What is documentary wedding photography?

Documentary wedding photography is about letting the day unfold naturally and without interference.

It’s about photographing real emotions. In ten years time I’d like you to look at your wedding photos and say ‘Remember when your gran said this,’ rather than ‘Remember when our photographer told us to do that.’ In fact, I’d rather you didn’t remember me at all, and you just remembered having the most amazing day, and that your wedding photographs help bring all of those memories flooding back.

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Are you intrinsically or extrinsically motivated?

I haven’t made any social media or blog posts for ten days. In part this is because I’ve been extremely busy. I was away for three days photographing a wedding in Stratford upon Avon, I photographed a 40th birthday party and my daughter celebrated her 6th birthday, with all the prep, parties and friends and visiting relatives that that involves.

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A Durham wedding in a deer park with Zoe & Liam

I was super excited when Zoe and Liam asked me to photograph their Whitworth Hall wedding in Durham, not least because it is also a deer park! Although the wedding venue was cool, what really excited me about the day was Zoe and Liam who are two of the most laid back, fun and adventurous people you could wish to meet.

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Apple iOS for wedding photographers

I’m a full time wedding photographer based Newcastle in North East England (where it started raining in 1973 and it hasn’t stopped). I photograph a maximum of 24 weddings per year and all of the engagement / pre-wedding shoots that go along with that, plus random kids, families, parties, etc. I click my shutter button 75,000+ times per year. As such, this post deals with workflow and file management as much as wringing as much quality as possible from each individual photograph.

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Whitworth Hall Durham Wedding Venue

Whitworth Hall Hotel and Deerpark is situated in Bracepeth countryside 6 miles outside of Durham. It is nestled in its own picturesque deer park resplendent with fairy-tale gardens and an ornamental lake. The hotel also boasts a fishing lake, two restaurants, Afternoon Tea Lounge and a laid-back bar.

I was introduced to Whitworth Hall by Zoe & Liam when they invited me to photograph their wedding there in 2018.

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