Stories behind the images

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Stories behind the images2018-01-15T15:06:18+00:00

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.

1101, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Fun pictures.

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

We had finished the wedding group shots. Completed some lovely pictures of the bride and groom and actually had a little bit of spare time. The groomsmen asked for a picture. Decided to have a little fun with this. A countryside image with the air of an 80’s album cover! Unfortunately one of the groomsmen did not have their shades with them at the time so I had to add in a pair in Photoshop. Can you tell which one?

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1001, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Magical moments.

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

It’s a lovely magical touch to add fairy wings to a wedding dress!

The sun was out and it seemed a shame not to do a bit of Photoshop magic and add some fairy dust!

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901, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Natural moments.

By |January 9th, 2019|Categories: Highcliffe Castle - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: |

I love those images that tell more than one story. This the moment where the groom had finished his speech and said some lovely things about his new wife. Made Mum tear up a bit. That was such a fun wedding day at Highcliffe Castle.

See more photos and hear what made Mum tear up by clicking here.

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801, 2019

Wedding image of the day – With this ring.

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

I pride myself as one of those wedding photographers who don’t get in the way of a wedding ceremony. In order to get lovely detailed shots like this, I invest in top quality zoom lenses. That way I’m able to capture those vital moments from a safe distance.

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701, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Natural moments!.

By |January 7th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer, Rivervale Barn Yateley - Wedding Photographer|Tags: , |

Being a Dad of two myself, I love it when children can find a bit of space to have some fun during a wedding day. These children were letting their hair down after the wedding breakfast and before the evening music started.

It’s all part of staying in the background to capture those natural moments.

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601, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Just before the big moment.

By |January 6th, 2019|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: , |

I like to stay in the background a lot of the time. In the nicest way, people forget that I’m there. The perfect opportunity to capture those unguarded moments!

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101, 2019

Wedding image of the day – Catching the moment.

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Clock Barn, Tufton Warren, Whitchurch - Wedding Photographer, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: , |

Happy New Year!

I LOVE covering weddings at Clock Barn! And I love capturing moments like this just as the bride and groom. walk back up the aisle.

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2312, 2018

Wedding image of the day – Just the two of you

By |December 23rd, 2018|Categories: Gate Street Barn Wedding Photographer Guildford Surrey, Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: , |

Yes, I admit it, I’m a bit of a gadget enthusiast. I do have an app that gives me the weather for the next hour at my current location. Ideal for weddings where showers are forecast. We managed to get this image , and a few more, completed just before the heavens opened!

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2112, 2018

Wedding image of the day – First Dance

By |December 21st, 2018|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer, Rivervale Barn Yateley - Wedding Photographer|Tags: , |

I always like to create a look to capture the mood of the moment. Thanks to my remote flash system, I’m able to “pick out” the bride and groom in this picture to show that it’s “their” moment. Lovely wedding at Rivervale Barn.

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2211, 2018

Story behind the image – November Sun!

By |November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: , |

Earlier this year I met with Kyrstie and Liam for their pre-wedding meeting. It was blowing a gale! Luckily they had booked a lovely venue. The Royal Marines Museum in Southsea (Now closed to the public) has a lovely interior. Perfect for when the weather isn’t at it’s best.

I couldn’t believe my luck on their big day last Saturday. Wonderful sunshine….. in NOVEMBER. A quick trip over the road to the beach was a must. More beach shots to come, but I took this one just as we were setting up for their walk along the shore line.

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1501, 2018

Story behind the image – The Receiving Line

By |January 15th, 2018|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: , |

The emotion of the receiving line.

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Here’s the thing.

Weddings are busy days. Time really does speed by and you can end up sitting there in the early hours of the morning in your wedding outfit thinking if you managed to speak to everyone who came! If you can plan in the time, and have a lot of guests to your wedding, it might be an idea to have a receiving line. Although it can take around 20 to 30 minutes to greet everyone on a wedding party of 100, those who came to the wedding gets to meet you and share the excitement of your day.

For a professional wedding photographer like myself, this can be a treasure trove of natural moments. Everyone is wrapped up in the moment and I use a special lens, called a Prime, that lets in tonnes of light. I actually bought it for the sole purpose to get better receiving line pictures. It allows me to photograph what’s happening in quite dark environments without the need to use a flash. For the receiving line images below, there are no windows behind me so I’m using the small amount of light from the wall fitting over my left shoulder. It’s ample for me. Also the bride hasn’t got a flash light constantly going off behind her. As it’s quite dark anyway, people forget I’m there and can just be in the moment, which is just how I like it!

You can see more images from this Vicki and Warren’s wedding by clicking here.

Darren.

101, 2018

Story behind the image – Magical Sunset

By |January 1st, 2018|Categories: Reportage Wedding Photographer|Tags: , |

Story behind the image.

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Firstly, I’ll let you into a secret. We wedding photographers like to blind you with our hard earned skill and latest gear. However, Sometimes, getting that lovely image is down to good old fashioned luck!

Donna and Robert got married in my home village of Overton. Donna’s dad is the Rector at the village church and her mum also plays a vital role keeping everything ticking along. So a family wedding at the family church and being married by her parents was the perfect way to “tie the knot”. It was also important to them both to have wedding pictures taken around the village. As it was a November wedding, we hoped for lots of autumn colours and no strong winds to blow away the leaves Before a wedding, I will always get an hour-by-hour weather forecast so I will be ready with a wedding photography plan to capture lovely images of the day.

On the day itself, all went according to plan, Dad walked her down the aisle and performed the service. Mum also played her part with a lovely reading. The weather was on our side and very few of the autumn leaves had blown away! It was on our way to the reception venue I noticed this sunset. Luckily we were driving ahead of the bride and groom. I literally flagged them down on the driveway at the golf course.

It was a quick step out of the car for them to stand on the driveway and capture the picture in the last few seconds of sunlight. A bit of image processing magic to make the most out of those colours in the sky and there we are!