Kevin is one of the UK’s top 20 wedding photographers according to two respected international websites – Fearless Photographers & MyWed. (Last time I checked I was #673 in the world but I’m working on it.) Apart from that…
Contemporary | Cool | Creative
In a nutshell – “We photograph weddings as they unfold. we don’t interfere or influence. We want you to see your wedding as it happened and see how everyone was feeling on the day. On top of that we create gorgeous and creative portraits with you without turning the day into a photoshoot. We’re quick, confident and we’ll keep you at your wedding with your guests. We call it Creative Photojournalism.”
Keira & Nathan were married in Snowdonia on 1st October. It rained all day. It was fantastic.
One or two wedding photographers?
We work as a team. It means that we can cover both the bride and groom getting ready in the morning, get different angles in the ceremony and assist each other with lights or other things that might need doing during the day. If we are going to do some portraits later on we can set up and test the shots before involving you. That means that we are less intrusive on the day and you get to spend more time with your guests. Do you need two photographers? That’s up to you. We do offer a package with just one photographer but usually we get booked together.
Working together for such a long time means that we know what each other is doing, we can compliment each other and not get in the other’s frame.
Of course it’s up to you how many photographers that you would like. We can work singly as well. Sometimes it can seem a lot to have two wedding photographers, especially if it’s a very small wedding but having the different angles covered and both preps makes a difference.
In the morning Carol normally photographs the groom’s party and I photograph the bride and her entourage. If both parties are in the same hotel or venue then we can both move around and cover both.
In the church one of us shoots from the back to get reactions and full length images and the other will be at the front to get close up expressions and emotions. We can’t always do it this way as some churches or registrars won’t allow photography during the wedding ceremony but it’s our preferred way wherever possible. We’ll always find the vicar, priest or registrar before the ceremony and find out what the rules are. we do encourage our clients to talk to their celebrant before the big day so that there are no surprises on the day. We’ve heard many times that the Vicar is really cool only to be told that there is absolutely no photography allowed. We’ll try to mitigate that and demonstrate our silent cameras but we always have to go along with their instructions.
The wedding reception
Once the ceremony is done and the confetti is thrown, the drinks and canapes are served. During this time everyone wants to congratulate you. We’ll be working the crowd to get the expressions and emotions of your family and guests. Then we’ll get all the family line ups. At some point when the light is best we’ll spirit you away for some couples portraits. A lot of our couples take this time to have a breather and relax for a few minutes. It sounds weird but it can be hard work being congratulated all day. The portraits don’t take long. Usually we will have spotted an opportunity and will take a couple of minutes to photography you and then deliver you back to your guests. This way we don’t interrupt the flow of the day.
We’ll always be looking out for moments like these
As much as we love documentary, we also love to be creative and make some portraits with you on the day. Some wedding photographers focus on one thing. We like to focus on two things. A photojournalistic approach for the day and an artistic approach for the wedding portraits. We can use natural and available light or we can mix it up with flash. Our wedding portraits are cool, contemporary and creative. We don’t have a list of poses so what you’ll get will be unique. We don’t impose ourselves on you either. Your wedding portraits will be about you. If you want something “out there” then great but if you want natural “in the moment” we love that too. It’s about you.
The Wedding Party
We get right on the dance floor with you and your guests. As Robert Capa said
“If your pictures aren’t good enough then you aren’t close enough.”
I love being in the thick of the action and it shows in the images.
Cameras and equipment
Does it matter what equipment your wedding photographer uses? For many years the question was “Canon or Nikon?” We were Canon. Camera equipment and settings are mostly irrelevant. It’s the skill of the photographer. The gear is a tool. It must be able to perform in demanding situations. Most weddings are fairly dark so the cameras should be able to shoot in low light and lenses should be able to let as much light in as possible. All of it needs to be able to take some knocks. Early in the year (2016) we decided to change everything. We sold all the Canon gear and moved to Fujifilm. The cameras are smaller and less intrusive. They let us take pictures we couldn’t take before. They are less imposing for our clients and their guests so we don’t get noticed as much and that allows us to get wedding images that show how the guests were feeling. Wedding images that show all the emotions throughout the day.
Our decision to move to Fujifilm was based partly because the mirrorless cameras have an electronic shutter as well as a mechanical shutter. This means that during the ceremony we can take pictures silently. The Canons had a silent shutter mode but it wasn’t silent, it was just quiet. The Fujis are silent.
If you are looking for a documentary wedding photographer to capture your day as it happens without getting in the way then that’s what we do. Most of our clients want some creative portraits on top that’s why we call it Dynamic Photojournalism. If that’s what you are looking for then great, please get in touch.
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