Northamptonshire 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

Taking on the World’s Best Wedding Photojournalists

Blog Article, Competitions

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

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“Bride Getting Ready” entries spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony.

Groom Getting Ready

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“Groom Getting Ready” entries spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony.

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.

Reception

Ashridge House wedding photography of an emotional moment as the bride hugs her father during their last dance

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.

Ring Details

Entries that depict shots of the rings, either set-up and controlled by the photographer or as they were found.

Symmetry

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

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.

Fluid

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’.

Toasting/Speeches

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The “Toasting/Speeches” category incorporates images of individuals or groups toasting, as well as those giving toast-related speeches throughout the day.

Cake Cutting

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These images should demonstrate the photographer’s ability to anticipate a moment and/or look beyond the ordinary ‘Cake Cutting’ images that many would come to expect from a wedding.

Transportation

One of the best Northamptonshire wedding photographers captures a candid shot of a flower girl, and daughter of the groom, practicing her wedding speech in the back of a car, en route to the wedding at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire.

“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

Ashridge House wedding photography of the wedding videographer adjusting settings of the video booth

“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.

Mobile Devices

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This category is for images where the key element is a mobile device, such as mobile devices, mp3 players, portable gaming devices, etc.

Wildcard Portrait

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

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!

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.

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.

Wedding Photojournalist Association

About Wedding Photojournalism, Blog Article

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

Rowton Castle Wedding preparations

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.

 

Sedgebrook Hall wedding photography

Wedding Photojournalist Association Contest

Blog Article, Competitions

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.

Getting Ready

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.

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Ceremony

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:

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 Reception

“Reception” photographs document the festivities from the cocktail hour through the last dance and departure.  Here’s what I entered for this category:

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Details (Found)

“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:

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Emotion

“Emotion” entries unobtrusively freeze intriguing expressions ranging from joy to tears, so here’s what I entered:

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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:

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Creative Portrait

“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:

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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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Candid street photography of a wedding party, posing for their traditional wedding portraits, in Central Park, New York City.

Candid Street Wedding Photography

My Style, Non-Wedding, Street Photography

Weddings Captured by a Street Photographer

Street photography is very much my personal passion – it’s what I shoot in my spare time. In many ways it is what drives my approach to wedding photography.  There are a lot of similarities between street photography and wedding photojournalism. Both employ a candid and unobtrusive approach that attempts to capture the integrity of a moment and produce a storytelling narrative within the frame.  So it’s not surprising that I often think of myself as a street photographer who just happens to be shooting a wedding.

There has been a small number of occasions whilst I’ve been out and about shooting street photography where I’ve stumbled across a wedding.  Of course, as a wedding photographer, I can’t resist capturing what’s unfolding before me – in a candid and discrete way- but without the expectation of being the official wedding photographer. So here are three examples of weddings I’ve captured in such circumstances.

Central Park, New York City Wedding Photography

Candid street photography of a wedding party, posing for their traditional wedding portraits, in Central Park, New York City.

Back in the spring of 2010 I was on a short trip, my first ever, to the US, which took in both New York City and then Los Angeles. Whilst wandering through Central Park, on the first day of my trip, I happened across this wedding party posing for their official wedding portraits.  I just loved that lime green wedding dress of the bride, and the white suit of the groom. And that hands in pocket too-cool-for-school attitude of the young boy was just fantastic. It was too good an opportunity for me to miss.

By intentionally standing behind a couple of family members looking on, I really wanted to give the impression of someone on the outside looking in.  It was very much how I felt at the time – an “outsider” in a foreign country I was visiting for the time, so it really reflects my feelings as much as capturing a wedding itself.

Labin, Croatia Wedding Photography

Street photography of a wedding photographer capturing the bridal party arriving for a wedding in the town of Labin in Croatia

Once again, I was away on a trip to the delightful Istria region of Croatia although, unlike the New York trip (above), it wasn’t my first time here having visited the same area when I was just a kid back in the late 1970s (although it was part of Yugoslavia back then.)  On this occasion we had taken a day trip up to the small historic town of Labin, which overlooks the coastal resort of Rabac, and whilst there happened upon this scene as a fellow wedding photographer captured the moment the bride and bridal party arrived for a wedding in the small church.

I had only taken a small compact camera away with me on this trip (a Ricoh GRD IV for the camera geeks amongst you!) so was able to snap this moment pretty discretely and silently – without drawing attention to myself.  It did actually feel a little odd being a wedding photographer looking in on another wedding photographer as he worked – almost quite voyeuristic in a way, but you could say it was a busman’s holiday in effect!

South Bank, London Wedding Photography

A Chinese wedding is captured, in a street photography style, on the South Bank in London

This was a fairly recent wedding that I stumbled across on the South Bank in London.  I was out on a rare opportunity to spend the day shooting street photography when I spotted this wedding group having their official wedding portraits taken.  Alternatively, it may have actually been a Chinese pre-wedding shoot – as I know some, more affluent Chinese wedding couples will travel to different iconic travel destinations around the world to have pre-wedding portraits shot, in their formal wedding attire, in the year running up to their actual wedding day.

What really caught my eye with this scene, was the way the wedding party contrasted with the families having picnics in the Jubilee Gardens as well as the 3 girls, in odd masks, dancing in the background.  I really love capturing these odd and surreal juxtapositions in my street photography…amusing photos but also ones that raise a few questions too.

Candid Wedding Photography for Your Wedding

Hopefully this small selection of candid photos demonstrates how my personal passion for street photography not only fuels my candid wedding photojournalism approach but they can also sometimes cross over too!

So if you are getting married and looking for a more candid and natural approach to your wedding photography then I’d really love to hear from you.  You can either call me right now on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page here. We can then talk about your wedding plans and I can explain my wedding photojournalism approach in more detail. You can see my current wedding photography packages and prices by clicking here.

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Send Me A Private Message

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

Why I Love This Image: The Swingers

Why I Love This Image

Unobtrusive Wedding Photojournalism

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

A Beautiful English Wedding Setting

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

The Perfect Romantic Moment

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

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

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

Slaley Hall Northumberland Wedding Photography – Lisa & Steve.

Wedding Stories

A Real Story of a Real Wedding: Lisa and Steve at Slaley Hall Spa Hotel, Near Hexham in Northumberland –  a documentary wedding photography approach.

Slaley Hall near Hexham in Northumberland is, to date, the further distance I’ve travelled to shoot wedding photography – easily beating the distance I travelled to shoot Kara and Jason’s wedding at Rowton Castle in Shropshire, back in 2012.

So loving travel, nearly as much as I love photographing weddings, how could I resist the opportunity when Lisa and Steve asked me to be their official wedding photographer? Although they both now live in Berkshire, Lisa is originally from the North East whilst Steve was born in Scotland. So it was only naturally they chose to tie the knot at a small, intimate wedding in the North East.

So after a short flight up to Newcastle and a 40 minute taxi ride from Newcastle International Airport I arrived at the impressive and beautiful Slaley Hall Spa Hotel, deep in the wild but stunning Northumbria countryside.

On arrival the sun was shining and I met up with groom-to-be Steve to have a look around the hotel and grounds it is set within, including an impressive golf course, so as to be ready for the nuptials that were to come the following day.

Waking up the following morning it was disappointing to find the sunshine of the previous day had disappeared, instead to be replaced by a persistent drizzle and misty, dank conditions. Still, as a wedding photojournalist, I’m prepared for any circumstances and I firmly believe in making a feature of the weather, whatever it is. After all, you can’t do anything about it and my job in providing wedding reportage photography is to document the day as it actually is. Besides, I’m sure when most of you think of the wild countryside of the North East you think of dank, misty but atmospheric weather more often than glorious, warm sunshine.

After a hearty breakfast, I headed out into the drizzle just to get some location shots of the Slaley Hall. Even in the wet conditions there was no denying this was a stunning Northumberland wedding venue.

Once those shots were completed it was down to the hotel’s spa where Lisa and her 3 close friends Gillian, Janki and Michelle were having their nails done ahead of the big day. Now, as a guy who rarely gets to see the inner sanctum of a manicure, it was a real eye opener!

Once nails were done, gelled and set it was up to the bride’s room where her hair and make-up was to be done by the bubbly and highly fun Michele Bailey. If it’s laughs, singing and dancing you want as you’re made to look beautiful for your wedding day, then Michele is definitely the girl for you.

As always, during the bridal preparations, there were lots of laughs, smiles and tears – especially when the mother-of-the-bride and father-of-the-bride dropped in. It was clear that there was a very special and loving bond between the bride and her parents.

Steve also didn’t miss out on the make-up fun – as Michele paid him a visit for some complexion touching up. She was a bit a concerned about me documenting Steve’s make-up session – but Steve seemed fine with it and as a wedding photojournalist there was no way I was going to miss out documenting this for their wedding story!

Both bride and groom looked stunning during the intimate wedding service – as did the small number of friends and relatives. At this point I do have to mention the special guest of honour, Lisa and Steve’s highland terrier, Hamish. And, of course, Hamish stole the show as during the part of the wedding ceremony where everyone was asked if they knew of any lawful impediment as to why the bride and groom couldn’t marry Hamish gave a bark! You really couldn’t make it up. It was pure comedy gold!

Following the ceremony, drinks and canapé’s were served in the Hotel bar and the more formal portraits were undertaken. Thankfully the rain had stopped, but the grounds were far too saturated for us to venture down to some of the areas I had hoped to do portrait shots in. Never mind though – we still got some lovely portraits in the bag.

Speeches and toasts were given ahead of the wedding breakfast – and, of course, there were plenty of tears, laughs and tissues on show – especially when those not present were remembered. After the wedding breakfast and cutting of the cake it was into the hotel’s whiskey snug for the rest of the evening for pleasant conversation and background music (each guest having pre-selected 3 songs to be included.)

As a wedding photojournalist, documenting the real wedding story, I couldn’t have asked for any more. There were plenty of genuine and decisive moments, lots of real emotions, a beautiful bride, a handsome groom and a stunning location in Slaley Hall. Such combinations really does make my job providing wedding reportage photography a completely enjoyable task.

And I’m sure you’ll agree, from the small selection of photos that follow, this Slaley Hall wedding was a very special and memorable one…for everyone concerned!

Part of my real Wedding Stories series.

Getting married at Slaley Hall near Hexham in Northumberland or elsewhere and are interested in my candid, natural and wedding photojournalism approach to your wedding day? Then lets have an informal chat about your plans. Call me on 07920 422144 or leave me a message here.

Here is a very small selection of photos from Lisa & Steve’s real wedding story at the Slaley Hall Spa Hotel near Hexham in Northumberland. I hope you enjoy them as much I did shooting them! Click on an image to view larger version.

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Documenting The Real Story Of Your Wedding. Never Dictating it.

My Wedding Stories show you a chronological selection of photos from throughout a REAL wedding day, rather than just images specially selected for a portfolio (us photographers love to do that.)  After all, your wedding photography should be about your entire day rather than the very best images from the day.  I hope this not only gives you a feel of a whole wedding day but also demonstrates how my wedding photojournalism captures the natural moments, candid emotions and real events of the day – without the need to set up or stage fake moments. If you are getting married and enjoy my documentary wedding photography approach, then I’d really love to chat to you about your plansDrop me a line here.

Or call me on 07920 422144.

If you enjoyed this post, below are some other posts you may also enjoy:

 

Wedding reportage photography at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

South Lodge Sussex Wedding Photography – Kelly & Ryan

Wedding Stories

A Real Story of a Real Wedding: Kelly & Ryan at South Lodge Country House Hotel, Near Horsham in West Sussex –  a documentary wedding photography approach

Being a wedding photographer the three things you always hope for are a fantastic couple, a picturesque wedding venue and perfect sunny weather. Kelly and Ryan’s Sussex wedding provided all three and ensure I was able to get beautiful wedding photography for them.

As you’d expect of a country house style hotel, set on the edge of the beautiful South Downs in West Sussex, the South Lodge hotel is a gorgeous wedding venue, near Horsham. With glorious sunshine bathing the 93 acres of grounds and woodland that surround the hotel, I knew the wedding day was going to be a very special one indeed. In fact, it’s days like this that makes being a Sussex wedding photographer so enjoyable.

I’d met Kelly when she was a bridesmaid at the Sussex wedding of Nicole and Eugene that I had photographed the year before. There’s no bigger compliment, as a wedding photographer, than to be asked to photograph someone’s special day after they have seen you in action at a wedding. It was the wedding photojournalism approach I undertake that had impressed them, as Kelly said, they weren’t a posy kind of couple and preferred their wedding photography to be natural and candid, documenting the real emotions and genuine moments of the day. Perfect for a documentary wedding photographer, like me, who visually narrates the wedding story in an unobtrusive and candid manner.

Arriving early at the hotel, with my trusted second shooter with me, we set about shooting the beautiful hotel grounds of the South Lodge, complete with an impressive wrought iron tree swing – camera candy for any kind of photographer, let alone a wedding photographer! As is normal when I am booked with a second shooter, I cover the bridal preparations on the wedding morning, whilst my second shooter has the privilege of covering the Groom’s preparations.

The bridal suite at the South Lodge is stunning – a large airy room that’s filled with lots of light and impressive views across the hotel’s grounds. Wedding photography in such a venue is a joy to undertake. The bride and her three bridesmaids were remarkably calm and relaxed, ahead of the wedding day to come. The room was full of laughs and excitement as the hairdresser and beauticians went about their easy job of the making the bridal party beautiful – providing lots of candid moments for a wedding photojournalist like me to document. Kelly looked absolutely gorgeous in her wedding dress – which took a lot of well-planned help to get in.

The civil ceremony at the South Lodge takes place in the Wordsworth Room on the “Poets floor” and takes quite a few twists and turns through the hotel from the bridal suite. Fortunately an official toastmaster – complete in his dashing red jacket and formal wear – was on hand to guide the bridal party down – again giving me plenty of wedding reportage moments to capture.

The Wordsworth room was full of beaming guests for the ceremony and triple aspect windows and patio doors, with a sun-drenched terrace beyond, allowed glorious sunlight to fill the room and lighten the smiles and tears I was able to photography. Once the wedding rings were exchanged, the first kiss enjoyed and the happy couple declared husband and wife the room erupted with cheers and applause – perfect fodder for wedding photojournalism!

The formal wedding portraits of the bride and groom took place in what is known as the South Lodge’s Secret Garden – a beautiful natural garden, rockeries and water features set within the Sussex countryside. This allowed for some beautiful wedding portraits of the happy couple. The formal speeches and toasts followed the wedding breakfast. After a moving speech by the father-of-the-bride we moved on to an emotional Groom’s speech by Ryan and, it would be fair to say, a few tears with it. Then it was laughs for the Best Man’s speech, all of which provided lots of natural moments and emotions for me to capture, as a wedding photojournalist.

After the cutting of the cake and the first dance, it was time for the guests to let their hair down and celebrate the marriage of Kelly and Ryan – a very special day for all concerned. Not least me as their wedding photographer. I’m sure you’ll agree it was a fun and beautiful day all round.

Part of my Wedding Stories series.

Getting married at the South Lodge Hotel near Horsham in West Sussex or elsewhere and are interested in my candid, natural and wedding photojournalism approach to your wedding day? Then lets have an informal chat about your plans. Call me on 07920 422144 or leave me a message here.

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Documenting The Real Story Of Your Wedding. Never Dictating it.

My Wedding Stories show you a chronological selection of photos from throughout a REAL wedding day, rather than just images specially selected for a portfolio (us photographers love to do that.)  After all, your wedding photography should be about your entire day rather than the very best images from the day.  I hope this not only gives you a feel of a whole wedding day but also demonstrates how my wedding photojournalism captures the natural moments, candid emotions and real events of the day – without the need to set up or stage fake moments. If you are getting married and enjoy my documentary wedding photography approach, then I’d really love to chat to you about your plansDrop me a line here.

Or call me on 07920 422144.

If you enjoyed this post, below are some other posts you may also enjoy: