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Staffordshire Reportage Wedding Photographer | The Ashes

January 16, 2014
16 Jan 2014

Staffordshire Reportage Wedding Photographer | The Ashes

Peter and Vicky first met me at the National Wedding Show. This started an ongoing conversation about their wedding that was due to take place at The Ashes in Staffordshire.

They really didn’t want photography that made them feel self conscious or awkward, but placed a high value on making sure their day was captured exactly had it happened.

Both are academics and they were rightly analytical about the photography, which was great. It’s a cliché to say, but I love what I do, so to have clients who wanted to explore the fine detail of wedding photography was a total treat. I’ve a bit of a reputation for meticulous planning and preparation for a wedding day so we all got on well from the start.

My approach to reportage wedding photography was exactly what they wanted.

As a contemporary documentary wedding photographer predominantly work in London and the South-East of England, but it’s a privilege to get out the smoke and travel to such a lovely part of the world. I’ve strong family connections to Staffordshire, so I felt right at home.

In order to practice what it felt like to be photographed professionally; I took Peter and Vicky for some engagement pictures at their almer mater, Keele University. Walking around the grounds I was able to get them both to relax and realise that being photographed isn’t like having teeth pulled at all. There’s no doubt that this lead more natural and relaxed wedding photography on the day.

If you have any engagement photo ideas, do get in touch, I’d love to hear about them.

Reportage or documentary photography doesn’t mean a lack of portraits, despite what some photographers will erroneously tell you.  It does mean that they can be quick, relaxed and natural however.

At the Ashes on their wedding day, things went like clockwork, no doubt as a result of the great wedding coordinators there.

A great service with one of the liveliest registrars I’ve heard in a while and everyone made their way out onto the courtyard for a few drinks and lots of socialising.

Speeches followed the meal with a few of the inevitable lumps in throats and tears, and on with the dancing to some great rock n roll. Vicky’s a huge rock and roll fan, so spent the demonstrating exactly how happy she was.

After their wedding, and recieving their wedding album,Vicky sent me this lovely testimonial.

“….it (our album) arrived safe and sound at University of Leicester on Tuesday midday. I had to restrain myself from looking through it as Pete wasn’t with me to share it.

Our album is incredibly beautiful, a fantastic keepsake of our amazing day, and a credit to your work. Thankyou so much for recording it and all your hard work afterwards”

Incidentally, The Ashes has just won Venue of the Year at The Wedding Industry Awards, so congratulations to Ben and Sarah!

If you like my style of photography, contact me today, I’d love to hear about your plans.


This post first published on the blog of Bob Owen Photography.


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  1. Martin Price says:

    Gorgeous set of images Bob, looks like you really captured the emotions of the day!


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