As a wedding photographer it is so important to stay true to you own style but still be inspired by the work of others. I see so many pictures, these days, from "young" photographers that feature couples leaning their foreheads together evoking thoughts of rutting stags. Or just looking so sad on their wedding day. I prefer for my photography to evoke joy and happiness and a natural edge, but still have an element of art to them. Using candid photography to capture people as themselves. I prefer to use natural light where possible but if I need to use a flash to make my images clear and vibrant, I will do so.
But everyone has their own taste and that is vital for engaged couples to have choice. The Isle of Wight is the most saturated wedding photography market in Britain but also has a vast array of talent. I am keen to improve my techniques and status. I entered some photographs with a view to gain membership to the British Institute of Professional Photography, partly because I wanted an independent critique, from my piers, of my wedding work. Imagine my delight when my photography and the way my business is run was considered to be good enough for provisional membership. The next stage is honing my techniques and gaining the letters LBIPP after my name. 2018 is my year and that will benefit our customers while I strive to keep improving my work at their weddings.
So the first wedding of 2018 to give me an opportunity to indulge in my new found ambitions was that of Freshwater couple, Sophie and Gareth. I had never shot a wedding at All Saints Church in Freshwater before, even as a videographer. It was ironic that the wedding was to be shot in a place called Freshwater as plenty of the stuff was landing on our heads for the earlier part of the day. In fact rain was to he a bit of a theme for photographing Sophie and Gareth as it chucked it down at their pre-wedding shoot as well. But it certainly didn't dampen anyone's spirits.
A great day was had by all.