Capturing The Soul: The beauty of b&w

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The passion and emotion of b&w wedding photojournalism

There’s a fantastic quote by photographer Ted Grant which goes:

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”

That is one of the very reasons I have a passion for black and white photography – especially with my wedding reportage approach.  Now don’t get me wrong, I also enjoy and appreciate colour photography but it’s black and white photography that really excites and moves me; it resonates with me personally in a way colour photography can’t quite – and believe me I have tried.

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Wedding Photojournalist Association Contest

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Wedding Photojournalism Contest – Q2 2015 – Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA)

I’m always extremely proud and honoured to say how I am a qualifying and active member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA), which is a professional organisation composed of photojournalists and wedding photographers from around the world. What sets us members of the WPJA apart in the industry is our candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography.  Also, unlike a lot of other professional wedding photography bodies, you have to qualify for entry into the WPJA and adhere to their strict code of professional conduct.  So it really does mean something to have been accepted into the WPJA.

One of the cool things about being a member, is the opportunity to enter their quarterly wedding photojournalism contests – submitting wedding photojournalistic images from real weddings during the current calendar year. The Wedding Photojournalist Association upholds the highest level of ethical standards, especially in the area of their wedding photography contests. The purpose of the WPJA is to celebrate photographers who creatively document and record the found moment. Therefore all wedding photography images submitted in the WPJA contest must always be true representations of what actually took place the moment the shutter was released. They are absolutely uncompromising in their conviction that contest images come from situations unprompted by the photographer, except in the case of portraits.  So as you can guess, entering their contests is a big deal.  So here are my submissions, by category, for the 2015 2nd quarter competition.

Getting Ready

The Getting Ready category is for images which spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and anticipation before the ceremony.  The following are what I submitted for this category.

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This category is for those captured moments of those who participate in the wedding (guests, family, and bridal party) during the processional, ceremony, and recessional. Here’s what I submitted:

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“Reception” photographs document the festivities from the cocktail hour through the last dance and departure.  Here’s what I entered for this category:

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Details (Found)

“Details (Found)” encompasses tighter shots of the day’s small slices as they were found. This includes clothes, rings, food, linens, flowers, faces, etc. This category is not for set-up detail shots. It’s important that images submitted in this category don’t contain content controlled by the photographer. Here’s what I submitted:

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“Emotion” entries unobtrusively freeze intriguing expressions ranging from joy to tears, so here’s what I entered:

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Great Natural Light

“Great Natural Light” entries capture moments brilliantly lit under natural and ambient lighting conditions, without the help of any flash or strobe. Here are my submissions:

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Creative Portrait

“Creative Portrait” employs a fresh and artistic approach to portraiture in capturing the bride, groom, bridal party, family, friends, children and/or any other posed wedding party member. This is a rare WPJA category where candid moments are not eligible. This is what I entered:

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So there you have all my entries into the WPJA wedding photojournalism contest for the 2nd quarter of 2015.  If I should happen to place, when the results are announced, you can be sure I’ll be posting about it here!

Getting married and like my wedding photojournalism approach?

If you are getting married and would like a wedding photojournalism approach to capturing your real wedding story, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  You can give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a private message in the form at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, you can send me a message via my contact page and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.  For details of my wedding photography packages and prices please click here.

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Shooting wedding photography with micro four thirds prime lenses

Prime Focus On Your Wedding Photography

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Shooting Wedding Photography with Prime Lenses

I’ve already covered elsewhere why I shoot weddings with three Olympus OMD EM5 camera bodies. Today I thought it would be interesting to delve a little further into why I shoot wedding photography specifically with prime lenses.

For the uninitiated a prime lens is a camera lens with a fixed focal length. Unlike zoom lenses, which can cover a range of focal lengths, from very wide to extremely long, in a single lens, a prime only lets you shoot at one specific length – depending on the prime lens you have attached to your camera body.

Now, of course, and quite rightly, you’re most probably thinking why would any wedding photographer choose to shoot with prime lenses which sound like they restrict the kind of lengths you can shoot at a wedding?  This is a good question but, as I’m sure you’re expecting, I have a good answer (or two.)

Low Light, Focus and Image Quality

Harlestone Village Institute wedding photography of the bride and groom being toasted by the guests during the wedding speeches

One of the distinct advantages of prime lenses is that they are usually much faster lenses than zoom lenses.  What this means is, that in low light situations, like at a church wedding where the interiors are quite dark and gloomy, you can carry on shooting hand held without gutting blurry camera shake or have to resort to a camera flash – which can be harsh, a mood killer and often forbidden during the ceremony. This achieved by setting a wide aperture (or a low F number such as f/1.4 or f/1.8) that allows in more light and lets you shoot at a faster shutter speed (which helps to eliminate camera shake and blurred movements.)

Connected with the ability to shoot at a wider aperture is the ability to get a much shallower depth of field with prime lenses – which helps blur distracting backgrounds and ensuring the main subject, like a bride or a groom, remains the most important part of the photo.  Yes there other factors that also assist with a shallow depth of field (such as distance to subject, distance from subject to the background and the length of the actual lens) but on the whole the wider aperture of a prime lens is going to help with the blurred background which, based on my experience as a wedding photographer, is what the majority of wedding couples love in their final wedding photography.

The other big advantage of prime lenses is a better image quality over zoom lenses. The simple fact is that a prime lens has a lot less glass and elements in it than a zoom lens does – which after all needs more to cover all the focal ranges it can move between. Therefore, the less glass you have between the end of a lens and the sensor inside the camera body (which records the image) the sharper the image quality will be.  And who doesn’t love sharper better quality images for their wedding photography?  And don’t forget, because they have less glass and elements they are smaller and lighter than bulkier and longer zoom lenses – again reducing the risk of camera shake. So it does all add up to better image quality overall.

Have Feet, Will “Zoom”

Old Ship Inn Hotel Brighton wedding photography of bride and groom cutting the wedding cake

But what about the “inconvenience” of only being able to shoot at one focal length? I hear you ask. Well, for starters, I can simply move my feet to either move in closer or pull back if required.  I have found in the past that zoom lenses can make you lazy and as a result you’re more likely to favour the longer focal length and stand back on the edges more.  As a wedding photojournalist I prefer to get in close to the action, rather than being a “voyeur” of sorts standing on the edge of things. Prime lenses encourage me to do this and get in closer. And because of their smaller size they are far more discrete and much less obtrusive than having some bulking big telephoto stuck in your face.

And in addition, that’s where my 3 camera set-up to shoot wedding photography comes in to play, it means I can attach 3 lenses which will give me wide, medium and longer focal lengths without having to continually change lenses.  That’s why I attend every wedding with a total of 6 prime lenses in my kit bag.  The wider focal lengths are covered by 12mm f/2 and 17mm f/1.8 lenses.  The 25mm f/1.4 covers the mid range and the longer focal lengths are covered by a 45mm f/1.8, a 60mm f/2 and a 75mm f/1.8 lenses.  The 60mm also doubles up as a fantastic macro lens – great for those detail shots like rings and table decorations.

Wedding Photojournalism for your Wedding Day?

Rowton Castle wedding photography of bride shedding a tear during the speeches .

So as you can see, I have a carefully thought out and professional approach to capturing your wedding photography. So if you are interested in my wedding photojournalism approach for capturing the real story of your wedding, then please do give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear about your wedding plans and discuss my wedding photography packages in more detail with you.  You can also find my latest prices by clicking here.

Wedding Photojournalism: The Integrity of the Moment

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The Wedding Photojournalism Approach

As a wedding photojournalist I often talk about ensuring the integrity of the moment, but what do I actually mean by this?  What is the integrity of the moment?  For me, it’s the very thing that sets aside a wedding photojournalism approach from that of a more traditional wedding photography approach.  In essence, it’s the very reason you should be looking to book me as a wedding photojournalist.  But let me explain it in more detail.

The Decisive Moment

The decisive moment by Henri Cartier Bresson

Plate 1: Cartier-Bresson’s famous defining “decisive moment” photograph. Taken at Gare Saint Lazare railway station in 1932.

I’ve discussed what wedding photojournalism is elsewhere so don’t intend to go over that again, but you can follow the link if you’d like to start there first.  When talking about the integrity of the moment it might be helpful to start with another important philosophy of photojournalism and that is the decisive moment, a phrase first coined by the late, great French photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson. He considered the decisive moment was that split second, that fleeting moment when everything came together to create one magical moment within the frame of the photograph. To quote the great man himself:

“To take photographs is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in the fleeting face of reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy…it is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis.”

For me, that last part of putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis is the most perfect and most beautifully poetic description of photography ever made.  It’s what makes the difference between the eye of a talented wedding photojournalist and just anyone clicking away with a camera without much thought or appreciation for the craft.

Anyhow, back to the decisive moment, it can be the moment a couple embrace for the first time; it can be an expression that passes between two people in the fraction of a second or, in Cartier-Bresson’s most famous image that came to define the decisive moment itself, it is the instance a man leapt across a puddle behind a station in pre-war Paris (see Plate 1 above).

The Truth & Honesty of Wedding Photojournalism

Le Baiser de l'Hotel de Ville photograph of a couple kissing in Paris

Plate 2: This famous photo by Robert Doisneau, of a couple kissing in Paris, is sometimes questioned as to whether it is a genuine decisive moment.

Sometimes though, photographers will attempt to fake a decisive moment. In other words, they try and stage or pose a decisive moment.  After all, there’s a famous photograph by another French photographer, Robert Doisneau, of a couple kissing amongst the crowds of Parisian promenade (see Plate 2 above).  Some have suggested this isn’t a true decisive moment as it was “set up” and staged by Doisneau himself.  This is debatable, but it is an argument that has raged on for years – but if nothing else, it demonstrates how precious some photographers can be about true decisive moments.

So, for me at least, this is where the integrity of the moment comes in.  If the decisive moment can be faked, or at least have the whiff of suspicion about it, then it’s important to strive for the integrity of the moment – ensuring it is truthful, honest and naturally occurring. Of course, you may be wondering what’s wrong with faking or staging key moments of your wedding photography?  In truth, there’s nothing wrong with this more traditional wedding photography approach if that’s what you want.  After all, different people want different things – that’s the beauty of having choice. But it’s important to be educated about the choices you do have.

3 Reasons for Ensuring the Integrity of the Moment

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the Groom's parents laughing during the wedding speeches

So when it comes to deciding on you wedding photography and whether to opt for a wedding photojournalism approach, like mine, or not, let me give you 3 good reasons why ensuring the integrity of the moment is infinitely much better than staging it with a traditional wedding photography approach.

  1. Firstly, it’s what really happened.  It’s a genuine part of YOUR wedding story. When you look back at your wedding photos, whether it be 5, 10 or even 50 years in the future, do you want to be looking at genuine moments that occurred naturally on your wedding day or do you want to be looking at something that you’ll just simply remember as the wedding photographer creating for you? Wedding photojournalism or, at the very least, my personal and puristic approach to it ensures you get a real wedding story that is about you and your wedding day rather than my rather fake interpretation of what it should be like.
  2. People just look better when things are happening naturally. They look happier, look more relaxed and look more genuine. An experienced or talented wedding photojournalist, such as myself, will work in an unobtrusive way which means people will forget or won’t even realise I am there.  That doesn’t just happen, it comes from years of photojournalistic experience as well as, in my case, years of shooting candid street photography. Getting in, getting the shot and remaining invisible is a real skill and part of the reason you want a wedding photojournalism approach to you wedding story.  If there is a common thing a lot of wedding couples say to me when they get the images from their wedding day is they simply don’t remember me being there to get the photos. Which leads me on nicely, to the third reason…
  3. Which is, you and your wedding guests ultimately remember the wedding photography and not necessarily the wedding photographer.  When the photographer is setting up faked and staged moments they become a director, having to step into the centre of things and, in the worst case scenario, become bossy and ordering people about.  With a wedding photojournalism approach to ensuring the integrity of the moment I work discretely, unobtrusively and quickly in getting those real moments that tell the real story of your wedding.  That doesn’t mean I don’t get in amongst things, I most definitely do (but maybe that’s a blog post for another day!) but I do that thoughtfully, sensitively and discretely.

So hopefully now you understand a little more about why I will constantly talk about ensuring the integrity of the moment in terms of your wedding photography.  It really is central to all that I do and is the driving force of my philosophy towards wedding photojournalism.

Want a Wedding Photojournalism Approach to Your Wedding Photography?

Rowton Castle wedding photography of first kiss

So if you are getting married and feel a natural, candid and unobtrusive wedding photojournalism approach is exactly how you want your real wedding story being documented then I’d be delighted to talk about your wedding plans in more detail.  You can call me now on 07920 422144 or simply send me an email via my contact page here and I’ll get straight back to you.  For my current prices and packages please go here.

I look forward to hearing from you.

My 5 Favourite…Brides Getting Dressed Photos!

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Wedding Photojournalism of 5 Brides Getting Into Their Wedding Dress

The bridal preparations are fantastic for wedding photojournalism.  I know I’ve said it before, but the early part of the wedding morning, when brides and the bridal party start getting ready, is a great time for all the emotions you’d want as part of a wedding story.  There’s excitement, nerves, laughter, tears and everything else in-between. As a wedding photojournalist it’s such emotions, expressions and moments that I specialize in documenting.

When brides and the bridal party are having their hair done, make-up applied and getting into their wedding dresses they really do forget I am there (I’m sure it’s nothing to do with the alcohol that can appear during this time!), meaning I do get some fantastic and natural shots at this part of the day.  This is, after all, why you have booked a wedding photojournalist – to capture the real story of your wedding in a natural, candid and unobtrusive way.  So how could I not love the bridal preparations?

So here are 5 of some of my favourite wedding photojournalism images of brides getting dressed and into their wedding dresses.

#1 The Whole Bridal Party

Rowton Castle Wedding preparations

What I really love about this photo, from Kara & Jason’s Rowton Castle wedding photography, is how so much is going on within that one frame. The beauty of wedding photojournalism is capturing single moments that can tell an entire story in their own right. Yes, of course, you are immediately struck by a beautiful bride in her dress, the stunning scarlet dresses of the bridesmaids and the luxurious surroundings of the bridal suite at Rowton Castle.  But, then, as you look closer you notice one bridesmaid is sewing an adjustment to another bridesmaids dress; an another bridesmaid is adjusting a shoe whilst another is helping to tie the bride’s wedding dress whilst the bride herself looks on, almost regally, at all the mini stories going on around her. This really is the best example of the power of a wedding photojournalism narrative.  It almost captures the nature of bridal preparations in a single, powerful image. In lots of ways it raises as many questions as it answers.  And isn’t that what all the best stories do?

#2 Strike That Pose!

Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the mother-of-the-bride making a final adjustment to the bride's wedding dressing, during the bridal preparations

The mother of the bride spots a last minute adjustment to the back of the wedding dress, just moments before the wedding service was to start at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton. The bride stops in the natural light of a large bay window and strikes a pose that accentuates her figure and the beauty of her dress.  Behind, almost redundant in this intimate moment between mother and daughter, the father of the bride looks on.  It’s such a strong and striking moment, that you’d expect of wedding photojournalism – the simplicity further enhanced by black & white processing. And it’s for those very reasons it remains one of my firm favourites from the wedding story of Gemma and Rich.

#3 It’s All About Team Work

Holiday Inn Brighton wedding photography of the bridal party each during the bridal preparations

It always makes me smile when I look at this image from Steph & Dan’s Brighton wedding photography at the Holiday Inn.  It really sums up the togetherness of the bridal preparations and the efficiency of ensuring everyone is ready in time.  What I also love is the suggestion of evolution in one frame, from the bridesmaid’s dress hanging in the background up to the almost ready bride with a relaxed contentedness about her. Of course, being a wedding photojournalist this is a naturally occurring and truly spontaneous moment that’s not been setup, staged or faked. That’s what makes wedding photojournalism perfect capturing for what is truly your real wedding story – rather than a wedding photographer’s interpretation of it.

#4 Wedding Dress Detail

Slaley Hall Northumberland Wedding Photography

Wedding photojournalism doesn’t always have to be about candid moments, expressions and emotions. The small details are also an important element of the wedding story.  Here, this image from Lisa and Steve’s Slaley Hall wedding photography, really shows the intricate and stunning details of the wedding dress.  Add to that the actual tying of the dress and you add a real moment, albeit a slightly abstract one, to the overall image.  Once again, the black & white processing ensures nothing detracts from the small, intricate details.

#5 More Humour & Teamwork

Documentary wedding photography at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

Again humour and teamwork play an important part in this image from Kelly and Ryan’s South Lodge wedding photography, down in Horsham, West Sussex.  The bridal party do whatever is necessary to help the bride into her beautiful wedding dress. One bridesmaid is up on a chair, holding the dress up, so the mother-of-the-bride can get in under the dress to secure a clip. It’s looking for the humour, in what can often be very stressful moments, that sets apart wedding photojournalism.  By capturing moments as they happen ensures the image looks natural and the integrity of the moment is maintained. It’s that integrity that is so important to me as a wedding photojournalist and ensures a strong reportage narrative.

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Of course, there are so many other photos that I could have featured of brides getting dressed  – but I hope this small selection do reflect the kind of images my wedding photojournalism approach will provide in your unique and personal wedding story.  You can also see my other personally selected 5 Favourites series here.

If you did enjoy these photos and are getting married soon, then I would love to chat with you about your wedding plans and how my candid, natural and unobtrusive photojournalistic approach can fit your wedding story. Give me a call right now on 07920 422144 or leave me a message here and I promise to get straight back to you. You can see details of all my packages and prices here.

Greenwich London pre wedding photography

Greenwich Park Pre-Wedding Photography in London – Steph & Paul


Pre-Wedding Photography Shoot in Greenwich Park, London

Even though I am a London wedding photographer I am more than happy to shoot weddings anywhere in the UK, or even destination weddings abroad.  However, that said, nothing beats, as a London boy, a London location – especially for a pre-wedding photography shoot. It is, after all, a case of home sweet home! So when Steph and Paul, whose Bromley wedding photography I am honoured to be shooting later this year, suggested we do their pre-wedding portrait shoot in the gorgeous Greenwich Park,in south east London, I could hardly contain my excitement!

Greenwich Park, is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and, quite rightly so, is world famous.  After all, it hosts the Prime Meridian Line and Royal Observatory as well as being part of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site which is home to The National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College. It’s also the most historic of all the Royal Parks and dates back to Roman times and was enclosed in 1427. The park offers imperious views across the River Thames all the way to St. Pauls Cathedral in the City beyond. It is, quite simply, one of the most perfect locations for a pre-wedding photography shoot.

Rain, Laughter and Great Photos

Greenwich London pre wedding photography

Despite the fact that the morning started off with blazing sunshine it was if, almost on cue, the moment Steph and Paul turned up the sky clouded up and spots of rain began to fall.  The rain, which varied between light drizzle and occasional heavier bursts, basically persisted throughout the entire period of their pre-wedding photography session. An hour afterwards, as we laughingly predicted, things brightened up and the sun came out! You really couldnt have made it up any better.

But still, as I always tell wedding couples, you can’t control the weather on your wedding day, so whatever it is you work with it and even it make it a feature itself of the wedding photography. So we definitely had a few laughs through the shoot.  Clearly Steph and Paul are a fun couple and it became apparent early on, entirely comfortable being in front of the camera. But it was also quite clear, in-between shots, the great deal of love and affection they have for one another. I’m sure their wedding day in Bromley is going to be fantastic and I can’t wait to be shooting their wedding photography.

The Aim of a Pre-Wedding Photography Session

Greenwich London pre wedding portrait photography

I always encourage my wedding couples to opt for a pre-wedding portrait session if they can (which is included free within my most popular wedding photography package The Wedding Storyteller).  It might seem a little at odds with me being a wedding photojournalist, who will primarily document the real story of your wedding in a natural, candid and unobtrusive way, to be offering what is a more formal portrait shoot ahead of your wedding day. But there are 3 good reasons why I do so:

  1. It’s a great way for us all to get to know one another better before the wedding day.  After all, as your wedding photographer, I will spend the most time with you on your wedding day, compared to all the other wedding vendors. So it’s much nicer to know one another more by the day.
  2. You get used to me photographing you.  It’s not always the most natural thing, for some couples, to be the main focus of a photographer over a period time, so a pre-wedding photography shoot ensures not only do you get used to it, but I can also get an idea of what works with you and the kind of things to look out for on your wedding day
  3. At the end of it you’ll end up with some beautiful portraits of you both!

I am currently offering a FREE pre-wedding portrait shoot with all of my wedding photography packages in 2016/17, if you book me before 31 August 2015.  For more details of this fabulous offer, you can read more here.  Or, if you would like to see more details about my various wedding photography collections and prices, they please click here.

Contact me

So if you enjoyed this Greenwich Park pre-wedding photography in London or are getting married in London or elsewhere and would like to have a friendly and informal chat with me about your wedding plans, then please do call me now on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page here.  I will be delighted to explain more about my unique and natural wedding photojournalism approach and how you too can get beautiful pre-wedding portraits like those of Steph and Paul’s below (just a very small random selection from the 250+ images they got from their pre-wedding photography session!)

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Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a silhouetted bride and groon sharing a kiss.

My 5 Favourite…Hugs & Kisses

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My Five Favourite “Hugs & Kisses” Photos

As a wedding photojournalist if there’s one thing you’ve got to love shooting then it’s hugs, kisses, cuddles and even snogs! Weddings are full of them.  And that’s what makes it a joy to specialise in wedding photojournalism.  After all, most people most probably associate photojournalism with gritty issues, tragedy and suffering.  So wedding photojournalism definitely bucks this assumption. But you still have to be quick and alive to whats happening in capturing that decisive wedding moment. Kisses and hugs can be over in a blink of an eye. Hence why a wedding photojournalist is an expert at documenting that fleeting happenstance for your wedding story. Yes, you could set up a kiss or a hug, but it’s never the same as one caught naturally and unobtrusively.  Wedding photojournalism ensures the integrity of both the moment and your wedding story – and it’s that that ensures the blink-in-an-eye moment is captured and cherished foever.

Understandably most people will think of the happy couple kissing and hugging on the wedding day – but all that romance and happiness infuses everyone – so wedding photojournalism is also very much alert to guests, friends and family sharing beautiful and touching emotional exchanges. It’s these moments that do complete a personal wedding story for you. Why spend time staging and faking them when you can capture them more easily naturally.  I think we’d all agree, that genuine emotions are much nicer than faked ones.

So here are 5 of my favourite hugs and kisses wedding photos. I hope you enjoy.

#1 The Silhouetted Kiss

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a silhouetted bride and groon sharing a kiss.

Shooting against a large, backlit window like this, it would have been tempting to expose for the couple or even use a flash.  But instead I purposefully exposed for the window light which ensured the couple were underexposed and made for a graphically striking silhouette. Add to that the very fact they are kissing and you have a unique take on a wedding couple kissing photo.

#2 Sisters Hugging

Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the bride emotionally hugging her sister, during the drinks reception

This is a lovely, tender and touching moment. The wedding ceremony has just finished and the bride is hugging her sister close. It’s a moment that says much about familiy ties and sibling bonds. Yes, of course, the lovely light and soft, almost pastel-like colours add to it – but for me, as a wedding photojournalist looking for those elusive decisive moments, this really captures the power of an emotional release immediately after the bride has gotten married.

#3 The Power of the First Kiss

Crockwell Farm wedding photography of bride and groom having their first kiss during the wedding ceremony

Of course, the first kiss is one of the “must have” and traditional shots that all wedding photographers will wish to capture during the wedding service. What I love about this particular one is the power and passion of the groom’s hold on his new wife. It really demonstrates the power of the couple’s love for one another.  She clearly means the whole world to him and he’s not letting her go…ever!

#4 The Love of a Mother

St Laurence Warborough wedding photography of a bride cuddling her daughter during the wedding ceremony

How can you not be moved by a classic example of a mother’s love for her child? The fact it is occurring in the middle of the wedding itself, only adds to the photo’s emotional impact. It’s these moments, that I often call the “moments inbetween the moments” that I love to capture for the wedding story. These are the real moments that may pass in the blink-of-the-eye but, thanks to the wedding photojournalist, become a moment that can be treasured forever.

#5 The Guests Kissing

Saracen's Head Little Brington wedding photography of young couple kissing during the evening wedding reception

As I said in the intro, people often associate the emotion of the wedding day with the happy couple themselves. But as a wedding photojournalist I do see it as my job to seek out the passion and romance that spills into the day itself, as it did here. A young couple, clearly in love, share a tender embrace and kiss during the evening reception. Again, it’s another image that makes up the fuller wedding story and truly depicts the real events of the day.

Of course, there are so many other photos that I could have feauture here of kisses, cuddles, hugs and snogs – but I hope this small selection do reflect the kind of images my wedding photojournalism approach will provide in your unique and personal wedding story.  You can also see my other personally selected 5 Favourites series here.

If you did enjoy these photos and are getting married soon, then I would love to chat with you about your wedding plans and how my candid, natural and unobtrusive photojournalistic approach can fit your wedding story. Give me a call right now on 07920 422144 or leave me a message here and I promise to get straight back to you. You can see details of all my packages and prices here.


Rowton Castle wedding photography of the wedding singer picked out by a lone spotlight, creating an atmospheric mood during the evening wedding reception

Why I Love This Image: The Blues Singer

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Why I Love This Wedding Image of The Blues Singer.

Being a wedding photojournalist who loves capturing natural, candid and beautiful wedding photography the evening wedding reception provides lots of different and decisive moments.  Often overlooked are photos that capture the other wedding vendors you’ve booked and who have worked so hard in delivering your perfect wedding day.

That’s why I see it as part of my mission to capture the other players and characters who make up your wedding story and give you a complete wedding photojournalism package.

The Perfect Example of Wedding Photojournalism

This particular image is from Kara & Jason’s wedding day up at Rowton Castle in Shropshire and is a perfect example of how wedding photojournalism can capture the most beautiful and natural images without the need to fake or stage them.  As a result the wedding story is one that throws up real memories of moments rather than moments created by a photographer.

Here a very talented and beautiful singer was entertaining the guests (although there was one young man who wasn’t as impressed!) when the disco lights fell on her, causing her and the microphone to be beautifully silhouetted, and creating an unforgettable moment that captures the mood perfectly of a smokey blues and jazz singer performing.  It could have been from a basement club in 1930s Paris as it is a wedding reception!

The Power of Wedding Photojournalism

That’s the power of an unobtrusive wedding photojournalism approach to your big day. Capturing all those other natural and candid moments that happen alongside the main part of the wedding are what create a truly genuine and memorable wedding story that is personal to you and your own wedding day.

And that’s why this is an image I love!


Like this photo and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a wedding at Rowton Castle near Shrewsbury in Shropshire? Then I’d love to talk with you. Call me on 07920 422144 or drop me a quick message here.

My Why I Love This Image series hopefully gives you more of an insight of why I took particular images, their context and my thought processes. As a wedding photojournalist I strongly believe in providing an open, honest and transparent explanation of the photography I capture.