I never used to be a regular user of Instagram as there as so many other social media platforms to use, but during 2016 I decided to give it a proper try after having my account for a while, as I started to realise that it is a perfect way for us photographers who specialise in the visual image to show our images to the wider world.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (www.instagram.com/cliveblair) you’ll know that during 2016 I started posting a weekly image dubbed “Photo Friday”, on…yes you’ve guessed it, every Friday. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the growth of followers, and the number of comments and likes received in the brief few months I’ve been active there. So I plan to continue posting images there for everyone to view.

How do I choose my images? Pure and simple: A favourite image from a recent event. My core style is as a fly-on-the-wall documentary style photographer, so expect the majority to be wedding related.

So that any of my images don’t get missed here on the website, at the end of each month, I’ll be posting on my blog a monthly round-up of my “Photo Friday” Instagram images, plus a bit of background info on each image to give you an idea of why, when or how I shot the image. So hopefully you’ll feel it’s worth seeing the image on Instagram but also checking back here at the end of the month for the background behind the image.

To give you a feel for what I posted during 2016 and what to expect for 2017, here are my top 9 liked posts from 2016, as voted for by my followers.

Pageboy with shocked face at discoering what's in the ring box he'd been asked to look after.

Groom giving his new wife a kisson her kneck during their first dance

Nervous groom waiting at the altar for his bride

Family member tenderly holding the the bride's hand

Bride backlight looking angelic

Bride and Groom's hands held together by their parents durting their Hindu wedding ceremony

Profile photo of African looking woman.

Woman talking selfie with guests at her table in background

Tearful mother of Bride during the wedding ceremony

You’ll notice a strong emphasis on black and white images in the above selection. That’s not to say I don’t shoot in colour too. But I’ll explain the though process in choosing whether an image should be black and white or colour in an upcoming blog post.

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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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