Your Day

People often comment on how surprised they are by the way I blend in, acting more like a guest than the official photographer.  Sometimes guests don’t even realise that I am the official photographer.

My aim is to create a photographic record of your wedding as it happens, in a documentary story-telling manner, which allows you to relive the day as it really was.  What you won't find is me ordering you around, taking lots of time to pose you and your guests, or dictating when group photos will be taken.

It is your day and I am there to help make the day run as smoothly as possible, not get in the way or take over.  In fact, you will find me helping in any way I can, even if that means making drinks, delivering buttonholes or giving guests a lift.

I don’t like to dictate the time I will be with you, as every bride will have a different idea of what they would like captured, so I will start and finish at the time you want.  I have been known to arrive at 6.30am and leave after 10 pm, so how long I attend really is up to you.

Every photographer you speak to will have a different approach to how they photograph your day. 
The following defines my simple and straightforward approach:

  • I allow your day to flow naturally, which means I won’t direct you, or any of your guests, or ask you to do anything again.
  • You will find me constantly moving around, keeping my eyes and ears open to what is happening around me, ready to capture those special moments.
  • There is no such thing as perfection. You can’t control everything, but that doesn’t have to mean that the day has to be affected.  It’s the little moments that will become your memories of the day, and the things you will laugh about in years to come. It’s these moments that I like to capture, the moments that tell the real story of your day.
  • I won’t take you away from your guests for photographs in a hundred different locations: I will be there to photograph you enjoying the party with the people that mean the most to you. I believe that your memories of your day should be made with your family and friends, not with me.
  • If you want any particular photos, that’s absolutely fine….just let me know.  Otherwise, I will capture the atmosphere of the day and the little stories that make your wedding uniquely yours.  What I don’t do is work to a pre-defined list of posed images.

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Bridal preparations

Working with your stylist, hairdresser, and you, I will create images of your transformation without getting in the way.  I will also capture images of other things happening around you, whether it be the flowers arriving, family members coming to wish you well, or the bridal party taking a moment to relax.

Other important elements such as the dress, tiara, and cards are all captured, along with any special items of clothing there may be.  Perhaps the father of the bride has special socks, or the bridesmaids all have named dressing gowns.  All of these things are important elements of the day and I am there to capture the little details, as well as the overall moments that happen.

The Ceremony

If you are having a church wedding, you will need to check with the officiator whether or not they will allow photographs to be taken during the ceremony, as not all will.  If they do allow photographs to be taken, I will liaise with the officiator to find out where they would like me to be positioned, as it is their choice as where I can stand/sit, although I will always try to negotiate a better position if I feel the one they request is not suitable.

If you are having a civil ceremony, I will normally be positioned at the front and to the side of the registrar.  This gives me a great close-up view of the proceedings, allowing me to capture the entire ceremony including close-up work of hands when exchanging rings.

The Reception

The reception is usually the informal part of the day and makes for great photographs.  Everybody enjoying themselves in a party atmosphere, dancing and laughing.  I can capture all of this, along with the speeches, cutting the cake and first dance, all of which are important elements of the reception.  I also capture the smaller details, such as table decorations, room layout, seating plans, food and flowers; in fact anything that will help you to remember your day exactly as it was.

Usually working until just after the first dance, I am happy to stay later should you have a special event happening, such as fireworks or special entertainment.