“I am inspired by fashion and the glamourous, yet natural, beauty of the 50′s. I look for the love, the laughter, the smiles, the tears… the moment.”
My approach is to document wedding days as they unfold naturally throughout the day with minimum posing or group photos thereby capturing the true spirit of the wedding day. My wedding photography style is primarily documentary photography blended with editorial photography for your bride and groom portraits.
Documentary wedding photography (also known as reportage and photojournalism) means there is no posing involved. Documentary wedding photography is not simply taking snapshots, it’s about looking for and anticipating reactions, emotions and telling a story so that when someone looks at the image they feel as though there were there (or wished they were there!). These are the moments that cannot be repeated. A documentary wedding photographer is looking for the best available light, the composition and being ready to capture the moment on record.
One of the most common things I hear when couples come to see me is that they attended a friend’s wedding and didn’t like the fact that they were hanging around waiting for group photos. I appreciate some group photos are required and I ask that you provide me with a list of “essential” group photos that you want on the day, however, I do ask that you keep this to a maximum of 6 different group photos. If you factor in 5 minutes for each group photo this will give you some idea on the amount of time it can sometimes take to get people together.
By keeping the group photos to a minimum it means you and your guests can relax and enjoy your wedding celebrations which allows me to move around and take photos of your weddings guests in a documentary/reportage style.
I do like to take the bride and groom away from the wedding party to create a collection of editorial style wedding photos. My aim is to do these in a simplistic style (no strained poses!) and although I will give you guidance where to stand and where to place your hands etc, the result is that your bride and groom photos will look very relaxed and capture the fun and love on the day. If you are comfortable posing and this is something that comes naturally to you, then please go for it! How long I spend on these is entirely up to the bride and groom and each couple is different on their requirements. As a guideline, I allow 20 minutes, however, this is something I would discuss with you beforehand.
Choosing a wedding photographer is a difficult decision to make. Your wedding photographer will be with you pretty much most of the day so it’s important that you are comfortable with whoever you choose. Wedding photography is very personal and as a female photographer brides often feel a lot more relaxed with me especially during the bridal preparation part of the day. I am not a photographer who shouts at people. I like to blend in and I’m always complimented on my composure and my unobtrusive manner. The comment below from a bride and groom is one which I regularly receive from couples whose wedding I have photographed and, indeed, the wedding guests.
“I hardly noticed you all day – which is meant as an absolute compliment!” Laura and Jonathan
The above is a guideline as to how I work and capture weddings. I’m not set in stone with rules and I like to be flexible so that your wedding day is everything you hoped for. I can’t control the weather but I will provide you beautiful memories of your day whether it’s sunshine or rain.
If you would like to discuss your wedding photography or check my availability, please contact me.