Photo details: Andrea, my Bride, really knew how to dance and was spinning all around the dance floor at her wedding. I wanted to get the feel of the movement and the fullness of her lovely wedding dress, so after shooting the obvious pics, I got down lower and watched her spin. It took a lot of frames to get one that for me is just perfect. There was no need to include her face - the image is all about the dress and her fabulous legs and those lovely shoes. It needs nothing else. There's quite a lot of post processing to draw attention to the parts I want the eye to be drawn to. But I personally think any great image deserves great processing.
About the photographer: I'm a Surrey & Hampshire wedding photographer shooting weddings all over the South. Will travel worldwide for the right clients.
Photo details: I was asked to photograph Lynne & Ste's wedding at Vignamaggio, just south of Florence, Italy and we really wanted to get some great shots of them in their original classic Fiat 500.
We had a couple of miles to drive from the church to the venue and so I drove ahead of them, stopped the car and waited. Luckily the light was just right and you can clearly see their happy just married smiles!
About the photographer: I'm a Lincolnshire wedding photographer, living in the heart of Lincoln. I originally started out photographing horses, but when I photographed my first wedding, I was hooked.
My speciality is photographing family life, of which weddings are a part. Quite a few of my clients come back to me after their wedding when they have started their own families, and I'm really honoured to have a number of clients who have been coming back to me for over 10 years.
When I started Natural Expressions Photography, I decided that I really didn't want to be photographing the same places every week, so I made the decision that I would happily travel.
A lot of my work is in Lincoln and the surrounding area, but I've photographed weddings all over the UK, and have had commissions in New York, San Francisco, Italy, Japan, United Arab Emirates, and several places around Europe.
Documentary wedding photography is chasing me around the internet at the moment. No sooner do I leave one photography forum on Facebook because of a tedious argument than it turns up on another. You can’t escape it. The ‘Real’ documentary photographers get their lens caps in a twist over this one.
The issue usually starts with someone posting a link to a photographer’s website because they have used to term ‘documentary wedding photography’ but have featured images of people LOOKING at the camera. This is currently the biggest crime in the photography world. It used to be vintage post-production, but that seems to have disappeared now. Thank God.
These Facebook rows turn ugly for a straightforward reason - documentary wedding photographers are so precious about their ‘Art’, and anybody who uses the word ‘documentary’ in their marketing has to play by the rules or the self-appointed guardians of the term are quick to step in and proclaim their indignation. It can be brutal. I'm not sure when the Documentary Wedding Photography Police first appeared but they are everywhere and you'd better not mess with them.
Photo details: A beautiful venue at Trenderway Farm, Cornwall, Trenderway Farm is a Grade II listed farmhouse and restored barns based in the lush countryside of Cornwall. With beautiful oak beams and an original stone interior, this venue has lots of character to add to your magical day. The photo was taken by the huge window and because she was so relaxed and happy we got this Honors of Excellence WPE, Silver award.
About the photographer: I did wedding photography all over the world since I'm based in the UK 80% of the time I cover the UK, but did wedding photography in USA, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Singapore.