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: Shot in the grounds of the historic Newark Castle, the wedding of Donna & James was a beautiful affair. This is shot in a little tuck away of the castle and off camera flash was used to balance the natural light and focus the attention on the couple.
This was a Game of Thrones themed wedding and the photo really fit in with what they were after...
About the photographer: I’m Andy from AWHotographic, I have been in the photography business for over 20 years and shot people all over the world but the best place to be is home and shooting lovely people on the most important day of their lives. I cover Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire with Packages starting at £1200.00..
Photo details: The Wedding of Rachel and Bret. The photo was taken at the end of October at about 8pm so pretty much pitch dark.
The venue Elsham Hall near Scunthorpe is a beautiful place with loads of quiet wooded areas.
The couple are lit with a speed light behind them and a main flash in front with a long exposure with the camera mounted on tripod. The couple had to stay still for a few seconds during the shot, not that they minded with a bit of snogging..
About the photographer: I've been a professional photographer for some 20 years, after leaving college I travelled on cruise ships as a photographer and now having settled down in the UK I shoot weddings and portraits full time. I love weddings, love the connection I make with couples and capturing those intimate moments that only as photographer we see.