weddings, so here I am looking back at the summer of 2014.

Irrespective of years there are some weddings that come along in amazing locations with lots of things going on, that it makes your job as a wedding photographer so fun and enjoyable, you start to wonder if it’s really a job at all. Alex and Woody’s (Peter) Oxfordshire wedding was one such wedding.

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Set in the heart of rural Oxfordshire in the historic church of St Laurence in Warborough – a village used as an idylic location in the hugely popular TV series Midsommer Murders (one of the most dangerous and deadly places in the entire world if you believe the TV show! Though I’m happy to report there were no such problems on the wedding day itself!) – it had all the makings of a classic and timeless English rural wedding – but one that came with a few modern and contemporary twists – all very ideal for wedding journalism approach documenting the story of the day!

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For example, it’s not everyday that a bride and groom head from the church to the wedding reception in a helicopter is it?  But after the wedding ceremony that’s exactly what Alex and Woody did – the helicopter taking them from the Warborough cricket pitch the short distance to the nearby Frilford Heath Golf Club, just south of Oxford itself, which was hosting the wedding reception. With guests waving them off, it made for some wonderful moments and emotions for my wedding photojournalism to capture.

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It’s fair to say that being set in 500 acres of glorious and undulating heathland, Frilford Heath is one of the best wedding venues in Oxfordshire.  It’s definitely a stunning backdrop for wedding photography. After the emotional and often tearjerking wedding speeches and toasts, a tethered hot air balloon was laid on for guests to go up and enjoy some sensational views of the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside at dusk. It goes without saying it was another fantastic opportunity, as a wedding photographer, to document some perfect moments and amusing emotions!

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The evening entertainment was as fun as the wedding day itself and again made for some fabulous shots of bride, groom and guests dancing the night away!  I’m sure you’ll agree, from the small selection of wedding photography displayed below, that Alex and Woody had the most amazing wedding day in the heart of beautiful Oxordshire. Please be sure to leave a comment or share across social media if you enjoyed it!

If you’re getting married in Oxfordshire or elsewhere and enjoyed my storytelling approach to wedding photography then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans and explain how my relaxed, candid and unobtrusive approach will deliver a memorable and unique wedding story for you. Please give me a call on +44 (0)7920 422144. Alternatively, you can send me a message here.

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If you liked this small selection of images from Alex and Woody’s Oxfordshire Wedding, then please leave a comment in the box below.

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the Groom and wedding party laughing during the wedding speeches

Back In The Day: The Groom’s Speech

Back in the Day

A random look back through my wedding photography archives

It was a cold and wet October day at the Marriott Meon Valley Hotel, near Southampton, for Sam and Kevin’s small and intimate Hampshire wedding. Yet, despite the damp weather outside, there were laughs a plenty inside, as this image of Kevin delivering his Groom’s speech ably demonstrates.

As a wedding photojournalist I love capturing these kind of real moments and genuine emotions of a wedding story.

Are you getting married at the Meon Valley in Hampshire, 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.

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

The Perfect Photo or the Perfect Moment?

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My wedding photojournalism approach is all about documenting your unique wedding story as it unfolds and happens spontaneously. I want to capture the real moments and genuine emotions of the day – it’s a natural, candid and storytelling approach in which I’m passionate about ensuring the integrity of the moment.

Rowton Castle wedding photography of bride shedding a tear during the speeches .

However, I often get asked how I manage to capture those split second, fleeting little moments whilst ensuring my camera settings are right. After all, cameras are often very technical and complicated tools and in order to get the perfect photo you have to take into account so many factors, such as apertures, shutter speeds, white balance, ISO numbers and the like.

Well, the honest answer is I don’t worry too much about getting the perfect photo.  My focus is on capturing the perfect moment. That’s the holy grail of wedding photojournalism.  Real moments you can’t fake.  Yes, you could try and stage or pose them but they never look real, never appear the same or as natural as a genuine moment occurring.

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So imagine if you were fiddling with your camera settings all the time, trying to get the technically perfect photo…you’d spend so much time looking at the LCD screen of the camera you’d miss all those moments as they happen.  Wedding photojournalism cares more about the moment than technical settings. It’s all about the art of wedding storytelling.

That’s not to say I don’t care about the technical side at all. Experience allows me to ensure I’m in the rough ball park area of technical camera settings but I’m not going to fret about the shot being pin sharp, in focus from front to back, devoid of noise/grain, etc. In fact, I don’t personally like perfect looking photos – they often look too sterile, too clean, too bland to me. I want to capture the emotions, the mood, the atmosphere and everything else that goes into making a perfect moment. It’s like the difference between a pitch perfect modern pop star produced to the highest standards and a crackly old record of a soul singer with a distinct but technically imperfect voice.  Jackie Wilson or Jackie X Factor?

Brighton Old Ship Inn wedding photography of guest playing with the flower girk

Ultimately, how many times have you looked at a wedding photo and said you love it because it’s technically perfect.  Or do you get moved by the moments, the emotions and the expressions of a photo?  I’m guessing it’s the latter and that’s why a wedding photojournalism approach is the perfect way to document the story of your wedding day.

So I’d love to talk with you about your wedding plans and explain how my wedding photojournalism approach will capture and document the perfect moments of your wedding story. Give me a call on +44 (0)7920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.

Details of my wedding photography services and fees can be found here.

Let’s create a memorable story together.

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.

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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.

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

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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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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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Love this image too and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a Grendon Lakes wedding 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.

 

One of the best Northamptonshire documentary wedding photographers captures a young boy playing with a large during the wedding coctail hour at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

My 2015 Wedding Photofilm

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I’m delighted to say that my showreel review of 2015 is now up to be viewed and enjoyed.  The past year, as a wedding photojournalist, was a wonderful year for weddings and the following photofilm shows just a few of the real moments, genuine emotions and true stories that made the year so memorable.

If you have enjoyed my natural, candid and unobtrusive wedding photojournalism approach to narrating real and unique wedding stories and are getting married, then I’d love to hear about your wedding plans and discuss how I can deliver unique and beautiful documentary images of your special day.  I still have a few limited dates available in 2016 and am taking bookings for 2017/18.  I am a London wedding photographer but cover the whole of the UK and destination weddings abroad.

So why not give me a call on +44 (0)7920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.  I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Ashridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid crying as she sees the bride in her wedding dress for the first time.

The Art of Wedding Storytelling

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I’m not just a wedding photographer – I’m a wedding storyteller

As a wedding photojournalist I speak a lot about capturing your wedding story.  For me it’s the very heart of wedding photojournalism. I’m there to document and re-tell the narrative of your wedding day as it really happened.  That’s the key difference between a wedding photojournalist, such as myself, and a more traditional wedding photographer who prefers to set up, pose and stage your wedding photography.

Instead, as a wedding storyteller, I’m looking to capture and document the genuine moments and real emotions of your wedding day without dictating them.  I want you to look back, whether its in a few months, a few years or even decades away from now and remember the real story of your real wedding as it really happened – rather than remember the wedding photographer who made you and your guests do this and that to a tick list he or she uses at every wedding.

Here are 3 reasons why I think a wedding storytelling approach is the most natural for wedding photography.

#1 It’s all about the moment

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A wedding photojournalism approach is all about capturing the perfect moment, rather than the perfect picture.  It’s not about making you stand there like this, whilst I fiddle with camera settings as you or your guests get bored and irritated. It’s not about being technically perfect, instead it’s all about the emotional content – capturing the fleeting moments in-between the moments that are often the very heart of your wedding.  You can’t stage or fake genuine emotional moments, they just happen – often without warning- and you either get them or you don’t.  Because I’m not worrying about everything looking perfect or checking and rechecking my camera settings to ensure everything is technically spot on, I’m more attuned to capturing the moment – the smiles, the kisses, the tears, the expressions, the hugs, the tension.  As a wedding photojournalist – particularly one with a reportage and street photography background – I’m fine tuned to anticipating when a moment is about to happen.  Which leads me nicely into…

#2 It’s about feeling not seeing

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I often say that if, as a wedding photographer, your are seeing the moment or the photo opportunity then you’re actually too late and have missed the core of the moment altogether.  You have to feel the moment; feel the story as it evolves around you. You often have to shoot on raw gut instinct and because a more traditional wedding photographer prefers to set things up they are nowhere near as adept as a wedding photojournalist.  But it goes beyond this.  As a photographer you have to genuinely feel the moment in your heart and soul – you’ve got to genuinely love the kind of moments that do happen on a wedding day and are totally committed to capturing them.  Without this kind of inner desire to feel pictures, rather than just seeing them, you might end up with a story, but it’s going to feel more hollow than a real heartfelt wedding story.  Which brings me onto…

#3 It’s real and it’s honest

One of the best Northamptonshire documentary wedding photographer captures wedding guests at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

I’ve talked elsewhere in detail about ensuring the integrity of the moment – which is the cornerstone to wedding photojournalism.  But, in a nutshell, a wedding storyteller will give you GENUINE moments and emotions wrapped up in a series of images that are real and honest. When such moments are staged or faked, the emotional core is lost.  Ask someone to laugh for you and it both looks and sounds fakes.  Observe them really laughing at something, unaware you are looking on, and you’ll see not just warm and genuine emotion – but you’ll actually see their soul.  And that’s the difference between a traditional wedding photographer and a storytelling wedding photojournalist.  We may both produce stories, of a kind, but I’m willing to bet that the wedding story I provide resonates with heart, emotion and soul.

As a wedding photojournalist I’m passionate about not just my storytelling approach but also the getting to the heart of, and emotionally feeling the very soul of you wedding story.  This I believe, is what sets me aside and is why you choose to book me as a PERSON rather than book a wedding photographer.

Book Me

Best Northamptonshire documentary wedding photographer captures himself on a wedding guests smart phone camera at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

Are you getting married and think my passion for a genuine storytelling approach to wedding photography is exactly what you are seeking?  Then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  You can either call me now on +44 (0)7920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Capturing The Soul: The beauty of b&w

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The passion and emotion of b&w wedding photojournalism

There’s a fantastic quote by photographer Ted Grant which goes:

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”

That is one of the very reasons I have a passion for black and white photography – especially with my wedding reportage approach.  Now don’t get me wrong, I also enjoy and appreciate colour photography but it’s black and white photography that really excites and moves me; it resonates with me personally in a way colour photography can’t quite – and believe me I have tried.

Ashridge House wedding photography of guests looking on at the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony

Ashridge House Wedding Photography in Hertfordshire – Carly & Sonny

Wedding Stories

Carly & Sonny’s Stunning Wedding Story

When I met Carly and Sonny for the first time, one grey and wet afternoon in Welling, Kent, the thing I most loved was the fact they both got the whole idea of a documentary wedding photography approach. In fact, they had been looking for the right wedding photojournalist for a little while when they happened across one of my Facebook advertisements.  So I knew straight away that I wanted to take my own unique wedding reportage approach and photograph their special wedding story.

Then they told me that would be having their wedding up at the stunningly beautiful Ashridge House near Berkhamsted.  Carly had seen the venue in a magazine a year and a half before and had fallen instantly in love with the beautiful Hertfordshire wedding venue – so booked it straight away…without Sonny even knowing about it!

So I just knew it was going to be a fabulous wedding and was delighted when they asked me to be their wedding photographer.

Beautiful Hertfordshire Wedding Venue

Ashridge House wedding photography of one of the best Hertfordshire wedding venues

Despite the wet, windy and, yes, even a light smattering of snow on the journey up, myself and my 2nd wedding photographer (available as an optional add on to any of my wedding photography packages) arrived at Ashridge House in good time for both of the wedding couple’s morning preparations.  We were both instantly taken about by how beautiful the venue and it’s grounds were – it was easy to see why it is considered one of the best Hertfordshire wedding venues.

With a huge hall and stairways coming down either side from the upper levels it reminded me of the wizard’s school Hogwarts from the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling – and there was definitely magic in the air – of the wedding kind!

So I left my second photographer shooting the venue whilst I went off to document the bridal preparations that were already underway in a large ground floor suite called the Compton Room.

Hair, Make-Up & Tears

Ashridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaids tying their dresses during the bridal preparations.

I make no secret of the fact that I love the bridal preparations on the morning of the wedding. As a wedding photojournalist I love capturing all those genuine moments and true emotions that happen as hair is put up and make-up is applied – and Carly’s was no exception with so much going on in the large and spacious Compton Room of Ashridge House.

With 4 bridesmaids, 2 hairdressers, a make-up artist, the mother-of-the-bride, a godparent and, of course, the bride herself there was never a dull moment and when the time came for Carly to step into her beautiful wedding dress, there was hardly a dry eye in the room.

Up on the Stairs for Love

Ashridge House wedding photography of the father of the bride escorting the bride down stairs to the wedding ceremony.

With such a fantastic central hall it makes perfect sense for the wedding ceremony to be conducted up on a raised part of the old staircase – complete with old painted portraits and sculptured statues looking on as Carly and Sonny made their wedding vows to one another.

The ceremony was a short but sweet affair and it was then onto a book lined room for a drinks reception complete with music and some dancing – which gave me a lot of subject matter as a documentary wedding photography.

Speeches, Emotions and Partying

Ashridge House wedding photography of the bride and the father of the bride overcome with emotion during the wedding speeches

As you’d expect, the speeches and toasts raised a lot of laughter, a few tears and even the odd cringe – as we heard about the bride’s Gothic phase amongst other things.  The father-of-the-bride delivered a moving and emotive speech that drew a few tears.  But there was a lot of laughter as we took in funny stories and saw amusing photos. Then the groom and the best men delivered amusing speeches…it really was a wedding of laughter and joy.

The evening entertainment progressed with the excellent singers and a video booth – provided by the videographers – which was based on the TV program Big Brother’s diary room, which invited guests to record videos for the bride and groom, a great idea for any wedding.  As always I was on hand to unobtrusively capture the moments, emotions and little details that go into make up an authentic and individual wedding story – after all, it’s this very wedding photojournalism approach that Carly and Sonny had wanted from the very start.

As I’m sure you’ll agree, the small selection of wedding photos (from the 1000+ images provided) show what a fantastic wedding day it was.  It really was a huge honour for me to capture this wonderful young couple’s unique wedding story.

Are You Getting Married?

Are you getting married at Ashridge House in Hertfordshire, or elsewhere, and have enjoyed my natural, candid and unobtrusive approach to documenting the emotions and moments of Carly and Sonny’s authentic wedding story?  Then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans and discuss how my wedding photojournalism approach will deliver your own unique wedding story.

Please give me a call on +44 (0)7920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page here

A Small Selection of Wedding Photos from Carly & Sonny’s Wedding Story:

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photography of the bridal flowers and flower print pyjamasAshridge House wedding photography of make up artists during the bridal preparationsAshridge House wedding photography of the make up artist applying make up during the bridal preparationsAshridge House wedding photography of the bride caught in thought during the bridal preparationsAshridge House wedding photography of the groom during his morning preparationsAshridge House wedding photography of a groomsman getting dressedAshridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid taking a photo of the bridal party's wedding slippers on her smartphoneAshridge House wedding photography of the bride giving a thumbs-up during the bridal preparations.Ashridge House wedding photography of the groom laughing as the groomsman gather behind him.Ashridge House wedding photography of the bride laughing as the hairdresser plays around.Ashridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid checking herself in a mirror during the bridal preparations.Ashridge House wedding photography of the bride getting into her wedding dressAshridge House wedding photography of the bride getting a wedding shoe onAshridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaids watching as the bride gets into her dressAshridge House wedding photography of the bride's wedding dress being buttoned up.Ashridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid adjusting the bride's veil as she gets dressedAshridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaids assisting the bride as she gets into her wedding dressAshridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid crying as she sees the bride in her wedding dress for the first time.Ashridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaid seeing herself in her wedding dress in the reflection of a mirrorAshridge House wedding photography of the bride in her wedding dress, as a bridesmaid has her make-up touched up in the backgroundAshridge House wedding photography of the bride overcome with emotion as her father sees her the first time in her wedding dress.Ashridge House wedding photography of the groom awaiting the arrival of the bride, as the bridesmaids enter the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of the father of bride guiding the bride to the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of the groom wiping away a small tear as he sees his bride for the first time.Ashridge House wedding photography of the groom and best man watching as the bride enters the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of the bride taking in the groom for the first time before the wedding ceremony.Ashridge House wedding photography of the bride fighting back tears as she sees the groom for the first timeAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom during the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of a wedding guest taking a photo on her smartphone, during the wedding ceremony.Ashridge House wedding photography of the groom placing the wedding ring on the bride's fingerAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom sharing a first kiss during the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom hugging tenderly at the end of the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid talking with the best man during the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom kissing during the signing of the wedding registerAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom looking on at their guests, during the signing of the wedding registerAshridge House wedding photography of wedding guests taking a photo as the bride and groom prepare to leave the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of wedding guests throwing confetti over the bride and groom.Ashridge House wedding photography of the groom's father enjoying a lighthearted momentAshridge House wedding photography of the bride hugging a guest during the drinks receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the bride enjoying a moment during the drinks receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the groom hugging a guest beyond a couple of groomsmenAshridge House wedding photography of the bride having a conversation with an elderly relativeAshridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid adjusting the bride's dress, as viewed from aboveAshridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaids admiring the high decorative ceilings as they await the formal portraitsAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying a kiss high up in the buildingAshridge House wedding photography of the bride enjoying a dance with a guest during the drinks receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and wedding guests enjoying themselves during the drinks receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and bridesmaid enjoying a kiss against the backdrop of the beautiful gardensAshridge House wedding photography of the father of brides speechAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying the father of the bride's speechAshridge House wedding photography of the bride embarrassed by an old photo of her during the wedding speeches and toastsAshridge House wedding photography of the groom giving the thumbs up to an amusing photo of him during the wedding speeches and toastsAshridge House wedding photography of the groom pointing out a guest during the wedding speeches and toastsAshridge House wedding photography of the bride tenderly kissing her father following his speechAshridge House wedding photography of he wedding party raising their glasses in toast to the beautiful brideAshridge House wedding photography of the wedding party amused during the grooms wedding speechAshridge House wedding photography of the wedding party listening on as the groom delivers his wedding speechAshridge House wedding photography of the wedding party toasting the Best Man's speechAshridge House wedding photography of a wedding guest congratulating the groom during the receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the wedding videographer adjusting settings of the video boothAshridge House wedding photography of guests enjoying the evening video boothAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom cutting the wedding cakeAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying their first danceAshridge House wedding photography of a personal moment during the bride and grooms first danceAshridge House wedding photography of the groom pulling a funny face during the first danceAshridge House wedding photography of the father of the bride enjoying his last dance with his daughterAshridge House wedding photography of an emotional moment as the bride hugs her father during their last danceAshridge House wedding photography of a wedding guest enjoying a dance during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of wedding guests dancing during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the bride enjoying a photograph with a young guest, whilst bridesmaids adjust her wedding dressAshridge House wedding photography of bridesmaids adjust the bride's wedding dress during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of a guest pointing with amusement during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the bride enjoying a photograph with a wedding guestAshridge House wedding photography of wedding guests having fun dancing during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of a young wedding guest enjoying the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of two wedding guests having fun during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the mother of the bride having a fun conversation with a wedding guestAshridge House wedding photography of a wedding guest enjoying a boogieAshridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid enjoying a conversation during the evening reception

 

Wedding Photojournalist Association

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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?

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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:

  1. An authentic and genuine wedding photojournalist;
  2. My work has been deemed of a quality good enough to represent a professional and international wedding association;
  3. I will work to the highest professional standards;
  4. I am looking to always provide the highest quality work and creativity;
  5. 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.

 

Bromley Court Hotel Wedding Photography in Kent – Steph & Paul’s Fun Wedding Story

Wedding Stories

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It would be fair to say that from the moment I first met Steph and Paul I knew they were a really fun couple who saw their wedding day as an opportunity to have fun, laughs and really enjoy.  This was reinforced on their pre-wedding portrait shoot in Greenwich Park a month or so before their wedding day.

So I knew coming into their wedding that my reportage style wedding photography approach was going to be a perfect fit for catching all those fun moments.

And I definitely wasn’t disappointed!

Bridal Preparations in Welling, Kent

My first call on the wedding morning was to Steph’s Dad’s house in Welling, Kent where the stunning bride and her beautiful bridesmaids were getting ready for the day.  In the run up to the wedding the weather had been pretty wet and miserable but on my way to Welling the sun was shining brightly and it was promising to be a beautiful day.

The bride and bridesmaids were already having their hair and make-up beautifully done when I arrived – all in their delightful wedding gowns. As I expected there was already lots of fun and laughter as the bubbly started to flow.  Steph was definitely a cool and calm bride ahead of her big day.

Mario, the father of the bride, was on hand to provide reassurance and ensure the wedding car had the ribbons and bow properly attached.

Steph looking stunning as she stepped into her wedding dress – a moment when the wedding starts to feel real.  As a wedding photojournalist I love capturing all the moments and emotions of the wedding preparations – they can be some of the most fun and natural elements of the wedding story.

Fun Wedding Ceremony at the Bromley Court Hotel in Kent

The Bromley Court Hotel is set in 2 acres of landscaped gardens, just 10 miles south east of central London – so is a perfect setting for a wedding, especially with the sun shining as it was for Steph and Paul.

As you’d expect of a fun couple, all the wedding guests were full of smiles and excited for the happy couple.  The entire wedding ceremony was full of laughter and a light hearted approach – in keeping with the overall mood. This was just perfect for my documentary wedding photography approach – there were so many fun, interesting and truly emotional moments to capture.

Standing Applause for the Speeches

The good fun and humour carried on into the speeches. Paul, as groom, was determined not to be upstaged by his best men and got a lot of good natured digs in, before the best men could do their worse.

As is usual with the speeches there was laughter as well as tears and its this variance in emotions that gives me, as a wedding photojournalist, so many moments to capture and document.

Disco Fun Into The Night

The evening reception saw the excitement carry through to the dancefloor.  There was the cutting of the cake, Paul and Steph’s first dance and a touching dance between Steph and her Dad, Mario.  Being a wedding photojournalist it was all about capturing the decisive moments of the evening and truly reflecting the authentic mood and emotion of Steph and Pauls real wedding story.

With their wedding guests in high spirits that was a lot fun on the dancefloor – again giving me ample opportunities to document all those real, natural and candid moments I specialise in as a wedding photographer.

I can safely say, Steph and Paul’s wedding at the Bromley Court Hotel in Kent was a fun and great wedding to photograph.  I’m sure you’ll agree my wedding photography really shows what a wonderful wedding day it was in the wedding photography that follows.

Affordable Wedding Photography Kent

Are you getting married at the Bromley Court Hotel in Kent and are looking for an affordable wedding photographer who will document your wedding in a natural, candid and unobtrusive manner?  Or perhaps you are getting married elsewhere and are looking for a documentary wedding photography who provides a unique reportage approach to documenting your real story?  If so, I’d love to hear from you and to discuss your wedding plans in more detail.  You can give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me an email via the contact page. I look forward to hearing from you.

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