SUFFOLK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
I often get asked "what's my STYLE of Wedding Photography?" and it's one of the main questions any Bride should consider before selecting their photographer.
Wedding photography style is an important consideration when it comes to capturing your special day.
There's many different "styles" and over the years I've come to love a particular "look" that is now my style.
The photographs I give my couples are an "end result"
What I mean is that the way a photograph looks, is a result of many things, the camera, the lenses used, the actual settings used for the shot, where did the photographer stand, what did they wait for (a moment!), was it totally natural or was there a little or a lot of direction. And much more.
Many people understandably, think that photographing a wedding is the same as they themselves use their phone to take a photo; basically point the phone and click. Done!
Sadly many wedding photographers do just this and produce flat, lifeless images when so much more is possible.
LIGHT! It's everything!
Add to that being in the right place at the right time with the right lens and setting and waiting for just the right moment and BAM!!
A wedding photo that's on a different planet
Beyond actual photography I believe it's so important to "fit in" at your wedding.
I've heard many stories of photographers who barked orders to guests, who took over the couples wedding and got in the way of everything. And most likely at the end didn't get very great photos either!
My approach is to be a "privileged" guest. Someone who gets on with the couple really well, who is chatty and friendly with guests and gets things done through co-operation.
Given the feedback I've had over the 200 odd weddings I've done I think this approch works well.
The photography at your wedding is just the start.
Back in the days of film wedding photography (pre 2005 ish) you got whatever the photographer photographed on the day. Whilst it was possible to do some editing to your photos most would simply give you the prints as they came out.
Jump forward to today and for me the images I take on the wedding day are simplythe raw material from which I'll create your final wedding photos.
Photo editing software is now pretty advanced and allows for a huge amount of adjustment to any photo. From exposure and white balance to using Ai to select just people and treat them differently to the background. With such a vast array of tools at hand the problem now is to keep photos looking "real" and "natural"
I like to think I do this pretty well
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It didn't come easily and still means that a wedding isn't a stroll in the park; far from it.
For me a wedding day is about constantly thinking ahead by a minute, what gear will I need to best capture what'll happen in 60 seconds, where do I need to be to get the best light, what do I hope to happen that'll make a great photo.
How can I be more creative with what's happening.
Should I give the bride/groom/bridemaid etc just a little direction? Maybe ask them to repeat what they just did but over here in better light or will I miss something else whilst doing that?
It's second by second day that lasts for 8 to 10 hours.
But it's so worth it.
To get home and the next day look through some of the super photos and say to myself, "I did that!"
It's why I love what I do and why just saying my style is X,Y or Z falls so short of what it really means to have me as your wedding photographer.
Some weddings are at a church, it's dark and raining. I want my photos to give my wedding couple that "feel" when they see their photos - I believe that a photo is more than a pictorial representation of a scene - it's something that should connect with the viewer and make them "feel" something.
Weddings are not always bright and sunny (although nice when they are!) and I use the venue, the weather, the colour themes and more to create the images that will not only remind the couple of what the day looked like - but how the day "felt"
I mean this photo here....
It was July and very hot but the ceremony was in a very dark panelled room with small windows covered by thick velvet curtains.
This is what the wedding ceremony in that room "felt" like.