I have chosen a few photographs from recent shoots, which caught my eye.
Some of the images have had Photoshop processes applied to them just for fun, you can see the originals by clicking on the links below each entry. These include weddings, family portrait photography and other special occasions. I hope you like them.
Unplugged Weddings – Leaving the Cameras at Home
If a guest at your wedding is a photographer, or is a very keen amateur and offers to bring their camera kit along to ‘help out and give the couple some free images’, can I suggest you politely decline? Odd though it may sound.
This isn’t because I feel threatened or feel that someone might steal my thunder it’s actually simpler than that. You have after all commissioned a professional wedding photographer to cover the day in a style that you prefer and comfortable that he or she will be in the right place at the right time, and at some point, politely corral the family for the formal photographs.
The snag with the enthusiastic guest is more often than not he will try and get the same shots, be that the bride approaching the church with her father, standing before the alter exchanging vows etc. This will necessitate leaning out from the pews and grabbing an oblique shot, at the same time blocking the professional photographer. This continues during the recessional when half a dozen guests lean out towards the aisle to capture the happy moment on their iPhone or worse still a large iPad. Suffice to say, all I can see is a bright sea of screens before a beaming couple walking arm in arm towards me weaving around all the outstretched arms and what could have been one of the singular key shots of the wedding is much, much weaker.
There are often guests with oversized camera kit and so many shots during the reception include photos of the couple with someone within a few feet with their face obscured by a DSLR camera and lens.
Lenses do not improve the dinner tables decorations and central floral displays and fellow guests tire quickly of the guests that keep getting up and wandering off to get more images.
It’s the professional’s job to capture all these moments, he’s not a formal guest so not socially obliged to converse at dinner or keep leaving a bored spouse as a camera widow. He’s there to take photographs and is ready all day, all the time.
Much better to request all these gadgets are left at home or phones remain in their jackets, to enjoy the day undistracted and be able to spend more time in conversation. You will get MUCH better photographs that capture the true character of the day with the undistracted focus on the couple, guests and family, as of course it should be.
Recent Wedding at the Cavalry and Guards Club
Here are a couple of favourites from a recent wedding. The service was in Battersea and then reception at the Cavalry and Guards Club in Piccadilly –
Tara and Tim’s Wedding at Chelsea Register Office and The Cavalry and Guards Club
Above a showreel taken from a selection of the photographs in order to give a brief overview of the day.
To see all the photographs taken on the day please visit the website here – Chelsea Register Office and Cavalry and Guards Club Wedding or we have included a few pictures below –
Thank you soooo much from Tim and I for all you did yesterday - you were amazing and made it even more special for us both. I should think there are some funny photos of the bouquet! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. – Tara
Naming Ceremony at the Queen’s House, Greenwich
Ene and Graham decided to return to their wedding venue – The Queen’s House in Greenwich, to hold the naming ceremony for their son Harry. There was a very happy atmosphere with plenty of fun and games for the children, and the humanist celebrant gave an eloquent address.
Below is a selection of photographs taken on the day. The full website can be seen here – Naming Ceremony Photographs.
Laura and Andy’s Wedding Photographed at Soho Hotel and the Union Club
Laura and Andy’s wedding preparations took place at the hidden gem – the Soho Hotel and then on to the ceremony and reception which were held at the Union Club in Greek Street a short walk away or in this case an even shorter cab ride away!
The nearby narrow streets of Soho with cafes, graffiti, and offbeat characters (who photobombed the family photographs) made a fantastic and trendy backdrop for photography of the couple once the formal photographs were all completed.
The colourful and eclectic Union Club is a great wedding venue, now 270 years old no less, it is filled with mis-matched pictures and furniture which definitely adds to its Soho charm. The guests enjoyed smoked salmon followed by lamb cutlets – and wedding cake of course.
The evening party was kicked off with Andy (the Groom) as lead singer and electric guitar with the band (The London Riots) to much applause.
All the photographs from the day can be seen here – Soho Hotel and Union Club Wedding Photography and our favourites here – Best Wedding Photographs from Union Club.
Hello! Oh my God we love the photographs!!!! Huge thank you to Douglas he has done an amazing job. We are back tonight. Rome is beautiful, we have taken our wedding clothes and done our own photo shoot here with a selfie stick!! Thank you Laura xx
You and Your Wedding Magazine – Venues Coverage
You and Your Wedding Magazine have been discussing various London wedding venues in the current edition and used quite a number of Douglas Fry’s wedding photographs to illustrate the copy describing the various places –
Chelsea Town Hall / Register Office
Carlton House Terrace