One question we do get asked regularly is how to tackle the knotty issue of Thank You card photos, do they have to be a separate shoot or can they be incorporated within a typical wedding day?
I suggest getting a fun shot taken away from the madding crowd on the day itself so the image will be a surprise, it only takes a few minutes if a suitable placard can be prepared in advance and it seems more considered than ‘just’ a favourite wedding picture selected from the day. It is a simple effective solution! please let me know what you think….
... a fun shot taken away from the madding crowd on the day itself - Douglas, Photographer
Documentary Wedding Photography
I shoot weddings in a documentary style, that is with the subject being totally unaware they are being photographed. So simply put yet is in fact a very difficult thing to do, and takes many years of practice. My images have strong composition, correct exposure and can focus precisely so as to isolate the subject from his or her background.
Guests with Cameras
I see many guests at weddings with often up to the minute cameras and the latest zoom lenses, but when reviewing the images they have but a sequence of miss timed shots, poor composition and a reliance on automatic exposure, which can only lead to disappointing images. A guest with a camera is not a photographer, just a guest with a camera.
Professional and Experienced Wedding Photographer
As a professional wedding photographer who has had years of experience of shooting weddings, I have the ability to know exactly where to stand when and to catch the fleeting expression coupled with an in-depth knowledge of my cameras functions and these skills should not be underestimated. To be always ready with the correct camera and lens with no fumbling, to know what is about to happen and be standing in the perfect position to catch the moment.
Formal Photographs of the Family
Organising formal photographs of family and friends is a dark art, it is vital to be friendly enough to keep the smiles and laughter, but to have the ability to speed through a seemingly endless list in twenty minutes, getting the important shots for the mantelpiece.
Great Photographs All Day
Lastly, a photographer has to be able to take great photographs all day long, not just snatch a lucky one or two, and with that in mind please have a browse through my intentionally totally complete wedding section. This page highlights every wedding I have shot in the last five years.
A photographer has to be able to take great photographs all day long, not just snatch a lucky one or two - Douglas, Photographer
Here are our selection of the best wedding photographs from 2016, we hope you like them…
Really looking forward to 2017, now shooting exclusively on Leica cameras and lenses for the ultimate in quality - Douglas, Photographer
Here are a selection of the best photographs taken during 2015. It was hard to choose such a small number but we thought you would enjoy this taster of Douglas’s work showing how he captures the emotions of the day –
Dear Douglas, Victoria and I wanted to say thank you so much for being our wedding photographer. It was such a joy to work with you and we are truly impressed at the quality and range of the photos taken on the day. We will have no hesitation to recommend your services and we wish you and Sam all the best. Best wishes, Victoria and Martin - Bride and Groom.
What Happens After the Wedding Day? – Processing files
Much emphasis is made on the shooting of a wedding, the camera employed and the style of the photographer and these things when combined heavily influence the images received by the couple. These initial files passing the editing process are only half the story of course these days, I would say that 30 – 50% of the overall look of the finished prints will be dictated by the software used by the photographer in the subsequent processing.
Applying Colour Profile
Firstly the colour profile for the camera is applied so that any anomalies with the sensor and colour issues are corrected, then the corrections for all the lenses used on the day to correct barrel distortion, pin cushioning, and colour aberrations etc are all minimised….all so far is just to give a perfect, in as far as possible anyway, basic colour image.
Perfecting Contrast and Saturation
Next is the fun part in that the variables such as contrast, colour saturation, colour balance and cropping are applied. I adjust each image so that there is a rich black right up to a sparkling white, this gives each image a certain pop and presence. I adjust for overall colour balance, say if the evening was lit by candles only, the default files from cameras will be usually too warm in tone, so I adjust the colour balance to a natural look but with a hint of candlelight, this looks realistic but not over emphasised.
The images now are beginning to take shape in terms of photographic style. Some images will be converted to black and white for a timeless wedding feel, and we use one of the best film emulation plugins for Photoshop, namely Nik Silver Efex its a very precise tool and we can apply a certain film, grain structure and micro contrast to recall a classic wedding film look. There are many others of course, but as with all things the best filters are reserved in their strength and emphasis otherwise they can become too ‘fad’ like, and less elegant.
File Sizes of Final Images
Only once all these iterations are complete do all the images get processed in the various sizes required for social media and print
The software and processing techniques evolve of course as do peoples tastes, and images taken on a camera 5 – 10 years ago will benefit enormously from being reprocessed through state of the art software, so if you’ve been holding off on that wedding album from way back when, now is a good time to get it organised, the images will have that sparkle and colour that just wasn’t possible way back then.
A photographer these days needs to have an in-depth knowledge of colour profiles and specialist software to get the absolute most out of the incredible cameras we enjoy. - Douglas Fry, Wedding Photographer
Table Lighting to keep the Conversation Flowing
Sometimes its the simple things that have a large impact on the social minefield that is a wedding breakfast, which is why I bring up the humble candle and why it can save the day.
Here’s why: – The typical wedding breakfast is served to ten guests sitting at a round table, straight forward enough and there is lots of chatter and discussions of how the service went and the Birdies mothers choice of hat etc. There will come a time however when the conversation naturally flags a little, usually half way through the main course when you might want to talk to someone other than your immediate neighbour and look across the expanse of table cloth to the other side.
I have seen many times how the walls of a marquee or hotel dining room have sconce lights or cool up-lighters for dramatic effect, but there is little to nothing in the centre of the dining table, the result is that you are effectively trying from now on to chat to a silhouette, so try as you might the conversation wilts after a few minutes as some sort of visual feedback is vital. This of course is happening all around the room. I can predict how long the party atmosphere will last with just a quick glance around the room setup for dinner, it is really that dramatic.
Obviously consideration for the size, height and placement of flowers in the centre is important too, low and pretty or tall and thin for elegance, nothing to block views across the table.
The solution? A few simple tealight candles or similar in the centre of the table, this will illuminate the faces from the centre and allow comfortable conversation across the table, this has the welcoming effect of a much more social wedding breakfast, the conversation continues unabated right through to the moment the Best Man dreads, the calling for silence for the start of the speeches.
There is also another rather useful side effect of course, in that the now more animated conversations make for much better photographs that can now capture the atmosphere of the evening without resorting to flash or additional distracting lighting.
more animated conversations make for much better photographs that can now capture the atmosphere of the evening without resorting to flash or additional distracting lighting. - Douglas Fry, Wedding Photographer