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The wonderful thing about photographing over 200 weddings is being able to be part of so many special moments, seeing lots little ways couples come up with to make their day special and developing ways to capture them better. Here, my aim is to share those stories with you to give you an insight into how I work to get to know couples and capture moments they will tell stories about in the years to come.

2809, 2019

Wedding image of the day – First Dance

By |September 28th, 2019|Categories: Gate Street Barn Wedding Photographer Guildford Surrey, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

I love the mix of disco lights and the bride and groom just enjoying their moment.

Darren.

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2809, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Bridal Prep

By |September 28th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

Being a wedding photographer, you tend to adopt different approaches throughout the day. Jolly and cheerful to arrange the group shots after the ceremony. When people are getting ready, I tend to keep quiet. Many people have a lot to think about. Then I get to capture quiet moments like this.

Darren.

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2402, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Wedding party fun

By |February 24th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

Summer of 2018 was awesome! It was so much fun to photograph this festival themed wedding and the party that followed.

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2302, 2019

Wedding image of the day – The wedding dress

By |February 23rd, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer, Roffey Park Institute|Tags: |

I’ll normally take a lovely wedding dress picture just after the bride is ready for her big day.

However, sometimes, it’s all a bit to much or the morning is very hectic. It’s never a problem as there are always a few moments free after the wedding ceremony to capture the dress in all it’s glory, with your wedding venue as the backdrop.

Darren.

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2202, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Embrace the weather

By |February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

Let’s say the word. “Rain”. Every couple dreads it. But if you book the right venue, you shouldn’t. A venue with plenty of space and character gives you a wonderful setting for your big day whatever the weather. If it does rain, well, it’s just part of your story of the day!

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1902, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Sing!

By |February 19th, 2019|Categories: Clock Barn, Tufton Warren, Whitchurch - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

I love it when there’s singing at a wedding. You always get a few members of the congregation who sing their hearts out and make up for the rest of us!

Darren.

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1802, 2019

Wedding image of the day – The details

By |February 18th, 2019|Categories: Pamber Place Tadley Berkshire Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

I always make a point of looking for the finer details throughout a wedding day.

Couples spend hours searching for the right decorations, all the way up to the dress itself. So when I see the bridal shoes in the box, waiting to be put on, I’ll spend a few moments finding a nice spot for a picture. On this occasion, the wedding veil was the perfect backdrop. Making sure the soles of the wedding shoes were clean of course.

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1702, 2019

Wedding image of the day – We’ve done it

By |February 17th, 2019|Categories: Clock Barn, Tufton Warren, Whitchurch - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

I love shots like this. The moment when you walk back down the aisle as a married couple. The smiles say it all. A wonderful moment.

Darren.

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1602, 2019

Wedding image of the day – HMS Victory wedding

By |February 16th, 2019|Categories: HMS Victory Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

It’s always fun to do the “Reservoir Dogs” shot with the groomsmen. But really cool when the wedding is on HMS Victory!

Darren.

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1502, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Up to no good

By |February 15th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

Being a father of two children myself, I love it when I see one get up to mischief at a wedding!

Darren.

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1402, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Be mine forever

By |February 14th, 2019|Categories: Clock Barn, Tufton Warren, Whitchurch - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

Happy Valentine’s Day!

To some, it’s the best day to propose. The rest of their lives changes from this moment. Enjoy it!

Darren.

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1302, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Just the two of you

By |February 13th, 2019|Categories: Oakley Hall Hampshire - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

This is a wedding that I photographed at Oakley Hall.

It’s wonderful when the field at the end of the Oakley Hall estate is full of the year’s crop. A bot of pre-wedding planning and careful placement so as not to damage anything and it takes moments to capture this. A lovely spot for a picture of the bride and groom.

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1202, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Get a great angle

By |February 12th, 2019|Categories: Queens Hotel, Southsea, Portsmouth - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

From a photography perspective, weddings are super busy days! You don’t have a chance to think. I’ve photographed well over 200 weddings and I still like to arrive with my mini booklet of shots. Each one is especially designed for that wedding day.

So it was lovely to find a balcony at this church. This is a lovely angle to get on a wedding day and is a collaboration between me and my assistant (who took this shot). As it was planned for, we can quickly get to our positions to capture the images. It’s a great angle to capture that moment when the groom sees his bride for the first time.

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Darren.

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1102, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Images that last a lifetime

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

I’ve not really been big on the latest photography fads. I’ve always tried to develop my own timeless style. That way your wedding images last the test of time.

This image was created using my own black & white process that I created back in 2008. I think it looks as fresh as the day it was taken. I was lucky enough to meet up with Chloe and her husband Nick for a portrait shoot last year with their little boy. They also haven’t changed a bit!

Darren.

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1002, 2019

Wedding image of the day – I now pronounce..

By |February 10th, 2019|Categories: Clock Barn, Tufton Warren, Whitchurch - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

Many moments throughout the day are a once-only event. Having photographed well over 200 weddings, I get to know when these moments are most likely to happen and get ready for them.

I just love this occasion at Clock Barn when the wedding couple are pronounce husband and wife and try to frame it with all the beams, lights, bunting and applause in the background….. and the joy on the bride’s face!

Darren.

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902, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Informal dress shot

By |February 9th, 2019|Categories: Esseborne Manor - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

What I love most about this image is it’s informality. It was a special request to keep images as natural as possible. The bride was just sitting there, talking to friends and family before she put her shoes on. I though it would make a lovely bridal shot. There’s something about seeing the toes that makes it look so natural and relaxed.

Wedding was shot at Essebourne Manor.

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Darren.

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802, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Party!

By |February 8th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

Vows – Done……Speeches – Done

This is the time when EVERYONE can kick back and REALLY enjoy themselves!

Darren.

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702, 2019

Wedding image of the day – I will

By |February 7th, 2019|Categories: Oakley Hall Hampshire - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

This is a wedding I photographed at Oakley Hall. You can’t beat that moment when you see the look in someone’s eyes when they vow to be with their loved one for ever.

Darren.

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602, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Messing about

By |February 6th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer, Templars Barn - Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

I love it when kids get up to mischief at a wedding. It keeps me on my toes to capture the moments. They can be anywhere and can get up to pretty much anything! This was a really fun day.

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502, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Getting ready

By |February 5th, 2019|Categories: Norton Park - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

This wedding involved two of my favourite venues. The wedding reception was at Clock Barn with the bride getting ready at Norton Park. When the bride gets ready, it can be a quiet tense moment as the magnitude of the moment sets in. In this occasion, if Kate was nervous, she was hiding it very well. A lovely morning with friends!

And Real People Photography were there to capture that moment!

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Darren.

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402, 2019

Wedding image of the day – You’re the star

By |February 4th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you’re introduced into the room for the wedding reception. The most wonderful warm welcome from friends and family. You are the A-Listers!

And Real People Photography were there to capture that moment!

Darren.

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302, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Different perspective

By |February 3rd, 2019|Categories: Aldermaston Manor Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

You’ve got to love a Manor House wedding with it’s sweeping staircases. It’s also great fun to run up a few floors and get couples to look up and get this type of shot!

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202, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Winchester cathedral

By |February 2nd, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer, Winchester - Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

This was an unusual wedding shoot. There was no wedding!

A couple were getting married in their home country but were visiting relatives here in the UK. We spent a wonderful few hours taking pictures all over some lovely parts of Winchester. This included this image outside Winchester Cathedral.

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102, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Fun wedding

By |February 1st, 2019|Categories: Oakley Hall Hampshire - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

I’m a big fan of taking pictures in between taking pictures….. if that even makes sense!

This was at a wedding I photographed at Oakley Hall. When I was photographing this “Reservoir Dogs” style picture they were just lining up. Someone else cracked a joke while they were off-guard and so captured this moment.

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3101, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Just the two of you

By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: Norton Park - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

It’s lovely to spend a moment with each other and have a few pictures taken. I like to make it as relaxed and informal as possible. I’ll have a rug to hand, everyone’s chatting which all helps for a relaxed image or two to help capture the mood of the day.

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3001, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Sunset.

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

I love a sunset.

It’s something I always plan for just in case. I’ve captured so many now it takes moments. This is fortunate as couples are well into the evening celebrations by then! It goes like this, couples are greeted by a stunning sky image on the back of my camera. “If you have 30 seconds, we can get a lovely picture of the two of you at sunset”. It’s a win win! Just a few steps, drink still in hand, stand, click done. Then back to the dance floor and banter with your friends.

Who wouldn’t be happy with that?

Darren.

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2901, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Guests having fun

By |January 29th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

You’ve spend hours and days planning your wedding.

It gets to the big day. Normally, a couple will reflect on how fast the day has flown by! They get to speak to as many guests as they can but it’s great to look back on this wonderful day and see how everyone enjoyed themselves. That’s why we make sure we capture as many natural images as we can. Then you can look back at how you all had such an amazing time and re-live those special moments.

Darren.

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2801, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Quiet moments.

By |January 28th, 2019|Categories: Cain Manor Bordon Surrey - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

I loved photographing this barn wedding at Cain Manor.

As a wedding photographer, I try and read the room to strike a balance between being conversational (So people get to know me and then forget that I’m there) and keeping quiet and staying in the background. By keeping quiet people can get on with getting ready and I can capture quiet moments like this, with the added bonus of capturing the wedding dress too.

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Darren.

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2701, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Nature’s confetti.

By |January 27th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

As the days finally start to get longer, we can finally look forward to spring!

I loved this springtime wedding which was photographed a few years ago. It just happened that it had been a windy morning. The springtime blossom had been blown onto the church lawn. A perfect spot to place the wedding rings before the service and get a real sense of the season.

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Darren.

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2601, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Great group shots.

By |January 26th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer, Rhinefield House Hotel Brockenhurst Hampshire – Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

OK, I admit it. I’m a bit of a equipment nerd. I’m always on the lookout for something to improve my wedding photography or get a better angle. I once made a purchase of a small step latter that extends to become a large step ladder. This means I can get great group shots in the perfect position without having to rely on fixed high points and avoid the sun being in the wrong place.

This gives me a bit of time to get creative, like this heart-shaped group shot. I’ve also positioned the sun to be just behind them so they can look up and not be dazzled.

This wedding was photographed at Rhinefield House Hotel.

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Darren.

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2501, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Natural moments.

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: Cain Manor Bordon Surrey - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

As a wedding photographer, I like to keep in the background as much as possible and capture those natural images on someone’s big day. Like this moment where Dad sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time

This wedding was photographed at Cain Manor.

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2401, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Here comes the bride.

By |January 24th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer, Talbot Inn Ripley Woking Surrey - Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

It’s amazing how many times I’ve heard “he isn’t normally an emotional person” said to me at a wedding.

When I chat to wedding couples, I get to know a bit about their story. It’s never hard to see why the groom gets a bit emotional as his bride-to-be walks down the aisle. It’s been a long time in the planning. It’s a big moment. It’s hard not to shed a little tear.

This wedding was photographed on a lovely summer’s day at the Talbot Inn, Ripley.

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Darren.

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2301, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Wedding photography on the beach.

By |January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Highcliffe Castle - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

The ceremony had finished at Highcliffe Castle, the group pictures were complete, but it was a lovely day! It seemed foolish not to pop the few meters down to the beach for a few pictures there. The weather gods were in my favour. Shooting in one direction, I had the lovely low light to get the warm tomes from the sand and the blues from the sea. We had a great time chatting and laughing to keep the mood relaxed and so capture those natural pictures. We were just about to leave as I turned around to face the other direction. It took just a few moments for me to place them on the other side of me and take this shot.

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2201, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Winchester Cathedral.

By |January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer, Winchester - Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

I had a wonderful time walking around Winchester and the cathedral taking wedding pictures. Lots and lots of lovely places to take images.

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2101, 2019

Wedding image of the day – The bigger picture

By |January 21st, 2019|Categories: Gate Street Barn Wedding Photographer Guildford Surrey, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

People spend a LOT of time planning their big day, so photographing those details can be really important to a wedding couple. I also like to capture an overall sense of a moment too by capturing big pictures like this at Gate Street Barn.

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2001, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Nervous?…. Me?

By |January 20th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

Like a lot of weddings I photograph, they come to me via recommendation. Or I get them via friends of friends of friends etc.

Just like this wedding of Loren and Tom’s at Clock Barn who came via the latter. As a wedding photographer, just keeping quiet in the corner helps everyone to relax and be themselves so I can capture the moments, even if it is on one of the biggest days of their lives.

No pressure.

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Darren.

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1901, 2019

Wedding image of the day – OMG, we’ve done it!

By |January 19th, 2019|Categories: Clock Barn, Tufton Warren, Whitchurch - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: , |

Photographing Nobue & Alex’s wedding day at Clock Barn in Tufton Warren, Hampshire was such fun! I love this moment when they have just been declared as husband and wife. You can almost hear what’s going through her mind!

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1801, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Waiting…

By |January 18th, 2019|Categories: Gate Street Barn Wedding Photographer Guildford Surrey, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: , |

It’s a warm day photographing this wedding at Gate Street Barn in Guildford, Surrey. Here’s Dad waiting for his daughter to emerge, all prepared, for her big moment. Late? It’s a bride’s prerogative right?

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1701, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Let’s Dance!

By |January 17th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer, Wellington College Berkshire - Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

I’ve photographed a few weddings at Welling College. Such a wonderful space to get married and celebrate your big day! Love this shot of the groom dancing with his step-daughter…… well…. sort of.

Darren.

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