My “Photo Friday” image posts on Instagram are proving very popular, as different ones say how much they look forward my next image. Thank you all for your feedback.

It’s worth noting, that I actually post a weekly image on Tuesdays too. (I can’t think of a cool, catchy name for that yet. eg “Tuesday Teaser” / “Through-the-lens Tuesday” etc. But if you can, or you like one of the ones I’ve mentioned, let me know!)

Again, here are my Photo Friday image posts, each with a bit of background info on the image.


Photo Friday 2017: Image #40

Golden hour at Park Hall Farm

You know I can’t resist photographing during the golden hour! This was another walkabout image with the bride and groom after their wedding breakfast, and before their evening guests arrived. This is often a great time to quickly grab the couple for 10 mins to make the most of great summertime lighting. This was shot at Park Hall farm in Staffordshire. A lovely working farm over looking acres of fields, west facing to make the most of the setting sun.

I hate directing couples during this time, as I’m simply a fly-on-the-wall documentary photographer. My interaction will spoil the natural emotions they’re likely show for each other. So, with minimal direction, I’ll suggest them to snuggle up, think about the day so far and their honeymoon ahead of them, and let them relax and forget I’m there.

There’s nothing else to add, as this image says it all.


Photo Friday 2017: Image #41

Children playing with bubble from bubble machine at Bodenham Arboretum

Children at weddings always make for great documentary subjects at weddings, and this wedding at Bodenham Arboretum was no exception.

A bubble making machine was set up and immediately attracted the attention of the children playing in the field. Usually children like to chase and grab the bubbles, but not this little one.

“I wonder what they taste like?” must have been his thought. I happened to be in the right place at the right time to capture his childish, inquisitive, playful spirit, pre bubble-taste.

I’ll spare you the follow up photograph of his face when he realised “Yuk!!! Bubbles taste horrible!”


Photo Friday 2017: Image #42

Bride's reflection in 2 mirrors at Rowton Castle

This version of my photo wasn’t pre-planned. I’d seen the back mirror and simply wanted to use it while taking some informal photos of the bride as she nervously waited for her father to collect her for the wedding ceremony.

When I crouched down for a different angle, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw she was reflected another of the room’s mirrors. So quickly I grabbed to shot before she moved and got an different angle I’m proud of.

Photos like this have to be noticed when they happen and quickly captured. There’s no way I could faff about. I hate directing too much, as I want my photos as natural as possible. So I had to be in and out like lightning, to preserve to moment and not spoil it too much.


Photo Friday 2017: Image #43

guest taking photo with his phone while the background is blurred with bokeh

This photo was simply titled “Bokeh” when it was posted on Instagram. You’d have to know the meaning of that word to understand what I was getting at.

One definition is: Bokeh comes from the Japanese word boke (ボケ), which means “blur” or “haze”, or boke-aji, the “blur quality.” Bokeh is pronounced BOH-Kə or BOH-kay. It’s defined as “the effect of a soft out-of-focus background that you get when shooting a subject, using a fast lens, at the widest aperture, such as f/2.8 or wider.” Simply put, bokeh is the pleasing or aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph.

Phones are a natural part of any day, especially weddings. This guest couldn’t get a decent view of what was happening so simply stuck his phone in the air like a periscope. As the focus is on the phone, I deliberately used a soft, out of focus background with coloured orbs of lights to enhance the image and highlight how different people enjoy/preserve their memories as a guest.


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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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