Trash the Dress on TV!

I’ve just completed a fantastic Trash the Dress shoot with a client which was filmed for TV.
Shooting took place in Norfolk on a private estate using a wide variety of locations. These ranged from beautiful gates, to an ancient tractor, a water sprinkler in a potato field! Finally we went to the beach where my client Susie was game enough to go into the sea! The weather had become somewhat windy and stormy by this time but we got some amazing shots. To view the video, please click on the link below. Please note that although I have usage rights, copyright is with Reuters, thank you.

Advice on Choosing Your Wedding Photographer. Recent Publicity – Wedding Venues & Services

Featuring one of my favourite informal photos from Elissa and Michael’s wedding, I contributed to a piece in this summer’s Wedding Venues & Services magazine: Ask the Expert

What interested me most on reading it was that all five of us featured – some of the top names in the wedding photography world – gave essentially the same advice to prospective clients seeking to choose a wedding photographer:

See at least two complete recent weddings; you get what you pay for in photography – the better the photographer the more they charge;

see client testimonials as well as wedding photography; check experience, & whether the photographer is full or part time;

check they have client liability insurance (an absolute must have);

choose someone you get on well with;

look for passion and emotion in the images;

choose a reportage photographer with great care, not all ‘reportage’ images are flattering – make sure they can also take the other type of shots that matter e.g. groups, lovely portraits of the couple.

In terms of trends, each of us picked our own trend, but I agree with all of them:

1. Image manipulation – there is currently a fashion for heavily manipulated, fashion style images.

Whilst I think this can work well for a portrait shoot, for a wedding I offer this style to clients on one or two photos only from the hundreds taken. I prefer wedding photography to be ‘real’ rather than fake, to tell the story of the day. When I do show such an image I usually recommend that it is a stand alone image, rather than one put in the album.

2. The best of both worlds – Not just reportage or portraiture.

More Brides are realising that posed photographs don’t have to be stiff and formal and that reportage shots aren’t necessarily relaxed! The best photographers are combining both, I certainly do.

3. Trash the Dress – the big trend coming in from the USA.

This is becoming more and more popular both with my existing clients and with Brides who have used other photographers for their wedding.

4. The importance of the classic wedding album

Digital only packages are popular, but invariably clients realise that a wedding album is more than a collection of photos – it’s an heirloom, and a repository of their memories of an extra-special day.

Funky fun!

One of the great things about a Love Your Dress shoot is that you can have a lot of fun trying out different ‘looks’ so that you have a wide choice of photos from the classically beautiful to the funky and fun.
I adore photographing weddings, but on a portrait shoot I also get the one thing I don’t get at a wedding: plenty of time! On the wedding day itself, the most important thing is to capture the real day, and to spend time with the Bride & Groom judiciously so that they get stunning photos but don’t feel that their day was turned into a full scale photo-shoot. Unless we can build in a lot of time prior to the ceremony, the portraiture time afterwards is usually about the couple, not the dress, so a Love Your Dress (or if you feel like living dangerously a Trash Your Dress) shoot is the perfect opportunity for us both to relax and have fun, without any pressure.

Recently, Emma and I had a fabulous afternoon doing just that at a variety of locations. We did some classic shots as a bit of a ‘warm up’ and then moved on to more adventurous pictures. Emma’s stunning Vera Wang dress had the chance for another outing before being finally packed away.

She’s still choosing her favourite photos which we intend to put at the end of an album with the photos from her wedding in Australia.

Love your dress – it’s not too late!

Celebrate the beauty of your wedding dress.

At a recent wedding, one of the guests came up to me in tears. She was very complimentary about my unobtrusive style – her tears were for the photos of her own wedding several years previously. She hadn’t taken as much care as she should have done in selecting her photographer, and the bolshy male she employed left such a negative impression that she couldn’t even bring herself to look at the proofs, let alone order any prints. All they reminded her was of him. It’s always distressing for me to hear such stories – unfortunately all too common. However, I do have a solution. The Trash Your Dress trend is sweeping in from the States. Not as drastic as it sounds, it is an opportunity to have the fashion style photos of you in your dress that you didn’t manage to get on the day. My style is more of a ‘Love your Dress’ experience. It’s never too late. This time, just enjoy wearing your dress – either with, or without your husband.