Reflecting on last years work in the first few days of the new yearis not something I often do. Mainly because I am concentrating on the upcoming year and trying to improve on the previous and look to the next 12 months. However (and I think this is one of the negatives of the digital photography revolution) it's all to easy to simply forget or choose not to look back at one's images. From a professional stand point and a personal one, finding the time to do this can be extremely rewarding.
So, I decided to go back, take some time and really look through some weddings I was lucky enough to photograph in 2016, starting with Georgie and Alex. Based in London, they asked me to shoot their wedding as Alex simply hates being photographed and my relaxed style meant he would be as comfotable as possible throughout the day.
My style and aproach to wedding photography is mostly documentary, or reportage - or whatever word is currently 'on trend' - basically meaning it's subtle, unobtrusive and as true to the day as possbible. The results are honest, emotive and authentic. I am not totally documentary type - there is always an element of family images and a few couples images but through careful planning in the run up to the big day, the impact of this can be minimised in terms of efficiency and ensure everyone is covered yet the Bride and Groom has sufficient time with their friends at the wedding reception.
The skill as I see it in photography is both in capturing things as they happen and anticipating what is to come and given noone can be everywhere at once, getting into the right place at the right time as much as possible. Freezing a moment in time to be kep forever can be extremely powerful and in doing so, capturing a memory for a couple is both exilerating and rewarding in equal measure. The total amount of time shown in the video below is half a second of 'moments' (from the combined camera's shutter speeds),
- I hope you like it!