On this day, a decade ago, I photographed my first wedding. 10 years of wedding photography! My good friends Miles & Ruth were married at Keble College, Oxford and, though I didn’t know it at the time, it’d be the first of a great many weddings. Many congratulations Mr & Mrs N!
If you’d told me at the beginning of 2008 that in 2018 I’d have been shooting weddings for ten years I would have struggled to believe it. Yet here we are. It’s been an amazing journey thus far. My work has taken me to some incredible locations and I’ve met the most wonderful panoply of people. Intelligent, warm, funny, debonair and truly lovely couples who have been kind enough to entrust me with documenting their wedding day. It’s a weight and serious responsibility. Challenging and pressure-filled but deeply rewarding and often hugely fun!
Along the way I’ve been treated to some truly first-rate support. Without going all Gwyneth at the Oscars, I’d like to take a moment to thank some of my family and friends who have helped me get where I am today. Kieran Doherty for being an excellent source of honest, quality critique during the early years. My Mum for offering up her spare room as an office when I was starting out and for being an ardent fan of my work. My brother for being a true supporter and a constant source of sense and advice. Doug Treiber and Richard Harris for offering positive, but ever insightful, constructive criticism and industry wisdom. Above all, my endless thanks go to my wife Charlotte. She has put up with an awful lot. I always feel nervous ahead of a wedding and she has to experience my pre-game tension! She has spent countless hours reviewing images with me, discussing business and photographic ideas and listened to me agonise about gear choices. She is my fiercest critic and most dedicated supporter. Thank you!
I thought it’d be interesting to look back on the past 10 years of wedding photography by selecting one of my favourite images from each of those years. Not necessarily the best, but my favourites. Images that have stood the test of time and mean something to me today. It’s interesting to look back through the archive and see how things have progressed! First up, 2008-2012.
Miles & Ruth @ Keble College, Oxford
There might not be any key faces visible, but the interwoven arms and the impressionistic sense makes this a true early years favourite. It’s the sort of thing I’ve always been after. To capture a mood and tell a story. (Canon 5D + EF 50mm f/1.4 @ 1/15th, f/1.4, ISO 3200)
Andrew & Louise @ Odiham All Saints Church
I’ve always enjoyed capturing moments that offer the perspective of a face in the crowd. This was my first wedding shooting at Odiham All Saints and I love the way the window light from the right of the frame highlights Louise’s face. 7 years later I found myself kneeling on the very same step on my own wedding day! This photograph shows the church before the addition of the new Organ loft at the foot of the bell tower. (Canon 5D Mark II + EF 50mm f/1.4 @ 1/400th, f/2.8, ISO 4000)
Ade & Sheila @ Great Fosters, Egham
These guys were such a lovely couple. Full of love and good humour and warm smiles. I adore this moment on the dancefloor, primarily because of the massive grin, but also because of the sense of togetherness and joy. It also serves as a great reminder to never be scared of high ISO and a bit of extra noise! (Canon 5D Mark II + EF 50mm f/1.4 @ 1/200th, f/1.4, ISO 12,800)
Zöe & Ben @ Elstead
I’ve written about this one before so I won’t reiterate things ad nauseam. In short, I ran a long way to get this shot and the result is one of my favourites from 10 years of wedding photography! Following their church wedding ceremony, Zöe & Ben lead a procession of cars back to their reception in this wonderful restored Morris. The colour and sense of joy make this a real favourite and it still has a place in my current portfolio. Not to mention that I envisaged the image, ran a long way, and came away with the photograph I’d planned. Always very satisfying! (Canon 5D Mark II + EF 17-40L f/4 @ 1/320th, f/4.0, ISO 200
Amelia & Leon @ Lincoln’s Inn
Occasionally you create pictures that feel like they could be from almost any era. This certainly fits the bill. There’s something of the Royal wedding about this image, the dresses, the movement, the floral crowns. These three were absolute photographic gold and I have a host of favourites of just them that could equally have made the grade here. (Canon 5D Mark III + EF 35mm f/1.4L @ 1/60th, f/5.0, ISO 100)
Tomorrow I’ll post five more favourites from my first 10 years of wedding photography. Check back then!