Marrying my beautiful wife, made me realise just how special the wedding day can be and how important it is to have detailed memories to look back on and cherish for years to come. I’ve realised the importance of capturing the finest of details, the emotion and all the little things that usually go unnoticed. Although each and every wedding is totally unique, they all have a few things in common. Weddings are all pretty much guaranteed to be full of love, tears and emotion, and it’s my job as a Norfolk wedding photographer to spontaneously capture each and every unique moment as your special day unfolds.
As a documentary wedding photographer I like to keep my approach ‘very relaxed’. l also like to keep a ‘low profile’ throughout the wedding day and ‘blend in with the guests’ as much as possible. Basically, I like my couples to think of me as one of the guests with a camera! I’m very easy going and tend to mingle in whilst anticipating my next shot. Taking photographs from the perspective of the guests is a great way for me to ‘record the real stuff’ as it’s all happening ‘without getting in the way’. These are the type of images that will tell the unique tale of your wedding day and will be most cherished for years to come!
No bride and groom ever deserves to be stuck with an interfering wedding photographer on their special day, and that’s why the only time I ever really get involved with organising people is during the group formals, if required. Of course, if you’d like a set of group shots taken that’s absolutely fine, but they are not something that I usually recommend because in my opinion after 100’s of weddings, I think your time would be better spent mingling with your family and friends and just enjoying your day!
Remember, ‘it’s your wedding day and it’s all about you’ and having things your way. If you have any special ideas in mind with regards to photographs, for example, a particular photo spot at the venue that you’d like to use, or if you have any novelty ideas or hidden surprises cropping up that you’d like to have photographed, then it would be great to hear about them.
A typical full day of wedding photography begins with documenting the ‘bridal preparations’. This usually takes place at home, at a hotel or at the wedding venue itself and is a fantastic opportunity for me to capture ‘creative and detailed photos’ of the wedding dress, bridal shoes, bouquets, tiaras and any other wedding related knick-knacks that I see lying around. Of course, I’ll also capture some ‘stunning natural images’ of the bride and bridesmaids whilst having their hair styled and make-up applied.
Next up is the ceremony where I typically begin capturing shots of the venue, the arriving guests, the nervous groom and of course the all important arrival of the Bride. During the ceremony I remain low key at all times whilst documenting all the key moments including the processional, the ring exchange, first kiss, signing of the register and the recessional. This is usually followed by a confetti exit which leads into the drinks and canapes. This is actually one of my favourite parts of the day because I get to capture some ‘amazing shots’ as the bride and groom meet, greet and interact with their family and friends for the first time as Mr & Mrs.
Now is a good time for any group shots before heading inside for the wedding breakfast. From here on I’ll capture the bride and groom’s entrance, the speeches, cake cutting, the first dance and the evening party.
At some point – usually around ‘sunset’, I like to take a walk with the bride and groom to get some ‘amazing photos together’, these aren’t compulsory, but are definitely well worth considering!
A pre-wedding photo shoot is a great way for us to get to know each other, it also helps to create a more relaxed feel around photography on the day of your wedding. A pre-wedding photo shoot can take place at the park, in the woods, on the coast or even in the city centre. If permitted, your chosen wedding venue would be an ideal place to have the shoot because it would give us a chance to scope out and discuss all of the best photo opportunities prior to your wedding day. One of the great things about a pre-wedding shoot is that it gives you the chance to ‘see me in action before making a booking’. You will also receive some stunning engagement photos from the shoot.
It is important that you make the right decision when choosing your wedding photographer, so if you’re still deciding on which photographer to use, why not hire me for a pre-wedding shoot to see if I’m right for you?
My full day wedding photography packages include a pre-wedding shoot at no extra cost.
After a long day photographing a wedding, reviewing the photos is something that I always look forward to. I like to get stuck in with the editing process right away so that my couples are ‘not left waiting’ too long to see the photos from their special day. Whenever I take a booking for a wedding I tend to keep the following couple of days free in my diary. This allows me enough time to go through all of the photos and apply my signature edit style.
Every one of my wedding photos goes through the editing process, and believe it or not I actually have just as much fun editing as I do in capturing the moment to begin with. This is an essential part of creating your perfect wedding photos, and although I call it editing, it doesn’t mean that I’m going to be transforming your wedding photos into something that they’re not. In fact, I’m going to be doing totally the opposite with only some minor corrections to colours and skin tones. I also like to finish my photos with an original film like appearance which I apply independently to each and every image.
Once the editing is complete, all final images will be uploaded to a ‘private online gallery’ where you can view, share with friends and family, and of course download the photos. The gallery will be accessible from a link that will be provided to you in an email. All photos will also be delivered to you on a ‘USB stick’ beautifully presented inside a personalised ‘wooden photo box’ for you to cherish.