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..or Gibbs & Vet
I love a challenge so when Lara suggested we meet at the water tower on the downs in Bristol I agreed, unaware that The Downs is essentially open playing fields. So the challenge – Make an open field on a cloudy day look interesting.
In our blurb on the website it says – “Carol is there to capture alternative angles on the ceremony and candid shots of the guests.” You might wonder what that means so today I thought I would share some of her images. It also helps me to have a female presence, someone who can go ahead into the bridal prep and check that everyone is decent – or at least if they aren’t, that they don’t mind me coming in. She also carries a survival kit with hairspray, lippy and a sewing kit which has come in handy on many occasions (and not always for sewing). On the right we see Ed’s best man Pete having a button sewn back on to his waistcoat before the ceremony. We’re not just there for the photography, neither of us mind getting stuck in and helping out.
Sometimes we get asked who that other one is standing next to the bride. That, dear friends, is the groom.
We always try to include the bridal prep into the wedding day but it’s rare that we shoot the groom getting ready. Why? Because usually he jumps into the shower, has a shave, a quick swoosh of the hair and he’s off.
Most couples that book me want natural, relaxed, informal wedding photography without cheesy posing. They say that they understand that they must have posed shots but want to keep it to a minimum. That’s odd because although most of the day is spent shooting candid images I consider the directed portraits a speciality. What I’ve learnt is that when they say “posed” they mean the traditional group line ups. The ones that parents and Grans want. The record of who was there.
Wedding group shots your nan likes
Groups are a difficult thing to photograph because usually we are trying to squeeze them in between the end of the ceremony and the start of the wedding breakfast. People tend to wander off to push the baby, to smoke or get to the bar so organising it all is challenging. Even family can be difficult to round up so it is worth, as a couple, planning which group shots you want ahead of time and keeping the number down to around six.
So that’s Grandma out of the way…
Wedding group shots that I like
If we have time, group shots can also be a lot of fun. It’s a laugh to pose with your friends and we can get some fantastic and funny shots. It’s amazing how quickly people will join in when it’s a fun thing to do. I must quantify this with the following statement – I don’t have a list of poses that I follow at every wedding. I won’t set up any “Fixing the car” or “Lifting the bride” you may see brides being held from time to time and if that’s what you want we’ll do it but what I like to do is ad lib so we have spontaneity. I’ll see what the light is like and where we can do it, how many people we have, how much time and figure it out from there. Being a wedding photographer I deal in seconds rather than hours so shots are set up and taken very quickly. I tell people that I have a database in my head that I work from but it’s more like a foundation that we can build from. It means that we concentrate on having fun and not posing. Laughing is a million times better than smiling for the camera.
Individuals, groups, couples, brides and grooms, all the wedding pictures have to look alive, full of energy and dynamic. That’s why I call it Fine Art Photojournalism because it’s real life.
So here are some of my favourite wedding groups. There’s always more coming so keep an eye out on the blog. If you feel inspired and want to do the same then feel free to pin the images on Pinterest or share the post on facebook.
If you want beautiful images, full of energy for your wedding day then get in touch. It’s inspiring to work with couples who love photography.
Last weekend we shot our first military wedding for Lisa and Steve at the Royal School of Artillery. I put a couple of images up to show them while they are away on honeymoon. Lisa wanted to see their first kiss and Steve wanted to see the honour guard. So here they are. Once Lisa and Steve have seen the full set I will post some more but in the meantime here is our first Military wedding photography.
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