Photo details: This was taken towards the end of a beautiful event with one of the most laid back, charming couples (Rachel and James - both doctors) I ever met - being one of the reasons I love this job! They suggested the boat ride in the rain so who was I to refuse. The fact that the groom clearly doesn't know one end of a skiff from the other just adds to the charm. I don't recall technical details...probably my old 180mm Manual Nikon judging from the depth of field and perspective....but it's not so important. Its one of my favourite images from this year.
About the photographer: My name is Jason Pierce-Williams and I have been studying, teaching and shooting all areas of photography for over twenty years. I'm based in SW London but have shot events and weddings all over the world, including India, Poland, Germany, Spain and Italy to name a few. My first class degree is in photography and I have taught all levels and areas of photography for many years. I have often exhibited abroad and here at The National Portrait Gallery. My wedding photography is very much like my street and portrait work....natural, simple, candid....and very observational.
People often ask me ‘What do wedding photographers do during the week?’ And I’ll roll out my stock answer, ‘ There is an awful amount of work to be done before and after any wedding - planning, post-production, album design blah blah blah’. The reality is we spend most of the week on Facebook moaning about the business. There are countless secret groups devoted to wedding photography on social media. Referral groups, networking groups but mainly whining groups. Bookings are now so thin on the ground for many photographers that complaining has become the default state for those in the wedding industry.
It's not all doom and gloom though. On one of the groups, I’m a member of, a couple of London based photographers have been waxing lyrical about a current boom they are experiencing. According to them, business has never been better - so good that one of them can even afford to switch to the new ‘must-have' camera system - the Sony A9. He must be raking it in!
Photo details: This was a totally unposed and natural moment between the mother who was buttoning Lisa's dress and Lisa's sister who burst into tears when she went to kiss her sibling. I took a few and hoped for the best. This is my favourite in terms of composition and tenderness and simply capturing an unrepeatable moment which is what all of my photography is about.... I think.
About the photographer: My name is Jason Pierce-Williams. I fell in love with photography 30 years ago while teaching in Lisbon. I have a particular passion for observational Street photography and bring much of this style to my weddings and other events. I hold a first class honours in photography and have exhibited my work both abroad and here at The National Portrait Gallery. I have also been published many times, including the prestigious Black and White Photography Magazine. I am a full time photographer and photography tutor. I have shot well over 300 weddings and countless other events including a five year tenancy with DJ Mag where I learnt proficiency in low light and flash photography. I cover all of London but have shot all over the world including India, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.
Photo details: This is the groom and his groomsmen jumping for joy on Porthmeor Beach in St Ives, Cornwall. Great Easter weekend wedding.
About the photographer: Devon based documentary wedding photographer whose been capturing wedding memories for 12 years and loves every minute of it. Cover weddings throughout the South West, UK and destinations weddings too.