Reportage wedding photography at Orchardleigh House

I’m finding I’m doing a lot less post production to my image files, perhaps because of the quality of the camera equipment in use but I like to think that photography is finally going full circle, or at least that’s the direction that I feel has more merit.

I keep my post processing simple, apart from a few areas where I can really improve on image quality. In a sense, I aim to shoot and process to similar parameters that I encountered during my film and dark room days – a digital workflow with very traditional influences. I feel that this ensures my images stand the test of time more so than if they have too much post processing applied, or perhaps more gimmicky effects such as textures.

All images featured in this post have had very simple processing applied to them, first in Lightroom and then Photoshop. Several are pretty much straight out of the camera – a testament to the power of making a good image to start with. This process of image making, in my view, hugely outweighs mediocre images taken that are then masked by often faddy post production, which will only date the images within as little as three or four years.

The image, and ultimately the moment, must be good to start with and not rely heavily on post production or ‘airbrushing’, as some people like to call it.

I documented Ciara and Will’s wedding in Glastonbury, Somerset and although it rained for the early part of the day it really made no difference at all. I’m thrilled with the images – it was an elegant and relaxed wedding at a venue I’ve now worked at on several occasions and love – Orchardliegh House. Below are a few words from the couple and some of favourites from the day.

We were struck instantly upon finding Allister’s website by the beautiful quality and personal touch of his photographs. We wanted our day reproduced authentically, in both the big and little moments. This is exactly what he does best. From first contact, we received an immediate response which was both helpful and friendly and also flexible with what he could offer, our decision was made.

When we met with Allister for the first time at his studio we were instantly made to feel welcome and at ease. He showed us some of his portfolios and talked us through his style and approach to wedding photography. We also went through all of the ideas and desires that we had for the day.

It was obvious from this meeting that, although Allister has so many ideas and concepts, he wanted to understand from us exactly what we were looking for. We both left feeling absolutely positive and extremely happy and excited about our decision. We couldn’t wait to see the images that Allister would produce on our day.

The big day arrived and we were so happy with Allister’s professionalism and ability to move through the day discretely. He was, as always, friendly and approachable and able to put everyone at ease on what was a nerve-wracking day, even helping us on occasions where we were unsure on certain formalities.

The day finally arrived for us to return to Allister’s studio to preview our photographs and we were not disappointed! In fact, they were better than we could have possibly hoped for, we will always treasure them as a beautiful and honest reminder of our day.

Thank you Allister and best wishes for everything you do in the future.

Ciara and Will