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A Scottish Affair

Wedding Tales Posted on Sat, June 29, 2013 23:52:14

Simon and Nikki were married last weekend and even though they probably couldn’t have been much further from Scotland if they had tried, that didn’t stop the wedding from being a very Scottish affair, right from the very off…

But more of that later. First to the bride, Nikki. She needed a little help from her bridesmaids while getting ready…

… and then came that moment.

Now there’s a few golden rules that I have as a photographer and one of them is that I can never, ever be late! So after hearing that the Manston Air Show had caused quite a few traffic problems in the area I set off for the church a little earlier than I had intended to. When I got there the guests gathering outside the church were treated to a display that could have been organised just for them.

And it gave Simon something else to focus on whilst waiting for the guests who got caught up in the air-show traffic.

One of the wedding party who did get a little stuck in traffic just happened to be one of the bridesmaids!

Not exactly easy running in heels and a dress like that (or so I imagine anyway!).

But everything was fine and Nikki was serenaded to the church by the sound of the pipes.

And Simon finally got to see his wife-to-be.

After the ceremony and signing of the registers, it was time for Simon to walk his wife Nikki, back down the aisle and out into the sunshine for that first kiss as husband and wife.

We then set off for Russell Gardens – a beautiful setting to take some portraits of the happy couple.

And so on to the reception where the scottish theme continued, particularly apparent on the fantastic cake that was on display.

Next it was time for the speeches, closely followed by two first dances, one being Nikki’s choice and the other being Simon’s.

Then came an evening of good food, one or two drinks and dancing.

Please feel free to leave Simon and Nikki a comment and your best wishes below. I’m sure they’ll love to read them. Or click on Share to add a link to Facebook etc.

Bridal Wishes

Wedding Tales Posted on Wed, November 30, 2011 12:21:54

I like to read wedding blogs and wedding magazines – it helps me to know what the latest trends are and I’m always on the lookout for inspiration. The other day I came across an article on Wedding Ideas Magazine blog (so I can take no credit for doing any of the research!) in which they had asked real brides for a list of stuff they wished they had done differently.

It made pretty interesting reading, particularly as at least 3 of the regrets concerned photography!

First one in the list is “I wish I had given a detailed list of shots I wanted to the photographer“.

This one surprised me a little as it’s been a standard question I have always asked couples in the pre-wedding meet. Even when it’s not been possible to meet face to face with a couple (well I guess I could have flown to Germany!) we had all the ‘must have’ photos sorted out by phone and email.

Another side question I get brides and grooms to think about is “Is there anyone I need to keep a special look out for and ensure I get some shots of?” I know all of the guests at a wedding are important but it may be that a relative has made a trip half way round the world or something.

The second one is “I wish I had had bridal preparation photographs and video footage and captured what was the perfect family morning“.

The bridal preparations are one of my favourite parts of the day. I love the build up, the nervous excitement and seeing everything come together. For me this is a huge part of the whole wedding experience and also a great opportunity to get both candid shots and lots of the detail shots. Another thing to remember is the groom will almost certainly not have any idea of this part of the day and the photos will be the only real way of him having any idea!

The third directly related to photography is “I wish I’d asked the photographer to stay longer and take shots of the evening reception“.

The evening reception is something which often gets cut out of the photography and I’d guess more often than not due to budget, but this is the time when often the fun really begins. The couple are married, the formalities of the speeches and cake cutting have been done – time for some serious partying! Again I love to be able to capture at least some of this period. And, if I’m really honest, it’s in the dark party setting where ‘normal’ cameras and equipment that guests usually have really struggle. Whereas professional equipment coupled with a good dose of technical know-how and experience can make a massive difference to the quality of the photos.

And lastly there’s this one. “I wish I had set aside more time for chatting to our guests“.

So what’s this one got to do with photography? Well I think it’s got a lot to do with the style and approach of the photographer! While I believe the photography is incredibly important (of course I would!) I also truly believe and remember that it’s a wedding and not a photography shoot! Therefore the time allocated to group shots and formals is entirely up to you. I will always discuss your ideas and requirements and can give you advice on how long it will probably take to carry them out. I will advise on what I know works best but will never dictate – it’s your day not mine!

The other thing to remember is that an experienced photographer will be able to work quickly and efficiently, be able to organise groups (with a smile!) have all the right equipment and know how to get the stunning shots first time so there’s no hanging around. Put all of that together and you’ve got more time to spend relaxing, chatting to your guests and I’ve got more time to shoot the relaxed candid stuff.

If you’d like to read the full article and loads more besides here’s the links to Wedding Ideas Magazine and What Do Brides Wish They’d Done Differently?.

Bride to Bump to Baby

Wedding Tales Posted on Sat, October 22, 2011 15:44:00

You may remember Kerry from her wedding last year – yeah, the bride that I got to stand on a very tall tree stump smiley If you don’t have a look here.

Well I was delighted when I got a call from her a few months ago with the fantastic news that she was pregnant and expecting her and Dan’s first baby. Even better she asked if I could come over sometime and do some bump photos and after the event, some newborn baby shots. My response – “Of course, I’d love to!”.

So first the bump photos…

Now, you have to bear in mind that all of these were taken in Kerry’s front room. With the right lighting and very few props (and a little technical know how) we were able to create some lovely reminders for Kerry.

And from low key to virtual silhouette.

And time for something a little more funky…

And then a few weeks later (a little later than had been anticipated!) the wonderful news that Jack had been born came through and that Mum, Dad and baby Jack were doing fine – must say they looked it too.

But the real star of this shoot was Jack, both awake…

… and asleep.

If you’d like some bump or baby (or both) shots then just get in touch smiley

Suzanne and Rob – A Brewery Wedding in Kent

Wedding Tales Posted on Mon, September 19, 2011 22:53:03

There aren’t too many places in Kent which can be much more Kentish than the Shepherd Neame brewery in Faversham – it lays claim to being the oldest brewer in Britain being founded in 1698. It may have a tradition for beer but also makes the perfect venue for a wedding with loads of more unusual places for some great portrait photos but more of that in a bit.

Suzanne stayed in the local village of Doddington the night before her wedding at the Old Vicarage guest house.

This is a great location in itself and I could have just stayed here taking photos like this…

… but there was the little matter of the wedding to attend! Suzanne looked very at home in the back of the 1937 Rolls Royce Limousine that took her to the brewery. Apparently Rob, her husband to be, was very jealous and I don’t blame him.

When Suzanne arrived with her bridesmaids there was just time for one last adjustment before the wedding itself.

Now, I love weddings with all the romance and love that they bring and being a photographer I’m often in a privileged position to be able to see and capture these moments. It’s a look or a discreet touch that can say so much and I can honestly say that there were so many moments like this between Rob and Suzanne.

Now did I mention all the fantastic locations for portraits? Well I want to save some until Rob and Suzanne get back from their honeymoon but I had to share just a few with you…

Oh go on then, just one more…

You may also know that I love to capture the details of all the weddings I photograph and this one was no different – here’s a couple of my favourite ones…

After the wedding breakfast and speeches and before the first dance there was just a little time for a couple more portraits – told you this was a great location!

And then it was time for the first dance.

Rob and Suzanne will be back this coming weekend from a lovely honeymoon in Turkey. Why not leave them a message for them to come back to below…

A Perfect Pre-Wedding Shoot

Wedding Tales Posted on Wed, September 07, 2011 22:38:33

I’m fortunate enough to be photographing Rob and Suzanne’s wedding this coming Saturday. I say fortunate for so many reasons… They are a great couple, have chosen a really fantastic venue with loads of photographic opportunities and they are really up for having their photograph taken! But there’s something which has helped them feel just a little more assured about having a lens pointed at them… a pre-wedding shoot.

Rob and Suzie chose the location for this one – a lovely National Trust wooded area close to their home which was perfect.

I love pre-wedding shoots! It gives both couple and me some time together so we can get to know each other that little bit better and, as I said, the couple get used to feeling of someone constantly pointing a big camera and lens at them (even if I am lurking in the grass) – lets face it, it’s going to happen quite a few times on the day!

But probably most important for me is the opportunity I have just to give couples a few basic pointers about how to stand, what to do with their hands, just posing generally and a little guidance can make such a huge difference!

When I took the very first photos of both Rob and Suzie I just asked them to pose and I didn’t give them any direction. Well I won’t put those photos up here – actually I think I’ve already deleted them! Then with a small bit of help from me they soon looked like they’d been doing this for years – they started to do the things I said naturally which leads to really natural, relaxed photos.

So on their wedding day Rob and Suzie can relax that bit more, safe in the knowledge they will look stunning in their photos because they’ve already got a set where they look just that.

Can’t wait for Saturday now!

A Swift One…

General Posted on Sun, September 04, 2011 22:32:52

I’m a photographer – I love photography. These days I specialise more in weddings and portraits but my love of photography started way before then and I still enjoy just getting out and about with my camera.

Most people have cameras with them 24/7 these days – it’s called a phone! But I tend to have one of my DSLR cameras pretty close to hand, just in case, and I was really glad I did the other day.

I looked out of the window of the building I happened to be working in and there sitting on the fence was a a row of Swifts. Then out of nowhere a parent flew down and fed one of the birds and was off again. They’re not called Swifts for nothing! So I grabbed my camera, dialled in some settings that I hoped would catch the action but still show some movement to add to the dynamism of the shot and focussed on one of the babies. It took some patience and a couple of goes to get the timing right but I was pretty pleased with the result…

Just goes to show you never know when one of these moments will present itself and any good photographer will be prepared!

Edit: I’ve since been told (by someone who knows these things) that these are Swallows, not Swifts! Apparently once Swifts can fly then that’s it, that’s pretty much all they do! Oh well, these guys were so fast they’re pretty swift too!

Files For Facebook

Wedding Tales Posted on Fri, January 21, 2011 09:29:41

The phenomenon that is Facebook is pretty amazing and it’s here to stay.
According the Facebook website they currently have over 500 million
active users and over half of them log in on a daily basis. WOW!

So it’s pretty unsurprising really that in more and more of the enquiries we’ve been getting here at Wedding Tales, couples have been asking about whether they can put their images on social networking sites like Facebook and it’s easy to understand why. Once the images are uploaded all the friends and family of the bride and groom can instantly see the wedding photos and leave comments.

So here at Wedding Tales Photography we’ve listened to what you want. From now on all of the couples who choose Wedding Tales Photography to be their wedding photographer will get ALL of the photos from their day on a CD. The images will be resized, compressed and optimised for viewing on computer monitors (you won’t have to worry about the technical stuff as we’ll do it for you!). That means the the files will be super quick to upload and look fantastic. But what it also means is that the files are not suitable for printing (you could try but they will look rubbish!). To have files from which prints can be made couples will still need to order the high-resolution files separately.

And the best bit – no matter what coverage or package you would like, you’ll get the CD of the low-resolution, web-optimised files at no extra cost! Oh yeah, the files are ideal for e-mailing too!

The Wedding Experience

Wedding Tales Posted on Wed, January 12, 2011 00:26:20

If you’re a bride to be (or groom to be come to that) who lives in the Kent area you may well be considering going to a wedding fair. They can be great fun and give you loads of ideas and inspiration for everything from dresses to chocolate fountains and dare I say it photographers.

There are a series of wedding fairs in Kent called The Wedding Experience Shows. Actually, The
Wedding Experience Shows are the most successful and well attended
Wedding Exhibitions in Kent with the one at the Detling Show Ground being by far the biggest with over 4,000 brides in attendance!

Well, if you decide to go along to one of their shows this spring or summer be sure to have a look through their show guide and see if you can spot the Wedding Tales Photography advert! Ok to give you a small clue here’s what it looks like!

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