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St.James’s Wedding Portrait | London Reportage Wedding Photography

July 31, 2013
31 Jul 2013


St.James’s Wedding Portrait  by London reportage wedding photographer, Bob Owen.

Occasionally at weddings I come across folk who can be a little reluctant to be photographed but whose faces are so full of character I just have to persevere until I capture an image.

As a documentary or reportage photographer, it’s important that guests don’t become schooled that every time they see me, they feel that they must smile or act up for the camera, it’s the antithesis of what I’m about.

Guests are taking those photographs for themselves using their phones and compact cameras after all. I actively discourage that approach, in a friendly and diplomatic way of course, but it’s really important to get that across as it can detract from my main role of observing and documenting the wedding. It’s candid moments I set out to record, not the guys striking a pose.

The vast majority of people I photograph won’t be looking at the camera or even see me photographing them, however, every now and then I come across someone who is so confident and with such an arresting gaze that I really have to ensure they’re photographed as in this wedding portrait.

This gentleman is Tariq Ali, academic and author at a recent wedding in St.James’s London.



If you like my approach to documentary wedding photography and are getting married soon, please feel free to contact me here and arrange an informal chat. I’d love to hear about your wedding!

This post first appeared on the blog of Bob Owen Photography Ltd


Diversity | Reportage Wedding Photography London

June 17, 2013
17 Jun 2013

Diversity – Reportage Wedding Photography London


One of the genuine pleasures of being a reportage wedding photographer in London is having the privilege to record and be part of so many people’s customs, traditions and cultures that otherwise might not be part of my life. I relish this mix and education.

It’s stating the obvious really, but I’m going to say it anyway.

When I see people in an incredibly happy and emotional situation, full of pride for a loved one or somewhat subdued by the knowledge that they are finally able to commit to another in front of friends and family, it just demonstrates to me time and time again, that underneath colour, race, religion, clothes and tradition, we are all just the same.

It’s obvious, isn’t it?

Not if you watch the media or read the newspapers. I think they portray a false picture of what we’re really all about and it’s easy to be misled by them.

The very diversity of the human race is, in fact, a means for creating a world based on unity rather than uniformity. It is not by the suppression of differences that we will arrive at unity, but rather by an increased awareness of and respect for the intrinsic value of each separate culture, and indeed, of each individual.

It is not diversity in itself that is the cause of conflict, but rather our immature attitude towards it, our intolerance and misconceptions of others.

Weddings are a great jamboree for people, where families with different traditions and backgrounds come together. They become stronger, more understanding.

If we just actually see what we’re looking at, it doesn’t take us long to realize that love is all that really matters, not the package it arrives in.

Vive la différence.


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If you like what you’ve seen, I’d love to hear about your wedding, so contact me here today.



London Wedding Photography | Documentary Wedding Photography with Portraits?

August 9, 2012
09 Aug 2012

Some say that documentary wedding photography can’t include portraits. I don’t agree. No one wants overly orchestrated or false, cheesy images of their wedding day, but a couple of natural pictures, taken carefully and quickly, and with natural light, add a tremendous amount to the story of your day.

Good working photojournalists use portraiture all the time to tell the most important of stories.

So do I.


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

May 31, 2012
31 May 2012

Charlie and David

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.




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