How I approach your wedding day
I like to call my style Creative Photojournalism. This is because for the most part of the day you won't even know I'm there capturing all the moments and emotions as they happen. When it comes to the Bride & Groom portraits these need a little more input so for these I prefer to direct NOT pose. For example I may suggest that you both walk and talk holding hands while I run around taking natural photos of you both, and they are natural, yes I may have 'directed' you into that location and positions etc but the moment is natural between you both. No awkward posing standing stiff being uncomfortable whilst saying cheese over and over!
Bride & Groom Preparations
Of course, your memories don’t start with the ceremony. The excitement of the day begins with the preparations. I’m there to capture these sometimes moving, sometimes funny moments.
As family members or bridesmaids and groomsmen fuss over the bride or groom, precious instances arise - a glance, an interaction, a special keepsake or heirloom that is brought out just for the day; a tradition or spontaneous celebration - all of which deserve to be recorded.
"Adrian makes you feel so comfortable
that you forget the camera is even there."
Leanne & Tom, Facebook Review
This is the focal point of your day. There are so many special moments that you will want to be able to look back on in years to come. I love capturing the nervousness of the groom as he eagerly awaits his bride, and the instant the couple first set eyes on each other.
Then there’s the vows, and I’ll be busy capturing Mum (and Dad) wiping a tear, and the moment when you exchange rings. There’s the laughter of the guests when the rings don’t fit, thanks to fingers swollen with nervousness, or when the celebrant cracks a joke.
Once I’ve photographed the signing of the register, I’ll move quickly to the other end of the aisle. There I’ll be in a perfect position to take beautiful pictures of the two of you, and your guests congratulating you, as you walk past for the first time as a married couple.
"Adrian captured the spirit and fun of our day so well"
Jo & Paul, Google Review
It is time for everyone to let their hair down and celebrate. Here my love of getting to know people comes into its own again.
I will continue to mingle with your guests, getting to know and putting them at their ease. Then, when they next see me with my camera in hand, they see me as a fellow guest and remain relaxed.
I now find myself in amongst the guests, taking documentary style photographs without anyone even noticing. I will chat and enjoy their company and this relaxed feel comes through in the final result.
Groom - my top tip for you. If, like me on my own wedding day, you’re nervous about doing a speech, do it before the meal. That way, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the wonderful food, instead of trying to swallow against a dry mouth and roiling stomach!
As your photographer, I cherish this part of the event. I get to hear humorous (and embarrassing) stories from the Father of the Bride or the Best Man, as they both praise and tease the person they are speaking about. The speeches produce tears—of laughter as well as the other kind. There are the special moments as glasses are raised in a toast.
I enjoy photographing the faces of the people giving speeches, the people they are talking about, and the rest of the audience as they react to what is being said. It gives me the opportunity to capture all the emotions, making for pictures that will provoke those same feelings in years to come as you look back on them.
The Evening Party
As with the earlier part of the day I continue to blend in and be unobtrusive, while I record the early part of the evening up until the first dance.
Typically, this part of the day presents the technical challenge of photography in low light. But your memories would not be complete without pictures of your first dance and, luckily for you, I love the technical aspects of my craft just as much as I love weddings.
While my day officially finishes at this point, if the dance floor is packed, I often can’t help but stay on for a while, capturing the party spirit. Your guests’ crazy dance moves completes your storybook or album perfectly.
Then I leave you and your guests to continue partying into the night and possibly beyond.