There are many styles of wedding photography, and you may read of photographers describing themselves as shooting in a reportage, photojournalism, documentary, or traditional style. If you choose me to photograph your wedding I will shoot in all of these styles because this will give you the best photographic record of your day, from the little details, the emotional moments, Dad shedding a tear, and some beautiful portraits of you, your family and friends.
My aim is to provide you with a beautiful visual story, and by constantly moving around looking for the love, fun, beauty and emotion of your day you will get a set of images that captures all these elements. Understandably you may want some formal group shots, and of course I do these if required, though I suggest these are kept to a just a few so your guests can continue to soak up the atmosphere. Of course, I love to take portraits too, and encourage you to take some time out for a portrait session later in the day.
Every photo goes through a precise and careful selection and retouching process. I personally edit every one of the selected images so that you are presented with only the best shots from the day.
The images below give a hint of the diversity of my photography.
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The first an informal group of friends with bride and groom Yemin and Steve, enjoying a glass of bubbly on the lawn after their wedding at Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire.
You have to be quick to photograph the exact moment the groom realises that his bride has begun her walk to the altar, a deep breath and a check of the emotions for David, as Emily walks with her father up the aisle at Notley Abbey, nr Thame, Buckinghamshire.
A beautifully dressed flower girl enjoying the freedom of the gardens at Horwood House. I love to capture the innocence and uninhibited character of children at weddings, the moment was there, unrepeatable, priceless.
The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey always places the cake in front of this sculpture which makes for a fun photograph, providing the photographer with the dilemma of whether to take a conservative composition thereby avoiding any embarrasement, but here the reaction of the bride and groom, Samantha and Richard to the comments of their guests as they wielded the knife, left no doubt in my mind that the statue had to be included.
I consider it a great privelage to photograph the bridal party preparation, being a very emotional but busy time before the ceremony. With care and sensivity I have been able to capture some very special moments. Emily pictured above just before her Dad escorted her from this beautiful bridal suite, downstairs to the Chapel at Notley Abbey, one of the beautiful Bijou Weddings locations, and the former home of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier
Liz arriving with her father at St Andrews Church, Gt. Linford, Milton Keynes, showing that stormy weather can sometimes add some fun to the day.
This one from Lisa and Richards winter wedding held at Flitwick Manor, Bedfordshire, a lovely small family wedding with a relaxed and intimate atmosphere, I just love Richards smile as he stumbles over his vows.
Throwing the bouquet is a fun time for the ladies, and here some careful aiming by Emily at her Notley Abbey wedding ensures that one of the youngest guests is in the right place to catch it, much to the joy of all the guests surrounding her.
From Samantha and Richards evening reception at the Sculpture Gallery Woburn Abbey. Woburn convert the Sculpture Gallery in the evening really well, I love the atmoshere here, and to retain that atmospere in photographs is often difficult for a photographer, but hopefully this shot enables you to feel the drama created by the disco and beautiful house lights.
Sometimes I set up a photo, but then let the couple create the magic. Catriona and Matt at their reception at The Falcon, Castle Ashby, showing great enthusiasm for a bit of Latin dancing.
St Andrews Church Gt Linford Village is really close to the Nags Head Pub, which is the route to the church for pedestrians via the park in front of Linford Manor, the home of MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman. As the groomsmen made their way in the rain from the pub pre drink to the church they were up for a bit of fun, I think they were re-enacting a song from a Morecambe and Wise show, Give me Sunshine.
Joining the bridal party of Kate and Mike's wedding in Tyringham before they left for the ceremony, this is an essential part of every wedding day story, and why I include it by default in all my wedding packages. Why would you want to miss getting a shot like this, are'nt all these girls absolutely adorable. It only takes 30 seconds to set something like this up, I am inside the house and the light is bouncing off the wall in front of the girls creating this lovely warm glow
Shiny surfaces, chrome, glass, water, are the photographers friend, I am always taking shots like these, love em
I photograph moments at weddings as they happen without too much intrusion, but on the full day coverage its nice to take a couple away from the hustle of ther reception and get some romantic portraits shot for the album. Here Elaine and Colin take some time out after their wedding at the Harpenden Moat House Hotel