Weddings are great for bringing people together. Friends and family who might not have seen each other for years are getting ready, catching up and sipping Champagne. The result can be a lot of laughs.
I love pictures with a story. I have no idea why there appears to be some skepticism about the dress on show here.
Because Kate looked gorgeous.
When people ask me about my style and why take pictures the way I do, I tell them that people are beautiful and elegant and funny just being themselves. They don't need me ordering them about to be all these things. Dessert can be a tricky business.
People are funny and weddings are raucous occasions when people can flaunt the rules and do things like wear black oxfords with a wedding dress. Rock on.
Can't beat the moment the father seeing the bride on the morning of the wedding.
I get asked from time to time how my performance photography fits in with photographing weddings. The best answer I can give that I am all about how light influences how we perceive something. My strongest visual influence is chiaroscuro.
When I am photographing dance I use the light to try and illustrate the meaning of the movement, maybe not by showing all of it, maybe hiding something and revealing something else, constantly trying to show the real thing - which might not be the same as brightly illuminating the thing and freezing it in time.
With me so far? Ok, maybe an example:
I love this image of Jody and Alistair at Modern Art Oxford because it is a beautiful moment when everything comes together. The pools of light bring the kiss right into the foreground, but we can see see the friends in the background watching the happy couple. The motion blur shows the couple alive in the moment and full of energy.
Whether you are photographing weddings or performance, the power of light to tell to the story is the key to beautiful image.
I've photographed a lot of ceremonies but it was a first when Alice and Grant asked to me to photograph a Chinese tea ceremony. It was a perfect way to start their very individual wedding day and I loved the blending of tradition and 'let's-do-this-our-way'.
It is an intimate and solemn moment but the smile on Alice's mum's face lightens the mood. It is the type of memory that only a documentary wedding photographer can create.
This is an image from the very first wedding that I photographed and there are two reasons why it is a favourite of mine. Firstly, Rachel is just about to walk to into the ceremony and her mixture of nerves and happiness are just adorable.
Secondly, I've spent a lifetime using light to tell stories - it is central to all of the images I make. Sometimes you have to chase it and sometimes it comes to you. When I got home from the wedding, kicked off my shoes and looked through the photos, I stopped when I came to this one.
I knew then I wanted to be a wedding photographer.