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A Favourite Wedding Image | Instagram @bobowenphoto

January 2, 2017
02 Jan 2017

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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.

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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.

Testimonial | Taylors Farm Retreat Wedding Photographer

February 1, 2015
01 Feb 2015

 

 

Kathy & Chris-18

 

 Testimonial 

It’s always great to receive a testimonial from a client. These are people that really “get” my approach.

Their requirements and my “vision” of their day are entirely in sync and that’s both hear warming and humbling in equal measure. I’m always as flexible about how I cover day, but as I consider myself to be a photographer and a storyteller, there are some things that just sit well with that approach. This type of documentary wedding photography appeals to people who don’t want to think about photography much on the day. They’re probably the people who actually think about photography most overall. They’ll tell me about their hopes and requirements for their wedding photography with me, and I’m a good listener, but on the day, want to spend all their time with friends and family and have that recorded in a relaxed, natural and often candid way. I work in close, not on the periphery with a long lens. I mingle with the guests. I’m not the invisible man, but I recognise the day is about the couple, their friends and they’re family, not me.

Here’s what Chris sent to me once Kathy and Chris had seen their images from their Taylors Farm Retreat Wedding 

Bob! I salute you! Couldn’t recommend you more mate…. Top bloke, great photographer, enough said! Thanks again, we’ll remember you for the rest of our lives together!

 

A selection from their wedding can be seen here.

If you like what you see and would like to know more about my approach to documentary wedding photography, you can contact me here, and there are a few more testimonials here, because it’s not about what I say. It’s really about what former clients and the photographs that I make that can do the talking.

Taylors Farm Retreat | Candid Wedding Photography | Chris & Kathy

January 31, 2015
31 Jan 2015

Taylors Farm Retreat Wedding Photography | London

 

Taylors Farm Retreat | Candid Wedding Photography | Chris & Kathy

Relaxed, natural and candid wedding photography in London

Here’s Kathy and Chris’s wedding for late last summer. Thought the cold months of February would be best to look back on this long hot day.

Relaxed and natural photography was the order of the day.

It was an easy drive down to South London Kathy’s home where she was getting ready. All the family gathered round as Kathy got ready making for a fun bustling atmosphere.

It’s always a consideration when getting ready. Do you want all the hustle and bustle of family around supporting you? Or just a few people, so that everything can stay relaxed and chilled? Either is perfect for documentary wedding photography, but what’s right for you?

From Kathy’s I made my way to Chris’s local pub where he was meeting up with all the groomsmen. All in matching bespoke suits and with the ushers presentation fob watches, they looked razor sharp.

At the church, everyone was gathering right on time. The ushers did a great job, shepherding everyone about. It’s noticeable how well wedding days run when groomsmen take the stress off the couple.

As Kathy made her way in she looked quite beautiful and I’m sure Chris has “a moment” when he first saw her.

When it came to exchange of rings, Chris had “upgraded” Kathy’s ring (unbeknown to her) to something she had longed for. When she first saw it and realised what had happened, the tears flowed with joy and a fair few of the family joined in. It took a few minutes for things to settle!

The reception was at Taylors Farm near Dorking. The reception was full of love fun and dancing, which reflected Kathy and Chris’s personality perfectly.

Chris and Kathy opted for a bespoke wedding album. The fun stuff goes on Instagram, their holiday snaps on the computer, but their wedding photography was way more important than that. An album was the only choice, making it into an heirloom, not something everyday at all

If you like my approach to relaxed, natural and candid wedding photography, please get in touch here

Here are doe pictures from the day

 

 

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If you like my approach to relaxed, natural and candid wedding photography, please get in touch here

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