Hi Allister, just a quick note to thank you for the fantastic job you did on our wedding day.
You've really captured so many special moments, and in such beautiful style.
We will cherish these for the years to come!
Tim & Saiko
The type of venues I work at ranges quite dramatically and Wellington Barn, on the outskirts of the small Wiltshire town of Calne, is probably one of the smallest and isolated of the lot. Situated in the middle of a stunning valley it is quite simply a barn tailored to accommodate weddings.
This simplicity is what I like most about the place, next week I'll be shooting at Hampton Court Palace - a venue that couldn't be more different however, that's not to say that the wedding photography will be any more rewarding to document and the images more interesting than this one. I'm often chatting to couples getting married in smaller venues and one of their main concerns is this very thing.
So, in order to give couples a very clear idea of the sort of product they'll end up with after we've documented their small wedding (between 30 and 60 guests), I've included a few more images than usual. I hope to show readers just how much can be achieved whilst documenting a small wedding.
I see so many photographers posting only their very best images on their blog, which is fine but isn't this what a portfolio is for?
If posts were more true to life and documented the entirety of the wedding and the consistency of the 'product', as well as how the different lighting conditions and environments are dealt with, they would be so much more relevant.
Why not give couples a very clear indication of what they will receive?
Here is my selection, as you can see it's quite a high ratio of black and white wedding photography to colour, I could quite happily photograph an entire wedding in black and white! So powerful. That said, I do still see the need for colour wedding photography in order to document the day (and often details) accurately.
I also had a photographer from my long term mentoring programme working with me during the event and I couldn't be happier with their performance, especially seeing as it was their first wedding alongside me.
We started our documentary wedding photography coverage around thirty minutes prior to the ceremony at St Mary The Virgin - just a tractor ride from Wellington Barn. I'd never met Tim and Saiko before as they'd booked me from abroad, so it was really good to finally meet this sincere couple.