Sparkler exit for bride and groom-by Hampton manor documentary wedding photographer Birmingham Clive Blair Photography

Hollie and Matt’s kind comments about me as their Hampton Manor wedding photographer:

“We just wanted to take a couple minutes to say a massive thank you to you for being with us on our special day. From the first moment we met you, you have been very professional and have always taken the time to listen to our wishes for the big day. Everyone has said that from the moment you arrived at Hollies house you made everyone feel at ease and relaxed, and it was like you were not there! During the whole day you were there to capture so many magical moments with us and our guests. Everyone said how good it was to see a photographer who was there to capture special moments but did not run up to you with a camera shoved in your face!”


It was great being Hollie and Matt’s Hampton Manor wedding photographer, as I’d not been back to Hampton Manor for a few years.

The great part for me were the surprises being planned by the bride and groom and their families. When I met up for Matt and Hollie’s pre-wedding meeting, they told me they’d planned a surprise dance routine for their first dance. They even practised it in front of me, so I could have a sneak peek. I knew their families were in for a treat!

Then later I had a secret email from Matt’s father saying they’d arranged a surprise fireworks display for Matt and Hollie, along with a sparkler exit, and would I be able to take any photographs as it would be late in the evening? “Try and make me miss it!” I thought.

When Hollie and Matt booked my all day coverage, I never said or thought “I’m only going to be your Hampton Manor wedding photographer for a set number of hours. Unless the first dance happens before I leave, you’ll have to miss out on those photographs.”

I don’t feel that’d be fair to any couple. When I’m booked for the day, I’m booked to capture as much of the day’s events as is practically possible! If there’s something significant happening after the first dance, how could I miss it? That too is an important part of the story-telling as a documentary wedding photographer.

Simply put: My aim is to document as much of the bride and groom’s day as possible without there being a worry of me missing something.

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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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