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Archive for month: May, 2012

Pre-Wedding or Engagement Shoot? | How does that fit in with documentary wedding photography?

May 31, 2012
31 May 2012

Engagement Shoot


Charlie and David

When I speak to some of my couples, it’s clear that some aren’t exactly sure what I mean when I talk about an engagement or pre-wedding shoot…..and why should they unless someone’s told them along the way?

I want my blog posts to be helpful and informative, so here’s what my engagement shoots are all about. It’s a complimentary part of my package and is worth £100, my normal portrait fee, so it’s well worth taking advantage of. The main point for the session is for you to get used to being photographed and for me to learn more about you both, your plans for the special day and the important people in your lives. The more I know about things in general, the less I have to interfere and interrupt on the big day, allowing you to get on with enjoying yourselves in the company of your friends and family, not the photographer.

So where would we go? If you have a place that’s special to you, or a mood or feeling you want to capture, we’ll talk that over in detail, but if you want to leave that decision to me, I have lots of locations to choose from. The session normally lasts about 2 hours, but it’s more important to me to get great shots of you both, so if that runs over a bit, I don’t care in the least. At the end of the shoot I’ll give you details of when and how you can view the images, which are for sale, but there’s absolutely no pressure to buy at all. If it rains or the weather just isn’t up to much, we’ll just rearrange things without any dramas or additional fees.

Will I shoot colour as well as black and white? As I’m often saying, I shoot predominately but not exclusively in black and white, so a few colour shots will often be included.

I hope I’ve conveyed the fact that THE most important thing to me, is getting the best possible images for you and that I’m genuinely passionate and committed to what I do.




London Wedding Photojournalist | London Documentary Wedding Photographer

May 15, 2012
15 May 2012

Firstly, welcome to my blog!

Hopefully, you’ve seen that I shoot weddings largely in black and white, and whilst it’s certainly not unique to use black and white, it is a little different to a lot of wedding photography you’ll see. I’ve been a photographer of people for a good while now and over the years have just come to learn that it’s a format and style I’m totally in love with. Obviously, where colour is a part of the story, I’ll use that judiciously as well.

I’m very passionate about photographing weddings as they’re such positive, exciting, special occasions and I really hope you see that coming out in my work. To me, nothing brings out the soul and emotion better than black and white and, of course, because its so classic and elegant, it won’t date when you look back at your album in years to come. Many say it’s timeless. Having said that, occasionally, I make an image that just cries out to be in colour, and that will always be included for you to choose from.

I’m very proud to use Queensberry albums to present my work. There’s a myriad of wedding albums out there, but Queensberry leave everyone else firmly in the shade when it comes to sheer workmanship and craft. They only use the finest materials, so as far as I’m concerned, they can’t be bettered for quality.

I’ve photographed weddings all over the UK and although I’m based in the Hertfordshire near London, I consider my self a national wedding photographer, not a local one.

I’ll be blogging about my recent weddings here so, hopefully, you’ll check back often to see my new work and find out a little more about me.

My about page says of me:

I am an award winning social documentary photographer and I’ve always been a huge admirer of the power of black and white photography, both in fine art and in photojournalism. Similarly for weddings and civil ceremonies, I present the majority of my images in black and white, but I do use colour judiciously. My background is in film photography so I always seek to retain that look and style when processing the final images.

The benefit of black and white photography is that it focuses the eye onto the heart of the moment, finding the balance between elegance and emotion while creating a truly stylish, classic feel. It can rightly be called timeless.

Carefully selected colour images complement the black and white, so that each page brings to mind the mood and the joy of your special day.

I only use natural or available light, and my low profile, reportage style enables me to capture the atmosphere and subtleties of your day. I pride myself on remaining unobtrusive and discreet, whether at a lavish country house wedding or small intimate event. I keep orchestration to a bare minimum.

My one goal is to provide you with images that the two of you will cherish forever.



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