It’s been aaaaaaages since I’ve blogged properly. Weirdly, it’s not a case of  having no wedding photography to blog! I’ve been a bit naughty and kept my Facebook wall busy (you must pop on over and say hi, I suspect I spend far too much time over there..),
but haven’t decided what to put here for a while.

I’ve got quite a few weddings to blog, but when the AWESOME Jaye (yes, another Jay, which makes her additionally brilliant) of Tux and Tales Photography said I could blog this wedding I 2nd shot with her in Pershore, it jumped at me. I decided to take the opportunity to do something different (I like being different. It’s refreshing, you know?). She helped me a LOT with the details and posing for wedding photography, and I wanted to hone my skills in these areas, ready for the rest of my weddings this year.

Wedding Photography, Arrow Mill, Pershore, June 2012_001 dress flowersWedding Photography, Arrow Mill, Pershore, June 2012_002 bridal prepPortraits of the bride. You just know shots like those will look glorious in a wedding photo album.

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One element of the day which I will probably weep over a little bit when doing your wedding photography, is the portraits of the newly married couple. I know, I knowyou don’t like having your photo taken etc etc. But can I just show you how ridiculously happy and loved-up this couple look?

Wedding Photography, Arrow Mill, Pershore, June 2012_005 just marriedThere was nothing complicated involved, and it was”all over” very quickly (good old British summer – rain stopped play). The fact is, the romance of the moment was captured.

Wedding Photography, Arrow Mill, Pershore, June 2012_007 portraits1And it just took a little bit of time out from the day. And I’ll bet you’ll look back on them and be so glad you took the time to enjoy a little bit of peace for the two of you, to enjoy each other on the day.

Wedding Photography, Arrow Mill, Pershore, June 2012_015Wedding Photography, Arrow Mill, Pershore, June 2012_018Wedding Photography, Arrow Mill, Pershore, June 2012_010 portraits2Wedding Photography, Arrow Mill, Pershore, June 2012_017Wedding Photography, Arrow Mill, Pershore, June 2012_016Some of these are “posed”. Some are not. Does it matter? No, I don’t think it does. You don’t have to pose, if you don’t want to. Though it’s important to remember that if you don’t feel entirely natural or comfortable in front of the camera, then I am there to help you.

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And then one of my favourite parts of the wedding day – this bride was totally up for enjoying her dress a bit.

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Apart from doing a Rock the Frock or Trash the Dress shoot, WHEN are you every going to enjoy doing this again?!?

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Another important element of the day for me: “The Details”. Table decorations are so lovely, and when a bride (or groom!) has gone to such efforts to put a personal spin on things, how can I not snap away at the details for the couple to remember in years to come? More importantly, CAKE. Because, y’know, CAKE. And not your typical wedding cake either – remember that whole “something different” thing I mentioned at the start? Be yourself. Plan for yourselves. It’s your day, not what someone else did for their wedding 2 weeks ago. A personal touch is always good.
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I try to avoid shooting through the afternoon meal/wedding breakfast. It’s not just “down time” for me (photographers need a break and to eat too!). Many guests don’t want photos taken while they’re eating; it’s not a very comfortable position to be in! However, whether the speeches are happening before or after the meal, I do like to capture reactions and toasts.
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End of the evening soon, right? Another BRILLIANT part of the day. I don’t care what has been organised; if there’s music playing and room to dance, I can almost guarantee I’ll be there with my camera still in my hand, shooting away. And if it’s a live band, then of course I’ll capture them to add to the story of your day.
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When all is said and done, you will be too involved in your wedding day, your new lifelong partner, your family and friends and everything else to care about what your photographer is doing. Choose a photographer whom you know you can get on with, whom you can put your trust and faith into, whom you know understands you and what you want out of the day. It’s not just about loving their photos, it’s making sure you have a great relationship with them. Something I’m always harping on about when brides make enquiries with me. If you can honestly say you are 100% happy with everything your photographer has said and agreed with beforehand, then I don’t think you have anything to worry about. You will be in safe hands.
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Big congratulations to this beautiful newly married couple, it was a pleasure to share your day at Arrow Mill, Pershore and Pershore Abbey. And enormous thanks to the brilliant Jaye and Matt of Tux and Tales Photography for letting me work with them for the day! Visit their blog to see the full and original photos from this wedding.

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Alexandra Medcalf

Hi Jaye, just found your blog by chance – these photos are fab and there are some shots/angles we didn’t get from the other Jaye. Can we order some copies from you, or buy the image files?

Thanks so much, Alex.

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