Weddings, hair, makeup, vicars . . .
OK. so I’m a wedding photographer – and I tend to (but don’t exclusively) work in the North East of England.
Often – I begin the day where the bride is getting ready.
Some photographers like to pose pictures like the one below.
I prefer to simply photograph ‘what’s happening’.
The reason being – you can get a perfect picture of a girl having her hair done,
or her makeup applied – eyes glancing into a strategically placed mirror etc.
But the downside of posing that sort of thing – is that it takes time.
It stops the hairdresser or makeup artist from doing their job.
In my humble experience – about half of the brides that I’ve encountered over the years,
have been late because the hair or makeup took a long time.
So – stopping a makeup artist from working – even for a few minutes,
disrupting her flow of work – is simply asking for trouble.
Also – I think it’s nicer to have a natural picture – one that isn’t posed at all,
which shows smiles and expressions that really happened – not manufactured smiles,
created just for the camera.
Maybe I’m a purist. But maybe I’m also a realist . . .
you decide !
Above – Hair being adjusted for one beautiful bride ! No posing involved !.
Pictures during the wedding service – this is pretty normal for me.
However – beware the C of E vicars who ‘don’t like photography’ !
Your church may not actually allow photography !
Catholic Churches, have always allowed me to photograph the wedding, Methodist Churches have also always been fine with photography,
Baptist Churches, Sikh Temples, you name it – I’ve been to them all, and they’re all happy with photography.
They actually smile and welcome the photographer.
But you’ll find that about 20% of Vicars in the Church of England,
do not allow couples to have any photographic memories of their wedding.
The wedding on this page, had a Church of England Vicar who was a really nice guy –
he welcomed me to his church, and just let me get on with my job,
I kept in the background, I was quiet and unobtrusive and didn’t get in the way of him doing his job.
Full marks to this splendid fellow. I wish that they were all like him.
Here – our couple, Jodi and Jamie, are seen emerging from Church and making their way to their car.
Right . . posed pictures.
I do sometimes make posed pictures.
The picture above – in the white circular room (the music room),
was taken on the same spot that Jamie had proposed to Jodi – and the proposal led to this wedding day.
Above – this isn’t a fashion model on a fashion shoot.
It’s a real bride on her wedding day. It’s Jodi. She’s looking fab.
I bet that you’re wondering how we ended up in a big old mansion thing that looks as if it hasn’t been lived in for years . . .
Well – it’s actually an old castle – and Jamie owns it.
which explains why he proposed to his lady here . . .
It’s a lovely story eh ?
and perhaps the pictures aren’t too bad either !