Archive for the ‘Brides’ Category

Getting good candid shots at a wedding is a combination of anticipation, constant vigilance and a just a little bit of luck.  Of course the better your anticipation and vigilance the less luck you need.

Wedding vows tend to make the mothers tear up, whereas seeing their little baby girl in her bridal gown for the first time always does it for the dads.  Learn to anticipate such moments and make sure you’re in the right place at the right time AND focussed on the right subject.  It’s no good focussing on the bride as she walks into the church, she has a long walk down the aisle and there’ll be plenty of time for photos of her on Dads arm, but there is only one chance to get the look on the grooms face when he first sees his wife to be.

It’s also very easy to get tunnel vision and only see what’s happening in front of you, but often the best photos are happening behind you.  It only takes a second to have a look around then go back to what you were doing but it can make a world of difference.

While photographing the bridesmaids I glanced around the room to see what else was going on.  How easy it would have been to have missed this gorgeous moment between a mother and her daughter.


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The Bride and Vrroom

It’s fair to say I’m not a car enthusiast. Cars are a great mode of transport I grant you, but that’s as far as it goes for me.  But to your average Rev Head their car is their obsession.  They clean it, they polish it, they strip it down just so they can build it up again and they know each and every nut and bolt.  What’s more they love to show their cars off, and what better place than a wedding where their pride and joy will share the limelight with the happy couple. 

Now getting photos of the cars is pretty standard at any wedding, but I always like to go one step further and try and get photos of the individual cars without the bridal party, and where possible, with their owners.

So if they’re not part of the bridal party why bother?  Well I’d like to say it’s just because I’m a nice guy, but the reality is much more self serving than that.

It only takes a few minutes, cost nothing and gives the bride and groom a chance to have a break.

The drivers feel included and appreciated, which means they’re more likely to remember you when someone asks about photographers (especially if you give them a few business cards to throw in the glove box).

They also tend to be more accommodating and forgiving when you’re running late.  For someone like myself who always shoots for longer and at more locations than was originally planned, that extra co-operation and flexibility is important.  

Finally it’s great to be able to give the bride and groom a couple of extra photos just of the cars for them to give the drivers as a ‘Thank You’.  The drivers feel appreciated and show everyone ‘your’ photos.  The bride and groom are happy because you’ve made them look ever so thoughtful and everyone gets to live happily ever after.     

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Blurred images, high noise levels and poor lighting.  As photos go they don’t much worse than this from a technical viewpoint.  So what was the brides comment when she saw these photos?   “OMG do you remember how late we were!” 




We’re there to capture memories not take photos.

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This was kinda done on purpose, it was a ‘I wonder what will happen if…’ shot.  Slow shutter speed, deliberate movement and balanced flash.

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Simple story… the flash didn’t fire.  Why?  Absolutely no idea, but I liked the result.


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Where possible I try to avoid using flash inside churches, one, because it creates a distraction and also because the results are usually less than flattering (it’s hard to bounce flash off a 15 metre ceiling).  So with an already dark interior coupled with very dull, overcast day and the shooting conditions inside this church were less than perfect.  The first shot of the kiss was with flash (not much choice) and was a nice enough shot but when they went in for a second snog I took a punt and left the flash off.  The blur captured a sense of motion and emotion, but I think the only reason this shot works is because the brides face is sharp.


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“Your images must be perfectly clear, properly exposed and have pin sharp focusing, if they’re not, throw them out.”  This advice was given me by another wedding photographer when I first started shooting weddings.  Probably good advice, but like a lot of the good advice I’ve been given over the years, I chose to ignore it.

So I thought over the next couple of weeks I’d do a few posts on some of my favorite ‘shouldn’t have made the grade’ wedding shots and to prove a point I only picked photos that had chosen by the clients for inclusion in their wedding packages and albums.  More often than not the shots weren’t planned and were often the result of a grab shot or an outright mistake.

Probably my favorite.  I had been shooting outside and had walked back into the house to find the bride and bridesmaid frantically trying to sort out a dress malfunction.  This shot was literally shot from the hip and as soon as I had depressed the button I realized I hadn’t adjusted exposure settings or turned the flash back.  Subsequent shots showed all the details but this one captured the frenzied activity and emotion of the moment.




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