The only wedding I didn't shoot

A short post about my own wedding and some of the things that it taught me about wedding photography.
Well, the only wedding I’ve been to where I didn’t have my camera in my hands. My own!!!

I’m on my second marriage. I try not to think too much about my first, although I do have my wonderful son as a result and I wouldn’t trade him for the world.


Anyway, when Corin proposed, I moved almost immediately into organisation mode, trying hard not to become a bridezilla of epic proportions.  I was determined it was going to reflect our quirkiness and that it would all be on our terms.

We went with a purple and gold theme (Prince fan!) and I set about making invitations, designing our cake with a family friend, making our table favours, the order of service booklets and pretty much everything else.


The one thing I didn’t do was think about photographs.  I’m not comfortable in front of the camera and perhaps I just was thinking that we’d be fine with the shots that family and friends took on the day.  However, a few weeks before, I decided that we’d put so much effort into it all that it would be ridiculous not to have it captured.  Fortunately, being part of a community of amazing photographers I was able to get one of our friends to be our chief photographer.

We were overjoyed with our photos.  Hundreds of them and I often get our album out or scroll through the digital on my computer. Our photographer captured so much that I didn’t even know had happened and he really did get the shenanigans too.

32615C76-46E7-4559-ADC9-8F19840588C3 This is one of my favourite photos. My boy was 9 and he walked me down the aisle, gave me away and the registrar even allowed him to sign the register as an additional witness.

I regret not getting organised sooner and arranging a pre wedding shoot beforehand.  Aside from our actual wedding pictures, there aren’t that many photos of me and the husband (well, there’s loads of us pulling faces and being daft, but there’s not many sensible ones).


I use my own experiences, in terms of the general stresses and annoyances of getting organised, along with  my understanding of how quickly a wedding day passes and ultimately, how much of it the couple actually DON’T see for themselves, when I meet with my clients to discuss and plan for their special day.  As part of my packages, I also include a pre-wedding shoot and extra ad hoc sessions if you want them (eg rehearsal, hair and make trials, dress fittings). My pricing is bespoke and reflects the fact that I will be there throughout your day, from preparations to first dance (and beyond), with no additional hourly charges added on.  It’s your day - the photography plan that we draw up together will reflect exactly what you want and if you’re not sure what you want, it’s my role to advise and guide you.

Could I be the one to capture your moments?

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