Things have been quite busy around here, so my apologies for missing the monthly roundup of my Instagram “Photo Friday” image posts last month. So to make up for it I’m doing 2 months to catch up.


Photo Friday 2017: Image #31

Laughing bride being surprised with her guests wearing Chris Hemsworth masks

This bride always said that if she had a choice, she would marry Chris Hemsworth. So her friends decided to invite him to her wedding as a surprise!


Photo Friday 2017: Image #32

Bride nervously waiting before her wedding at home

Storytelling is not just about taking portraits, but also capturing the mood and emotions of the day. Lauren was waiting to leave for her wedding and I managed to quickly capture a quick photo of her nervously waiting before leaving her house. This tells a better story than the usual smiling photo looking into the camera. You can almost feel her tension captured in this one photo.


Photo Friday 2017: Image #33

Woman dancing during the eveing reception at The Lakeside Suite London

I love staying after the first dance to photograph guests on the dance floor, and I love it when I’m rewarded with an action shot like this. The woman’s expression, the guests’ expressions in the background, all add to the story-telling that I’m always aiming for as a documentary wedding photographer.


Photo Friday 2017: Image #34

Groom crying at seeing his bride walking down the aisle at Grafton Manor

This is a shot I’m always on the look out for, after photographing the bride walking up the aisle. Not every groom will look around as his bride approaches, but when he does and I get a reaction like this, this is gold for me! Being a documentary photographer simpy means looking out for things like this that complete the story of the day, describing what happened and how people reacted.


Photo Friday 2017: Image #35

child playing hide and seek at Pendrell Hall

Children are great subjects to photograph at weddings. They’re often in a world of their own playing around and just being themselves, never worrying about standing on ceremony. So when I saw this girl playing hide and seek I immediately saw an opportunity to capture an another candid moment of children at play, using all the possible hiding places in the period wedding venue.


Photo Friday 2017: Image #36

Priest blessing wedding rings

I love the angle I got on this image. As the rings were being blessed, I managed to discreetly get the position I wanted, to not only get the rings and the priest’s hand blessing them in the frame, but also get the bride and groom’s hands in the background, to complete the story-telling. Getting all the essential elements in one frame makes me love this image.


Photo Friday 2017: Image #37

This image is easily one of my favourite images of recent times. Before this was taken, during the cocktail hour I’d over-heard someone saying that the bride was especially looking for her special guest at the wedding, her great grand-mother. I saw where she was, but the bride was understandably constantly being distracted by other guests wanting to say hello.
So I went over to where her great grand-mother was and waited until the bride managed to steal herself away and found her. I knew it was going to be an emotional encounter, so I discreetly watched and waited and photographed a tender moment as they tenderly embraced each other, while other family members looked on.
For me, moments like this are what weddings are all about. If I can photograph at least one moment like this at every wedding, I’m happy.


Photo Friday 2017: Image #38

Silhouette bride and groom at The Lakeside Suite

This simple silhouette photograph, taken towards the end of the day captures the love and romance between the newly married couple.


Photo Friday 2017: Image #39

Bride and groom backlight under the the Linden Belvedere at Rowton Castle with starry night sky

Rowton Castle formed the backdrop for this end-of-the-day starry photo. From a technical point of view, this too is becoming one of my favourite images too.


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What Is a Documentary Wedding Photographer?

This is an often asked question. In simple terms it means being an observer and recorder of your wedding, with little interference. If you’re familiar with Star Trek, think of it in terms of The Temporal Prime Directive: To visit, to watch, not to interfer and to bring back a record.

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