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.
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Barely a week goes by without a new Top 100 UK Wedding Photographers list being published somewhere online, swiftly followed by a flurry of Facebook posts by eager snappers keen to point out to their armies of obsequious followers that ‘Hey - I’m proud to be included on this amazing list of awesome wedding photographers’. Well done dude! Awesome - you so deserve that!
All these lists of the Best Wedding Photographers Ever have one thing in common - actually two things in common. The first thing is that I’m never included. This is surely an oversight on the part of the impartial, objective list compilers - I mean have they seen my work! Are they aware of my reputation and the groaning shelf of wedding industry awards! Obviously not or surely I would have made at least one of the lists by now. I’m certainly the best photographer in my neighbourhood and I should make the list. Shouldn’t I?