If you are interested in what to expect when I photograph a wedding, then this is the post for you!  Firstly, I shoot in a mega informal way.  I chat and mingle with you and your guests.  I make friends, photograph characters and document stories.  As I photograph your wedding, I constantly think about how the day could be presented in a storybook album, with a beginning, a middle and an end.  I capture moments as they unfold, but I also shoot posed shots, some in a natural way, others in an alternative ‘album cover’ style.  As much as I can I shoot with the light that is available, keeping things natural and simple.  I’m constantly searching for ways to tell your story but how does this actually look in the photos? Here are a couple of shots and the stories behind them to give you an idea.

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Above is a picture is of Tim and Gaby.  Many people comment on this image.  It’s very stylish and is composed with an equal balance of elements in the frame.  This was a Jewish wedding so the bride and groom had to meet with the Rabbi before the ceremony. By the time Gaby walks down the aisle she has all ready seen Tim, her husband to be, earlier in the day.  So we decided to make this first meeting a little more special.  It’s called a ‘first look’ where the bride and groom get to have a moment together before the ceremony, and so here they are sitting alone in the room waiting to see each other for the first time on their wedding day.

Two years later and this image still takes them back to all the feels they felt… the anticipation, the nerves, the butterflies, the excitement… This picture will always remind them of those feelings and that story will always be shared.

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This second image is very close to my heart.  DREAMS COME TRUE is exactly what is going on in this shot.  This little girl lost her father at a very young age and Leanne, her mum, lost the man she loved forever.  Leanne is one of the most open, warm, honest and positive person I’ve met and it was more than an honour to be a part of her wedding to Adam. Oh my goodness, so much love, emotion, and happiness on this day. This little girl not only has the best mum and dad, but had been told she will soon be a big sister too.

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Okay, so not every photo will have such a big, emotional meaning. This one tells the story of how, before the ceremony, everything has to be perfectly ironed, straight, and buttoned up.  As the evening unfolds, ties are loosened, kids eat chocolate, and shoes are kicked off.

The story behind an image can be very powerful for the people in it, and THAT is what I love to capture.  I hope you now feel like you know a little more about what to expect when I photograph a wedding, if you’re interested in finding out even more about the way I work drop me a mail and I’ll add you to my mailing list




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