Couple Portraits


How to survive the nightmare that is having your photo taken 


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It's probably the one part of the day you are dreading the most.

Walking down the aisle in those impossibly high stilettos? Sure.

Not stumbling over the vows and accidentally saying your ex-partner's name? Fine!

Making a public statement on your lifelong commitment to the one person in this world that matters most to you? Pfft, easy!

Holding hands with your new spouse and having your photo taken? Superman, save me!     


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Everyone Feels Awkward, You Are Not Alone


You won't believe me when I say many of my couples have had the same fears as you, and all of them have said just how enjoyable their couple portraits were with me.


Some couples were worried about how they would look, or said they were awkward on camera - one groom hated kissing his fiancé on camera in our pre-wedding photoshoot but was unstoppable on their wedding day.


Having your photograph taken is hard, trust me I'm not often on the other side of the camera myself. As soon as you see that lens, the fear hits you and you suddenly panic to find your posture, your lips do strange things to rearrange themselves into a nice smile and you've completely lost control of where to put your hands.


Photography with me is not about staged images and forced posing.


Candid, Natural Photography


You will have seen these terms littered across my website. That's because they are important to me - this is my style. As your photographer, there are no stiff, forced photographs or awkward posing here.


I don't even like using the word posing - it makes me think that I'm moving you around your venue like mannequins, shaping you into a display for Selfridges  on Oxford Street. 


While I've been to hundreds of weddings, this is the only time I get to go to yours. Whatever you have planned, you are what makes your day unique and it's your personalities that I want to capture.

That's why I tailor all my photography experience to suit who you are as a couple. I know which shots look great, but I also know which shots you might not feel comfortable in.

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The first rule of wedding photography is you don't talk about wedding photography.

The second rule of wedding photography is that you try and pretend your photographer isn't there. I know that's harder than it sounds, especially when you are reading this thinking how could you ignore someone as fabulous as me?


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Actually, it's remarkably easy.


When we take our walk around your venue for couples portraits, I am very rarely up close to you. Keeping my distance allows you and your partner to feel completely alone and be absorbed in the moment.


You can talk openly about how you feel, you can laugh and giggle and I strongly encourage you to do this. No one can laugh quite like you can and I certainly can't ask you to on command and it still look natural. 


Sometimes I do take a few closer images, but if I do so it's usually when I know you are feeling a little more relaxed and only if the shot is right for you as a couple. I'll always be conscious of how you are feeling on the day, and be mindful of what works for you and what doesn't.



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Own Your Photographs


I might put you into a pose, but I encourage you to play with it as much as you want. While some of shots I provide light direction, such as where to stand for the best light or to place your hands on each others hips, I always want you to add your own personality to it.


Do what you feel like in the moment and never feel like you are doing anything wrong.


My personality is very relaxed, and I'm always smiling and joking on the day itself. This in turn helps my couples feel more at ease - and not like they are just models in a photoshoot. These are your photos, and I want you to feel not just comfortable in them, but also a part of them as well.

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Kiss Like No One's Watching


Let's get this one out of the way. The first kiss was hard enough, but you might find the thought of repeating it in front of me is terrifying. My job is to photograph people kissing - it's natural, I don't even think about it. When I'm editing your photos, I'm definitely not thinking "Ew, David!" (Bonus points if you're a Schitt's Creek fan) 


If you haven't scheduled a pre-wedding mini photoshoot in first, then I'll probably get you to kiss quite early on to get you more comfortable. After a few shots, many of my couples forgot what they were scared about!


When it's your wedding day, you are just too happy to concerned about the things that worried you before you exchanged rings. Romance led you to say "I do" and so being intimate with your partner on the day just comes naturally.          

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Have Fun


This is probably the most important piece of advice I can give you. Couple portraits should be first and foremost fun.

There's no Victorian posing here - with no smiles, stiff backs and miserable expressions.

This is your wedding day! One of the happiest days of your life, and your photography should just be another enjoyable part of your celebrations. It's your chance to be romantic, to have fun, to have a giggle with your partner and be alone for the first time with them since the ceremony.

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Creative Shots


This one really is a personal choice.


With me as your photographer, you'll of course receive beautiful, natural and fun couples shots - but if you'd like some more creative images, then I am always ready for them. Whether we plan them in advance, or the lighting on the day inspires us, these shots can be nothing short of breath-taking. They don't have to be complicated or time consuming either, so if you'd like to know more just ask me.     


From romantic moments in a spring meadow to nipping out for that late summer sunset, backlit shots at twilight or being playful with sparklers after dark at your Autumnal wedding, I'm very happy to chat openly about what we can do to make your images extra magical.

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Pre-Wedding Photoshoots


Many of my couples have said that they found their pre-wedding mini photoshoot a lifesaver ahead of their big day. By having some informal photos taken with me a few weeks or months before their wedding date, they were able to feel confident and happy about being in front of the camera.


Mini Pre-Wedding Photoshoots can be added to any package.


Classic Mini Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

- includes 30 mins photography and 20 images

Deluxe Mini Engagement Photoshoot

- includes 60 mins photography, 50 images and a guest signing book with a selection of your favourite photos from this shoot

- included in Platinum Package as standard


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