Natural London Portrait Photography

A little portrait shoot I did in a very sunny London earlier this month with the delightful Dan and Irene who were on holiday from Australia.

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Dan is himself a wedding photographer and cinematographer in Sydney, so I know it was probably quite strange for him to be the other side of the camera!

I’m so fond of these little two hour portrait sessions, which are essentially a mini day in the life shoot. We often combine well-known London landmarks with a few of the quieter spots I know to be great for this sort of portrait photography.

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Here are just a few of my very favourites from the shoot, enjoy.

In This Moment | Expressions

I love this image.

It’s so fun and really captures the spirit of a wedding reception. That said, I’m probably even more fond of it as I know just how rare a moment like this is to document.

Looking through my files this is one of two frames taken of the scene, the first showed the baby with a face mixed with elation and fear and didn’t quite work! The second though was perfect – with faces at (almost) polar opposites.

I find walking around during the drinks reception highly productive, it’s the perfect time to produce documentary photography of the family and friends in attendance.

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Camera and Lens Info:

Camera ● Canon 5D Mark 2
Lens ● 50mm 1.2
Aperture ● F4
ISO ● 640
Shutter ● 3200th

Andrew & Jemima’s wedding in Berkshire

Andrew and Jemima’s wedding was absolutely charming. Following family tradition the wedding took place at the bride’s family home in Berkshire. Both of Jemima’s sisters held similar weddings at the house and have now gone on to have young families of their own. It was a really nice touch to not only follow such a great tradition but to also have a very family orientated wedding day.

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There wasn’t an awful amount of space in the garden as the number of guests invited demanded quite a significant marquee! However, thankfully it didn’t rain (too much!) and the reception could be held on the lawn. The ceremony took place in a nearby church where, unfortunately, the priest wouldn’t allow any photography from the front. This was a great shame as it was a beautiful church. Be sure to ask your priest about his or her policy on photography.

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I had the pleasure of working alongside our talented Long-term student Steph during this commission. Steph is nearing completion of an eight month programme with us, her work continues to go from strength to strength.

Here are just a very few of my favourites from this fantastic little wedding day.

In This Moment | Party!

I’m very fond of this image. Produced during the later stages of the day at one of my favourite Somerset wedding venues – Orchardleigh House on the outskirts of Frome.

For me, the early evening can be such a rewarding part of the day to photograph, all the nervous anticipation that has been building up for months has gone, the ceremony and speeches are now in the past and it’s time for the couple to let their hair down. It is always a (very) merry atmosphere.

Essentially, the first dance symbolises the day evolving from wedding to party.

I love shooting from a low angle with certain subjects – a perspective that often gives people much more confidence in the frame and subsequently produces images with that extra wow-factor, the technique has worked perfectly in this instance.

The dress falling the way it did was incredibly lucky and really finishes this fantastic image.

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Camera and Lens Info:

Camera ● Canon 5D Mark 3
Lens ● 16-35 2.8 @ 16mm
Aperture ● F2.8
ISO ● 4000
Shutter ● 200th

Holly & Doug’s wedding at The Royal Exchange In Central London

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Holly and Doug’s wedding in central London was a highly memorable one, it was not a small wedding by any means and yet it retained that personal vibe from start to finish. A truly great crowd, some spectacular venues and amazing weather to boot make this wedding one of my favourites of the year to date!

I first met Holly and Doug over a coffee late last year, they struck me then as particularly relaxed and up for having lots of fun at their wedding…  when Barry White began playing mid-main course Holly had the entire top table up and dancing in front of their cheering guests, still chewing. It pretty much summed up the day! This casual, fun attitude made for a such a great atmosphere to work in.

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I photographed alongside my colleague Ian Martindale during Holly and Doug’s wedding, this allowed us to create a particularly comprehensive collection of images for the couple and their families. A family heirloom if you will.

Here are just a few of my very favourites from this charming and memorable wedding in central London.

Kevin & Carly’s wedding at The Turkeymill

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I photographed Kevin and Carly’s wedding very recently in a particularly sunny Maidstone in Kent. They were both amazing to work with, fully embracing the more relaxed style of my reportage wedding photography.

I’d never worked at the Turkeymill up until now, it’s absolutely stunning with exceptionally well-kept grounds. Inside, each room and space has superb available light which is great for my style as I prefer to avoid the use of intrusive flash.

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It was such a memorable wedding to document, the weather was stunning, the venue was beautiful, there were also some really heartfelt speeches from not only the father of the bride, groom and best man but the mother of the bride. This was such a lovely touch and I’m sure it meant a great deal to Carly and the rest of the family.