Best wedding photography is storytelling. It is observing, being insightful, alert and focused. And it is more. You cannot miss it when it hits you like a lightning from the blue sky or an ocean wave in scorching heat when the two people in front of your lens produce magic you rarely see around your daily life. Forever after, redefined, revisited and preciously cherished with every word, look and gesture. And it might sound banal and somewhat cliche but I am utterly touched by what I experienced at the wedding of Abi and Scott at the Newalk Museum, Leicester, from which the first sneak peeks you can see below. And so here it goes: Abi and Scott, you have redefined what love is and rewrote the meaning of fate for me. And that’s the best observation I have had in years. And it isn’t a photographic one for that matter. Thank you both so very much! Keep glowing and keep your love for You are truly meant for each other!
In 2011 I got enchanted. It was the retro looks and the appeal to being “unnoticed” with a small factor camera that drew me to it, it must be said, but also the fact that the company that produced this gorgeous looking thing had been on the market for a very long time. And they rocked! And they still do! It was the original Fujifilm x100 that I took that year to Italy and I must say nothing before had frustrated me more. The autofocus in particular which made me appreciate every shot I actually did get due to the fact it was such a hit and miss. But then I got back and put the images on my computer. And… My God was I in for a treat! The colours AND black and whites were (and still are) simply impossible to reproduce with other brands. Fast forward to 2017 and the autofocus is on-par, if not better in some cases, than other manufacturers, the brilliance of the “old” Fuji look for colour and black and white simulation is still there AND I’m lighter and more flexible without carrying a huge set all over the event. A winning formula? I certainly believe so, especially in providing professional wedding photography where quality is the first and most important factor for me. Any camera is capable of taking great pictures. But this one makes it easier. And there’s still a happy face when culling images later when on the computer.
A full review of the Fuji system will follow here on the blog but just wanted to shine a bit by being mentioned in the magazine titled Fuji X Passion. Even if not a Fuji shooter I’d recommend it to anyone looking to develop their skills and searching for inspiration. It’s a massive thank you to Fuji X Passion mag for the mention too! Thanks guys!
There’s something about them… The music playing somewhere from another room, the jewelry and attire laid out and ready, the anticipation and thoughts of “have I got it all covered” every minute, the jokes flowing in and stories of both awkward and happy past events unfolding right before you. There’s only one time during the day when all of this is happening and in telling the full story of a wedding, I find it essential. You can’t beat the wedding bridal and the party preparations! And you certainly cannot underestimate the power and energy they bring in. I swear by them and love documenting them. The short set below is from a recent wedding of Dan and Lianne that took place in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. And what a beginning to the day this was!
Jodi and Stephen came to the Abbey Park in Leicester for the very first time for their pre-wedding shoot. And me, although for the second time only, this one was definitely the better visit. Charged with positive energy to stop late afternoon winds and scatter the clouds, Stephen, Jodi and Alice, their little girl, strolled around effortlessly posing for shots, playing and relaxing in the setting which makes me remember this afternoon extremely well. Thank you Jodi and Stephen for a truly awesome Saturday! See you soon at your wedding!
For their pre-wedding session Dan and Lianne chose a popular location this early summer, the Foxton Locks and from the very first moments, we instantly have been so energised by their energy and openness. Both have been so relaxed during the session and as we wandered around the area we couldn’t help but enjoy the conversations, the laughter, the weather and the wonderful atmosphere.
We’re very much looking forward to the wedding this coming July! For more of those two and their fantastic contagious aura. Thank you, Lianne and Dan, for making us our choice for your memory recorders. See you again so very soon! :)