Why I Love This Image: Quiet Time for the Couple

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As a documentary wedding photographer, there’s so many elements of a wedding day I love to capture. Often it’s the small moments, that seemed almost insignificant at the time, that can add such mood and emotion to a couple’s wedding story. This image, from Kara and Jason’s wedding photography at Rowton Castle in Shropshire, is one such moment.

Moments In-Between the Moments

I know I’ve talked about it before, but as a documentary wedding photographer I’m always looking out for the little moments. These are the moments that fall in between those bigger moments; the moments that you’re normally expected to capture as a wedding photographer.

Here, the post-wedding ceremony portraits have been completed. The wedding couple had chatted with the wedding guests and had  now decided to take themselves off down the beautiful gardens at Rowton Castle, to enjoy a bit of quiet time after all the excitement and tension of the wedding morning.

The All-Seeing Wedding Photojournalist

It would have been easy for me to turn my focus (excuse the pun!) to other things at this point, but I kept an eye on the bride and groom as they walked away. I just knew the quiet and solitude of the moment would provide a subtle contrasting moment from the other moments of their wedding day. It’s these unsual moments I love to capture.

Of course, I also saw the symbolism of the newly married couple walking away into their future together. I love to document moments that can be imbued with meaning and are open to interpretation, as this one clearly is.

Real and Naturally Occurring Wedding Moments

Someone did ask me once why I didn’t ask them to hold hands as they walked away. As a documentary wedding photographer I’m committed to capturing the purity and honesty of a moment. So I’d never set something up. I want my wedding photojournalism to capture the real and naturally occurring moments of a couple’s wedding day. It’s their story not my creation of one.

Besides, I think the fact they aren’t holding hands portrays a confidence they have in their relationship and one another. It speaks of them as individuals as well as a bride and groom.

So that’s why I love this wedding photography at Rowton Castle. You may also enjoy other photos in my Why I Love This Image series. If you did it enjoy it, it would be great if you could share this post across your social media.

 

 

 

My 5 Favourite…Kids Being Kids

Five Favourites

An occasional consideration for some wedding couples is whether to have a child-free wedding or not. Of course, this is always a personal choice for the couple involved but there’s no denying, from a wedding photojournalism perspective, children do present some fantastic photo opportunities.  So I do love it when children are at weddings – it just gives me more moments, emotions and expressions to capture for your unique wedding story.

So here are 5 of my favourite photos of kids being kids at previous weddings.

#1 The Princess Flower Girl

Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the bride watching as her daughter shows off her pretty dress.

I just love how the flower girl admires her pretty dress with a spontaneous twirl, during the bridal preparations for Gemma and Rich’s wedding at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, East Sussex. Kids do produce these fleeting little moments in-between the bigger moments and as a wedding photojournalist I love to document them as part of the bigger wedding story.

#2 The Unimpressed Boy

Rowton Castle wedding photography of a young boy watching the wedding singer entertain guests during the evening reception

This perennial favourite I have talked about before in my Why I Love This Image series, but it captures such a classic moment as he watches on unimpressed as the wedding singer belts out a beautiful torch song at Kara and Jasons wedding at Rowton Castle in Shropshire.  Because kids are less guarded of their expressions and emotions it means they do present some really natural and amusing moments for the wedding story.

#3  Your Hat is Much More FunNorthamptonshire wedding photographer captures a flower gil playing with the hat of the mother of the bride during the wedding toasts and speeches at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

It’s speeches time at Hollie and Dan’s wedding at Grendon Lakes in Northamptonshire and the flower girl, sat at the head table, decides there’s much more fun in yanking down her grandmother’s hat than listening to all those boring words and toasts!  You just couldn’t fake or pose a genuine wedding moment like this and its the perfect demonstration of the natural power of a wedding photojournalism approach.

#4 Yuk! Being Kissed By The Bride!

Rowton Castle Wedding Photography Shropshire

Let’s face it, young boys of a certain age hate being kissed by girls…even by beautiful brides!  This is a classic moment from Maria and Pete’s wedding, another at Rowton Castle in Shropshire. Whilst the bride is having adjustments made to her dress during the evening reception, she leans forward to kiss this adorably cheeky young guest…and clearly it’s not something he wanted to happen! Children do create such natural storytelling moments at weddings.

#5  The Fun of the Dance Floor

Holiday Inn Brighton wedding photography of children playing on the dancefloor, during the evening wedding reception.

Dance floors are for dancing, right?  Wrong!  Not when a polished, empty dance floor is just perfect for sliding across…as is happening here at Steph and Dan’s wedding the Holiday Inn in Brighton, East Sussex.  That’s the great thing about kids, they’ll turn any opportunity into a playground…and who can blame them!  After all, it does make for fun wedding photography!

Of course, there are so many other photos of kids being kids photos I could have chosen, so I’d encourage you to look through my other real wedding stories if you’d like to see more.

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If you are getting married and enjoyed my natural, relaxed and unobtrusive approach to capturing wedding stories then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  You can either call me on 07920 422144 or simply send me a message via my contact page with details of your wedding. I’ll be thrilled to hear from you.

Rowton Castle Wedding Photography: An International Love Story

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Maria & Peter’s Amazing Wedding Story at Rowton Castle in Shropshire

As far as love stories go, Maria and Peter’s is pretty much an international love affair which relied upon a good deal of luck and, arguably, twists of fate.  Maria, who is from California in the US, was asked by her company a few year ago if she would travel to Ireland to do some training there.  As chance would have it Peter, who is originally from Hampshire in the UK, was out in Ireland working at the time and, of course, as fate would have it, the pair of them met and eventually fell in love.

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Then 2 years ago the opportunity of working in the US came up and Peter didn’t hesitate at taking the job and joining his beloved Maria out in the States. The international connections don’t end there though, as Maria’s family are of Hispanic origins and Peter’s are of Scottish heritage – so the wedding offered up a real mix of proud and passionate cultures. This meant my storytelling approach to weddings would be perfect for such a unique wedding day.

Having decided on getting married in the UK, the couple sought out a wedding venue that would project the feel and mood of a traditional English wedding. Rowton Castle is among the most romantic and magical castle venues in the UK so was definitely a perfect setting for Maria and Peter’s wonderful wedding story.

Rowton Castle Wedding Photography Shropshire

Of course, the next step for Maria and Peter was finding a wedding photographer.  I had previously photographed Kara and Jason’s wedding up at Rowton Castle during the summer of 2012 and Maria came across those photos online and the rest is history – I was booked to document another Rowton Castle wedding.

As you might expect, what with it being February in Shropshire, it poured with rain on the wedding day itself, but that didn’t dampen spirits during Maria’s bridal preparations. With friends and family supporting her and English (with a definite American twang) and Spanish being flung around it definitely had a more exotic feel than normal and I was determined to perfectly capture all the moments that arose.

Rowton Castle Wedding Photography Shropshire

Make-up duties were expertly handled by the fun Nat Ravenscroft, whose fab work you can see more of on her website and Facebook Page.  Hair duties were as equally expertly handled by the friendly Emily Jayne Pitt, whose talented hairdressing you can see more of on her Facebook Page.  With so much going on, where you looked, it meant there were loads of great opportunities for me to capture as a documentary wedding photographer.

Rowton Castle Wedding Photography Shropshire

The ceremony saw Peter and his side of the family all adorned in traditional kilts, complete with the family’s exclusive tartan , whilst Maria’s bridal party looked stunning in beige dresses – all made even more stunning by the brilliant orange bouquets that complimented the floral theme throughout – created by the wonderfully talented florist Julie Nicholas, whose  amazing floral creations can be further seen on her website.

Rowton Castle Wedding Photography Shropshire

With the weather still wet and cold outside, it was a case of shooting the traditional portraits around the staircase inside the castle – but with it being such a beautiful venue, that wasn’t too much of a challenge.  After the amusing and moving speeches and toasts it was onto the traditional cake cutting. Maria and Peter had opted for a beautiful looking and delicious naked wedding cake – which was brilliantly created by the talented Karen Weaver, whose tasty wedding cakes can be viewed on her website.

Rowton Castle Wedding Photography Shropshire

Evening entertainment was laid on by the fantastic DJ Will Tudor, a man who will get every wedding dancing and every face smiling.  You can find out more about Will on his website. With so much fun and laughter happening, it meant there was so many smiles and expressions for me to document and ensure the wedding story finished as it started…with much fun!

Rowton Castle Wedding Photography Shropshire

I’m sure you will agree, from the small selection of photos below, Maria and Peter had a wonderful wedding at Rowton Castle.

Are you getting married at Rowton Castle or elsewhere and enjoy my relaxed and unobtrusive wedding photojournalism approach then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans.  You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.

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Rowton Castle Wedding Photography of the wedding party having some lighthearted fun on the lawn, after the wedding ceremony

Back in the Day: Wonderful Rowton Castle

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A random look back through my wedding photography archives

I was contacted today about Kara and Jason’s wonderful wedding at Rowton Castle back in 2012 – so it got me thinking about how fabulous a venue Rowton Castle is for weddings.

As a wedding photographer I dream  of beautiful and elegant backdrops for my wedding photography and Rowton Castle in Shropshire provides exactly that.  It’s one of the best Shropshire wedding venues.

I’m also excited that I’ll be returning to Rowton Castle in February 2016 to shoot the wedding of Maria and Peter. I can’t wait!

Are you getting married at Rowton Castle, or elsewhere, and like my natural storytelling approach to wedding photography? Then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans. You can call me now on 07920 422144 or send me a mai via my Contact Page. 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.

The wedding singer during a Rowton Castle wedding evening reception.

The Unimpressed Boy – Why I Love This Image

Rowton Castle Shropshire, Why I Love This Image

As a documentary wedding photographer I literally live for catching those little fleeting and often decisive moments from the wedding day. The kind of blink and you miss them moments that can say so much within the story of the wedding.

The Integrity of The Moment

So there I was, shooting Kara and Jason’s wedding up at Rowton Castle near Shrewsbury in Shropshire, having just finished photographing the first dances.  The delightful and beautiful wedding singer was in full flow, entertaining the guests with her mix of soulful blues and jazz, when I looked across the room and saw this young boy peering around the door and looking, well, far from impressed with the vibe.

The bride and groom walk across the lawn during a Rowton Castle wedding.

A Beautiful Summer Shropshire Wedding

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I couldn’t be more excited to shoot a Shropshire wedding at the height of an English Summer.  That’s exactly what Kara and Jason were having at the glorious Rowton Castle near Shrewsbury.

A Rowton Castle Wedding

The Cardeston Suite before a Rowton Castle wedding ceremony

The Cardeston Suite on the morning of  the wedding.