I’ve been asked across the years to photographically cover weddings for venue owners, wedding organisers and other wedding photographers and whilst every event retains an importance befitting a truly one off occasion, there is no doubt on a day where wedding professionals are the key focus, there is a mind shift in terms of how I experience their photography. Because as a documentary wedding photographer I choose to envelop myself in a day and truly experience the event rather than work from a shot list, perhaps it’s that in the back of my mind, there’s a heightened intrigue as to how they are seeing their day unfold from the other side of the counter.
And so I bring you Angus and Verity’s Wasing Park Wedding Photofilm, a real journey of emotion with an inevitable focus on food at one stage, as the groom is a director of the catering organisation driving this venue. And with each Photofilm presented there seems to be an enhanced documentary feel; the film breaking from musical score on a couple of occasions to experience simply the sounds and atmosphere recorded.
A clean break is not a term you may necessarily associate with subject matter relating to a wedding. Yet, when you’ve been planning a wedding for two years, looking forward to the date, the occasion and everything to do with this one big day, think of one of the most difficult phone calls you could make, exactly four weeks to the day of the marriage itself when you have to announce; “Darling, I’ve just broken my ankle.”
This wedding saw many a twist and turn (if you’ll forgive the gratuitous pun Tony) in terms of the tales of a day, including a professional comic as one of the best men. So, here’s a love story, actually, here’s a whole bunch of stories, in a Photofilm called ‘Stories to tell’.
It’s a wedding venue I know well, Wasing Park; under fifteen minutes from my front door, I’ve shot over 70 weddings at this one venue alone. Yet every day is different, and I genuinely feel that. We talk a lot in this industry about story telling, narrative building through wedding photography. By setting the images from a day to sounds recorded as the tale unfolds in real time, I really believe it’s a strong way to capture another dimension in terms of narrative. Here’s Duncan and Erica’s story as a Wedding Photofilm.
It rained. Oh, it rained. And then it rained some more. But you know what? Late November, Christmas rapping on the door with a reminder to check your behaviour for the naughty and nice list; there’s a romance to winter weddings that dispels any thought from your mind that mild weather is the only accompaniment to saying “I do.” Here’s a new Photofilm edit from Chris and Nicola’s Windsor wedding, with reception at Bijou Weddings’ Botleys Mansion.
I’m delighted to release the latest Wedding Photofilm featuring the calm natural humour of Iain as he married Alex at St Mary’s Silchester, with the reception hosted at Berkshire’s Wasing Park wedding venue. Followers of the feature will note that there is a slightly more cinematic feel in terms of aspect ratio, having worked to 2K sizing, with the occasional landscape and portrait bringing in vertical cropping. Congratulations to the both of you, a superb day and plenty of emotional exchange. Your father Alex; absolute gold.
From probably one of the last truly mild days of 2012, two beautiful locations came together for what can only be described as a very English kind of wedding. This is the story of Steen and Georgina’s wedding day as a Photofilm. The day began at St. Michael and All Angels, renowned as Britain’s finest baroque church. It’s attached albeit by a ‘thread’ these days to Witley Court, which damaged by a fire in one of the wings in 1937 was unfortunately sold to scrap dealers when the insurance company failed to settle for restoration of the building. And so, as you’ll see by the opening two frames, this fabulous building (now restored in part by English Heritage) is now a haunting shell surrounded by beautiful Worcestershire countryside adjacent to one of the most incredible churches I have ever had the pleasure to photograph in. Following the ceremony, we went city bound to enjoy a quintessentially colonial style high tea at The Old Palace, Deansway. And so in the shadow of Worcester Cathedral, the evening came to a close. History lesson complete, I hope you enjoy the Photofilm.
There’s something inherently British about a wedding in a Cathedral. The majesty of the place. The size, the sound. This is the Wedding Photofilm of actors Mark and Francesca’s big day at Gloucester Cathedral. Usually I collate audio from the vows and speeches to produce one of these unique features. It wasn’t possible with this recording, however I did achieve some actuality from the service itself and I think that makes a fitting introduction to the stills movie. Music courtesy Triple Scoop.
An Elizabethan manor house, the Bijou owned wedding venue Cain Manor is tucked into North Downs countryside in Surrey. It’s the stunning backdrop for this Wedding Photofilm from Garry and Carolyn’s day.
The Vineyard at Stockcross near Newbury played host to Phil and Hannah’s wedding reception. June didn’t exactly bring us the most clement of weather this year, yet you’ll note that good fortune paid us a visit on this occasion. This is their Wedding Photofilm, designed for PC and iPad which will accompany and compliment the coffee table album.
In producing a Photofilm, I essentially revisit, if you like, relive, a wedding day. This Photofilm produced from Lawrence and Lisa’s Wasing Park wedding day in Berkshire captured some cracking reality reactions particularly during the speeches. There is no formatted structure to how the audio and pictures relate to each other. If you study the order of others in my Photofilm collection, there will always be a subtle difference. It may seem somewhat alternative to start a film with the very last words of the day’s speeches, but you know, I think it works. It fits this record of the day well. As always, I welcome any comments you may have, either in the comments box provided or by email.