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Engagement or pre-wedding photography

Hackney & Shoreditch Pre-Wedding Shoot

November 5, 2013
05 Nov 2013


A Shoreditch pre-wedding photo shoot by bob Owen Photography.

Earlier in the year, (you remember, when it was warm and sunny), I met up with Gary and Kelly in Shoreditch for a pre-wedding shoot. I don’t always do these types of shoot as they don’t always sit comfortably with documentary photography, but for the right couple and in the right location, they can be a positive boost in getting better images on their wedding day.

Gary and Kelly had met as teenagers and had caught the bus many times from this stop while they were going out. It marked a point in their lives and was very important to them. It’s not a glamorous location, and Hackney’s not that pretty, but for a place that has such significance in a relationship, I say it’s the perfect place for a few photographs and a terrific reminder of an earlier part of their lives.

I always prefer to shoot in locations that are significant to people and I’m sure the residents of Hackney didn’t even notice me lying on the pavement!

Here are a few images from a great day out.


If you like my take on pre-wedding shoots and would like to book, contact me now for an informal chat, I’d love to hear about your plans!


Notting Hill Pre-Wedding Shoot | London Documentary Wedding Photographer

July 4, 2013
04 Jul 2013

Notting Hill Pre-Wedding shoot with documentary and reportage wedding photographer Bob Owen

We’d had a few postponements due to weather when I finally met up with Caroline and Scott on Notting Hill’s Portobello Road for their pre-wedding shoot, chosen as it’s a favourite area of theirs. On this particular day, the sun hammered down and the market was it’s usual vibrant and lively self.

I’m mostly booked me because of my natural and discreet style of wedding photography and so it can be a quandary how best to go about an engagement or pre-wedding shoot that is well, staged, and still make it natural and unposed. I find it’s best to go for a walk where couples can just relax and be themselves and see how things unfold without the discomfort of being told how to stand or look. I like to influence things as little as possible for a proper reportage feel.

Scott is from Texas and Caroline from Hampshire and both are executives in London businesses. Their wedding this weekend is going to be a superb blend of English and American styles and customs flavoured with their own party spirit. Bring. It. On.

As it’s the July 4th, I’d like to wish all my American friends a very happy Independence Day too!

Here are a few of my favourites from the day.


If you like my approach to documentary and reportage wedding photography and are getting married soon, contact me here today, I’d love to hear about your wedding.

This post first appeared on the blog of Bob Owen Photography


Why Choose Documentary Wedding Photography? | London Wedding Photojournalist

July 5, 2012
05 Jul 2012

I quite often ask myself, “What is it that appeals to me so much about black and white and why is it such a good medium for wedding photography?” & “Will others like it as much as me?”

I suppose some of my passion for it comes form my longstanding background with film photography. Not some re-discovered trend, but something that dates way back, when I could be found slaving away over enlargers and trays of chemicals, dodging and burning to get the best image I could. I just didn’t think that people could show such emotion in colour in the same way at the time.

In fact there’s a photographers cliché that says

“Colour photographs the clothes, but black and white captures the soul ”

I’m not sure that’s quite true! But I think it goes a small way to explain why, for me, black and white somehow captures the emotion and feeling of an event, while colour sometimes seems to merely document or record it. It’s also why most photographers slip in the occasional black and white image to their collections.

Having said all that, of course, if colour is an important part of the story, say for a photograph of the bride’s bouquet or specific detail, then of course, I’ll use colour. But for a reason.

I still love photographing people. And I use the word ‘love’ advisedly. No genre is more thrilling, more challenging and more satisfying, than documenting with a camera people, discreetly and unobtrusively, on one of the most emotional and important days of their lives. That’s not just a line that I trot out; I’m totally passionate about it. Is portraiture part of documentary wedding photography? For me it is, and to exclude it is somehow leaving things incomplete in my eyes.

Recently I looked back at a wedding album from the 80’s. Full colour and lots of cheesy group shots, as was the fashion then. The thing that struck me most was how much ‘the look’ had dated. Not only in fashion, but how the colour had faded and just looked a bit, well, tired, and not in the current vogue for ‘photoshopped’ vintage either.

If there was any one picture that I’ve seen recently that entirely captures the emotion and closeness between a couple, it’s a photograph, taken in the mid 60’s of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Perhaps you’ve seen it before? It’s not a wedding photograph but this is what happiness looks like and it could have been taken last week. If I’d have taken that shot, which I didn’t, I’d be hugely proud. To me it’s a fresh today as it was 45 odd years ago.

So just pause to think…

…What will your wedding photographs will look like in years to come?



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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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