As a Bristol, Bath and Somerset wedding photographer I love the vibrant mix of different venues. From grand country manor houses and stunning barn conversions to unique quirky venues. I enjoy photographing them all.
When I’m asked to describe my photography I use words like fun, relaxed and candid. I look forward to each and every wedding and shoot naturally as your day unfolds in a creative and stylish manner (and at the same time making you look damn good!)
For the vast majority of your day you won’t even know I’m there. I blend into the background amongst your guests, like a photo ninja discreetly capturing unscripted moments of laughter, tears of joy, happiness and all the atmosphere of your big day.
Pre-wedding engagement shoot
I offer a complimentary engagement photoshoot for all my couples. It’s a perfect opportunity for us to get to know each other so I won’t be “a stranger” capturing those all-important moments on your wedding day. It also gives me an opportunity to demonstrate just how relaxed the whole experience can be. You guys can choose a location or I can recommend somewhere. Both Bristol and Bath offer some very cool trendy urban spaces and one of the the best things about being a Somerset wedding photographer is the abundance of stunning rural locations.
Your big day
With all your hard work organising a million and one things beforehand, your wedding is the time to finally let go and enjoy the most romantic day of your life. Now you can let the people you’ve chosen do all the hard work. Hopefully I’ll be one of them.
I usually start 2 – 3 hours before your ceremony and generally focus more on the bridal party but if the groomsmen are nearby (and keen!) I’m happy to grab some shots. This gives me a chance to get some candid shots of the boys being boys (perhaps having a cheeky pint?) and as an added bonus I’ll make sure they’re on time! (The girls are allowed to be fashionably late…)
During the bridal preparations there are loads of details to capture including shots of the dress, shoes, jewellery, perfume and any other accessories. I generally do these photos first so everybody gets used to me being there and then in the background I quietly snap away capturing hair and makeup along with all madness of wedding preparations. If possible it’s great to get a shot of the father of the bride’s first look at his daughter looking stunning and ready to go as his reaction is almost always emotional.
Your wedding ceremony
I realise that this is the most nerve racking part of the day so to ensure that I’m not adding to this I refrain from using flash during the ceremony, instead choosing to utilise natural light. I use lenses which allow me to maintain a comfortable distance while still catching intimate moments (and keeping my eyes peeled for emotional guests).
After your ceremony
All your friends and family will be excited and it’s unrealistic to expect that we’ll gather everyone for group photos straight away, especially while your eccentric uncle is hunting down his favourite tipple! I happily acknowledge this and ensure that you and your guests can enjoy this time before rounding up those involved.
I highly recommend keeping your group shots limited to the key people, a list of 5-10 is ideal, especially since I’ll be capturing tonnes of natural shots of your loved ones throughout the whole day. This is not said for my benefit but because I’ve witnessed many times that a long shot list means you’re tied into rounding up groups rather than socialising.
I also love to take advantage of the chilled out vibe in-between your meal and evening guests arriving to capture more casual group shots. At this point everyone has been well fed and had a couple of drinks so it’s easier to get some fun shots of all your favourite people larking about.
The happy couple
I’ll capture natural, fun and flattering couple shots which bring out your true personalities.
I figure out all the best spots beforehand and we’ll head out for 30 minutes before your wedding breakfast and another 20 minutes or so for an early evening round of shots. This gives you a varied set of couple photos making the most of different lighting conditions and your venue.
I always have a plan of action (including creative ideas for wet weather) but I also find some of the most honest wedding shots happen spontaneously. It could be something you guys do without thinking or an idea that I come up with on the spot.
The fine detail
I know how important it is to capture all the details on your big day. With the average couple spending months of their life organising their wedding packed full of personal touches, from styling their wedding with flowers and decorations to the car and venue itself. Nothing will be overlooked.
By this point all your guests will be thoroughly relaxed, allowing for some great off-the-cuff shots. During this time I will capture the cutting of the cake, first dance and your dad strutting his stuff on the dance floor. I generally hang around for an hour or so after the first dance ensuring that I’ve covered a decent amount of the evening proceedings and capturing any dance floor shenanigans.