Adventures in Wedding Photography
Hi there, welcome to our wedding photography blog. Here we share our favourite weddings, engagement shoots and other wedding related things. If you would like to see more wedding images you can see featured weddings here or view our wedding gallery here.
As the hardest working of all the wedding suppliers, us wedding photographers deserve a break sometimes. That usually comes when you and your guests sit down for the wedding breakfast. The morning of a wedding is the hardest for us, we start early and we have all the “must have” images to get. The bride getting ready, arriving, rings, kiss and so on. After the speeches it’s usually time to have a little break and something to eat. We don’t ask to be fed during the day as that can be more trouble than it’s worth so I usually grab a sandwich while travelling between venues as we are in a different time zone to you and waiting until 3pm or later can be an issue.
Having said that during the wedding breakfast there is still plenty of work to be done. Downloading a backup of the images on to the laptop, getting lights ready for the evening – especially in for Autumn and Winter weddings and testing out shots with the aid of my trusty (wife and) sidekick Carol. It may be dark when you leave the table and we need to be ready for that.
Here’s a couple of set up test shots that we did at the Riverstation while you were all eating and the resulting images that made it into the album with one even winning an excellence award. When Marcus and Kelly were ready we were already set up for both shots and took them with plenty of time for some groups and the first dance. It’s important that we get the cool shots but more important that we don’t interfere with the running of your day.
We’re really excited about Abbie and Carl’s movie themed wedding at Guyers House later this year. Red carpet, Cinema tickets for invites, it’s going to be awesome.
We shot their engagement photography at Bowood House a few weeks ago. The weather could have been better; It was raining all day and blowing a gale. At one point we had to take refuge in the house but even inside we carried on shooting. Abbie and Carl loved the images so much they bought a folio artbook album which was delivered in pillar box red last week.
Can’t wait for the wedding.
We shot Leonie and Matt’s wedding photography at Chiseldon Church. As you can see Matt and the Groom dudes looked awesome in their outfits (Probably my favourite to date) and the bridesmaids and Leonie looked beautiful in their mismatched dresses. It was a mostly DIY wedding but the details looked amazing and everything tied together really well and suited Matt and Leonie perfectly.
We were only booked for a couple of hours so had to make the most of it but I love Church weddings and even though it was a cold May day we still got the sun out and missed the rain. Congratulations to Matt and Leonie we had a great time, I hope you have a great future.
About a week ago we shot Andy and Sam’s pre-wedding photography. We are excited to be shooting their wedding photography at the Matara Centre in June. The Matara Centre is a new venue for us and it looks amazing. I’ve known Andy and Sam for a few years now. Andy is a fellow photographer and we “grew up together” in photography.
Pre-wedding photography is one of my favourite things about wedding photography. It really gives us a chance to get to know each other, experiment, have fun and ensure that when it comes to the big day the bride and groom are not intimidated by the camera.
We shot Andy and Sam at the stables and gallops where Sam keeps her horse Phoebe. Following the wedding we will be shooting Sam in her wedding dress riding Phoebe which will be pretty unique.
Here’s some of the images. If you like them let me know.
Most people want to see the little things that happen during the wedding. When you get married it is a whirlwind of excitement and whilst very thrilling it also means that you miss tiny events that happen throughout the day. I thought it would be nice to start an intermittent series showing candid wedding photography – little moments taken during a wedding that no-one else sees. They are the sort of things that if you are not the photographer you won’t notice. It’s our job to see things happening, sometimes to wait and let them happen and sometimes to snatch a quick shot in a fleeting moment. We are always looking and framing pictures in our minds, we don’t get everything but being constantly alert and with good situational awareness we can capture the laughter, the tears, the looks, body language and gestures that show the emotions of the day. When you look back through your album these little things will bring back the feelings and help relive the biggest day of your life.
Here’s one of those moments.
We are at Stanton Manor. Everyone is sat down and waiting for Jemma, our bride, to enter. The groom, Dhreen, is sat with his heart pounding looking straight ahead and focussed on what he has to do. Meanwhile we are in the bar. Jemma and her bridesmaids make some last minute adjustments to ensure that she looks perfect for her grand entrance. While this is happening Dad whips out his camera and takes a shot of his granddaughters the flower girls as I have just posed them. I need to be running in ahead of the girls to ensure I get the entrance shot but I can’t resist this. So I stop, frame, shoot and run.
I love to take pictures of people taking pictures so I’m always on the lookout over people’s shoulders to see what they are taking. It’s the kind of thing that most people don’t notice because it is constantly happening. Everyone has their phones out and some even bring out iPads (which I think is a little strange as they are so unwieldy) and these images can be hidden in plain sight. All we have to do is see them.
I know all the usual arguments for photographers selling wedding albums over digital. I’ve probably even used them myself. I recently read that we should be afraid of what might happen if DVDs or USBs become obsolete, what would we do then with our files? To be honest I don’t believe that one morning we will wake up to find that the World’s DVD players have ceased working or that all USB drives have changed shape. We are just talking about storage. Storage – CDs, DVDs, USBs, etc. have and will change. However the files themselves are digital and that’s not going away for a long while so no need to worry.
I may be a heretic but I don’t have a problem with digital. I think the issue really is this – If all you have is a DVD of images, even if you have backed up and copied on to the computer, they do lose some value. Somehow people aren’t as interested in seeing your slideshow as they are in looking through a physical album. When you look at an album you study every image, you see the expression on people’s faces and you see all the details. That tends to get lost when you look at it on a screen. An album is a beautiful thing. It’s something that will make you smile and make you happy just because you have it. It feels nice.
Give your album to your Mum or a friend and they will take their time and look through it. They will feel and study the cover. It’s a conversation piece and a conversation killer at the same time. The same attention will not be given to your slideshow or your Facebook album.
I always tell my couples that I spend a long time looking at albums; at the quality of the printing, the pages, the covers and the way it’s put together. The albums I have chosen for my clients represent the best quality to display your wedding images that I can find. The Queensberry Duo is a traditional matted album. The mats overlay the pages and beautifully frame the images. The Duo is our *top offering. A contemporary leather cover and thick pages with images printed on silver halide paper. It’s a modern classic; A luxury album that looks and feels extraordinary. It’s an album to hand down.
Below are a couple of my most recent arrivals. Both have a mini replica – An album small enough to keep with you at all times. Top is Jules and David who’s wedding I photographed in September and below is Marcus and Kelly who had their wedding at Riverstation in Bristol.
*I say “top” but we also do the Musée. The Musée is a exquisite piece of art. If you truly want something exclusive then please ask. It’s expensive. It’s decadent. It’s something very few others will have – but will certainly want once they’ve seen yours.
“I would like some natural shots, nothing too posed and plenty of our friends enjoying themselves and having fun.”
Posing. Everyone wants to look good but no-one wants to be posed – or so they think. I always explain to my couples that I do pose people but I pose them in a natural way. I truly believe that the wedding photography is a big part of the wedding day experience and everyone wants to look good – -and natural.
I have been working on my posing. Training and learning new techniques is all part of my job and all part of my service to my clients. I need to maintain my fitness and ensure that I deliver the best possible images. I do shoot posed portraits as well as candid moments so it’s important to have my skills up to date. This way we can breeze through the portraits and have fun doing it. As I said the photography is part of the wedding day experience and it should make your wedding more wonderful. It’s the day that the bride is the most beautiful girl in the room and every girl wants to be her so her photography should help make that come true.
I often arrange shoots with models and make up artists, especially in the quieter winter months but models learn how to pose – sometimes a little too much – and I need to be able to pose a real woman who has never been photographed professionally before and make her feel great. I need images that future brides can put themselves in and think “That could be me.” With that in mind I offered to shoot my wife Carol, her best friend Tracey and Tracey’s daughter Charlotte. That way I could practice women, girls and groups -which translates into brides, mothers of brides, bridesmaids, flower girls and families. This all goes towards making your wedding day that little bit more fabulous.
Here are some of the results from our session. We didn’t have any hair and make up artists, or stylists. The girls did their own. Carol loves her shots and I’m sure Tracey and Charlotte will too.
Here’s a quick video of some of the amazing Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Bristol wedding venues , brides and grooms we shot last year. Included are weddings at Abbey House Gardens, the beautiful Lainston House, Burcombe Manor near Salisbury, Tetbury Church, the awe inspiring Westonbirt School, the picturesque Kingscote Barn, a Hindu wedding at Stanton Manor, gorgeous Bowood and in and around the modern, urban Riverstation, Bristol. I’m looking forward to shooting some of these again this year along with some new fabulous wedding venues to add to my collection.
It is full HD 1080 so full screen looks awesome. Hint.
UPDATE 2015 – As this video was old (2012) I have replaced it with a current slideshow. There’s still some of those gorgeous venues above and more.
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Music “Perfect Kiss” by Marie Hines