Ah, weddings! I love them! I can't get enough of them and I can't actually think of a better day to be part of! So much is going on from bridal prep right through to the end and once the nerves have dissipated and the champagne's flowing it's just one big massive party - jam packed full of emotion, merriment and celebration! I'm unbelievably lucky to be able to call this my job and I am so thankful to all my couples for allowing me to tell their story with real documentary style photography.
HOW I SHOOT WEDDINGS
I don't like to think of myself as a 'wedding photographer'. It conjures up all sorts of formal traditional nonsense in my mind. I think back to hour-on-hour of group shot shenanigans, pretend cake cutting and general all round bossyness when I've been a bridesmaid or a guest in the past. I've been to a fair few weddings where the photographer was tooootally uncool and many times I can barely remember what happened because the photographer was too busy joking around with people or barking orders at them. I don't want my couples to remember their wedding day for what I made them do or what I said. In fact I would be mortified if I missed a shot because I was so busy chatting away or cracking jokes with the bridesmaids. Don't get me wrong I'm not mute... or unsociable - far from it, I love chatting to your guests and mingling and having a giggle but I never ever make myself the centre of attention or be the instigator of a joke nor do I take my eye off telling your wedding day story.
To that end, I shoot a weddings very quietly. I observe-and-click, observe-and-click, observe-and-click all day and night. I'm always watching for moments unravelling and then shooting through them until the moment's passed. One of my skills as a documentary wedding photographer is being able to anticipate a moment before it happens, and place myself in the right position in order to get the best framing, lighting and background. I'll be your eyes and ears for the day because, let's face it - you'll be so busy having an amazing time!
Most people would like some formal photos too (some don't and that is great too) and I'll set aside 20-30 minutes aside for these. I whizz through them and this timing allows for 5 or 6 different groups.
RELAXED COUPLE PORTRAITS
We'll also spend 15 minutes or so doing some relaxed authentic couple portraits. I usually just take you both for a walk somewhere away from your guests. You'll be so glad to get some time together to let the day soak in. You'll also be amazed at how little time you spend together on your wedding day too so this is a good opportunity to catch up on all the awesomeness that's happened so far!
If we've got spectacular evening sun I may whisk you both away for some quick sunset shots. This isn't always possible, so when it does happen expect me to be very excited! These will take no longer than 10 minutes.
IN REAL TIME
A lot of venues like suggesting a staged cutting of the cake or signing of the wedding register. I don't really like setting anything up because it's suddenly not very authentic, so it may be worth mentioning to your venue or celebrant that you are hiring a documentary wedding photographer who captures the day as it happens, un-posed. Rest assured, I will still take these photographs for you, but I won't set them up or interrupt your day. Likewise with the confetti if you want to do it, just do it and I'll capture it as it happens in its gorgeous authenticity.
So that's it for now - I hope I've given you a little more insight into how I shoot weddings. I'm a serial moment-hunter and I love nothing more than giving you authentic un-posed documentary wedding pictures that you wouldn't otherwise see.
IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN BOOKING ME TO DOCUMENT YOUR DAY, PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH!
I'd LOVE to hear what you have planned.
CANDID UNPOSED DOCUMENTARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN CHESHIRE, THE NORTH WEST, THE UK AND WORLDWIDE.