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A Favourite Wedding Image | Instagram @bobowenphoto

January 2, 2017
02 Jan 2017

Bob Owen Photography on Instagram

A favourite wedding image and why I’m using Instagram

More on Instagram in a second.

Here’s another in my series of favourite wedding photography images. It’s easy to be overwhelmed or impatient when photographers show dozens of images in blog posts, so this is another way of drawing attention to the type of image I’m looking to make at your wedding.

I don’t set anything up or orchestrate scenarios. In the decades to come, you’ll probably only remember those as “the ones the photographer made us do”. That being said, that doesn’t mean the pictures have to lack creativity or be mundane.

This picture was taken at the end of the day at a Chinese wedding in London. The huge wedding breakfast had been on a floating restaurant in London’s Docklands , all part of the now gentrified East End. Peter and Sophie’s friends gathered outside on the deck of the floating return to take part in a traditional Chinese custom, that of writing messages of love and good will onto lanterns that were then set soaring up into the night sky.

Faces lit only by the lamp itself make well framed candid portraits, without having to pose and say cheese in an awkward way.

Social media platforms can be a fickle medium for photographers. Mystical algorithms decide who shall see your work and who won’t. Behind the scenes payments can artificially inflate a photographers “likes” and so on, but are ultimately, well, artificial.

That’s why I’ve taken to showing my images on Instagram  as my primary platform for getting my images “out there”. My name on Instagram is @bobowenphoto.

This way I have complete control of creating my own little ‘world’ rather than one a computer decides. It’s a much more fun outlet for me with a freedom and intimacy I really enjoy. I’m able to weave personal and professional images into something that is specifically “me”. My feed there isn’t excusively wedding photography, it’s a mix. I post pictures that are for friends, clients, family and friends in the photography industry. Some of those titles overlap, so I only have the one account, whereas some photographers have two. One for their professional ‘face’ and another for their life. I also post occasionally about my cameras, a book I especially like or take inspiration from or something from my family.

My Instagram account is a personal blend and unlike any other. There’s only one me after all! Look me up and make a comment on any of the images, I’d love to hear what you think and I always do my best to reply. There’s not much point if we don’t interact to be honest. I’m there to ‘meet’ people, all be it virtually, not to collect ‘likes’.  Let’s talk!

 

If you’d like to know more about my style of documentary wedding photography, CONTACT me here today, I’d love to hear about your plans.

Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire

Haileybury Wedding Photographer | Michelle & Christopher

December 31, 2016
31 Dec 2016

 

Haileybury Wedding Photographer | Bob Owen Photography Ltd

Haileybury in Hertfordshire was the venue for Michelle and Christopher’s Wedding.

Our initial meetings had been difficult as Michelle’s medical career had demanded examinations at the highest level and Chris had been kept busy in Yorkshire at the family home.

Michelle was an alumni of Haileybury and so with such a prestigious school chapel at her disposal, nearly traveling back down to Hertfordshire from Leeds was never going to an issue for them. Michelle was hyper-organised, so nothing was left to chance, including me as their Haileybury wedding photographer.

Neither Michelle or Christopher wanted their day to be about stale family groups or awkward portrait sessions, so chose me as their wedding photographer. I specialise in being a witness to the day and neither setting up or orchestrating things or people. I do shoot enthusiastically throughout the day however, making sure I capture all the people present, naturally and candidly. You can see other examples of my work here. Michelle and Chris ordered a superb Queensberry wedding album following their day which displayed their preference for black and white wedding photography.

Sometimes it’s not deemed appropriate for the wedding photographer to be at the front or anywhere near the ceremony. I always think this is shame as there are always great emotional moments during that time. However, I’m always respectful of that decision (it’s not my day after all) and will happily work within any restrictions on the day. It’s always a good idea to have this conversation with your officient before the ceremony to make sure what is, and is not, allowed. Sometimes photographers are told different things to the couple on the day, so best to make 100% sure.

If you’re considering Haileybury for your wedding here are somethings to consider

Set in over 500 acres of Hertfordshire countryside, Haileybury‘s grounds are some of the most exquisite and beautiful in Hertford and perfect for a wedding photographer in Hertfordshire like myself. Approximately half the site comprises formal and informal gardens and associated grounds; the remainder being largely woodland.

Here is a small selection  from Michelle and Christopher’s Hertfordshire wedding. I hope you enjoy them. If you are interested in my candid style of wedding photography and don’t want to have your day caught up with endless groups and fashion shoot type photography, contact me here today and we can arrange for an informal chat. I’d love to hear about your day and your hopes and aspirations for your wedding photography.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Favourite Wedding Image | Italy

December 19, 2016
19 Dec 2016

A favourite wedding image

 

 

A favourite wedding image

I hope to explain something about the way that I work and what I’m looking for to make an image stand out in my series “A Favourite Wedding Image”.

I’m new too worried about whether an image is technically perfect of not. I am more interested in the composition, light and moment than any other aspect.

Here’s an image made at Craig and Lauren’s wedding in Malcesine on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy.

The first thing I love is the natural light. Walking out of the shadows the alleyway into the light highlights them. Their natural and unposed expressions add to the elegant feel of their walk. The little girl on the right is a great layer, transported away from her ice cream and in awe of the beautiful bride.

Composition, moment and light. All present. It’s exactly this sort of image that I look to capture when documenting a wedding. A witness to your day, events preserved forever in your wedding album.

I’ve photographed weddings from the UK and Ireland to Australia. Each wedding is a bespoke project and it requires a lot of detailed planning. I plan all my weddings meticulously. It’s ok and natural for things not to run on time and sometimes the plans change in the blink of an eye.

I’m entirely flexible and nothing is going to be a problem. We’re talked at length and planned everything together. I don’t rush or brush over meetings and I’ll always come back to you if there’s something I need to know or have confirmed. That’s the only way to be chilled and relaxed on the day, knowing that everything (like the photography) is taken care of. Nothing to worry about except the two of you.

 

If you’d like me as your photographer at your wedding, please don’t hesitate to contact me here today. I’d love to hear your plans.

De Vere Wotton House Wedding Photographer | Caroline and Alex

December 16, 2016
16 Dec 2016

De Vere Wotton House Wedding Photographer

Caroline and Alex both felt they would self-conscious in front of a professional photographer. They wanted me to document their wedding without the orchestration and posing they had suffered at friend’s weddings.

They didn’t want fashion type coverage, they wanted to spend the day with friends and family. Endless rounds of formal family portraits can make everyone feel uncomfortable. Documentary wedding photography was the right choice for them.

That’s exactly what I excel at. I dress and act like a guest. I blend in with the mood of the day, at the same time, work my socks off to make sure that every moment, and the moments between them, are photographed. This is the best way to make sure you look your best. Natural and relaxed documentary wedding photography.

I try and work as close as possible as well. I don’t shoot from the edges with big cameras and paparazzi type lenses. I’m right in amongst the action. Quiet, discreet, friendly and professional.

Here are a few images for their day showing my documentary wedding photography approach.

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Are you considering a De Vere Wotton House Wedding Photographer for your wedding?

De Vere Wotton House is a stunning wedding venue overlooking exceptional gardens with modern styling, sophisticated heritage,’ Roman’ temples, and gorgeous Italian gardens in Surrey.

Fully licensed for civil ceremonies in Surrey

Partners with you to develop a fitting theme or concept, recommend and liaise with suppliers

Serves fresh, locally sourced and inspired dishes to fuel and satisfy guests

Awarded Best Country Venue at the 2016 UK Wedding Awards

If you like my approach and want to talk some more about areal documentary wedding photography approach for your wedding, contact me here today.

A Favourite Wedding Image | Group Photo

December 14, 2016
14 Dec 2016

group photo

 

I think that sometimes a few pointers as what a photographer is trying to achieve can be helpful. With this in mind I’m starting a series called ” A Favourite Wedding Image” to do exactly that. I hope you find it helpful and at least that you enjoy my pictures. That’s all that’s required. Enjoyment.

Group Photo

Group photos are an important part of any wedding photography. It’s worth considering what a group photo consists of. It can be something that’s formal, everyone stood in rows and smiling at the camera. I’d say that that most weddings I shoot have an element of this in the day. That’s a good thing if they’re managed without alienating the guests. Easier said that done.

In my wedding coverage, I ask couples to consider having no more than 3 of these types of group shot. That way, the formal “mantelpiece” shots are taken care of . In the future everyone can see who was there and what they wore. That’s about all that photograph will tell you though. No emotion, no give away facial expressions, no interaction with the people present.

I’d ask you to consider the image above. People interacting, laughing, smiling, telling stories and catching up. This is the type of image that I believe will take you back to how you felt on the day. That’s what I want from my images and that’s why this is a favourite image of mine.

 

If you like my approach wedding group photo and would like to know more, contact me here today for an informal chat.

 

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