Monthly Archives: February 2013

Brides Maids blowing bubbles at Kings College

Just a fly on the wall …

I’m sure that most photographers who have a passion for capturing interesting images of a wedding would agree with me in saying that ‘candid’ or ‘documentary’ or ‘reportage’ (if you want to sound cosmopolitan) is the way to go.

Bride's maids at the ready

But it does take a leap of faith on the part of the client to just let their photographer ‘get on with it’ and stay out of the way.

kings College wedding

And yet so many couple I meet start with the introduction, “we don’t like to have our photographs taken so we don’t want a lot of posed shots”. The fact is, you don’t need to have ANY posed shots.

parent with child

One approach I have used, on a few occasions, is just to mingle with the guests and I have to say these have given great results. Nothing is posed, nothing is held up waiting for the photographer. The day just flows on as a wedding and not a photoshoot.

Guests with program of service

If you want posed shots and are comfortable with that then, fine. But if not then just trust your photographer to tell the story of your special day.

guests relaxing

By their very nature the ‘getting ready’ shots are best shot from real life … just try asking a busy Make Up Artist or Hairdresser to ‘hold it’ or pose!

Emma and Lee's wedding

Sometimes only Colour photographs will do …


As much as I enjoy shooting portraits or wedding photographs in monochrome, there are times when only colour will do. Sometimes rich, other times more subtle.
I’ve just been revisiting some shots and a few stood out as examples of those where I think “only colour will do.” Like many things in photography its entirely down to taste.The wedding photographs of Lana and Andy were taken in Aberdeen and the portrait of Lola, in Portlethen.
I’ll add a few more examples show the importance of colour in my wedding photography later.





Lola in copper light

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Or in this case of Dina just walking through a garden, carrying some flowers, on a hot summer’s day. And yet all these colours do not detract our attention from the subject due to her eye contact and beguiling smile.

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