Some of ‘my’ favourite Wedding Photographs – and why!
In this section of my website, I showcases individual images which stood out from a particular wedding and I love for one reason or another. They are not necessarily all award-winning wedding photographs (some are) but as ‘True’ Documentary Photographer, each one of them resonates with me in some way.
When shooting weddings, I am in my element while simply observing moments, and then capturing them naturally for my clients. In many cases, these moments are totally unexpected, but captured forever – in some, I also mention the technical issues behind the shot… I hope you enjoy looking through them…
Although my style is to shoot in a genuine documentary style, I still take a few ‘traditional’ and ‘colour’ images at weddings. These images are needed to set the scene, the back story of what is happening, where it is happening and why it is happening – without these images the coverage lacks the storytelling and continuity of the day.
However, these particular images still need to be captured sympathetically without any fuss or intrusion (and definitely no flash), allowing the moment, the ceremony in this case, to happen as if I wasn’t there – and that’s how it should be…!
I just love the muted colours of this image – it’s almost monochromatic tones blend seamlessly with my black & white wedding images… I hope you like it too.
This particular image I shot in 2010 at the fabulous Hodsock Priory in Nottinghamshire, it’s a wedding venue I know very well – and is certainly one of my favourites for good reason. I had been covering the bridal prep as I do for most weddings, and the bride was pretty much ready for the ceremony at this point.
I was just about to quietly slip out of the room and as I turned around, I noticed one of the little flower girls looking at herself in a hand mirror – the direct sunlight from the window in front of her was perfectly lighting her face and with the brides reflection in the background – for me, there’s the image…!
This is a moment that needed to happen naturally (as always), as she had been avoiding me whenever she saw the camera pointed in her direction, and would have so easily been distracted had she spotted me.
In situations like this, I need to quickly & quietly get the image, without interfering with it in any way, as capturing the moment is more important than potentially losing the moment.
This is another perfect example of ‘simply seeing & quietly documenting’ – the backbone of what I do for my clients… I hope you like it.
This particular image was shot at the start of the ceremony back in mid 2014, and is one of my all-time favourite images. I really love this image for it’s simplicity, storytelling & the groom’s raw emotion of the imminent ceremony to come.
I remember just before I took the shot… I was concentrating on the bide and her father entering the room, then out the corner of my eye I noticed the best-man was looking at the groom, so I quickly recomposed the frame.
Technically it’s a bit noisy (grainy) as it was shot at 6400iso. However, the last thing I would ever do is blast this delicate moment with flash and ruin the moment.
Emotion….. is one of the main components I spend a wedding day looking for. It is present at every wedding, you just have to look for it. And it’s my job as a documentary wedding photographer to capture these moments.
This image was taken in 2008 at the wedding of Kerry & Andy at the fabulous Hodsock Priory. I love images like this because they are genuine moments that would not even happen if the subjects were being ‘directed’ by the photographer. If I remember rightly, they had wondered around the lake, as I waited for them to come into view – grabbed one quick image and made my escape unnoticed…!
This is often the type of image that my clients comment on – saying “I didn’t even know you were there”
I spend quite a lot of my time on a wedding day ‘people watching’ – after all that is what it’s all about, isn’t it? I love to see family and friends (some who haven’t seen each other for years) interacting with each other with hugs, kisses and laughter. However, this particular lady seemed to be doing exactly the same as me, watching people arrive in the church.
I watched her for a minute until she saw someone she knew and lifted the camera up to take a snap – then I got my shot. I love the the hat, the coat (it was cold), the flowers and even the confetti on the pew to the left… it all says ‘wedding’ to me… I hope you like it too.
This ‘wedding’ image was taken on a warm July day in 2014 – at St. Andrew’s Church in Ewerby near Sleaford. I had just arrived at the church after shooting the bridal prep for Louise & Andy’s wedding.
Some might say this isn’t a wedding image, however it’s what was happening outside the church while we were all waiting for the brides arrival.
I guess the subjects knew the bride in some way and just wanted to get a glimpse of her arriving for the ceremony. I still wonder whether the woman was reading ’50 Shades of Grey’, judging by the man peering over her shoulder, she probably was !!!
Just about a month ago (December 2015), I was in North East Lincolnshire, shooting the wedding of Danielle & Gary. They got married at the lovely St. Nicolas Church, Great Coates before heading over to the fabulous Newstead Priory – Cadney for the rest of the days celebrations.
In time I will blog some more images from this wedding as it was a lovely day, but I was quite taken by this candid image of Danielle and her mum at the church door just prior to the ceremony.
As I’m sure you are aware by now, my style of wedding photography is to capture & document these fleeting moments so easily forgotten. I love the composition with the vicar talking to the bridesmaid at the edge of the frame, but the important moment is right there to see…!
I really like the simplicity but importance of this image, and I hope you do too – please leave a comment and feel free to ‘Pin‘ it.
This image was shot back in 2007 during the best-man’s speech. The speeches are one of my favourite parts of the day, the images just make themselves with fun, emotion & laughter!
The image is a perfect example of timing, the best man was recounting an amusing story and my challenge was to anticipate the ‘punch line’ and grab the moment.
Try posing this !!!
The throwing of the confetti is always a hit & miss affair, as I don’t ‘stage’ it as many other photographers do, I just let it happen and get ‘stuck in’ with everyone else, capturing the reality of the moment.
This 2015 confetti shot is one of my all-time favourite wedding images because there is so much going on in the picture. I have a 30 inch print of this on my office wall – and the more I look at it the more I see.
And it’s my responsibility as a documentary wedding photographer to capture those moments – enjoy…