The first (& 2nd) Rule of a Documentary Wedding Photographer

The first rule of wedding documentary photography is: Don’t be shy The second rule of wedding documentary photography is: Don’t be shy Of course you have to be discreet, courteous, kind and focused. But never shy. Let me explain. I remember meeting a professional wedding photographer who when he heard that I strive to shoot a wedding as close to…

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Seeing into the future. Predicting a moment.

There is no now. There never was. Look up and see the sun. Realize that that’s how it looked 8 minutes ago. In fact, the sun could disappear completely and we here on earth wouldn’t realize until those 8 minutes were past. So there is no now. Not in the strictest sense of time. Everything we see takes time for…

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The Story behind this Photograph (A Series of Images)

Jenna and Jaco’s wonderful wedding was only the second I had documented since switching to the Fujifilm X-Series system. Their day took place at the well known Avianto wedding venue in Muldersdrift, South Africa and was made all the more special by this high school romance’s grand, ‘I do’, climax. Approaching weddings from a true documentary photography perspective means that…

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The Story behind this Photograph (a series of images)

Arno and Ethresia held their wedding in beautiful light at the Cowshed Venue. An old, converted farmhouse boasting thick, solid walls and beautiful north facing windows (we’re in the Southern Hemisphere here) that invited in so much striking light. At this point on the day Ethresia had just gotten into her dress and I spotted the opportunity of making a…

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The story behind this photograph.

Joshua, the groom, stands waiting for his groomsmen before his wedding ceremony starts. I was second shooting this wedding and was following the groom during the last few minutes before the wedding ceremony began. This location, with the doorway and strong shadows, seemed a perfect place to wait to make an image. It worked out just as I’d hoped with…

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The story behind this photograph.

Rahul & Kelly enjoyed an elaborate wedding in the UK and following that wanted some time to themselves to renew their vows and make intimate memories. I flew out to meet them on Bazaruto Island in Mozambique to document this special time away with beautiful images. The next day we left at sunset to visit the iconic Pansy Island that is…

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The story behind this photograph.

Here’s a famous image I’m sure you’ve seen before. It was taken during construction of the Rockefeller Center and features 11 workers perched precariously high above New York City on a steel beam in 1932. And here is my wedding guest version. I’m always looking for unique perspectives from which to tell the story of a couples wedding day and…

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How black & white images capture emotion better.

Our eyes see in colour but our hearts see in black & white… Here’s  blog post I recently recorded where I discuss the reasons I choose to present the bulk of my Documentary Wedding Photography in black and white images. It’s not just that the black and white images on Fujifilm X-Series look so very good because of Fuji’s superb film…

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But do you Shoot Portraits?

One thing you’ll always see lot of on wedding photographer’s sites but not on mine is a collection of portraits. There is good reason for this. Over the years I’ve developed a style of photography that strives to tell the true story of your wedding day. I call this documentary style wedding photography that you could describe as natural, candid, or…

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Vows on Pansy Island – Elopement style

Rahul and Kelly chose to have an absolutely private moment together saying their vows on the exquisite Pansy Island of Bazaruto, Mozambique. A vast change of scenery from their home in the UK. At the stroke of low tide Pansy Island emerged from the ocean like a mythical mermaid. The dedicated team from the Anantara Resort then jumped into their…

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