Berkshire Wedding Photographer
I am a wedding photographer - I have been for 10 years and have covered somewhere in the region of 500 weddings throughout Sussex Surrey and Hampshire. I love my job and it is a fabulous vocation whereby you get to spend the most important day of couples lives with them and document the biggest party they are ever likely to hold.
It is so important to find the right photographer for your day - there needs to be an easygoing rapport between a couple and their photographer. I believe in this regard I pass the test - I have had some wonderful compliments over the years and I'm very proud of that! It is wonderful to be recognised for being discreet, unobtrusive and at the same time for being kind, helpful and approachable. Its important to be flexible and accommodating - whilst still maintaining control.
I believe every wedding is different, and they are treated as such - They are different in the sense of all the elements that have been brought together in a day, the wedding venue, people, music, food, games, speeches and my challenge is to get the photography to reflect the individual personalities of each wedding. Some are mad, loud, bonkers from start to finish, others are quieter and more gentle, some are very intimate. They are all gorgeous - I love the variety and I also love capturing the essence of your unique day.
I don't like to overpose you, The more candid and natural the better - and I cover the essential static shots from the day which people seem to enjoy keeping as a record - Dress, Shoes, Flowers, but they dont take up much time. My formals are, I feel essential but take a maximum of 20 minutes. I usually ask for a list of about 10 and it does help me identify some of the important family members, so its a useful stage. But standing for hours shooting formals is not my bag! I want fun , laughter, emotion, and joy and that is captured watching the guests and anticipating moments. As an experienced wedding photographer this is instinctive to me.
Portraits - Yes love to get the couple alone - When the guests are called to dinner and are occupied this is a moment for the couple to take a breath away from the madding crowd. Its a very intimate time, I dont like to shower you with must-have poses, the more natural the better, but I do suggest a couple of key holds which, either look fabulous! or from these initial holds I feel I get completely natural interaction between a couple and that is the type of portrait I am after. Fifteen minutes is a miraculous amount of time to get some spectacular portraits. You can view these in the wedding galleries.
Speeches - fabulous for me, I dont get in the way - I bob up and down and move discreetly around the room. On average they last about half an hour, The emotion and love and laughter you see during the Speeches at a Wedding is unbelievable. I always feel I really get to know my couple during this time and have even shared a few tears of laughter and emotion along the way. I feel they work better as a group of speeches after the meal is complete, as when the meal is split up and a speech inserted in bewtween courses - your schedule goes out the window, people loose track of where they are and shuffle off for a Fag or to the Loo and there are always loads of uneaten desserts left. Its aa personal choice, but the day runs away with itself and if you want to maximise your time on the day the good old traditional way is the best!
Anything Goes Hour - After Dinner - Mellow , Fun time. Go where the mood takes us, Sometimes we are Floppy at this time but Most often its a bustling Joy! - everyone is fed and a little tipsy maybe and Im happy to shoot what ever anyone requests - Informal Formals so to speak - Like the Hens , Stags, Girls from Work etc......
First Dance and Dancefloor Mayhem - A beautiful dance followed by some dancing fun and band shots- just to capture your atmosphere..... and if you need any further coverage Im happy to oblige......
Thats a typical Wedding Day for me - the right professional team on board will steer you through the day and maximise all opportunities available
If you are looking for a wedding Photographer in Berkshire - drop me a line!