If you're a fan of Strictly, and adore a romance, this week's blog post is not one to be missed. Shooting the wedding of Kevin and Karen in London this summer, for both the couple and Hello Magazine, was just as romantic and emotionally charged as the best of them- but with an extra dash of glamour.
I might let these photographs speaks for themselves this week, as Hello Magazine did a gorgeous spread and write up on the wedding, which I need not repeat! But there is something beyond a celebrity name drop, in my sharing these photos with you..
My way into the wedding industry, was not your usual route. Though apprenticing and working for my father for many years, and learning the old school way and on the job, I started as a second photographer for the high profile magazine weddings. The first time I held a camera at a wedding, (although I had assisted at countless already) was for the Rooney's Wedding in Italy. OK! magazine printed some of my work off that first impromptu job, and it became pretty clear that my style suited the context. It was the most intense, manic and high pressured wedding of my career so far, so a professional baptism of fire!
When shooting and editing work for the magazines, it is not possible to hide behind post production or overly styled editing techniques- some of which remind me of an instagram filter. Gorgeous and seductive though they may be, magazines require
a clear crisp and flawless photograph.. photographs which constantly and consistently capture not just the emotion of the day, but the people and the faces which their readers want to see- at their absolute best.
You may think that working with bride's as gorgeous as Karen makes my job a walk in the park.. and it does, just look at how stunning and shining she is.. but the need and to just honestly project these people in the public eye, beautifully but honestly and without over post-production and filtering, is what has anchored my style.
Applying this experience to private weddings, has just sealed my love of the job. There is little difference in how I approach them and magazine weddings, and the glamour of the celebrity from the outside is the only thing which changes how people see the photographs. Kevin and Karen, though absolute stunners and hugely talented dancers,
were just two people clearly wildly in love, and beside themselves to be marrying each other.
This is what makes my job a dream. That said, having photographs published in the magazines continues to remind me to stay true to my style, whatever is supposedly trendy and arty in the wedding industry.. and what a large proportion of the wedding blog scene seems to prefer at the minute.
A huge thank you to Hello Magazine and their awesome team. After all these years, I still feel privileged to work for you in this way.
I leave you with a quote from Anne Geddes, which backs up the timelessness of a more classic photographic style..
“The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.”