I’ll kick off the post with a nod to the wonderful suppliers that make weddings happen. It takes a lot of people to make wedding days and when they all come together, amazing things happen.
So my first photo is actually a preview of a shoot I did for Lace and Grace in Keynsham. They make stunning wedding dresses and one of theirs features in a photo later on. Here’s a shot of their beautiful shop, stay tuned for the complete gallery coming soon.
Next is one of my favourites from 2016, Sara & Giovanni’s Bristol city wedding, featuring the two of them at the M-Shed. After their marriage at the Bristol Registry Office we went for a stroll down the river and we grabbed this one on the stairs of the truly unique museum.
It’s actually a remake of a shot I took a couple of years back during my project 365 (which didn’t have people in). I loved the angle and knew it would make for a great photo, i’m so pleased it came out and with an amazing couple featured!
My next are two shots of Hanneke, taken at the same time with two different approaches. I love these because not only does she look amazing in them, they show off two ways to use the same light for a totally different effect.
In these the light is really low – a gorgeous autumn light that you only get that time of year, orange, soft and just great to work with.
The first shot is a normal exposure but shooting into the sun, using a dark background to prevent a blown out backdrop (stay tuned to my photography tips for more on that). The second is the same again but with the exposure taken right down for a silhouette, and you can see the lovely rim light the suns creating. Two styles, one light source, two great photos – love it 🙂
The next one’s of Sam & Vikki on their elegant wedding day. I just love this one and really didn’t it coming. We went on a stroll from the Square Club around the block and I’d found a nice red tree in the park the day before. I knew something could be made of it but didn’t know what, so we tried it out.
I was expecting a landscape with them in the path and the tree overhead, but this turned out as a portrait with them nestled amongst the tree leaves. Love them together, love the look, totally a 2016 favourite.
On the subject of Sam & Vikki, here’s Vikki getting ready before her big moment. I saw the light coming in from the skylight and mirror on the wall and just had to do something with it. Love her reflection in the mirror and the drama of the light, another favourite!
Next is Hanneke and Duncan, side by side at the Bristol Market. Just adore this one, it’s made it to my homepage and it’s really unique, LOVE it. What I also love is how it was shot. We’d been around the market for a little while, quickly stopping from place to place to get the shots I’d lined up. We were just about to leave and I saw the window of the shop and thought ‘that would be a good shot’.
With time getting on I very nearly didn’t take this. I stopped and starting going again, stopped again and thought – ‘you know what, it’s worth trying’. Hanneke and Duncan were kind of enough to give it a go and less than a minute later it was done. Well worth it and a good reminder for myself to not doubt myself and keep trying new opportunities.
My favourites wouldn’t be complete with these few from Ciaran and Katrina’s country wedding which was the sunniest, warmest, most gorgeous day you could hope for. Some photographers will say bright sun is hard to work with – not me, I love it! It creates so much warmth and drama, I was thrilled when that came through in the photos for some truly magical moments.
And after all those couples here’s some of my favourite details. What you don’t see behind these shots is how long it takes to make them. On wedding days you’ll often see me prodding a set of shoes / rings / favours half a centimetre here and there to make these shots – its not easy making something look perfect!
Well… that ‘s it! It’s hard to choose favourites and there’s plenty more, check out my stories for more.
WHAT a year, so many amazing moments and people and thank you to everyone for making my year so special, I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings 🙂