How often do you see your mum and dad’s wedding photos? I’d wager the answer is ‘not much’.
Whilst many components of a traditional wedding have remained the same over the last 20 years (cake, car, vows, dress), wedding photography has changed enormously from the stuffy posed photos of yesteryear gathering dust in your parents’ loft.
Few wedding photographs from the 70s and 80s have made it to pride of place on the wall or mantelpiece and it’s not just the fashion that’s keeping those old photos from being displayed… quite often the wedding party in the photos look uncomfortable, stilted and generally, not happy to be there. The photography-part of the day was seen as being a chore, a nuisance that involved the bride and groom being parted from their guests just when they wanted to be enjoying themselves.
Couple that with the formal set up and styling and, rather than a lasting souvenir of a wonderful day, the resulting photos are tucked away, only to be grudgingly presented when the next generation are keen to take a look and perhaps poke fun at dad’s kick flare beige suit.
Things are different now, wedding photography style has evolved and truly the most loved shots are those natural, fly-on-the-wall photos that record the true mood and atmosphere of the day. Photographers can be invisible, snapping away in the background and capturing guests enjoying themselves, taking photos that tell a story of happiness and love.
With any booking we meet with the bride and groom to find out what they are looking for from their day. Yes, there are always preplanned ‘group shots’ but these are taken at the right time, with the right people and follow a reportage, natural style and capture people relaxed and enjoying a wedding, which is just how it should be.