I LOVE two things above all when photographing weddings – real, unposed, moments, and beautiful portraits.
I work as hard as I can to provide you with both of these.
This page is all about why I love to capture real moments as a documentary wedding photographer.
You can read all about how I capture real moments here.
Why I LOVE taking creative portraits
For the vast majority of a wedding day, I capture it in a way that helps you forget that I am even there. The short time that we take for portraits however is a nice chance for us to create some really beautiful and natural photographs.
During a wedding day, this can also be a really great time for you both to spend a little bit of time together away from your family and friends for a few minutes. From experience, couples prefer to get away from family and friends for photographs as that's when they can truly relax in front of the camera, which brings better imagery.
Many of my bride and grooms can be quite nervous about having their photograph taken but that is completely normal (I would be the same!) and I love how, when you see that there is literally nothing to worry about, they can really enjoy this time and that really comes across in the photographs.
How long do portrait sessions take?
Although I truly love taking portrait photographs, the last thing I want is to take you away from your family and friends for too long.
During a wedding day, I tend to ask my couples if I can take them away for a minimum of two twenty-minute sessions during the wedding day.
The first twenty-minute portrait session would tend to be after your ceremony but before you are seated for your wedding breakfast. The second one would be in the evening, either at sunset or in the dark when I can get creative with my flashes to produce some truly creative and unique wow shots for you!
We dont know how to pose - is this a problem?!
One of the most common things which I hear is that ‘I don’t know how to pose’ or ‘I always feel awkward in front of the camera’. But I can absolutely promise you that more or less every couple which I have ever photographed have said exactly the same thing.
As long as you can stand next to each other, that is all I ask. I may sometimes ask you to play little games with each other to create natural moments but I promise you I will never ask you to “pose” as such.
For your portrait photographs to be natural, it is really important that I make you feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible so all you have to do is be yourself. I am sure that every bride and groom which you see on this page would have said to me that they can’t pose, don’t like having their photograph taken and don’t know what to do – so don’t worry, that is completely natural but nothing at all to worry about!