Lets move away from the smile at the camera wedding images and get real with wedding photography
Very busy year, new Olympus E-M1 mkii, new little Flash and lots of wedding photography
Thats it, I have finally decided, after 20 odd years as a wedding photographer, I’m shooting Jpeg, the fuji Jpegs are better from camera, than I can produce!
Have wedding fashions changed, has the wedding photographer changed, reportage wedding photography is the way to photograph your wedding day, the real wedding photographer
On occasions I’m asked to provide a portrait shoot, as part of my wedding business I often take pre – wedding shoot’s usually in the city of Bath and occasionally at a National Trust property, there are several very close to us here in Beckington on the Somerset border.
Reportage Wedding Photography should truly capture the atmospere and tell the story of the wedding day.
Im going to begin writing a blog specially for Brides and Grooms planning their wedding day, this will be from my experience as a wedding photographer for over 20yrs
Steady that shot in order to take that perfect wedding photo, wedding photography is an art and a skill you have to learn but also has to do with a personal desire to capture memories.
This wonderful wedding for the lovely Claire and Paul at the wonderful Wick Farm Bath was a fabulous wedding, the venue is just perfect for those close family wedding’s. The weather wasn’t perfect however the rain did hold off, Wick farm has some lovely locations for those romantic image’s, there is a wonderful barn area and the cottage provides a beautiful backdrop.
Priston Mill near Bath and Bristol, the ancient Watermill and Tythe Barn makes for the perfect location for your wedding receptions and/or ceremony.
Telling the Wedding Story through the Art of reportage wedding photography
Taking control of your camera in all types of photography is vital, landscape, portrait and wedding photography.
Memories are so important in life, so if you are looking for a wedding photographer, you want to be able to look back at these images and bring back all the memories for years to come, so really its not that difficult to find your wedding photographer in the end, If it seems “to good to be true” it probably is, look for a professional.
This absolutely stunning Bride from a recent wedding (local to Bath) was very photogenic and a dream to capture on film, lovely personality, beautiful eyes, it was a pleasure photographing her and capturing her personality in her wedding photo’s however I still took my time and studied her in order to create the wedding portrait photo’s to reveal her beauty.
The City of Bath is a beautiful place to hold your wedding, fabulous wedding venues in Bath and the surrounding areas, a magical place to get hitched, superb for your wedding photographer to capture the day
Getting the white balance correct in wedding photography
Homewood Park is a beautiful country house, fabulous for your wedding venue, very local to Bath. Perfect for the small intimate wedding or large family wedding celebration.
What could be more fabulous than recording memories through Photography, spending the day with a Bride and Groom and all their family and friends, being part of the couples most special day, their wedding.
How many wedding photos/images do we receive from our wedding photographer?
“This Photo attached to this article was taken at a wedding local to us here in Somerset, this lovely little Church in Mere (St Michael the Archangel) the beautiful Bride “Lucy” brushed her wedding dress and she looked so natural with her handsome entourage, this is where you want that focus to be bang on!”
Photographing Bath Skyline, using long exposure during wedding’s, great for photographing interiors at Wedding’s
Winter wedding’s, photography at this time of year is fantastic, choose thefxworks as your official wedding Photographer and receive 20% your Winter Wedding Photography service.
What is our style when it comes to photographing your wedding?
Samyang 12mm X mount Fuji lens – test two – Street Photography Bath
Well as you know I have recently mentioned my latest lens (Samyang f.2 12mm lens) I’m not going to go into all the details of the lens but lets just say “I love your style and how it looks, its superbly balanced and looks great on my Fuji EX2.
This image was taken at a wedding in Bath, the Mother of the Bride ran forward and started to throw her last handful of confetti, there was no time to think, I just fired off the shutter of my Fuji XE2, the aperture was set at f5.6 and the focus at infinity, no need to wait, focus, I knew with these settings on the camera, the moment would be captured.
If you book thefxworks to photograph your wedding; we promise you will be thrilled with the memories we capture for you, real wedding’s, real moments, real reportage photography.
Photography in Somerset can have its challenges with regards to light however this is usually down to not having enough but Spain in mid July is going to be quite the opposite! As I told Tom, full on sunlight can obviously cause some issues, the challenge with this type of photography is not blowing the highlights or perhaps under exposing to far and losing the Black’s.
Im now going to keep this lens permanently on my silver XT1 and my 85mm on my black XT1, the combination (for me) is perfect for my wedding photography, I’m looking forward to hearing about the next Fuji releases, more money, well spent.
Reportage wedding photography is where I really feel I’m in my element, I absolutely love looking for those magical moment’s that appear in front of the lens, or those moment’s that I’m always on the look out for, the Bride hugging her Mother or Father, the little child with his or her Grandparents, as a wedding photographer, its imperative that I speak out these image’s, because after all, that’s was reportage photography is all about, its not just snap shot’s, its photography at its highest level.
Whats your next photo assignment?
So enjoy the wedding season! Get out there and take those stunning wedding photos and don’t ever get mixed up with a wedding factory team!
The wedding for Kim and Steven at Orchardleigh House on Sunday was very wet, when we came out of the church at Lullington, the heavens opened, if I had set my sights on taking photo’s at the church, I could have been photographically challenged and this thought process will eventually throw you off guard!
I now own two Fuji x100s an EX2 and the fantastic XT1 with all those fabulous Prime lenses, if you want a small flash for the cameras, then the nissin i40 is a great little flash and works wonderfully, TLT and manual are available to you and it performs like a best friend!
Many wedding photographers tend to receive less bookings at this time of year and it provides the perfect opportunity to look back at past weddings and focus on your marketing strategy, we still have several weddings to look forward to this year, providing our wedding photography service at Coombe lodge, Orchardleigh House, Wick Farm, Sudeley Castle, Highcliff Castle and the fabulous Manor at Castle Coombe, yes we’re going to be pretty busy right through until Christmas eve but we do love our profession, capturing wedding moments this wonderful county of Somerset.
If your camera has face detection and you’re photographing a person, then it will probably produce a pretty good shot, however with most other shots it will decide for itself, this means it will select any of the multiple AF points it felt it needed to get the photo in focus. This decision will typically be based on things such as contrast, subject closes to the lens, most contrast point, because it knows exactly which is the main point right?
There are so many fabulous places in this world for the keen travel photographer, I must admit I love discovering new locations to enjoy and naturally document with my trusted x100s built by those guys at Fuji.
Think of flash as an option for each and every shot you take, it doesn’t matter what the light levels its something that you can use to enhance any photo.
Well, your camera not only expects a scene to average out as mid-gray, this means that it is therefore programmed to set the exposure ensuring that your DSLR delivers this mid-gray average so everything being seen by the camera comes out of the camera at this middle grey!
By midday, with the sun is high in the sky you need to turn your attention shadows and look for well interesting shapes, and saturated colours. The quality of light at this time tends to produce sharp and crisp images.
Flash Photography You can do some pretty amazing things when you get to grips with your Flash Photography, obviously that little blast of light is fantastic at adding a touch a fill when taking photos outside where the light may just add that extra lift to portraits especially under the eyes where you could have […]
Get out there with your camera and capture those moments!
Making minor adjustments to any of these dependent on the situation will provide you with an exposure, its up to you as the photographer, the artist to choose what it is you want in order to produce the image you are wishing to capture!
Its great for teaching you the settings on your camera, after a while you will find yourself judging the exposure first and then just checking this with the meter, I personally use the Sekonic L-308s model, its in-expensive and provides you with that extra confidence.
RAW/RAF/NEF are the file formats offered by most DSLRs and when you move beyond Auto into the magic world of manual, these are basically related to how your images are saved onto the memory card by the camera.
Maybe we could next look at formats, will you take your photos as RAW/RAF/NEF or Jpegs, we can look at this in a little more detail in my next blog!
Our responsibility as wedding photographers is to produce fabulous wedding photos, if you find yourself just attending a wedding and running through the same shots you always take, the safe shots then you seriously need to look at a different profession, yes you need to ensure you get the safe shots in the bag firstly but then, move, change your angle, look at the light, the shadows, produce those images that make all who view them smile.
Photography is all about emotion and this emotion, connection has to start with you as the photographer, this then absolutely impacts on the photograph.
The difference between an okay shot and a good one is often down to small changes. If you focus on the details and consider the image you may be able to transform it into something extra special.
Why not choose to have Photography and Video for your wedding, we can provide both services for you all in one special wedding package.
I try my best to bounce my on camera flash whenever its possible as this ensures the light is evenly spread and provides a much softer light.
So many of my Brides say how they have never had such amazing photos taken of them, one such Bride said “I cant believe its me, I look lovely” this is down to composure, looking for the light and being a part of the photograph before you fire the shutter.
This wonderful Photograph of the beautiful Jess was taken at her parents home and bouncing the flash towards the natural ambient window light added just a touch more light for me, this image was taken as a jpeg as I could see that the color of the light was perfect enhancing her beautiful skin tones.
So why not start thinking more about the quality of light when taking those photographs, become aware of the light, the colour and the direction of the light source, you will be amazed at the difference this little trick will make to your photographs, yes even those selphies!!
If you do have the opportunity to try some more artistic photographs using off camera lighting, you can take your images to a new level but ensure you get the safe shots first, once you have those in the bag, then play away.
So after all said in this very short article, practice, don’t just look, see and take the next step and go fully manual.
The choice of exposure is many; so why not make it the most creative exposure possible? You choose not the camera.
This is the magic of Photography; capturing real life, real emotions and real happiness on your wedding day.
Katie & Dominic wed in St Thomas & Beckett in Bath
Get passionate with your photography, go on break those rules and be inspired!
I shall be at Photographing a wedding in London this weekend I shall ensure I challenge myself to capture those memories in my photographs for the wedding couple
Fabulous venue for your wedding photographer in the somerset area, we love this venue for our photography service
Wonderful wedding for my photography service, this wedding was just outside bath