Professional wedding photos are a cherished part of your wedding, but do you know what they really offer?

Preparing for a wedding can come with its fair share of victories and tears, but one of the most important parts of the process is booking a wedding photographer. Wedding photos are some of the most cherished photos in a person’s life, offering us the chance to relive our special day with little more than a glance—but they also offer so much more. Let’s learn more about how professional wedding photos can bring you value for years to come.

The Difference Between Regular and Professional Wedding Photos

Professional wedding photography is a hired service that allows you to partner with a talented local photographer to capture a variety of images from your wedding day. While plenty of us also ask friends and relatives to take photos, professional wedding photos give you that extra level of perfection that only a professional can bring.

How Professional Wedding Photos Help You to Celebrate Your Big Day

Your wedding day is one of the best and most special days of your life, but it can also be incredibly overwhelming. Sometimes, you will even find that it goes by in a blur of laughter, tears, and smiles. Wedding photos allow us to reminisce, share stories, and remind ourselves about the little moments that we might have missed or forgotten.

Cover the Memories

The first benefit of professional wedding photos is simple: it captures the memories. While your friends and family might be able to capture photos from throughout the wedding, a good wedding photographer knows that timing is everything.

The average guest can be distracted by the wedding, but a hired photographer will be exactly where you need them to be—and on time. Your photographer will capture the moments where everyone else is laughing and enjoying themselves, those inbetween moments that can be over looked and they will give you tokens of those memories that can last a lifetime.

Capture Your Most Special Moments

Weddings are complicated affairs with a few key moments that no one wants to miss out on for their photo album, and this can take a certain eye. Working with a photographer, you can always ensure that you will have that perfect shot of the moment when you and your new spouse first lock eyes during the ceremony—or the look on a parent’s face when they realize that their child is all grown up.

These moments simply cannot be replicated, and the average person doesn’t know how to look out for them because they are caught up in the beauty of the scene. Of course, your photographer will know exactly where they need to be so that they can capture the magic, and you can trust them to get the photos at the right angle too.

Share Them with Friends and Family

A big reason that people love their wedding photos is that it gives them an opportunity to share them. Professional photos can allow you to send highlights and special moments to those who couldn’t make it—and they are a way for the celebration to continue when everything is over as well.

It isn’t a secret that we live in the age of Instagram, and while we all love the app, sometimes you want something better than a phone camera to show off just how incredible your wedding was. With professional photos, you can turn your Instagram into a stunning wedding album!

Easily Convert Them to Other Mediums

Converting photos to another medium can be very difficult when you rely on lower-quality images. While some files might be fine for an Instagram post or a mobile phone wallpaper, everything changes when you want to have a giant version of the photo professionally printed for display around the home. A true wedding photographer will work with the highest quality images to provide you with content that can easily be used any way that you want to without risking a loss of quality.

Look Your Absolute Best

Every single one of us wants to look like our best selves at our wedding, especially in the photos that we will be showing for the rest of our lives. Most people are aware of how unflattering phone quality photos or images taken at the wrong angles can be, and photographers are trained to avoid these problems.

By combining high-quality images with the best lighting (and a little help on poses), you will be amazed by just how wonderful your wedding party can look. Your photographer can capture that stunning natural beauty while simultaneously highlighting everything wonderful about you—and every member of your wedding party!

Find The Perfect Style

Have you ever looked at someone’s photos and absolutely fallen in love with the style? People often believe that these are simply the photographer’s specific style, but in reality, a lot of these techniques can be learned—and replicated. If you want a specific style, looking for an experienced photographer is your best bet. They can preserve your memories in the way that you want them to as they have many years of experience not only by qualifications but from workshops, styled shoots, research and a lot of practice!

Rest Easy Knowing Your Memories Will Be Preserved

Your wedding is a day that you will never truly be able to replicate, which means that you want to do everything that you can to preserve it. These memories will last a lifetime, but there is nothing quite like looking back on wedding photos throughout the years.

Even though the people at your wedding might capture a few wonderful gems, it is the job of your wedding photographer to capture moments you may miss. They will snap the moment that the flower girl gets into the cake—or when your wedding party is howling with laughter after a few glasses of champagne, or your guests are throwing shapes on the dance floor. Wedding photographers don’t just look for these perfect moments, they actively seek them out.

The Takeaway

Planning a wedding can be a wonderful, beautiful, and sometimes stressful affair—but the memories are always so special. If you are looking to capture the beauty of your special day, feel free to contact me directly to learn how I can help you to preserve these moments for a lifetime.

I specialize in fun, natural, and elegant images that tell the story of your love in a way that you can reflect on for generations to come. Capturing your special moments and highlighting every moment of beauty—whether with smiles or tears of joy—is what I do best, and I look forward to helping you to remember this special day for the rest of your life.

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I am absolutely delighted to have selected as one of 100 photographers from across the UK to be part of a wonderful initiative: the 2020 Vision Project: Behind the Mask.

The project creates a visual commemoration of our national healthcare workers, reflecting their dedication throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, capturing them outside of the healthcare environment.

I was really proud to be involved in this wonderful project which pays tribute to the resilience, hard work and selflessness of our NHS workers. 600 beautiful portrait images have been collated and 100 were exhibited in London. There are plans for a book and further exhibitions featuring all 600 images in the future.

I was elated when two of my photographs were chosen as part of the 100 images displayed, including one of Bethany Bean, who is a care assistant and Caitlin Evans who works as a midwife. Bethany’s photo captured her fun and exuberance and her love of dance. Caitlin’s photograph used a documentary style capturing her at home in her garden relaxing with a jigsaw and her wife and two children beaming from the background!

The Lottery and Arts Council funded collaboration was initiated by Sophie Sheinwald, a photographer and creator of visual story book Generation Share, one of Forbe’s top isolation reads and Annie Murray, who is the founder of Horizon, a charitable organisation dedicated to providing film and media workshops for people in recovery from addiction.

The story recently featured on the front page of the Bedford Independent; you can read the full article here, and also on the front page of Bulletin.


So this happened!

I was then contacted by the BBC to be interviewed for Look East (West). You can watch the interview here:

Top photo is of Beth Bean, the second is Caitlin Evans with her wife Brown and their two children.

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Autumn is a perfect time of year for getting out in the fresh air and the crisp colourful leaves for some family photography. The light can be perfect at this time of year and the chilly temperatures put a little colour in your cheeks. There’s lots of options for action shots by kicking and throwing leaves. It’s a perfect time for a family photoshoot to make and capture some great memories.

Choose the right time of day

In Autumn, when the sun is lower, the best time to get great shots is around 4-5pm, around an hour before the sun sets. Taking photos on overcast and rainy days can make the autumn colours more intense as well. The soft golden glow is perfect for family portraits under the colourful trees.

Autumn is a great time to photograph near water as it can add great reflective elements

Pick a great location

There are so many lovely locations in and around Bedford that I love to use for a fun outdoor family photoshoot such as: Bedford Park, the Embankment along the river, around the lake at Priory Country Park, a little further afield at Rushmere Country Park and so many more. Go out and explore and see where you end up.

Have fun and relax

Some of the best photos are created when you’re immersed in fun things, so for a more playful or documentary style take your snaps when your kids are playing, enjoying the autumn leaves. Trying to get kids to pose for photos can lead to tortured looks on their faces, but they photograph really well when they don’t know you’re pointing a camera at them. Taking too many overly posed shots can annoy young and teenagers alike so limit those if you can. Oh and another top tip, don’t ask your children to say ‘Cheese!’ it gives them an unusual expression and not a natural smile. Best to say something cheeky to get those natural smiles and laughs.

Candid pictures of the kids makes your family photoshoot more natural

Use autumn leaves as props

Autumn is a magical time for outdoor family photography. Ideally you should take your autumn shots while the leaves on the trees are colourful but they haven’t yet fallen – this is usually from mid-late October. Kids and adults love kicking the crunchy leaves and throwing them in big bunches into the air. It’s loads of fun and its even more fun when you look back at the crazy photos you’ve taken. I would suggest throwing some extra leaves from the side for added affect. Use a tripod and set the timer on your camera if you can so everyone can join in the fun!

Leaves blowing in the breeze offer texture and interest to your photos.

Don’t take too long

Spending loads of time on family photoshoots and getting them perfect for social media or your family Christmas card can be really tiresome for kids who want to run off and play. Family photography can be a really fun experience when you use it as a creative experience - for it to stay fun, make it quick and painless!

Edit your photos later

It can be tempting to take your family photos and the try and adjust the brightness and filters right there and then. Don’t waste time you should be spending making memories on adjusting your photos’ balance and brightness. Take the shots and edit them later. Instagram can wait until you’re done having fun with your family!

If you would like to choose this wonderful time of year for professional family photoshoot I offer outdoor family photography packages - a fun, informal and totally relaxed 30 minutes after which you will get 5 beautiful family photographs I will guarantee you will love, for just £75.

Do get in touch with me to find out more by visiting my contact page

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