Apart from my passion with Street Photography, I’m also a Wedding Photographer and my wife tells me that I should promote myself more. So I decided to do what I’m told and write a very quick post from last Saturday’s wedding.
I’ve photographed quite a few weddings at the Woolley Grange Hotel in Bradford on Avon, I know it well and it really does make for a fabulous venue. Yes, we have beautiful grounds, an old Jacobean house and literally everything that anyone could possibly want for a small intimate wedding, but what makes it stand out for me is the team who run the hotel. They genuinely care that the couple and their guests have a perfect day. This is reflected in the mood of the weddings held there, the Bride and Groom along with their guests always seem to be so relaxed. These ‘Big Days’ can be nerve wracking for most people and yet it seems that those nerves simply melt away at the Woolley. That makes life simple for the photographer.
This lovely lady I discovered after taking this particular booking is a photography teacher, no pressure on me then! In fairness I always feel a little pressure, obviously I want my clients to be happy with the results and of course my own desire to create good photographs has to be met. Shooting with the Leica I have to manually focus, set the exposure and all that technical stuff that creates ‘Form’ in an image, but it’s the search for ‘Content’ that focusses my mind. I want those candid, off guard moments, that’s the Street or Documentary Photographer in me. We can make formal photos like the one above or ones that we can easily predict such as the shot that follows and I click plenty of those;
As I mentioned before those candid moments become easier for the photographer because the guests are relaxed. Here’s our groom, another photographer and absolute gent, waiting for his bride to arrive. He’s just asked them if they’d taken a look at my website…hang on, I’m supposed to be promoting myself here! ;
So what I want to see is more of these kind of photos. I’ll leave you with a few candid images. It goes without saying that I’m extremely grateful to both Nicola and Ian for allowing me the opportunity to shoot their wedding, the guests were fabulous, the weather gorgeous…a perfect day. If you’re thinking of booking a wedding venue you know where you should be considering and if you need a photographer hopefully you’ll know where to come.
As always my sincere thanks go to anyone taking the time to read this blog.
All images can be opened by clicking on the thumbnails and are taken using a Leica M with either a Summicron 35mm or Noctilux 50mm lens fitted.
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