HOW I PHOTOGRAPH A WEDDING

Oxford Weddings

HOW I PHOTOGRAPH A WEDDING?

The simple answer is, I photograph a wedding with a lot of feeling.

What does that even mean?

When you look back through these images in years to come, I want you to be transported back in time, and feel all the feels you felt on your wedding day. That’s what I mean when I say I photograph a wedding with a lot of feeling.

How do you do this?

Okay, so firstly I shoot in a mega informal way; I am a guest at your wedding and I chat and mingle with you and your party.  This allows everyone to drop their ‘photo face’ and become super comfortable with me and my camera.  Capturing personalities and characters is what I’m good at and seeking those little (or big) emotions, expressed through moments, is what I love to document.

Let me show you what “feeling” looks like in a photo…

https://philippajamesphotography.com/how-i-photograph-a-wedding/ - WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN I PHOTOGRAPH A WEDDING

THE FIRST LOOK

For Jewish weddings the bride and groom must meet with the Rabbi before the ceremony, meaning there is no big reveal walking down the aisle.  So before they met the Rabbi, Tim and Gaby were keen to schedule in five minutes, just the two of them, to see each other for the first time on their wedding day. The anticipation in this photograph is intense, they are sat here both full of nerves and butterflies waiting to lock eyes. They tell me every time they look at this photo it take them straight back in time and they get flips in their bellies.

HOW I PHOTOGRAPH A WEDDING - https://philippajamesphotography.com/how-i-photograph-a-wedding/

DREAMS COME TRUE

Sadly, this little girl lost her father at a very young age, and her mum Leanne, lost the man she loved.  

Years later, Leanne met and fell in love with the incredible Adam, and on their wedding day I took this photo. Leanne was pregnant with her second child and she tells me how this photo summed up all the feelings she felt on this day.  This little girl has Adam in her life, a happy Mum and a new sibling on it’s way… This photo is a metaphor of what this day meant to the three (and a half) of them.

https://philippajamesphotography.com/how-i-photograph-a-wedding/ - (relaxed wedding photography)

RELAX

I’ve included this photo to illustrate that as you can imagine, not every photo will have such a big emotional feeling! But even the small, seemingly insignificant photo is still backed with some feeling. This photo illustrates that feeling of relaxing… before the ceremony everything has to be perfectly ironed, straight, and buttoned up, and as the evening unfolds, ties are loosened, kids are allowed to eat chocolate again as no one cares if outfits get stained, and shoes are kicked off (especially heals!!)

I PHOTOGRAPH A WEDDING WITH FEELING

So to conclude, the story behind an image can be very powerful for the people in it.  THAT, is what I love to capture.  I hope this blog post has helped you understand a little more about how I photograph a wedding and what I mean by feeling!  Any questions please do just get in touch xxx

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