Photo details: This is one of my favourite evening couple's portraits from 2016. I had such a fun, down to earth couple in Lynn and Chris. This was taken towards the end of their day at King's College in London and I feel it really shows their relaxed, fun-loving personalities and true connection, still showcasing the classical setting of the venue.
About the photographer: I'm a friendly, but professional, wedding photographer. I photograph weddings in a relaxed documentary style, with lots of candid and naturally posed portraits as well as shots of all the beautiful details. It's really important to me that the day runs how you would like it to -so it's comletely up to you how many group photos you would like to have and whether we do posed couple's portraits or something much more relaxed and candid.
Wedding venue:The Asylum – it’s a very romantic venue, incredibly atmospheric, and the closest we could get to marrying in an environment that felt like a church without having a religious ceremony. Venue Website
Photographer: Michael Clements from My Beautiful Bride. I actually found him via a wedding blog and loved his style of photography so much that I sent him an email straight away.
Michael was very forthcoming and responsive, incredibly easy to work with and accompanied us on venue recces to assess the light, come up with great shots. We really let him lead in terms of what he thought might look good (even when my mum tried to get the dreaded ‘group family shot’) and were so impressed with the results. We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding photographer!
Wedding venue:Heaton House Farm is located on the Staffordshire and Cheshire border with stunning countryside views. A barn conversion venue that also has a high bling factor Heaton is a very popular choice for weddings of all sizes and tastes. Venue Website
Photographer: Photography was by Cris Lowis photography who was booked to capture the day in a relaxed and natural style. Laura and Matt didn't want too much time spent on posing but wanted to enjoy more time with their family and friends. Make up was by Sarah Meredith and the venue dressing by Supreme venue dressers.
There are numerous conspiracy theories surrounding the death of professional wedding photography or the exponential race to the bottom as it’s known in the office. I’ve mentioned a few reasons for the decline here on the Secret Wedding Photographer blog, such as free engagement shoots. Some will claim that the big camera manufacturers don’t care about us pros and much in the same way that Apple virtually ditched development of professional workstations and support for professional applications (farewell Aperture) the big camera companies are now focused on making photography easier and cheaper for consumers. Let's leave for another post!
There is another far sinister factor - the Second Shooter, lurking in the background. I’m old enough to remember life before the second shooter. The days of a now mythical creature - the photographers assistant. A useful beast who knew his place. I even employed one once who didn't want to be a photographer. He liked assisting. Having an assistant is great. They carry your bags. Make sure everything is working. Move lights around and hold reflectors. They were a fantastic thing. Unfortunately, they are rarely seen now. Commercially no one will pay for them. They have been made extinct by the birth of the second shooter. Another disastrous idea for the wedding photography business.