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Recommendations

Northern Ireland Wedding Suppliers

We get asked a lot of questions, not just wedding photography related but regarding all things wedding; and the most common is whether we know of a decent wedding band/videographer/florist/make up artist . . . . that we would recommend.

We've been lucky enough to work with plenty of wedding suppliers in Northern Ireland, and see our job as more than just wedding photography - so we're always happy to help!

I thought that I would write a few words on some of the best wedding suppliers we've come across on our travels - which may hopefully help out when planning your day (we're not on commission by the way - these are just a few suppliers that we personally rate!)

 

Wedding Videography

If you've decided that you would like a wedding video in addition to photography, then choosing the right wedding videographer for you is obviously really important! It's always good to look closely at the way that videographers work as well as the end results.

If your wedding photographer is largely documentary in style and doesn't set up lots of posing (like me!) then a videographer that works in a similar way is a really good idea, as the day will flow much better, and the finished article of moving and still pictures should have a more consistent feel to them;

Hatch Wedding Films are brilliant; Paul works in a really relaxed and natural way and importantly is a really nice guy to have around on your wedding day too. His footage has a real cinematic quality with a strong sense of story, I'd highly recommend taking a look at his website here.

Ballygally Castle wedding Photographer

 

Wedding Florists

If there's one thing that can add a bit of impact to a wedding venue it's flowers. Getting your wedding florist right is a big call as you will often give them a brief and won't see the end result until the morning of the big day - these recommendations are all a safe pair of hands! 

Cottage Crafts and Flowers - Joanne is lovely! I always say that having really nice people around you on your wedding day just makes that tiny little bit of difference which all adds up to make your day extra special. Her flowers are gorgeous, with real attention to every little tiny detail. As well as seeing Joanne at weddings I'm also a customer on most Valentines days and anniversaries - so it's safe to say i'm a fan!

Flowers by Mee - If you want flowers to "wow" then it would probably be worth having a look at Gill's website. Beautiful bouquets and some really creative adornments for your ceremony and reception - they're all there!

Make Up Artist

If there's one day you want to look your best . . . . .

Maid by Sinead - The lovely Sinead is a make up artist extraordinaire! There is often a fine line between not enough, just right and too much where wedding make up is concerned - you want to look your best but would rather avoid looking like you have make up for the stage in your wedding images! I've been lucky enough to see Sinead work with the ladies in the morning a couple of times now and she is amazing at what she does, and also a nice relaxed and calming influence to have around!

Wedding Bands

Weddings don't stop after the first dance, that's when they really get going! If you want a packed dance floor make sure to book a band that will keep the party alive!

The Just Adam Band - A three piece of snappily dressed cheeky chaps who never fail to get everyone up to dance!

The Outlaws -  If it's a Ceilidh band with a modern twist you're after then look no further! These guys really know how to get everyone involved, and are the only Ceilidh band I have ever seen who haven't ended up with a bunch of confused people bumping in to one another on the dance floor. They mix their set up a bit with some popular party tunes in between the Ceilidh craziness!

Exclusive - These guys have personality! They interact with your guest when they're playing a really diverse mix of tunes, with something for everyone.

The Rare Aul' Stuff - Five guys with loads of talent and a massive repertoire of foot stomping traditional music mixed up with some modern classics and a DJ in the mix as well - what's not to like!

Some Other Wedding Suppliers

A few other suppliers that will hopefully be able to bring something special to your day;

Jane's Kitchen - If your wedding venue requires you to provide your own food and you decide to enlist the services of Jane's Kitchen then you are in for a real treat - friendly and helpful staff delivering delicious high end restaurant quality dishes!

Ice Sculptures NI - Ever seen a huge ice sculpture with a table plan inside the block of ice at a wedding? Graham travelled to Canada to hone his skills (plenty of ice to choose from there) and has a range of designs that will wow your guests, as well as being able to take on bespoke work (ask him to show you the 6ft Darth Vader!). Something really different that will get your guests talking!

Logy Bear wedding cars - Beautifully spotless vintage Volkswagens which come complete with dapper tweed suited chauffeur for your wedding day! 

We really hope that this has been helpful as you plan your wedding!

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One Wedding: Three Minutes

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One Wedding: Three Minutes

Relaxed and Natural wedding Photography

The wedding of Ben and Leanne in three minutes (and four seconds) - just press play below;

We've just bought a new piece of Software and thought it would be fun to showcase our relaxed approach by showing all of the images from this lovely autumnal wedding really really quickly!

What do you think? If you like the look of our approach click here to get in touch!

 

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The Double hug

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The Double hug

Why I love this wedding Image . . . 

I really do enjoy shooting moments as they happen on your wedding day; getting ready in the morning is up there amongst my favourite times as I really enjoy documenting the building tension as the time to head to the ceremony draws near, the groom waiting expectantly for his bride to arrive at the ceremony is another highlight for me, as well as every other moment that you can think of.

One really special time for me is after the married couple emerge from the ceremony all newly married and full of joy - I am often the first to congratulate them which is a real honour for me, although plenty more congratulations and well wishes from friends and family are never far behind! It's such a happy time and makes for brilliant photographs is you are prepared to really get amongst everyone and tell the story from up close.

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This image stood out for me. I had shot lots of hugging and kissing from various angles in the few minutes leading up to this, and decided to try a different composition of the scene and went in search of a "double hug" (both bride and groom at one time!) I was really pleased with this shot for a number of reasons.

I love the symmetry of the frame, with bride and the female guest, their arms embracing high and low in a perfect line that dissecting the image diagonally, flanked by the men in their lives also entangled in embraces. The colour palette of my camera in the soft light also really harnesses the calm tones of the Classic Chrome film emulation on my Fuji XT2 cameras.

Most of all I love that this isn't just an "obvious" image; I had shot plenty of smiling faces in those few minutes, but this frame shows all of the joy and happiness involved whilst less than half of the bride's beaming smile is visible, it tells the story of love and affection from their friends and family in a far more compelling way than a more obvious composition could have done.

If you like the look of my relaxed and informal documentary approach to wedding photography and think that you may be interested in having me along to your special day just get in touch - I would love to hear some more about what you have planned. 

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Wedding Photography Bucket List

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Wedding Photography Bucket List

Exclusive Wedding Photography Discounts!

I've been lucky enough to have photographed weddings in grand country residences, city centre restaurants, in back gardens, country pubs and in a huge marquee in the middle of a farmers field - I love something a little bit different to get the creative juices flowing!

About a year ago I made a list of some things that I would love to experience including shooting at particular wedding venues, specific wedding outfits and a few other bits and pieces!

If you're considering planning anything that appears on the list below I would love to hear from you, and may be able to offer you an exclusive discount for crossing something off this bucket list;

A wedding in either Italy, Portugal or France - Love nothing more than to travel and these countries are some of my favourites (discounts available for other destinations too!)

A wedding at Ballymagarvey Village in County Meath - Stunning Venue - Coming in August 2017!

The guys dressed in dinner jackets and black ties - so cool and very "godfather"

An outdoor wedding on the North Coast of Northern Ireland - unbelievable scenery - coming in July 2017!

A Belfast Cathedral Quarter wedding - love this place, such a great atmosphere!

An elopement - just the two of you and a maybe a couple of your nearest and dearest getting away from it all somehwere intimate - I love small weddings

A multi day wedding - this could be somewhere special with a separate celebration closer to home, or just a weekend long affair!

A non traditional wedding dress - if you're thinking of ditching the white lacy number for something contemporary that isn't white I want to photograph you in all of your high fashion glory!

A wedding at a historic stately home - completed March 2017!

A completely un-posed, 100% documentary style, no posing or groups whatsoever wedding - this is where my passion really lies, if you're brave enough to do away with tradition and let me loose with may cameras I am more than ready and willing!

If your wedding is going to tick off any of the above please get in touch with us, and there is probably some other stuff that I haven't included, so if your wedding is going to be a non-traditional affair that is truly different just let us know and we might be able to work something out!

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Three things: A wedding Photographers Inspiration

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Three things: A wedding Photographers Inspiration

Northern Ireland Wedding Photographer : Inspiration

"What inspires you?" - This is a question that I get asked quite a bit - mostly by other photographers and "arty types", and was the subject of a discussion that I had recently with some other documentary style photographers I am friends with. There is plenty of "wedding inspiration" out there for Brides (and Grooms), so I thought that I'd share just three of the many things that inspire me to take the images that I do as a wedding photographer;

1. The Movies

I'm a massive fan of film and cinema, everything from City of God and No Country for Old Men, right through to my guilty pleasures of Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop (1 &2 only - 3 is rubbish!).

I'm constantly looking at the lighting in films and TV programmes as I love that cinematic quality with plenty of depth, warm shadows and cool highlights (Northern Ireland's very own Game of Thrones is great at this!). I love applying the same principles in my images to create images with a with a real cinematic feel to them like this;

Some of my favourite film directors are Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Royal Tenenbaums etc.) and of course Quentin Tarantino (No explanation needed).

Wes Anderson shoots much of his work at a ninety degree angle with his subjects on the same plane, so that the image appears quite flat and the total opposite of the traditional "cinematic style" described above. I really like the simple elegance that this composition provides and do this A LOT, without even really thinking about it;

I love the different perspective that this can gives a scene; I used the sunset image of guests at Orange Tree House featured above as branding at a Wedding Show recently and lost count of the number of people who said "It looks like a movie set in Los Angeles" - It is actually Greyabbey on the Ards peninsular!

Quentin Tarantino tends to include quite a few camera angles that are quite low down to the ground (The obvious one being the famous Reservoir Dogs shot)

Reservoir Dogs - on the way to a wedding rather than a bank robbery!

I use this perspective coupled with a wide angled prime lens quite a bit whilst shooting the bride and groom walking down the aisle too (a bit less obvious!) but I find that it adds real drama to the scene and emphasizes the couple in the frame;

I am also a huge fan of shooting from the perspective of people, getting really close on to their shoulder without them knowing I am there to put the viewer "in the image" and shoot from the subjects perspective - another of Tarantino's hallmarks and really effective when capturing sentimental moments like reading or writing a wedding day note, or nervously going over your speech one last time;

 

2. The Greats.

It is hard to escape the allure of the great photographers of the past when looking for inspiration; the producers of timeless images that are so often overlooked in the modern times of Instagram, iPhones and the dreaded "Filters". The images created by the great photographers like Henri Cartier Bresson, Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon continue to look just as awe inspiring as they did back when they were produced in the not too distant days of black and white film.

The brilliant photography of Vivian Maier and the astonishing story behind her work has also recently been a source of inspiration for me, along with Jim Mortram's "Small Town Inertia" project. Jim really manages to portray the human condition so well in his work, and although the subject matter of those on the margins of society is a million miles from weddings in some ways the human element is always at the focus of my photography.

I have a real passion for documentary photography. I really love the opportunity of getting amongst the action and documenting events as they unfold. My photographic hero in this regard is definitely Don McCullin (now Sir Don McCullin as of 2016). He predominantly documented conflict throughout his career as a photojournalist, which is also more than a little different from weddings but the ethos of his work makes a lot of sense to me;

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
— Don McCullin
 Don McCullin (Credit - Donmccullin.com)

Don McCullin (Credit - Donmccullin.com)

The way that McCullin is able to capture human emotion is unparalleled, if you have an hour and a half to spare type Don McCullin Documentary in to Youtube and prepare to be blown away! A film based on his life and career is currently in production, with Tom Hardy cast to play the man himself!

 

3. People.

I've saved the most important thing until last and that is quite simply people. I often say that I don't photograph weddings, I photograph the people at weddings if that makes sense!? The little interactions between couples, the touch on the shoulder, the affectionate glance - these are the things that make your wedding so special and that is what I strive to capture in my images. YOU are my inspiration!

Weddings are such a wonderful occasion, and the thing that absolutely inspires me the most above all else is you and your love for one another, as well as the love and affection of your wedding guests. The way that I work on a wedding day, by blending in amongst your guests and capturing every little moment exactly as it takes place allows me to tell YOUR story rather than one that is written for you in a series of posed images - I want you to remember the feelings and the emotions when you look back on your images rather than a pose. I want you to see smile because you are enjoying one of the best days of your life rather than because I told you to. My aim on your wedding day is to capture the atmosphere in the images that I take, that will allow you to look back on your day and re-live all of those moments and even show you some things that you didn't know had even happened!

There is literally nothing more satisfying for me than coming back to my office after 14 hours on my feet at a wedding, downloading the pictures from my cameras and looking through the images that I have captured for you on such a special occasion. I am unbelievably lucky to have been able to make a career out of what I love doing the most, I put a great deal of effort in to what I do, and it is most definitely worth the hard work.

If you think you might like me to come along and document your day for you please get in touch with me, I really would love to hear from you.

Rich

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A walk and a talk

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A walk and a talk

Natural and Relaxed Wedding Photography

POSE - VERB;
”Place (someone) in a particular position in order to be photographed, painted, or drawn.
— Oxford English Dictionary

Posing is a word that can strike fear in to the hearts of Brides and Grooms across the land. It is a word that makes me wince a little when I hear it too, as I suffer from a rare disorder that causes an unsightly facial expression to appear as soon as I am asked to look in to a camera and smile. I don't know why, but I just can not pose when someone wants to take a picture of me. I feel awkward, and therefore I inevitably look awkward in pretty much every posed image that I have of myself (which isn't many!)

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If you've seen the style of wedding photography that I shoot you will know that the vast majority of the day is spent working in a completely documentary fashion, taking pictures of you and your guests naturally going about the business of having a brilliant time at your wedding, so that we capture the real feel of your day.

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As strange as it may sound you and your new husband or wife may not see one another all that much after the ceremony - getting married is a bit like being a celebrity for one day, as everyone wants to chat to you (and take selfies) and it can all be a bit of a whirlwind. This is where I have a trick up my sleeve to make sure that we definitely get some beautiful natural images of you together, without making you feel awkward and definitely without getting all posey.

We call it a "walk and a talk". I always have an eye on the light and will have a location in mind to get some stunning images of you both together on your wedding day, and when the time is right i'll ask you to come with me for fifteen or twenty minutes so that we can get some pictures, with the added benefit of giving you both a break from the madness of the wedding and the chance to spend a bit of time together!

All of the images in this post were taken whilst walking and talking - the smiles and laughter are all real and I'm pretty sure no one looks or feels awkward, everyone is a winner!

 Wedding Photographer based in Northern Ireland, Relaxed and Natural Documentary Style Wedding Photography

Click here to see some more of our images, and if you're not really much of a poser click here to get in touch!

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Hidden Moments

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Hidden Moments

This is an image of Roderick giving his speech as best man at the wonderful wedding of his brother William to the gorgeous Claire at The Old Inn. Now, I obviously hear more than my fair share of speeches - this one was a cracker and went down really well (as you can see), with plenty of laughs and even a few tears along the way.

They say that practice makes perfect, and I'm pretty sure Roderick had been practicing in front of a friendly audience at home to make sure he got it just right. The reason I'm so sure he'd been practicing is down to his daughter Caitlyn, who had a front row seat right in front of the top table to listen to her Daddy give his speech. She didn't tell me in the traditional sense though, the clue is in her left hand in the image below.

This is exactly the kind of moment that weddings are all about to me; biting her lip with her fingers crossed, you can literally feel how much Caitlyn wants her Daddy's speech to be brilliant.

But the best thing about this image is that only Caitlyn and I were even aware that this little moment even happened, that is of course until I spotted it and released the shutter on my camera, and now it's a memory that that can be treasured forever.

This is exactly what we think wedding photography should be about.

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"Almost time"

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"Almost time"

I love being with the ladies in the morning whilst preparations are made and the time for the wedding ceremony draws near; this is a very special time and I feel privileged to be a part of it, although I am always careful to blend in to the background (Notice no one is looking at the camera).

The first set of four images show Steph getting in to her beautiful wedding dress upstairs with the help of her bridesmaids, the mood was really happy and playful - even her Dad Fran had a good laugh when he saw his daughter in her dress for the first time.

(Click on the images below and scroll through in full size!)

The next set of four pictures were taken moments afterwards, when Steph made her way down stairs to await the wedding car that was to take her to the church. I've used black and white here, not only because of the light but because of the mood in the room. You could almost feel the tension mounting as the time of the wedding ceremony drew nearer and nearer.

The third image here is my favourite; Steph is surrounded by people yet feels almost isolated in the centre of the room, her hands nervously clasped across her waist, with the clock showing less than five minutes to go until the car arrives to take her to church on her wedding day. These are images that you can feel rather than just see.

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WOW

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WOW

If you've had a look through our gallery and recent weddings pages you will have noticed that I like to spend the majority of your wedding day mingling amongst your guests, blending in to make sure that I capture all of the little moments to really give a feel of what your day is all about.

At certain points of the day I also make sure that I take the couple aside for a short time so that we can make some nice portraits of you together. I'm always on the look out for the opportunity to create something a bit different, that will make your images stand out and get a "Wow!"

The first picture of Rosie and Mark below was taken at Belfast City Hall after their wedding ceremony. I managed to find some nice window light in the corridor and spent five minutes to create a few portraits.

I then thought about how I could use lighting to change the scene to make an image that would make them say "Wow". I placed a couple of flashes behind Rosie and Mark, using the reflection of the marble floor and the white ceiling to bounce the light from them, and adjusted the settings of my camera and this next picture was the result (click on the image to make it full screen)

People often ask me if I use Photoshop to create these kind of pictures, and my answer is always no (we don't even have it!) I like to show the couple the image displayed on the back of the camera, as I often get a "WOW" as what they can see around them bears no resemblance to the picture on the back of the camera. I love these kind of shots because they give couples something a little bit special that they will hopefully hang on the wall of their home, and it also makes me feel a bit like a magician when I reveal the picture we've created at the time!

If you'd like me to try and make you say "wow" on your wedding day please get in touch with us!

For the camera geeks out there these shots were taken on a Fuji XT1 with XF35mm f1.4 lens, 2 x Yongnuo YN560III speedlights triggered with a YN560TX, settings - Shutter speed 1/180, aperture F4, ISO 200 with a tungsten white balance on the colour image, post processing in Lightroom (colour correction, dodging/burning only with a tiny bit of cloning on background distractions)

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Horsing around

Horsing around

You might remember Gavin and Laura from their spectacular wedding at Orange Tree House that I shot back in sunny June (Click here to see it!)

Laura's horses Galaxy and Rex weren't able to make it along for the wedding itself so we headed down to get some shots with them at Haganscroft Equestrian so that they wouldn't feel left out!

I'm predominantly a documentary style photographer and don't tend to set up too many photographs, so this was a bit of a departure from the norm for me. It was good fun meeting up with Laura and Gavin again, as well as their wee dog Ozzi who did make it along to Orange Tree House!

The creepy crawlies also enjoyed themselves and definitely didn't go hungry that day, as I was covered in the sort of bites that a Great White would be proud of when I got home. It was definitely worth it though as there's nothing more important to us than a couple being happy with their wedding pictures.

Two minutes to go

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Two minutes to go

I love this picture of Samantha on her wedding day at the Old Inn, Crawfordsburn. I was watching the scene unfold and shot this on my Fuji XT1 just before the bridal party lined up outside the ceremony room. An esteemed wedding photo journalist that I admire once described this kind of image as a "two minutes to go" picture.

Samantha is surrounded by her bridesmaids who are fixing their flowers, and chatting excitedly. Her dad is by her side ready to give her away, yet she is a million miles away. You can almost feel the anticipation as she gently bites her lip.

This was in a very dark corridor, and I was working the settings of my camera hard to make sure I got this shot (F1.4, 1/125sec @5000 ISO), but this moment is exactly what weddings are about, it is a "two minutes to go" picture.

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Black and White

Black and White

When I shoot an image I usually know whether i want it to be in colour, or if it will end up being in black and white. This has a lot to do with the lighting, and the contrast within the image but in some instances it may be because I don't want the colour to distract the viewer from what is taking place in the scene and the reason why I took the picture in the first place!

I shot this picture because of the expression on the little girl's face; she's looking up at the bride and you can just imagine her thinking "When I grow up . . . ", and if you cast your eyes around the scene almost everyone is looking at what is happening and reacting to it and smiling away to themselves, what a lovely moment!

This is the exact same shot but in colour. It's still a nice picture, although I bet that you just thought "Green Carpet" or "Purple Chair" when you first looked at it! The colour in this picture detracts from the moment, and that Is why i 100% knew that this was a black and white shot as soon as I hit the shutter release on my camera.

I sometimes get asked why i'm such a fan of black and white photography, and this is one of the many reasons why I love it so much. Don't get me wrong I'm also a massive fan of lovely vivid rich colour images as you will see in our gallery, but some shots are just made for black and white, and I hope you'll agree that this is one of them.

Belfast's hidden gem

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Belfast's hidden gem

I met up with a lovely couple the other week for a chat about their wedding over a coffee on the Lisburn Road. They're getting married in August 2017, and their reception will be held at the Ramada Hotel at Shaw's Bridge, so I went for a wee nosey around there afterwards, and WOW!

This is a place I know well as we were once frequent visitors there when over in Belfast, but had never really considered it as a wedding venue, but after a recent refurbishment of it's dedicated wedding venue building it looks absolutely amazing (check out the pictures here!). The wedding reception suites are in a completely separate building to the main hotel, which also offers very reasonable accommodation rates for wedding guests.

The setting could not be better as the absolutely magical Minnowburn National Trust Property is just across the road. I took a walk round there with Toby the Labrador to scout for some portrait locations and it left us spoilt for choice (although I think the Terrace Garden was my favourite). I like to spend most of the day capturing natural candid images of the wedding guests and all of the emotion and interaction, but always save half an hour to get some images of the bride and groom.

Minnowburn is the perfect place for this as the pictures I snapped on my tiny little personal Fuji x100s camera show (taken whilst simultaneously trying to control a hyperactive pup). Minnowburn National trust also offer weddings if a marquee on the terrace garden sounds like your thing, and if the weather was on your side it would be very special indeed.

I really enjoyed our wee walk round Minnowburn and can not wait to shoot some beautiful wedding portraits there next summer. (Toby the lab seemed to enjoy it too!)

So if you're looking for a wedding venue that is really handy to Belfast take a trip out to Shaw's Bridge . . . you may just be pleasantly surprised.

 I stopped off for a slice of pizza fresh from the wood fired oven of  Piccolo Mondo , a mobile Italian kitchen inside a vintage citroen van run by a lovely guy called Martin (Who is also available for weddings!)

I stopped off for a slice of pizza fresh from the wood fired oven of Piccolo Mondo, a mobile Italian kitchen inside a vintage citroen van run by a lovely guy called Martin (Who is also available for weddings!)

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A bit flashy

A bit flashy

I don't do a lot of 'posey' pictures but I do like to make sure that my couples have wedding photographs that have a bit of a 'wow factor'.

I mostly shoot in a documentary style, taking pictures of all of the little moments as they happen during the day and evening rather than setting up photographs.

One thing you might have noticed when attending weddings is that the bride and groom may not get the chance to spend all that much time together, as all of your friends and family want to chat and the day often flies by in a bit of a whirlwind!

For this reason I like to keep an eye out for an opportunity to whisk the bride and groom away for ten minutes or so to get a few portraits. One of the things that can really make a portrait dramatic is using off camera flash.

People often ask me "Is that photoshopped?" when they see these photos, but I can assure you that there is no trickery involved at all! The shot at the top of this blog was taken using exactly the same settings as this one below, just without using a small speedlight flash mounted on a stand and fired using a trigger on top of my camera;

It doesn't take long (and I won't make you say cheese) but I think that it gives you something a little bit different when you're looking back over your wedding album in years to come.

Hello Belfast!

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Hello Belfast!

I appreciate that this has absolutely nothing to do with wedding photography, but I also take pictures just for fun! We were up in Belfast the other night with time to spare and decided to take a few snaps and thought that we may as well share them here. We really are lucky to live in such a brilliant city.

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This is touching

This is touching

I love photographing weddings, mainly because I love photographing people. You really are a fascinating bunch, i love to watch all of the interactions between people and make my way around the venue collecting those moments where friends and family have come together to celebrate.

One of the key things that I look for is touch., waiting for the moment where that hand is placed on a shoulder, or two people embrace can really make an image and show the connection between people.

Here are just a few images from the wedding of Anthony and Louise as an example . . . 

Pretty Important

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Pretty Important

You could quite understandably call me biased, but I genuinely think that wedding photography is the single most important thing that you have to factor in to your wedding day, and I am about to explain why.

The absolute first thing that people usually pick is the venue, the bride may have had her heart set on a particular country hotel for years, or there may be a whole lot of effort put in to turning the back garden in to a wedding paradise with the help of a marquee and (with a bit of luck) some great weather.

Similarly the dream dress may have been picked for years in anticipation of a proposal, or if the bride is anything like my lovely wife she will leave no stone unturned in her quest to find "the one".

Flowers; all looking beautiful

The Bridesmaids and their dresses; stunning

The food, the atmosphere, the entertainment, the party, your friends, your family, every single little moment comes together to create the most wonderful day of your whole lives.

When all of this is over and you wake up in the morning, the flowers may have wilted, the food will have all been eaten, the guests may be gone, and the dress will no doubt find it's way to a very special place in the wardrobe.

But . . . you will always have the memories of these things, and that is where the photography comes in. The right photographer will document all of these memories, and provide them to you in a tangible form that will last FOREVER.

The right photographer will also provide you with an insight in to your day, as there is often so many little interactions and moments that the bride and groom may not be aware of on the day, but a good photographer will make it their mission to collect each and every one of these things and bring them all together for you to create a timeless record that tells the story of your wedding day.

Pretty important right?

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Guilty Pleasure

Guilty Pleasure

I have a bit of a confession to make; It would appear that I am something of a shoe addict and have voyeuristic tendencies when it comes to footwear at weddings! I wasn't really aware of this until I realised that a large number of my pictures feature shoes as the prominent subject!

It isn't just shoes; I also appear to have a thing for old bicycles as evidenced in my travel photography here and here!

On Reflection

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On Reflection

I'm always on the look out for a different angle. Anyone can point a camera and press a button, but really thinking about the composition of an image, understanding the effects of light and getting the settings just right are the preserves of a true photographer.

 

I shot this image as Jo was getting ready in the morning. The make up artist had chosen a pool of gorgeous window light to work in, which suited me just fine as the soft light is absolutely perfect for photographs.

It would have been fairly straight forward for me to shoot a traditional angle here but I wanted to put my own unique stamp on the image. I saw that the picture on the wall offered an opportunity for a reflection, and popped my 27mm lens on to make sure I captured the whole scene, setting an aperture of f2.8 to allow as much natural light in as possible and spot metered for the subject (I know, I am a geek!).

The result was this split composition, much better than the easy option and a unique shot of the bride getting ready in the morning. This is what I do, wherever I can, photography is all about seeing images and being creative to get unique perspectives.

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Looking Good

Looking Good

The Bride (and Groom!) are clearly the stars of the show at any wedding, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't pull out all of the stops to make sure that you look your best as a guest at a wedding.

Curvy Tall Girl is much more than a fashion blog; Jill Jones is all about timeless style rather than being just another a slave to fashion. Her Facebook page offers real world practical advice and guidance to help ladies and gents of all shapes and sizes look their absolute best whatever the occasion might be.

Click here for a link to one of the best fashion blogs in Northern Ireland, including where to shop to make sure you look your best for less, or take advantage of a personal consultation . . if you mention that you heard about her page here she may even offer a cheeky discount!